Boeing Receives Multi-Year Contract from US Navy for 124 F/A‑18 and EA-18 Aircraft

ST. LOUIS — The Boe­ing Com­pa­ny [NYSE: BA] has been award­ed a new mul­ti-year pro­cure­ment (MYP) con­tract from the U.S. Navy for 124 F/A‑18E/F Super Hor­net and EA-18G Growler air­craft.

The new con­tract is val­ued at $5.297 bil­lion. Under the terms of the agree­ment, Boe­ing will deliv­er 66 Super Hor­nets and 58 Growlers to the Navy from 2012 through 2015. 

“The men and women of Boe­ing are hon­ored to pro­vide the Super Hornet’s advanced, com­bat-proven mul­ti­role capa­bil­i­ty and the EA-18G’s unmatched air­borne elec­tron­ic attack capa­bil­i­ty to the Amer­i­can warfight­ers serv­ing their nation around the world each day,” said Boe­ing F/A‑18 and EA-18 Pro­grams Vice Pres­i­dent Kory Math­ews. “Pro­cure­ment of these 124 air­craft through a mul­ti-year con­tract takes advan­tage of the full effi­cien­cies of Boeing’s pro­duc­tion and sup­pli­er oper­a­tions, which will gen­er­ate more than $600 mil­lion in cost sav­ings for U.S. taxpayers.” 

The new con­tract is the third mul­ti-year agree­ment between Boe­ing and the Navy for pro­duc­tion of the F/A‑18E/F, the Navy’s front­line strike fight­er, which deliv­ers for­ward-deployed air com­bat capa­bil­i­ty around the world from the decks of 11 Navy air­craft car­ri­ers, includ­ing ongo­ing mis­sions in Afghanistan. 

The EA-18G, the Unit­ed States’ newest com­bat air­craft, con­ducts advanced air­borne elec­tron­ic attack (AEA) mis­sions to sup­port Navy and joint force require­ments. The EA-18G is sched­uled for its first com­bat deploy­ment lat­er this year. 

“Boe­ing and its Hor­net Indus­try Team sup­pli­ers have deliv­ered every Super Hor­net and Growler on sched­ule to the warfight­er and on bud­get for the tax­pay­er from the first Super Hor­net deliv­ery,” said Math­ews. “The first two F/A‑18E/F mul­ti-year con­tracts gen­er­at­ed more than $1.7 bil­lion in sav­ings for the Unit­ed States. We look for­ward to con­tin­u­ing to pro­vide unmatched capa­bil­i­ty and val­ue through this contract.” 

Boe­ing deliv­ered 210 Super Hor­nets to the Navy dur­ing the ini­tial F/A‑18E/F MYP, which spanned fis­cal years 2000 through 2004. Boe­ing was then award­ed a sec­ond MYP that includ­ed air­craft pro­cure­ment dur­ing fis­cal years 2005 through 2009. Air­craft deliv­er­ies under that con­tract con­tin­ue through 2011 and total 257 aircraft. 

The Boe­ing F/A‑18E/F Super Hor­net is a mul­ti­role air­craft, able to per­form vir­tu­al­ly every mis­sion in the tac­ti­cal spec­trum, includ­ing air supe­ri­or­i­ty, day/night strike with pre­ci­sion-guid­ed weapons, fight­er escort, close air sup­port, sup­pres­sion of ene­my air defens­es, mar­itime strike, recon­nais­sance, for­ward air con­trol and tanker mis­sions. Boe­ing has deliv­ered more than 430 F/A‑18E/Fs to the U.S. Navy. 

The Boe­ing EA-18G Growler is the only air com­bat plat­form that deliv­ers full-spec­trum AEA capa­bil­i­ty along with the tar­get­ing and self-defense capa­bil­i­ties derived from the Navy’s front­line fight­er, the F/A‑18E/F Block II Super Hor­net. A deriv­a­tive of the two-seat F/A‑18F Block II, the EA-18G’s high­ly flex­i­ble design enables warfight­ers to oper­ate either from the deck of an air­craft car­ri­er or from land-based air­fields. It is replac­ing the Navy’s cur­rent AEA plat­form, the EA-6B Prowler, which has been in ser­vice since 1971. The EA-18G joined the Navy’s air­craft fleet in 2008, when it was intro­duced to fleet train­ing squadron VAQ-129

A unit of The Boe­ing Com­pa­ny, Boe­ing Defense, Space & Secu­ri­ty is one of the world’s largest defense, space and secu­ri­ty busi­ness­es spe­cial­iz­ing in inno­v­a­tive and capa­bil­i­ties-dri­ven cus­tomer solu­tions, and the world’s largest and most ver­sa­tile man­u­fac­tur­er of mil­i­tary air­craft. Head­quar­tered in St. Louis, Boe­ing Defense, Space & Secu­ri­ty is a $34 bil­lion busi­ness with 68,000 employ­ees worldwide. 

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Philip Carder
F/A‑18 Com­mu­ni­ca­tions
Office: 314–234-6516
Mobile: 314–541-5458

Damien Mills
Boe­ing Mil­i­tary Air­craft Com­mu­ni­ca­tions
Office: 703–414-6158
Mobile: 314–600-4696


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