Defence team lands $3.89 billion aircraft deal

The US Navy has awarded a Boeing-led industry team a $3.89 billion contract to build seven Multi-mission Maritime Aircraft (MMA).

The US Navy has awarded a Boeing-led industry team a $3.89 billion contract to build the Multi-mission Maritime Aircraft (MMA). The total program value is estimated to be approximately $15 billion over a 10-year production run.

The Boeing-led team, which includes CFM International, Northrop Grumman, Raytheon, and Smiths Aerospace will produce seven test aircraft during the program’s System Development and Demonstration (SDD) phase. Plans call for up to 109 aircraft to be purchased by the Navy to replace its ageing fleet of 223 P-3 aircraft.

“The 737 MMA will play a critical role in the future of maritime warfare by providing the US with dominance in anti-submarine and anti-surface warfare as well as reconnaissance and surveillance missions,” said Jim Albaugh, president and Chief Executive Officer of Boeing Integrated Defence Systems.

CFM International, a joint company of Snecma Moteurs and General Electric, produces the CFM56-7 engines that will power the Boeing 737 MMA. The two CFM56-7B27A engines will each provide 27,300 pounds of takeoff thrust and support MMA’s electrical output requirements to support flight deck and mission system operations.

Northrop Grumman’s Baltimore-based Electronic Systems sector will provide the electro-optical/infrared (EO/IR) sensor, the directional infrared countermeasures system, and the electronic support measures system.

Raytheon will provide an upgraded APS-137 Maritime Surveillance Radar and Signals Intelligence (SIGINT) solutions. Raytheon is also offering its GPS Anti-Jam, Integrated Friend or Foe, and Towed Decoy Self-Protection Suites, and the aircraft’s Broadcast Info System (BIS) and secure UHF Satcom capability.

Smiths Aerospace will supply the Flight Management and Stores Management systems on the Boeing 737 MMA.