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November 25/20: Switzerland Backup Armasuisse, which is the Swiss Federal Office for Aegis Procurement, arise that it has accustomed the added set of proposals for the country’s Air2030 Neues Kampfflugzeug (New Fighter Aircraft, NKF) as able-bodied as ground-based air aegis system. The offers to alter the Swiss Air Force’s F-5E/F Tiger II and F/A-18 Hornet fleets were fabricated by Germany for Airbus Eurofighter, France for the Dassault Rafale, and the United States for the Boeing F/A-18E/F Super Hornet and Lockheed Martin F-35A Lightning Collective Bang Fighter. The DDPS said the proposals included the prices for 36 and 40 aircraft, including acumen and weapons, as a bounden starting point for negotiations with the acceptable action afterwards blazon selection.

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CF-18: which way?(click to see clearly)

The F/A-18 Hornet is the F/A-18 E/F Super Hornet‘s predecessor, with the aboriginal models alien in the backward 1970s as a aftereffect of the USAF’s YF-17 declining fighter competitor. Hornets are currently aureate by the US Marine Corps as their front-line fighter, by the US Navy as a second-tier fighter abaft its aloft F/A-18 E/F Super Hornets, and by 7 all-embracing customers: Australia, Canada, Finland, Kuwait, Malaysia, Spain, and Switzerland. The USA’s aircraft were accepted to accept a account action of 20 years, but that was based on 100 carrier landings per year. The US Navy and Marines accept been rather alive during the Hornets’ account life, and so the planes are acid out faster.

This is banishment the USA to booty a cardinal of accomplish in adjustment to accumulate their Hornets airworthy: replacing centermost butt sections, re-opening accumulation lines, and more. Some of these efforts will additionally be offered to affiliated air forces, who accept their own face-lifting and advancement programs.

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Some of the genitalia acquired beneath Boeing’s affairs will be produced for affiliated aggressive casework who fly the F/A-18. The Hornet was a McDonnell-Douglas aircraft, so affairs will about be to that Boeing accessory in St Louis, MO, unless contrarily noted.

Note that “center butt sections” accredit to the boilerplate block of the alike breadth the wings collective the body. As one adeptness guess, replacing them is a somewhat circuitous process, and is additionally absolute attainable in extending the airframe’s fatigue-hour limits.

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There are some gaps in this article’s coverage. Civic MRO (Maintenance, Repair, & Optimization) initiatives don’t get absolute advantage aloft the multi-fleet axial affairs arise in the USA, admitting some advantage and links are present. There’s additionally a attenuate band at times amid upgrades appropriate to abide survivable and appropriately advantageous in civic fleets, and airframe life-extension efforts. In theory, they’re different, but in convenance they’re generally linked. As such, abrogation all upgrades out would do readers a disservice, so they occasionally arise aback there’s a connection. Again, however, lists of upgrades are not comprehensive.

Note that Hornet fighters use altered radars. Raytheon’s APG-65 is installed aboard USN and USMC F/A-18C/D Hornets (both alarm types), and the USMC’s AV-8B Harrier II Added V/STOL fighters. Abroad, it serves in AV-8Bs operated by Spain and Italy, in Spain’s “EF-18A/Bs” and Kuwait’s F/A-18C/Ds, and in German and Greek F-4 Phantom bang fighters.

Raytheon’s APG-73 serves some of the USA’s F/A-18C/D Hornet fleet, and the USN’s F/A-18E/F Block I Super Hornet (APG-73) fighters. It’s additionally activate in Hornets aureate by Australia (F/A-18AM/BM), Canada (CF-18AM/BM), Finland (F/A-18C/D), Malaysia (F/A-18D), and Switzerland (F/A-18C/D).

Tests are reportedly action able-bodied for alive electronically scanned adjustment (AESA) radars to be retrofit to the A, B, C and D F/A-18 models.

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November 7/19: Finland Finland has issued a alarm for revised tenders for its F/A-18 backup contest, bounded media reports. All bristles contenders were reportedly accustomed the abstracts on October 31. They accept until January 31 abutting year to abide their response. The calls for tenders allows those companies to alter their bids to the accede with what was adjourned with Finland during the antecedent bids. The fighter jets beneath application in the alleged HX Fighter Affairs are Boeing F/A-18 Super Hornet, Dassault Rafale, Eurofighter Typhoon, Lockheed Martin F-35 and Saab Gripen. The ambition of the action is to alter the crumbling fighter jet agile with up to 64 multi-role fighter jets that accommodated the requirements of the operating environment.

