Kaman Delivers First Wing Sections On
The A-10 Aircraft
December 20, 2010 - Kaman Aerostructures (“Kaman”)
announced that it has delivered the first major A-10
aircraft structural assemblies to Boeing Defense Space &
Security (“Boeing”) in support of the A-10 Wing
The A-10 Thunderbolt II is an American single-seat, twin-engine, straight-wing jet aircraft developed by Fairchild-Republic in the early 1970s. The A-10 was designed for a United States Air Force requirement to provide close air support (CAS) for ground forces by attacking tanks, armored vehicles, and other ground targets with a limited air interdiction capability. It is the first U.S. Air Force aircraft designed exclusively for close air support.
was designed around the GAU-8 Avenger, a heavy automatic cannon
which forms the aircraft's primary armament. The aircraft's hull
incorporates over 1,200 pounds (540 kg) of armor and was
designed with survivability as a priority, with protective
measures in place which enable the aircraft to continue flying
even after taking significant damage.
official name comes from the Republic P-47 Thunderbolt of World
War II, a fighter that was particularly effective at close air
support. The A-10 is more commonly known by its nickname
"Warthog" or simply "Hog". As a secondary mission, it provides
airborne forward air control, guiding other aircraft against
ground targets. A-10s used primarily in this role are designated
OA-10. The A-10 is expected to be replaced in 2028 or later.
assemblies will now be included in A-10 wing sections and
installation kits being assembled by Boeing’s
proud to be part of the Boeing and USAF program to keep the A-10
aircraft flying for another twenty years in support of
wing control surfaces consisting of the inboard and outboard flaps,
slats, and deceleron/speed brake assemblies, which include upper and
lower speed brakes, trim tabs, and leading edge assemblies. Other Kaman
Aerospace companies supporting this program include the Helicopters
Division (manufactures bondments) and Brookhouse Holdings Limited
(fabricated the assembly and bonding tooling).
The A-10 has
received many upgrades over the years. Aircraft added the Pave Penny
laser receiver pod beginning in 1978. It senses reflected laser
radiation from a laser designator on a target for faster and more
accurate target identification. The A-10 began receiving an inertial
navigation system in 1980. Later, the Low-Altitude Safety and Targeting
Enhancement (LASTE) upgrade provided computerized weapon-aiming
equipment, an autopilot, and a ground-collision warning system.
The A-10 is now compatible with night vision goggles for low-light operation. In 1999, aircraft began to receive Global Positioning System navigation systems and a new multi-function display. Its LASTE system is being upgraded with the Integrated Flight & Fire Control Computers (IFFCC). In 2005, the entire A-10 fleet also began receiving the Precision Engagement upgrades that include an improved fire control system (FCS), electronic countermeasures (ECM), and the ability to aim smart bombs. The aircraft that receive this upgrade are redesignated A-10C.
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