Posted: July 1, 2014 12:09 PM
Boeing Awarded to $1.94 Billion Contract for F/A-18 Super Hornets, EA-18G Growlers
By RICHARD R. BURGESS, Managing Editor
ARLINGTON, Va. — The Navy has awarded to Boeing a production contract for 44 F/A-18E Super Hornet strike fighters and EA-18G Growler electronic attack aircraft in what may be the last run for the Super Hornet.
The $1.94 billion contract, awarded June 30 for fiscal 2014, will result in the production of 11 Lot 38 F/A-18Es and 21 EA-18Gs for the U.S. Navy and 12 EA-18Gs for the Royal Australian Air Force.
Unless additional orders for the F/A-18E/F are forthcoming from the U.S. or foreign governments, the contract will be the last for the Super Hornet, with the last jets rolling off the St. Louis production line in 2016.
Production of the EA-18G may be extended beyond 2016 if Congressional mark-ups of the 2015 National Defense Authorization bill or defense appropriations bill survive the budget process. The House Armed Services Committee has approved five Growlers, and the House Appropriations Committee has approved funds for 12 Growlers. The Navy has stated a requirement for 22 EA-18Gs in 2015 or beyond.
The Navy plans to stand up two additional expeditionary EA-18G squadrons and to increase the number of EA-18Gs per carrier-based squadron from five to seven if procurement levels allow.