Boeing is being awarded a contract to provide for maintenance, manufacturing of parts, instrumentation, modifications and engineering support for the F/A-18A-F and EA-18G aircraft.
The contract also include the support to future F/A-18 variants, domestic and foreign military sales (FMS), for ground and flight test programs conducted at the Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division (NAWCAD), Patuxent River, Maryland.
The cost-plus-fixed-fee, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity (IDIQ) contract, worth around $79 million, was awarded by NAWCAD. No funds will be obligated at time of award. Funds will be obligated on individual task orders as they are issued.
The contract work will be performed in Patuxent River, Maryland, and is expected to be completed in December 2022.
McDonnell Douglas F/A-18 A/B/C/D Hornet
McDonnell Douglas F/A-18 Hornet is a twin-engine supersonic, all-weather carrier-capable multirole combat jet, designed as both a fighter and attack aircraft (hence the F/A designation).
Designed by McDonnell Douglas (now Boeing) and Northrop, the F/A-18 was derived from the latter’s YF-17 in the 1970s for use by the United States Navy and Marine Corps.
The F/A-18A is the single-seat variant and the F/A-18B is the two-seat variant. The F/A-18C is the upgraded single-seat variant and the F/A-18D is the upgraded two-seat variant.
The C/D variants have upgraded radar, avionics, new ejection seat(s) and the capacity to carry new missiles such as the AIM-120 AMRAAM air-to-air missile and AGM-65 Maverick and AGM-84 Harpoon air-to-surface missiles.
The Hornet is also used by the air forces of several other nations (Canada, Kuwait, Malaysia, Australia, Finland, Switzerland) and, since 1986, by the U.S. Navy’s Flight Demonstration Squadron, the Blue Angels.
Boeing F/A-18E/F Super Hornet
The F/A-18E Super Hornet single-seat and F/A-18F Super Hornet tandem-seat variants are larger and more advanced derivatives of the F/A-18C and D Hornet.
The Super Hornet has an internal 20 mm M61 rotary cannon and can carry air-to-air missiles and air-to-surface weapons. Additional fuel can be carried in up to five external fuel tanks and the aircraft can be configured as an airborne tanker by adding an external air refueling system.
The Super Hornet are used by the U.S. Navy and the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF).
Boeing EA-18G Growler
Boeing EA-18G Growler is an American carrier-based electronic warfare (EW) aircraft, a specialized version of the two-seat F/A-18F Super Hornet.
The EA-18G replaced the Northrop Grumman EA-6B Prowlers in service with the U.S. Navy. The Growler’s electronic warfare capability is primarily provided by Northrop Grumman.
The EA-18G began production in 2007 and entered operational service with the U.S. Navy in late 2009. Australia has also purchased twelve EA-18Gs, which entered service with the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) in 2017.