$37.8M Contract for A-10 Upgrades
Lockheed Martin received a $37.8 million contract to provide the U.S. Air Force with Precision Engagement production kits to modify A/OA-10 “Warthog” close air support aircraft 72 each A/AO-10 Precision Engagement Spiral 1 Modification Kits and Associated Test Equipment. At this time, $28.3 million of the funds have been obligated. Solicitation began July 2004 by the Headquarters Ogden Air Logistics Center at Hill Air Force Base, UT (FA8202-05-C-0004). Lockheed Martin release.
The production kits, a result of work by Lockheed Martin, BAE Systems and Southwest Research Institute, are one component of the Precision Engagement program, the largest single upgrade effort ever undertaken for the USA’s A-10 fleet. It will give the A/OA-10 precision strike capability sooner than planned, and combines multiple upgrade requirements into one program rather than executing them as standalone projects. The entire fleet will be modified over 5 years, at an estimated total contract value of $168 million. While O/A-10 aircraft continue to outperform technology-packed rivals on the battlefield, this set of upgrades is expected to help keep the aircraft current until the current fleet’s planned phase-out in 2028.
See DID’s FOCUS Article covering the A-10C PE program for more information…