The US Navy has recently awarded Boeing $8.6 billion for the production of 210 F/A-18 Super Hornets and $1 billion for system design and development (SDD) of the EA-18G airborne electronic attack aircraft.
Under the terms of the multiyear contract, the Navy will purchase 42 aircraft in each of the fiscal years 2005 through to 2009. The agreement provides the Navy with the flexibility to increase the quantity of aircraft on order by as many as six aircraft per year.
This is the second multiyear contract for the Super Hornet program, which has already produced 170 of the aircraft for the US Navy. The first contract calls for the production of up to 222 Super Hornets and ends in 2004.
According to Boeing, the Super Hornet program is introducing advanced technologies and capabilities that will provide the US Navy and Joint Forces Commanders advanced connectivity and warfighting capability. Those technologies include the Active Electronically Scanned Array radar and the Advance Crew Station, which are in flight test.
The five-year SDD program for the EA-18G runs from 2004 until early 2009 and encompasses all laboratory, ground test, and flight tests from component level testing through full-up EA-18G weapons system performance flight-testing.
‘The result will be a platform designed to take advantage of the latest airborne electronic attack and networking technologies, enabling significant improvements in threat suppression,’ said John Lockard, senior vice president, Naval Systems, for Boeing.