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American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics

    2017-2018 Undergraduate Individual Aircraft – Close Air Support Aircraft (A-10 Replacement)

    Close Air Support Aircraft (A-10 Replacement) – Request for Proposal

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    Schedule

    • Letter of Intent submitted via online submission site – 10 February 2018 (11:59 p.m. Eastern Time)
    • Proposal submitted via online submission site – 10 May 2018 (11:59 p.m. Eastern Time)
    • Announcement of Winners (via email) – 31 August 2018 (11:59 pm Eastern Time)

     

    Background
    The A-10 Close Air Support (CAS) aircraft is now over 45 years old. While still a very effective CAS aircraft, the A-10 airframes and engines are old. They suffer from fatigue, corrosion, and lack of compatible spare parts. The F-35 may replace some of the A-10’s capabilities, but at excessive cost. The Air Force needs an affordable, survivable replacement for the A-10 that can be fielded very quickly. Any required technical development must be completed by the end of 2020. The cost should be kept very low.


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