Monday, December 13, 2010

USAF Upgrades A-10A Thunderbolt II Attack Aircraft

The US Air Force (USAF) in
South Korea has completed the
transition of the last
Thunderbolt II aircraft A-10A
model to the A-10C model. The new model features
improved precision strike
capability, and enhances the
USAF's ability to provide lethal
and precise close-air support. The USAF commenced the
transition to the new model in
early 2010 with five A-10Cs at
Osan Air Base, South Korea. The final A-10A aircraft is
being transferred for
modification and reassignment
to the US Air National Guard. The upgrade to the C-model
combines a highly survivable
airframe and air-to-ground
cannon with digital sensor and
pilot integration. The upgrades will provide
attack pilots with a truly
integrated suite of sensors,
aircraft and weapons that
build situational awareness
and facilitate the rapid destruction of targets. The A-10C is an enhanced
version of the twin-engine,
single-seat, subsonic, A-10A
Thunderbolt II attack aircraft
that served as air support
aircraft for the USAF, Air National Guard and Reserves.

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