Air Forces Plans to Purchase New A-10 Aircraft Wings

The U.S. Air Force is selecting sources for an upcoming contractual effort to rebuild wings of the A-10 support aircraft, Military.com reported Tuesday.

Ann Stefanek, an Air Force spokeswoman, said the service branch is allotting $267 million to purchase 20 wings through the A-10-Thunderbolt II Advanced-Wing Continuation Kit program's next contract. The selected contractor would succeed Boeing as the next provider of A-10 wings and help the Air Force maintain six A-10 squadrons.

Will Roper, assistant secretary of the Air Force for acquisition, technology and logistics and a 2019 Wash100 Award winner, said "digital engineering" sometimes allows the service to bypass the regular manufacturing process for parts. The A-10 has been operational since the 1970's. Fairchild Republic is the aircraft's original manufacturer.

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