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USAF Cannot Give up A-10, New Upgrade is on the Way

The US Air Force (USAF) is seeking a redesigned central interface control unit (CICU) for the Fairchild-Republic A-10C Thunderbolt II close air support (CAS) aircraft and hopes to have it integrated onto the aircraft by the mid-2020s.

The CICU is the brains of the A-10, managing, among other processes, graphics and communications for the pilot. The USAF is looking to manage these functions with increased avionics.

The USAF is seeking to redesign the A-10's CICU. The service has had growing problems with the unit and is looking for increased maintainability and reliability in this redesigned unit.Photo by: USAF

The USAF wants more capability out of random access memory (RAM), processing power, non-volatile memory, and environmental ruggedness, specifically, vibration and heat. The air force also wants a modular solution to be able to grow with the weapon system.