A-10 Warthog Thunderbolt Striker USAF
A/OA-10 pilots will enjoy hands-on-stick-and-throttle control of weapons, targeting pods and navigation systems, simplifying their duties considerably.
The Air Force awarded the Precision Engagement development contract to Lockheed Martin in 2001. Lockheed Martin received the production contract in February 2005, with the first production kits delivered to Hill AFB in March 2006.
Kit production will run to 2008 with kit installation scheduled to go to 2009.
The Maryland ANG 175th Wing at Warfield ANG Base in Baltimore will be the first unit to convert to the modified aircraft and integrate them into normal operations, underscoring the total force concept.