The US Navy has awarded a US$5.297bn (A$5.5bn) contract to Boeing for the delivery of 66 F/A-18E/F Super Hornets and 58 EA-18G Growlers under a Multi Year Procurement (MYP) from FY2012 to 2015.
Separate contracts are expected to be announced for the supply of F414 engines from GE, and radars and other sensors from Raytheon.
“Boeing and its Hornet Industry Team suppliers have delivered every Super Hornet and Growler on schedule to the warfighter and on budget for the taxpayer from the first Super Hornet delivery,” said Boeing’s F/A-18 and EA-18 Programs vice president, Kory Mathews in a statement. “The first two F/A-18E/F multi-year contracts generated more than US$1.7bn (A$1.75bn) in savings for the US. Procurement of these 124 aircraft through a multi-year contract takes advantage of the full efficiencies of Boeing’s production and supplier operations, which will generate more than US$600m (A$620m) in cost savings.”
The MYP is the third for the Super Hornet, and follows MYP I which saw 210 Super Hornets delivered between fiscal years 2000 and 2004, and MYP II which covered 257 F/A-18E/F/Gs from FY2005 to 2009 and will see deliveries completed in 2011.