Raytheon Intelligence & Space (RI&S) has been selected for a $46.2 million firm-fixed-price Project-Level Agreement to modernize the US Air Force’s A-10 Thunderbolt II aircraft.
The contract falls under the System of Systems Consortium (SOSSEC)’s Air Force Life Cycle Management Center (AFLCMC) consortium initiative Other Transaction Authority (OTA).
As part of the latest agreement, RI&S will replace the A-10C Thunderbolt II ‘Warthog’ mission computer with its Common Open Secure Mission Computer (COSMC) to provide modernized processing for combat systems control to enhance air dominance and improve sustainability.
The A-10 Central Interface Control System program will replace the current mission computer and weapons stores management system, fully modernizing the Operational Flight Program software environment and establishing COSMC as the new central computer for the A-10.
RI&S has partnered with Non-Traditional Defense Contractors including Apogee Worx, CymSTAR, KIHOMAC and Vertex because of their extensive knowledge and experience of the A-10.
“Our COSMC system is a significant technological leap forward for the A-10,” said Denis Donohue, president, Communications and Airspace Management Systems, RI&S. “This platform-agnostic system delivers the generational refresh required for the Warthog to remain highly capable into the future. We look forward to transforming and reinvigorating our customers’ platforms so that they’re equipped to face any mission, any challenge.”
COSMC is a platform-agnostic mission computer, built upon Commercial Off The Shelf (COTS), that can be used on any fixed wing, rotary, or unmanned aircraft to enable multi-mission management, weapon stores and sensor processing, among other things.
This award is for Phase 1 of a multi-phase prototype project followed by a potential award for production and installation on A-10C aircraft. The primary work locations for this effort are in McKinney, Texas and Layton, Utah.