Raytheon is being awarded a contract modification for additional F/A-18E/F and EA-18G sensor system software and hardware development.
The modification was awarded to a previously awarded cost-plus-fixed-fee, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity (IDIQ) contract. The modification, valued at around $8.86 million, was awarded by the U.S. Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division (NAWCWD) located in China Lake, California.
According to the statement from the Pentagon, no funds will be obligated at time of award. Funds will be obligated on individual task orders as they are issued.
Work will be performed in El Segundo, California, and is expected to be completed in December 2021.
Boeing F/A-18E/F Super Hornet
Boeing F/A-18E/F Super Hornet are twin-engine carrier-capable multirole fighter aircraft variants based on the McDonnell Douglas F/A-18 Hornet. The F/A-18E single-seat and F/A-18F 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 (AAM) 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.
Designed and initially produced by McDonnell Douglas, the Super Hornet first flew in 1995. Low-rate production began in early 1997 with full-rate production starting in September 1997, after the merger of McDonnell Douglas and Boeing the previous month.
The Super Hornet entered service with the United States Navy in 1999, replacing the Grumman F-14 Tomcat, which was retired in 2006; the Super Hornet serves alongside the original Hornet.
The Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF), which has operated the F/A-18A as its main fighter since 1984, ordered the F/A-18F in 2007 to replace its aging F-111C fleet. RAAF Super Hornets entered service in December 2010.
Boeing EA-18G Growler
Boeing EA-18G Growler is an American carrier-based electronic warfare 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 United States 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 US Navy in late 2009. Australia has also purchased twelve EA-18Gs, which entered service with the Royal Australian Air Force in 2017.