Though Boeing has seen its share of trouble with suppliers and the grounded 737 Max, the U.S. Air Force on Aug. 21 awarded Boeing the contract to continue producing wings for the A-10 Warthog.
The contract is worth up to $999 million if all options are executed for 112 wing assemblies and 15 wing kits, though only $240 million has initially been given. The deal could be interpreted as a sign of the Air Force’s restored confidence in the company’s ability to produce A-10 wings on schedule and at low cost.
Boeing has manufactured new wing sets for 173 A-10s, with deliveries spanning from 2011 to 2018. But toward the end of the production contract, Boeing ran into difficulties keeping to the delivery schedule due to issues with a supplier that made a composite part used in construction of the wing panel.
Boeing will manufacture the wings at facilities in the United States and South Korea while teaming with Korea Aerospace Industries for the contract, with all work slated to be finished by 2030.