Kaman Aerospace announced on 8 November that it has been awarded a contract by Boeing for the manufacture of wing control surfaces and structural assemblies in support of the US Air Force (USAF) A-10 THUNDERBOLT II Advanced Wing Continuation Kitting (ATTACK) programme.
The USAF awarded Boeing a contract with a ceiling value of $999 million (€906million) in August to provide up to 112 new wing assemblies and up to 15 wing kits through 2030.
Kaman is a leading supplier of complex aircraft structures and sub-assemblies, as well as sheet metal details, extruded parts and machined components for the commercial and defence aerospace industries. The company successfully delivered flight control surfaces to Boeing for 173 aircraft under the previous Wing Replacement Program (WRP), which ran from 2007-2018. Under this new contract, Kaman continues to be a major supplier to Boeing in its effort to complete the upgrade of the remaining A-10 II fleet and will deliver wing structural assemblies, which include the inboard and outboard flaps, slats and deceleron/speed brake assemblies, including upper and lower speed brakes, trim tabs, and leading edge assemblies.
“Our established manufacturing ‘know-how’, experience with A-10 structures and knowledge of the Boeing requirements puts us in a ‘ready now’ position to execute this program. We have developed a great working relationship with Boeing to support our mutual Customer, the US Air Force, in their efforts to extend the life of this iconic aircraft to 2030 and beyond,” stated Vice President and General Manager, Kaman Integrated Structures and Metallics, William Zmyndak.