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Fairchild A-10C Thunderbolt II

Photo ID 199738 by mark van der vliet. USA Air Force Fairchild A 10C Thunderbolt II, 80 0188
Single-seat, anti-tank and close air support aircraft.

The "C-Model" A-10 is a long-awaited upgrade to the original A-10A, which has seen sporadic patches on an 'as-needed' basis. The USAF/DoD lists the A-10C upgrade under the Precision Engagement Modification program (PEM). PEM is a two-stage upgrade centered around bringing the A-10's tech. into the 21st century. Part 1 replaces the many of the analog displays in the cockpit with two 5"x 5" multifunction LCDs along with a new control column and throttle for HOTAS operation. The Rafael Litening pod or the LM XR Sniper pod can be used for precision standoff strikes from medium altitudes. A new datalink allows 6 of the A-10C's 11 hardpoints to carry precision weapons in concert with a digital stores management system (DSMS).

Part 2 of the PEM gives the A-10C new wing spars and boxes for longer service life in a separate but associated 2 billion dollar program. The USAF also hopes to re-engine the A-10C with more fuel efficient turbofans. With the new funds invested in the A-10C, the USAF plans to keep the A-10 fleet in the air until 2028, fifty years after the type's initial service entry. Given the success in maintaining the Boeing B-52 and KC-135 fleets, which are well past their service lives, the A-10 has a good chance.
  • Country of Origin: United States
  • First Flight: 10 May 1972
  • Initial Service Date: March 1977
  • No. Built: 715
  • No. In Service: 335 (approx.)
  • No. of Hardpoints: 11
  • Crew: 1

Power:

2x General Electric TF34-GE-100A Turbofans at 18,130 lbf

Weapons:

1x 30mm GAU-8/A Avenger (1174 rounds)
4 LAU-61/LAU-68 rocket pods (19 Hydra 70mm rockets each)
4 LAU-5003 rocket pods (19 CVR7 70mm rockets each)
6 LAU-10 rocket pods (4x 127mm Zuni rockets each)
2x AIM-9 Sidewinders
8x AGM-65 Maverick

Mk 82/83/84 unguided bombs, Mk. 77 incendiary bombs, BLU-1, BLU-27/B Rockeye II, Mk. 20, BL-755, CBU-52/58/71/87/89/97 cluster bombs.
Paveway series of laser guided bombs. JDAM

Dimensions:

Length:53 ft. 4 in.
Wing Span:57 ft. 6 in.
Wing Area:506 sq.ft
Height:14 ft. 8 in.
Empty Weight:24,959 lbs
Max. Weight:50,000 lbs
Max. Ordnance Load:16,000 lbs

Performance:

Max. Speed:439 mph
Cruise Speed:340 mph
Service Ceiling:45,000 ft.
Normal Range:250 nm
Max. Range:2,240 nm

Operators:

United States Air Force

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