WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio, Oct. 17, 2006 – The venerable, iconic A-10 Warthog – a guardian angel to coalition ground troops and the bane of ground-bound adversaries – is sharpening its teeth.
Managed by the 642nd Aeronautical Systems Squadron at Aeronautical Systems Center here, the A/OA-10 is in the early stages of a five-year, $168 million upgrade effort, the largest ever for the fleet.
Known as the Precision Engagement program, the massive modification encompasses multiple enhancements that will provide the aircraft with all-weather capability to detect and strike targets from greater altitudes and distances using precision-guided weapons.
The improvements represent a significant leap in operational capability for the Warthog.
Under Precision Engagement, the A/OA-10 is being modified to employ the Joint Direct Attack Munition and the Wind Corrected Munitions Dispenser.
The program is integrating advanced sensors, a datalink and the LITENING AT and Sniper XR targeting pods onto the aircraft, which will boost pilot situational awareness, targeting capabilities, survivability and communication with other coalition ground and air elements.
An aircraft modified with the Precision Engagement kit is designated as an A-10C.
“The A-10C program effectively takes one of the most lethal air-to-ground platforms ever designed and significantly upgrades its ability to precisely detect, identify and destroy targets while increasing situational awareness and standoff capability,” said John M. Boker, A-10 Program Manager with the 642nd Aeronautical Systems Squadron.
As part of the upgrade effort, the A/OA-10 fleet is receiving advanced integrated cockpit controls and displays, an improved pilot vehicle interface using