The US Navy awarded Boeing a $8.6 billion multiyear procurement contract for 210
F/A-18E/F Super Hornet aircraft and a $1 billion contract for System Development
and Demonstration (SDD) of the EA-18G airborne Electronic Attack aircraft.
Under the terms of the multiyear contract, the US Navy will purchase 42
F/A-18E/Fs in each of the fiscal years 2005 through 2009 with 6 additional
aircraft per year as option.
Deliveries of the second multiyear aircraft procurement contract to the US Navy
will begin in fiscal year 2007 through fiscal year through 2011, totaling 432
F/A-18E/Fs delivered through two multiyear procurement contracts (2000-2004 and
2005-2009). To date, approximately 170 F/A-18E/Fs have been delivered to the US
Navy under the first Super Hornet multiyear procurement contract.
According to the US Navy, the Super Hornet multiyear procurement contract
approach has saved to the US taxpayers about $1.75 billion.
The EA-18G SDD contract runs from fiscal year 2004 until early fiscal year 2009
encompassing all laboratory, ground test, and flight tests from component level
testing through full-up EA-18G weapons system performance flight testing.
The EA-18G electronic attack aircraft, the replacement for the EA-6B Prowler,
will be able to carry up to 5 ALQ-99 jamming pods, two AIM-120C AMRAAM
air-to-air missiles and two AGM-88 HARM missiles for enemy air defenses
The EA-18G aircraft will play standoff and escort jamming missions as well as to
perform time critical strike missions targeting support.
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