Pentagon Contract Announcement
(Source: US Department of Defense; issued June 30, 2014)
The Boeing Co., St. Louis, Missouri, is being awarded a $1,939,160,819 fixed-price-incentive-fee contract for the full rate production of 11 Lot 38 F/A-18E aircraft for the U.S. Navy and 33 EA-18G aircraft for the U.S. Navy (21) and the government of Australia (12).

Work will be 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 (1percent); Ajax, Ontario, Canada (1 percent), and various locations within the United States (18.5 percent), and is expected to be completed in December 2016.

Fiscal 2013 and 2014 aircraft procurement (Navy) funds in the amount of $1,405,732,929 and Foreign Military Sales funds in the amount of $533,427,890 are being obligated at time of award, none of which will expire at the end of the current fiscal year.

This contract was not competitively procured pursuant to 10 U.S.C. 2304(c)(1)

This contract combines purchase for the U.S. Navy ($1,405,732,929; 72.7 percent) and the government of Australia ($533,427,890; 27.3 percent) under the Foreign Military Sales Program.

The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Maryland, is the contracting activity (N00019-14-C-0032). (ends)

Contract Awarded To Produce Final F/A-18 Super Hornets And EA-18G Growlers
(Source: US Naval Air Systems Command; issued June 30, 2014)
PATUXENT RIVER, Md. --- The F/A-18 and EA-18G Program Office (PMA-265) announced today a contract award to Boeing for 44 F/A-18 Super Hornet and EA-18G Growler aircraft over the next two years.

“The F/A-18 and EA-18G program continues to thrive, and it is by far the predominant tactical force for naval aviation – both U.S. Navy and Marine Corps,” said Capt. Frank Morley, PMA-265 program manager. “The hard work of the government and industry team to negotiate this contract will ensure that the great capabilities provided by these variants continue to serve our warfighters and foreign partners.”

With this production contract in place, the Navy will acquire the remaining aircraft included in the program of record by the end of fiscal year 2016 in addition to the 12 EA-18Gs requested by Australia in July 2013 for the Royal Australian Air Force.

“The Navy’s long-range strike fighter procurement strategy is to have a mix of F/A-18E/F Super Hornets and F-35 Lightning IIs by the early-2020s,” Morley said. “We will operate F/A-18 E/F and F-35 aircraft together from our aircraft carriers through the 2030s.”

The Super Hornet is highly capable aircraft across the full mission spectrum: air superiority, fighter escort, reconnaissance, aerial refueling, close-air support, air-defense suppression and day/night precision strike.

Similarly, the latest variant of the F/A-18, the EA-18G Growler, is an electronic attack aircraft combining the newly developed jamming capability upgrades of the EA-6B Prowler with the tactical versatility, advancements and capabilities of the Block II Super Hornet.

F/A-18 Hornets, Super Hornets and EA-18G Growlers currently operate in forty-three (43) U.S. Navy and eleven (11) U.S. Marine Corps Strike Fighter and Electronic Attack Squadrons from carriers and air stations worldwide. There are an additional fourteen (14) squadrons carrying out training, test, reserve and flight demonstration duties.

In addition, international business customers include Canada, Spain, Finland, Kuwait, Malaysia, Switzerland and Australia, all who fly the F/A-18 Hornet. Australia has also purchased the F/A-18 Super Hornet and EA-18G Growler.


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