The US Department of State has approved the possible provision of sustainment and associated equipment, parts and logistical support for Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) F/A-18F Super Hornet and EA-18G Growler aircraft under the Foreign Military Sales (FMS) program.
The federal government requested the potential sale, for which the principal contractor would be Boeing, of follow-on sustainment support and services for the RAAF’s 24 Super Hornets and 12 future Growlers. The deal is valued at an estimated US$1.5 billion, the Defense Security Cooperation Agency stated.
The sustainment effort will include: software and hardware updates, engineering change proposals, system configuration upgrades, system integration and testing, engine component improvement, tools and test equipment, spare and repair parts, support equipment, publications and technical documentation, personnel training and training equipment, aircrew trainer device upgrades, US government and contractor technical assistance, and other related elements of logistics and program support.
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