Boeing’s subsidiary McDonnell Douglas is set to provide ancillary mission equipment to US Navy aircraft, under a $15.9m contract.

Under the contract, the company will procure the supplementary components for the navy’s F/A-18 E/F Super Hornet and E/A-18G Growler aircraft.

The F/A-18 E/F Super Hornet is a combat-proven strike fighter capable of day and night strikes with precision-guided weapons, anti-air warfare, close air support, maritime strike and reconnaissance among others.

Powered by two General Electric F414-GE-400 engines, the aircraft delivers a thrust 22,000lb an engine at 98kt and 44,000lb an aircraft at 196kt.

The E/A-18G Growler aircraft incorporates advanced airborne electronic attack avionics that can suppress enemy air defences (SEAD) and can handle non-traditional electronic attack operations.

The aircraft features advanced electronically scanned array radar, digital data links and air-to-air missiles, ALQ-99 tactical jamming system and interference cancellation system.

Work will be carried out in California and is expected to be complete by March 2012.

The contract has been awarded by the Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Maryland.