November 6/19: Retrofit Boeing won a $34.2 actor commitment order, which provides for the non-recurring engineering, acumen artefact data, 28 Accumulation A-1 retrofit kits, 28 Accumulation A-2 retrofit kits, and 28 Accumulation B retrofit kits for assimilation of the Distributed Targeting Processor-Network into the F/A-18 aircraft for the Navy and the Government of Australia. The F/A-18 “Hornet” is a single- and two-seat, accompanying engine, multi-mission fighter/attack aircraft that can accomplish from either aircraft carriers or acreage bases. Boeing will accomplish assignment in St. Louis, Missouri, China Lake, California, and Whidbey Island, Washington. Accepted achievement is in June 2022.

October 28/19: Added Three Years Of Appraisement Honeywell All-embracing won a $77.1 actor adjustment modification for an added three years of appraisement in abutment of the F/A-18 aircraft. The F/A-18 “Hornet” is a single- and two-seat, accompanying engine, multi-mission fighter/attack aircraft that can accomplish from either aircraft carriers or acreage bases. The F/A-18 fills a array of roles: air superiority, fighter escort, abolishment of antagonist air defenses, reconnaissance, avant-garde air control, abutting and abysmal air support, and day and night bang missions. The F/A-18 Hornet replaced the F-4 Phantom II fighter and A-7 Corsair II ablaze advance jet, and additionally replaced the A-6 Intruder as these aircraft were retired during the 1990s. Honeywell will accomplish assignment in Arizona and estimated achievement is in October 9, 2022.

October 14/19: Rudders Northrop Grumman Systems won a best $24.3 actor firm-fixed-priced commitment adjustment for rudders in abutment of the F/A-18 aircraft platform. The F/A-18 Hornet is a single- and two-seat, accompanying engine, multi-mission fighter/attack aircraft that can accomplish from either aircraft carriers or acreage bases. The F/A-18 fills a array of roles: air superiority, fighter escort, abolishment of antagonist air defenses, reconnaissance, avant-garde air control, abutting and abysmal air support, and day and night bang missions. The F/A-18 Hornet replaced the F-4 Phantom II fighter and A-7 Corsair II ablaze advance jet, and additionally replaced the A-6 Intruder as these aircraft were retired during the 1990s. The multi-mission F/A-18E/F Super Hornet bang fighter is an advancement of the combat-proven night bang F/A-18C/D. The Super Hornet will accommodate the action accumulation administrator with a belvedere that has range, endurance, and ammunition accustomed capabilities commensurable to the A-6 which accept been retired. The F/A-18E/F aircraft are 4.2 anxiety best than beforehand Hornets, accept a 25% aloft accession area, and backpack 33% added centralized ammunition which will finer access mission ambit by 41% and adeptness by 50%. The Super Hornet additionally incorporates two added weapon stations. This allows for added burden adaptability by bond and analogous air-to-air and/or air-to-ground ordnance. The aircraft can additionally backpack the complete accompaniment of “smart” weapons, including the newest collective weapons such as JDAM and JSOW. Assignment for the rudders will booty abode in California with an August 31, 2026 accepted achievement date.

October 8/19: Retirement The US Navy has retired its agile of Boeing F/A-18A-D Hornet action aircraft from alive service. The USN arise on October 2 that the final flight took abode out of Naval Air Station Oceana, Virginia. The retirement of the ‘classic’ Hornets brings 35 years of frontline account with the USN to an end and comes aloof over a year aback the account performed its final carrier deployment of the blazon beforehand in 2018. While the Hornet has been retired from the USN’s alive assemblage inventory, it will abide operational with the Navy Reserve, the Blue Angels affectation team, and the US Marine Corps (USMC).

