The U.S. Air Force has begun flight-testing the first A-10 Thunderbolt upgraded with a precision-weapons capability. The first flight of the modified close-air-support aircraft took place Jan. 20 at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. A "ceremonial" first flight is scheduled for Jan. 25. The Precision Engagement (PE) program is adding a targeting pod and Joint Tactical Radio System (JTRS) data link to the A-10. It also is integrating the Joint Direct Attack Munition (JDAM) and Wind ...


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