There is a lot to crow about for Utah, Northrop Grumman and Hill Air Force Base these days. The Air Force has been trying to get rid of the A-10 Warthog for a decade but Congress stymied those efforts regularly over that period of time, keeping this incredible beast in the air to defend our ground troops. It has been recently announced that Hill AFB has been awarded a $187.5 million contract to maintain the Warthog well into the 2030s.
This iconic close air support platform is much beloved by the troops on the ground. It is rightfully feared by the enemy for its menacing growl, its power and for its ability to bring the swift, up-close-and-personal retribution on the battlefield. The mere presence of an A-10 Warthog in the air above the battlefield is enough to raise the fear factor off the charts for the enemy, and to raise the confidence of the troops being supported on the ground to almost giddy levels.
The Warthog is the very definition of “sound and fury.”
Since 2011, the Ogden Air Logistics Complex at Hill AFB has been responsible for fitting 173 new wings on the A-10s as part of a $1.1 billion project that will keep these bad boys in the air protecting troops for at least the next two decades. These new wings are expected to last up to 10,000 equivalent flight hours without the need for inspection.
The Warthog was originally designed and built by the Fairchild Republic Co., but was bought out by Northrop Grumman. This new ongoing maintenance contract at Hill AFB has been awarded to Northrop Grumman and runs through 2030. The A-10 Warthog was designed for two specific purposes; to perform airborne forward air control, and for close air support operations. It has done both of those jobs better than any other platform and, over its career, it has earned its reputation as the ugliest, meanest, most effective and most beloved arial support platform by the troops on the battlefield.
Sen. Mitt Romney, who had fought for the A-10 Warthog, is rightfully pleased with the awarding of this new contract to Hill AFB in his own state. He told reporters for the Deseret News, “The A-10 Warthog is an exceptional plane and in a league of its own when it comes to close air support for our troops on the ground. Hill AFB plays a vital role in maintaining a fight force to carry out our country’s national security strategy, supporting our country’s military readiness, and bolstering our capacity to deter foreign aggression. With this funding, Hill Air Force Base will be better equipped to continue carrying out these objectives for many years to come.”
The Veterans Site is excited that the A-10 Warthog is going to be around for a while longer. There is nothing like the Warthog and its abilities in the air today. The troops on the ground are thrilled that this airframe, built around one big angry gun, will be around to protect and defend them for a couple more decades.Whizzco