September 23/19: Avant-garde Adequacy Mission Computers Boeing won a $51.6 actor adjustment to annex 136 Avant-garde Adequacy Mission Computers in abutment of the F/A-18 aircraft. The Avant-garde Adequacy Mission Computer is an chip advice processing system, accouterment complete accouterments and software solutions. It is congenital on a categorical attainable systems architectonics acceptance for accelerated admittance of arising technologies. The ACMC is a set of agenda computer accouterments and software that performs accepted purpose, I/O, video, voice, and cartoon processing. The F/A-18 Hornet is a single- and two-seat, accompanying engine, multi-mission fighter/attack aircraft that can accomplish from either aircraft carriers or acreage bases. The F/A-18 fills a array of roles: air superiority, fighter escort, abolishment of antagonist air defenses, reconnaissance, avant-garde air control, abutting and abysmal air support, and day and night bang missions. The F/A-18 Hornet replaced the F-4 Phantom II fighter and A-7 Corsair II ablaze advance jet, and additionally replaced the A-6 Intruder as these aircraft were retired during the 1990s. Assignment will booty abode in St. Louis, Missouri. Estimated achievement will be in February 2022.

August 30/19: Australia The US Navy awarded Wyle Laboratories an $8.4 actor adjustment modification, which provides affairs administration casework for the F/A-18 Adopted Aggressive Sales affairs in abutment of the government of Australia. The Royal Australian Air Force has operated the McDonnell Douglas F/A-18 Hornet fighter aircraft aback 1984. The Hornets entered account with the RAAF amid 1984 and 1990, and 69 abide in operation as of 2019. The agile has undergone a aloft cyberbanking advancement to ensure able operations for the abutting 10 years. Kyle Laboratories will accomplish assignment in Maryland, Washington, Pennsylvania, California, Virginia and Australia. Estimated achievement date is in August abutting year.

August 26/19: Engineering Acumen And Affairs Administration The US Navy apprenticed Boeing a $23.7 actor modification for engineering, logistics, and affairs administration of the Super Hornet and Growler aircraft. The awarded accord is for abbreviation agile out of advertisement ante and aliment planning. Boeing’s F/A-18E and F/A-18F Super Hornets are twin-engine multirole fighters, which are based on the F/A-18 Hornet. The single-seat F/A-18/E and the two-seat F/A-18/F fly greater ranges with added payloads, accept added able engines and accommodate greater survivability than their predecessor. The Boeing EA-18G Growler is a acquired of the combat-proven two-seat F/A-18 Hornet, It is an aeriform cyberbanking advance aircraft which operates from either an aircraft carrier or from land-bases. The Growler aircraft has 11 weapon stations for accustomed cyberbanking mission systems and weapons and can afresh be acclimated to backpack out accepted bang missions aback the requirements for EA and SEAD sorties are reduced. Boeing will accomplish assignment beneath the adjustment modification in St. Louis, Missouri and estimated achievement is in September 2020.

April 17/19: Adjustment Assignment The US Navy awarded two affairs for adjustment assignment on the F-18 aircraft. The aboriginal adjustment goes to Sierra Nevada Corp., which won $13.5 actor to adjustment the alarm transmitter and alarm receiver of the Hornet aircraft. Sierra Nevada will accomplish assignment in Sparks, Nevada and expects achievement by April 2024. All-embracing Enterprise Inc. won a $7.3 actor modification to adjustment the multipurpose blush affectation replacements of the Hornet. Assignment beneath this modification will booty abode in Talladega, Alabama and is accepted to be accomplished by August 2020.

April 1/19: F404 Adjustment The US Navy broke Accepted Electric for abutment of the F404 agent apparatus acclimated on the F/A-18 Hornet aircraft. The $77.6 actor adjustment action provides for repair, replacement, and affairs abutment of 35 ancestors groups of the F404. The Accepted Electric F404 is an afterburning turbofan agent accurately developed for the Hornets. The F404 is based on the YJ101 engine, which Accepted Electric had developed for the Northrop YF-17 but it connected the bypass adjustment from .20 to .34 enabling college ammunition economy. Added than 3,700 F404s are in service, including the engines on the Hornets operated by the Air Armament of Australia, Canada, Finland, Kuwait, Malaysia, Spain and Switzerland. The F404 has added than 10 actor flight hours of outstanding operating acquaintance and is combat-proven. A few canicule ago during the LIMA-19, the larboard F404-400 agent of a F/A-18D fighter of the Malaysian Air Force accomplished a flameout 50 anxiety aloft the arena during a abandoned display. Accepted Electric will accomplish assignment beneath the adjustment action in Jacksonville, Florida as able-bodied as at added accessories and will about be accomplished by March 2020.

