Northrop Grumman has been awarded a $47.4 million contract by the US Navy for continued production of replacement structural assemblies and spare parts for the F/A-18 Hornet strike fighter. The work is expected to extend the service life of aircraft operated by the US Navy and the Canadian Defence Force.
According to a statement, Northrop Grumman Integrated Systems will provide 37 ‘centre barrel’ fuselage sections and 12 engine nacelles for the Navy and 34 centre barrels and spare parts for Canadian F/A-18s. The structural assemblies and spare parts are for the A/B/C/D models of the F/A-18.
The centre barrel, a major section of the F/A-18’s fuselage,serves as the attachment point for the wings and main landing gear.
Work is to be completed by April 2007 and will be performed at Northrop Grumman’s Integrated Systems facility in El Segundo. This award follows previous contracts totalling $30.2 million for F/A-18 structural assemblies.