Northrop Grumman Awarded U.S. Air Force A-10 TLPS Task Orders

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Does this mean that the A-10 Thunderbolt II has been saved from the budget cutting block?

"Northrop Grumman Awarded U.S. Air Force A-10 TLPS Task Orders"
Published November 19, 2013 | By Marcel van Leeuwen

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http://www.aviationnews.eu/2013/11/19/northrop-grumman-awarded-u-s-air-force-a-10-tlps-task-orders/

The U.S. Air Force has awarded Northrop Grumman Corporation two task orders under the A-10 Thunderbolt Life Cycle Program Support (TLPS) indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity contract vehicle. The total value of the task orders is nearly $24 million.

“Northrop Grumman is proud to continue to support the Air Force’s premier ground attack aircraft,” said John Parker, director, Northrop Grumman’s global logistics and modernization business unit. “Our focus is to always provide our customer with the highest level of engineering services possible to ensure superior program performance. We look forward to continuing our work with the Air Force and the A-10 Thunderbolt.”

Under the terms of the four-year aircraft structural integrity program (ASIP) Modernization V task order, Northrop Grumman and its teammates will support the A-10 ASIP modernization program on tasks required to keep the A-10 weapon system viable through 2028 and beyond. Teammates for ASIP include Southwest Research Institute, San Antonio. Texas; University of Dayton Research Institute, Dayton, Ohio; Borsight Inc., Ogden, Utah; and Prime Machine Inc., Salt Lake City.

Northrop Grumman will rely on its A-10 original equipment manufacturer experience for the two-year ASIP Legacy V task order, which will include tasks related to the original development and manufacture of the A-10. These tasks include damage tolerance analysis, materials testing, probabilistic and risk analysis, and stress and thermal analysis.

“Winning these task orders demonstrates our customer’s confidence in our ability to manage the extremely important engineering and logistics tasks required to keep the aircraft structure flight-ready throughout its lifecycle,” said David Gustafson, site and program manager, Northrop Grumman Clearfield aircraft engineering services center.

Northrop Grumman press release.
 

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In case you were curious why Northrop Grumman is mentioned as an original equipment manufacturer of the A-10 Thunderbolt II:

In 1987, the ™A-10 OEM Team and all A-10 assets were acquired by Grumman Corporation from Fairchild Republic Company, and are now part of the Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems Eastern Region, presently partnered with Lockheed Martin Systems Integration as a member of the A-10 Prime Team.

The OEM Team has maintained continuous involvement in the modernization of the jet, integrating the Inertial Navigation System in the 1970s, developing and installing the Low Altitude Safety and Targeting Enhancement ground collision avoidance system in the 1980s, and the Night Vision Imaging System in the 1990s, and has demonstrated particular leadership in the planning and analysis required for managing the structural integrity of the airframe through the various changes in flight maneuver spectra, mission, and force structure.

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http://www.northropgrumman.com/Capabilities/A10ThunderboltII/Pages/default.aspx

Confused why none of the aviation books I have read mention that the OEM Team and all A-10 assets were acquired by Grumman in 1987.
 

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Triton said:
Confused why none of the aviation books I have read mention that the OEM Team and all A-10 assets were acquired by Grumman in 1987.

Now that you mention it, I was puzzled for a long time that the A-10 was no longer Fairchild Republic yet was not listed as anything else.
I seem to recall seeing the name Grumman around the time of the OA-10 proposal, but I must have figured it was the same as with the E-6 being Grumman: a systems integrator on somebody else's airframe.
 

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