Korean Air wins contract to repair U.S. Warthog planes

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Korean Air wins contract to repair U.S. Warthog planes

Korean Air has won a contract to repair A-10 military aircrafts owned by the U.S. military stationed in Korea, the airline said Thursday.

The 10-year contract will be in effect between January 2020 and December 2029. During this period, Korean Air will take charge of checking safety for the aircraft’s body and wings, replacing the wings and doing any repair work that involves taking apart the plane and examining parts to check durability. The tasks will be conducted at Korean Air’s plane maintenance facility in Busan.

The project will be worth up to 250 billion won ($210 million), depending on how many repairs actually take place during the 10-year period.

Officially named the Fairchild Republic A-10 Thunderbolt, the aircraft is one of the most important planes for the U.S. military in Korea. The model specializes in attacking objects on the ground while maintaining a low altitude. It’s dubbed the “tank killer” or “warthog” for the two massive turbo engines attached to the aircraft.

By Song Kyoung-son

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