New Version Of Old Plane Unveiled

The retro look that helped give the straight-winged, snub-nosed A-10 ``Warthog'' jet its unofficial nickname will remain the same.

But Air Force officials say a 360-(m)-million-dollar modification program will give the storied ground support jet some brains to go with its brawn.

The first A-10-C is the designation that all 356 Warthogs will get once they undergo the biggest modification program in the plane's 30-year history. The new jet was unveiled this week today at Eglin Air Force Base near Ft. Walton Beach.

Updated controls and digital targeting equipment will give the A-10 better accuracy and enable it to deliver ``smart'' weapons even in bad weather conditions.

It became famous as a tank killer during the Persian Gulf war almost 15 years ago.