February 20/19: From Australia to Canada Two Australian F/A-18A Hornets accustomed in Canada on Saturday. The two Hornets are the aboriginal of up to 25 aircraft that will be awash to Canada forth with spares and abutment equipment. The Canadian government acquired the 30-year old jets in adjustment of bushing a adequacy gap affecting the Royal Canadian Airforce’s adeptness to accompanying accommodated NORAD and NATO obligations. Originally, Canada had advised to supplement its agile of 85 Boeing CF(F/A)-18 A/B fighters with 18 new Boeing F/A-18 E/F Super Hornets. This plan was annulled in favor of the Australian Hornets aback Boeing accused Canada’s Bombardier of accepting arbitrary subsidies from Ottawa. Afore the aircraft can be chip into the Canadian agile of CF-188 Hornets, they will abide several modifications in Mirabel, Quebec. They accept to be brought to the aforementioned operational acceding as the Canadian CF-188 Hornets. This agency cockpit and communications upgrades, a night eyes imaging system, a assassin targeting pod, landing accessory modifications, a new casting bench as able-bodied as the Air Force acrylic scheme.

June 21/16: Pressure is ascent on the Pentagon to accept the auction of F/A-18 Super Hornets to Kuwait admitting US Navy Secretary Ray Mabus has warned that his account will accept to pay added to buy the F/A-18 due to bulk increases. According to Mabus, Boeing needs added orders so that it can accumulate bearing the fighter at an economical bulk as the 16 slated for Budgetary year 2017 are not abundant to ensure optimum production. Kuwait has been cat-and-mouse over a year for approval for 28 fighters in a accord estimated to bulk $3 billion.

June 7/16: Canada looks set to annex an acting agile of Boeing F/A-18 Super Hornets to ample a adequacy gap as it procrastinates on how to advance with its new fighter competition. The Liberal Affair baton Justin Trudeau promised during the acclamation attack not to buy the F-35 to alter its crumbling CF-18s; but the government has been disturbing with how to accomplish that promise, for abhorrence any attack to exclude the stealth fighter from a antagonism will aftereffect in a multi-billion-dollar lawsuit, according to one chief Defence Department official.

May 12/16: Software updates for the FA-18 and EA-18G accept been accurate by the US Navy afterwards a alternation of flight tests amid April 18-29. The aboriginal set of software: 27C, is advised for use in F/A-18A-D Hornets; H12 is for F/A-18F Super Hornets and EA-18G Growlers. Testing took abode at the Naval Air Warfare Centermost Weapons Division-managed Point Mugu Sea Ambit which contains 36,000 aboveboard afar of controlled sea and airspace, acceptance for testing in a real-world environment.

May 4/16: Boeing has arise that they apprehend orders of F-15 and F/A-18 fighters to accumulate accumulation rolling into the 2020s. While the aftermost adjustment of F-15s by Saudi Arabia will be completed by 2019, it is accepted that the US Navy will acquirement added F/A-18s while consign orders of the F-15 will abide to accomplice nations. The aggregation has afresh been implementing a alternation of bulk acid measures to accession abundance in the deathwatch of draft out on the contempo adviser affairs for the USAF to Northrop Grumman.

December 18/15: It looks like a absolute amusing Christmas for Lockheed Martin and Boeing, as they came out as the aloft winners in the arise $1.15 abundance spending bill arise on Wednesday. Allotment will see eleven added F-35 Lightning IIs than requested by President Obama in February. The F-35 affairs will see $1.33 billion added accretion money as accumulation of the fighters will be ramped up. The F/A-18 accumulation band will additionally be extended, with seven added EA-18G Growlers and bristles F/A-18E/F Super Hornets planned.

July 24/15: Boeing is committing to accumulate its F-18 accumulation band attainable in acknowledgment to new and anticipation orders from both the US and all-embracing customers. The aggregation was afraid that bereft orders for new Super Hornet and Growler aircraft would abort to actualize and accumulate the accumulation band economically viable. Boeing advised slowing the accumulation bulk in March, to extend the time attainable for added orders to appear through the door. Contempo orders from the US Navy and Kuwait accept bolstered the company’s aplomb in befitting the accumulation band open.

Nov 4/14: Support. Boeing in Jacksonville, FL receives a $25.3 actor indefinite-delivery/ indefinite-quantity adjustment modification for depot-level F/A-18A-D account action addendum and remanufacturing activities, including associated aliment abutment and alimentation capabilities.

Work will be performed in Jacksonville, FL (91.7%), and St. Louis, MO (8.3%), and is accepted to be completed in September 2015. Funds will be answerable on alone commitment orders as they are issued. US Navy NAVAIR in Patuxent River, MD manages the adjustment (N00019-14-D-0001).

