US-based Boeing has secured a contract with the US Navy for the procurement of advanced F/A-18F and F/A-18E fighter jets and essential technical support to ensure operational readiness.

In a move set to fortify the US Navy’s fleet, Boeing clinched a contract worth $1.1bn to deliver a total of 10 F/A-18F Lot 46 aircraft alongside two F/A-18F and five F/A-18E Lot 47 aircraft. These jets are poised to bolster the Navy’s aerial strength, offering enhanced manoeuvrability and firepower.

According to GlobalData’s intelligence on the US defence market, the US Navy currently has 38 F/A-18C, seven F/A-18D, and 625 F/A-18E/F aircraft. All three multirole aircraft were acquired in the late 1990s, starting in 1998.

Beyond procuring fighter jets, the contract encompasses Phase One of the F/A-18E/F and EA-18G technical data package. This component includes essential operation, maintenance, installation, and training data for effectively sustaining the F/A-18 and EA-18G fleet.

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The strategic allocation of work for this contract spans multiple locations, with significant portions being carried out in El Segundo, California, and Hazelwood, Missouri. Additional contributions will be made in Bloomington, Maine, Quebec, Canada, Ridley Park, Pennsylvania, Vandalia, Ohio, andand various locations within and outside the continental United States.

The contract, which is anticipated to be completed in April 2027, signifies a long-term commitment to bolstering the US Navy’s capabilities. 

According to GlobalData’s “The Global Military Fixed Wing Aircraft Market 2023-2033” report, Boeing is anticipated to account for 12% of the North American military fixed-wing aircraft. 

The awarding of this contract shows Boeing’s continued partnership with the US Navy in advancing national security interests. By delivering aircraft and technical support, Boeing remains an industry player ensuring the readiness and effectiveness of the nation’s defence forces despite issues in the commercial aircraft space.