A-10 Avionics Modernization Contract goes to Boeing

Boeing announced Tuesday that it has been awarded a one-year, $2.9 million contract by the U.S. Air Force to develop and validate a modification of the A-10 aircraft‘s Digital Video Audio Data Recorder (DVADR).

The modification will provide a near-term solution to supportability issues with a major subcomponent in the DVADR system. The contract is a task order under the umbrella of the A-10 Thunderbolt Life-Cycle Program Support (TLPS) contract that is administered by the Air Force A-10 System Program Office.

“This task order allows Boeing to continue to enhance the performance of the A-10 and keep this invaluable asset ready to support the warfighter,” said Jerry Dunmire, A-10 program director for Boeing.

“The Boeing team is ready to apply its innovation and cost-saving initiatives.”

The A-10 Thunderbolt II has excellent maneuverability at low air speeds and altitude, and is an highly accurate weapons-delivery platform. The aircraft can loiter near battle areas for extended periods of time. Also known as the Warthog, the A-10 was introduced into the Air Force inventory in 1976. The twin-engine, single-seat aircraft provides close-air support to ground forces and employs a wide variety of conventional munitions against ground targets.

The Thunderbolt II can be serviced and operated from bases with limited facilities near battle areas. Many of the aircraft’s parts are interchangeable left and right, including the engines, main landing gear and vertical stabilizers.

Source: AIR-ATTACK, USAF

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