Boeing has won a three-year contract for 78 F/A-18
Block III Super Hornets from the U.S. Navy, as part of its fleet modernization efforts.
III configuration adds capability upgrades that include enhanced
network capability, longer range, reduced radar signature, an
advanced cockpit system and an enhanced communication system.
Boeing will begin converting existing Block II Super Hornets to
Block III early in the next decade. The fighter’s life will also
be extended from 6,000 hours to 10,000 hours.
multi-year contract benefits the U.S. Navy and Boeing by allowing
both to schedule future production and Navy officials estimate
this multi-year model saves a minimum of $395 million on this
contract valued at approximately $4 billion.
multiyear contract will provide significant savings for taxpayers
and the U.S. Navy while providing the capacity it needs to help
improve readiness,” said Dan Gillian, vice president of F/A-18 and
EA-18G programs. “A multiyear contract helps the F/A-18 team seek
out suppliers with a guaranteed three years of production, instead
of negotiating year to year. It helps both sides with planning,
and we applaud the U.S. Navy on taking the appropriate steps
needed to help solve its readiness challenges.”