Want China Times
By: Staff Reporter
Taiwan has been tagged as a potential buyer of refurbished Fairchild-Republic A-10
Thunderbolt II jets should the ground attack aircraft be retired from the US Air Force.
Paul Cejas, Boeing’s chief engineer of off-Boeing programs, said at a media event on May 20 that the A-10 — nicknamed the “Warthog” — that the company has begun early discussions” with the US Air Force (USAF) to sell off refurbished A-10s to international customers.
“It’s something we would be interested in, but again, it depends where the air force goes with retirements,” Cejas said. “If we go that path we would be looking at a modification. It all depends on what the air force does. We have no jurisdiction, and we’ll support whatever they need and we’re positioned for that.”
The A-10 was developed by the now defunct Fairchild-Republic in the early 1970s. Boeing was awarded the contract for the aircraft’s service life extension program in 2007. [FULL STORY]