Boeing is being awarded a contract modification to provide additional funding for the full-rate production (FRP) of 11 Lot 38 F/A-18E Super Hornet fighter aircraft and 21 EA-18G Growler electronic attack aircraft for the U.S. Navy.
The modification, worth around $54 million, was awarded by the U.S. Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) located in Patuxent River, Maryland.
The contract work was performed in El Segundo, California (46 percent); St. Louis, Missouri (30 percent); Fort Worth, Texas (2 percent); East Aurora, New York (1.5 percent); Irvine, California (1 percent); and various locations within the continental U. S. (19.5 percent). Work is expected to be completed in December 2016.
Fiscal 2013 and 2014 aircraft procurement (Navy) funds for the full amount are being obligated at time of award, all of which has expired.
The use of expired funds is pursuant to Department of Defense 70000.14-R, Financial Management Regulation, which allows for the utilization of expired funds for antecedent liabilities or liabilities that arise under the terms of the original contract. The original contract includes Federal Acquisition Regulation 52.216-16, which provides that the contract is subject to price revision so long as the total final contract price does not exceed the contract ceiling price.
Boeing F/A-18E Super Hornet
The F/A-18E Super Hornet is a single-seat, twin-engine supersonic, all-weather carrier-capable multirole combat jet, designed as both a fighter and attack aircraft (hence the F/A designation).
The F/A-18F Super Hornet is the tandem-seat variant of the aircraft.
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.