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The PE program is adding new cockpit displays and the ability to use Northrop Grumman's Litening targeting pod or Lockheed Martin's Sniper XR targeting pod. It also is adding the ability to use two precision-guided weapons: Boeing's Joint Direct Attack Munition (JDAM) and Lockheed Martin's Wind Corrected Munitions Dispenser (WCMD).
In fiscal 2006, the Air Force likely will begin a development effort to improve the thrust of the jet's two General Electric TF34-100 engines. Production is slated to start in FY '09.
In addition, Lockheed Martin is studying options to equip the A-10 with a data-link to improve situational awareness in the cockpit. The company expects to finish that assessment for the Air Force by the end of CY '05.