Nov 3/14: Support. Boeing in St. Louis, MO receives a $7.3 actor cost-plus-fixed-fee, indefinite-delivery/ indefinite-quantity adjustment modification, appliance an advantage for post-production affairs management, logistics, and engineering casework in abutment of F/A-18 A-F aircraft operated by Switzerland ($2.3M / 31.6%); Finland ($1.7M / 22.9%); Malaysia ($1.1M / 15.8%); Kuwait ($1.0M / 13.7%); Australia ($510,103 / 7%); Canada ($356,677 / 4.9%); and Spain ($298,498 / 4.1%). All funds are committed immediately.

Work will be performed in St. Louis, MO, and is accepted to be complete in December 2015. US Navy NAVAIR in Patuxent River, MD (N00019-14-D-0012).

Nov 3/14: USMC Plan. The USMC’s Aerodynamics Plan to 2030 outlines a approaching in which Hornets will abide in the agile until 2030, instead of 2025. The basal reason? The USMC believes it would be about $1 billion cheaper to retire the AV-8B Harrier agile 5 years beforehand and extend the Hornets 5 years later, based on 2 absolute cost/benefit analyses. En avenue to this future, all West Coast MEUs will accept F-35Bs instead of AV-8Bs by the end of FY 2019.

For the Hornet fleet, the Centermost Butt Backup Added (CBR ) affairs has already connected the lives of 200 aircraft. A Aeriform Flight Hour assay action is in progress, and a SLEP affairs will booty abode in alongside to extend the lives of about 150 best F/A-18C/Ds to 10,000 flight hours. Unfortunately:

“The USMC F/A-18A-D association is connected a abiding curtailment in balance of 40 aircraft agile avant-garde due to “Out Of Reporting” (OOR) maintenance. The USMC currently has eleven alive squadrons and one assets agile that arrange with a abounding accompaniment of aircraft, but the association is affected to blot the arrears during pre-deployment training due to a abject Primary Mission Aircraft Account (PMAI). HQMC AVN is resetting the force by briefly abbreviation agile Flight Band Entitlement (FLE) to 10 aircraft to bottle approaching action address while affair today’s accepted operational requirements. Scalable agile disengagement models are actuality developed to accommodated the operational claim afterwards deploying balance assets, and Marine Corps Aerodynamics is abacus a disengagement adequacy to anniversary non-TAI VMFA. Forecasted improvements in aircraft availability will accredit USMC F/A-18s to accomplish 12 PMAI squadrons alpha in FY 17.”

Meanwhile, a set of agile upgrades will abide to advance the platform. 2015 will see avant-garde LITENING G4 surveillance and targeting pods add air-to-air IRST capability, and the accession of the longer-range AIM-120D air-to-air missile with its 2-way datalink and new appellant radar. 2017-18 will add upgraded cockpit displays, AIM-9X short-range air-to-air missiles, and the 70mm APKWS laser-guided rocket. By 2019, APKWS will be able to use the 13.7 batter M822 tri-mode penetrating/ blast/ damaging warhead. Instead of aloof 1 AGM-65 Maverick per hardpoint, the Hornet agile will accept 7 anti-armor weapons that can defeat abounding armored cadre carriers, and all bottom vehicles. Sources: USMC, Marine Aerodynamics Plan 2015 [PDF].

May 18/14: Switzerland. Unsurprisingly, a apathetic and convictionless aegis of the JAS-39E Gripen NG fighter accord after-effects in a election loss, with projections assuming about a 53.4% no vote. The alone abruptness is that the allowance was this narrow, advertence a winnable vote. Compare and adverse with the September 2013 referendum, which resulted in the Swiss befitting conscription. Or the government’s success in the election that ratified their F/A-18 Hornet buy.

While some governments in Europe will re-run referendums until they get the aftereffect they like, the Swiss aren’t like that. The TTE fighter buy is history, but the F-5E/F agile will still retire, acceding added accent on their agile of 30 Hornets. Switzerland will charge to supplement that agile with French and Italian cooperation for basal airspace protection. Sources: Swissinfo, “Swiss Reject $3.5 Billion Gripen Acquirement in Draft to Saab” | Deutsche Welle, “Swiss election turns bottomward minimum allowance and new fighter jets” | Reuters, “Swiss voters almost block accord to buy Saab fighter jets: projection”.

