Boeing has been awarded a $238m contract extension for the provision of additional depot-level maintenance support and sustainment for the F/A-18 A/B/C/D/E/F Hornet and Super Hornet fighters.

The latest deal is a modification to a previously awarded indefinite-delivery / indefinite-quantity (IDIQ) agreement and was granted by the US Department of Defense.

The contract will see Boeing carry out upgrades to the fighter jets in order to keep them modern and mission-ready for the US Navy and the US Marine Corps (USMC).

It will also include high flight-hour inspections and periodic maintenance inspections, in-service repair and modification works, as well as assorted upgrade and engineering services.

The work will be performed at the company’s Cecil Field facility in Jacksonville, Florida, and is expected to be completed in December 

Boeing F/A-18 Sustainment programme director Travis McBurnett said: “Our mission is to support the navy’s effort to improve readiness.

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"The Boeing Cecil Field team has returned 880 modified or repaired F/A-18s to the navy and Marines; we look forward to delivering many more in the coming years."

“Since 1999, the Boeing Cecil Field team has returned 880 modified or repaired F/A-18s to the navy and Marines; we look forward to delivering many more in the coming years.”

The Maryland-based US Naval Air Systems Command Patuxent River will serve as the contracting activity.

The F/A-18E/F Super Hornet is a twin-engine, supersonic, all-weather multirole fighter jet that has been designed to perform operation aboard an aircraft carrier, and can be adapted for photoreconnaissance and electronic countermeasure activities.

It is able to perform multiple missions, including air superiority, day-and-night strike with precision-guided weapons, fighter escort, and close air support.

Image: Modification, repair and overhaul work of F/A-18 Hornet at Cecil Field facility. Photo: courtesy of Boeing.