US approves Australian F/A-18E/F Super Hornet aircraft upgrades

The U.S. State Department has approved a possible Foreign Military Sale to Australia for upgrades for F/A-18E/F Super Hornet aircraft, the Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) said in a statement.

The Government of Australia requested the possible sale of thirty-two (32) Multifunctional Information Distribution System Joint Tactical Radio System (MIDS JTRS) with four channel Concurrent Multi-Network (CMN-4), and thirty-nine (39) AN/ALQ-214A(V)4 Countermeasure Systems.

This will also include all system integration and testing, component improvement, test and tools equipment upgrades, support equipment replenishment, supply support, publications and technical document updates, personnel training and training equipment upgrades, aircrew trainer device upgrades, U.S. Government and contractor technical assistance and other related elements of logistical and program support.  The total estimated program cost is $101.4 million.

DSCA had delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale on July 10, 2017.

The proposed sale will improve Australia’s capability in current and future coalition efforts. This equipment will help the Royal Australian Air Force better communicate with and protect its F/A-18 aircraft, and the addition of MIDS JTRS will accomplish the goal of making U.S. and Australian aircraft more interoperable when supporting operational forces.  Australia will have no difficulty absorbing this equipment into its armed forces.

The prime contractors of the contract will be the Harris Corporation.

Source: DSCA

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