Korean Air Aerospace Division has been awarded a contract to provide depot support for U.S. Air Force (USAF) A-10 Thunderbolt II attack aircraft stationed in South Korea.
The $213 million ceiling indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity (IDIQ) contract was awarded by the U.S. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center (AFLCMC) at Hill Air Force Base, Utah. This award is the result of a competitive acquisition and one offer was received.
The contract work will be performed in Buson, South Korea, and is expected to be completed by Dec. 31, 2029.
The Fairchild Republic A-10 Thunderbolt II is a single-seat, twin turbofan engine, straight wing jet aircraft developed by Fairchild-Republic for the U.S. Air Force. It is commonly referred to by the nicknames “Warthog” or “Hog”.
The A-10 was designed for close air support (CAS) of friendly ground troops, attacking armored vehicles and tanks, and providing quick-action support against enemy ground forces. The aircraft was designed around the 30 mm GAU-8 Avenger rotary cannon.
The U.S. Air Force had stated the F-35 would replace the A-10 as it entered service, but this remains highly contentious within the USAF and in political circles. With a variety of upgrades and wing replacements, the A-10’s service life can be extended to 2040.