Feb 28/14: Australia. Australia has afflicted and connected its F404 agent abutment adjustment with GE All-embracing Inc., to the tune of 4 years and A$ 230 million. This is additionally acceptable account for bounded sub-contractor TAE, creating connected application for 90 bodies in Williamtown, NSW, and Ipswich, Queensland.

When Australia alive their abiding F404 abutment adjustment in 2008, the RAAF’s F/A-18AM/BM agile was appointed to activate drawdown in July 2015, and leave account by June 2018. Delays to the F-35 affairs accept affected an acting RAAF buy of 24 F/A-18F Super Hornet Block IIs, and will anon add 12 accompanying EA-18G Growlers. It’s additionally banishment best account from the “Classic Hornet” fleet, which won’t leave account until 2022. The new fighters are an attainable bulk of the F-35 program, but so are affected extensions like this one. Sources: Australia DoD, “Minister for Defence – Jobs abide in Australia beneath Hornet contract”.

Jan 31/14: Boeing in St. Louis, MO receives a $26.8 actor firm-fixed-price commitment adjustment for the adjustment of assorted genitalia in abutment of the F/A-18 aircraft.

All funds are committed immediately, application FY 2014 USN funds. Assignment will be performed at Lemoore, CA (55%); Cecil Field, FL (44%); and Philadelphia, PA (1%), and is accepted to be complete by Dec 31/16. The adjustment was not competitively acquired by the US Naval Accumulation Systems Command, Weapon Systems Support, Philadelphia, PA, per 10 U.S.C. 2304 (c)(1). The a., is the application action (N00383-11-G-001H, DO 0004).

Jan 22/14: SLEP. Boeing in Jacksonville, FL receives a $17.8 actor firm-fixed-price, cost-plus-fixed-fee, indefinite-delivery/ indefinite-quantity commitment adjustment adjustment to abutment the F/A-18 A-F Depot Level Account Action Addendum Program, including both aliment and remanufacturing work.

Around $250,000 in FY 2014 USN aircraft budgets is committed immediately. Assignment will be performed in Jacksonville, FL (92%) and St. Louis, MO (8%), and is accepted to be complete in September 2014. This adjustment was not competitively acquired pursuant to FAR 6.302-1 (N00019-14-D-0001).

Dec 30/13: Boeing in St. Louis, MO receives a $46.7 actor firm-fixed-price, cost-plus-fixed-fee commitment adjustment adjoin a ahead issued basal acclimation acceding for chip acumen abutment and comestible engineering for F/A-18A-D, F/A-18E/F, and EA-18G aircraft for the U.S. Navy ($36.6M / 78.3%) and Australia ($7M / 15.1%); added $501,289 / 1.1% anniversary from Canada, Finland, Kuwait, Malaysia, Spain, and Switzerland. Abutment will accommodate logistics, engineering, provisioning, advice systems, abstruse abstracts updates, abutment accessories engineering, training and software affiliation support.

All funds are committed immediately. Assignment will be performed in St. Louis, MO (70%); El Segundo, CA (15%); Oklahoma City, OK (6%); Bethpage, NY (5%); and San Diego, CA (4%), and is accepted to be complete in December 2014 (N00019-11-G-0001, 0110).

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Dec 27/13: Raytheon Abstruse Casework Co. in Indianapolis, IN accustomed a best $40.9 actor commitment adjustment adjoin ahead issued basal acclimation acceding for the adjustment of 40 APG-65/73 Alarm Weapon Dispensable Assemblies. The adjustment appears to be bound to the US military.

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The APG-65 is installed aboard USN and USMC F/A-18C/D Hornets (both alarm types), and the USMC’s AV-8B Harrier II Added V/STOL fighters. Abroad, it serves in AV-8Bs operated by Spain and Italy, in Spain’s “EF-18A/Bs” and Kuwait’s F/A-18C/Ds, and in German and Greek F-4 Phantom bang fighters.

The APG-73 serves some of the USA’s F/A-18C/D Hornet fleet, and the USN’s F/A-18E/F Block I Super Hornet (APG-73) fighters. It’s additionally activate in Hornets aureate by Australia (F/A-18AM/BM), Canada (CF-18AM/BM), Finland (F/A-18C/D), Malaysia (F/A-18D), and Switzerland (F/A-18C/D).

Work will be performed in Indianapolis, Ind. (57%); El Segundo, CA (24%); Forest, MS (17%); Andover, Maine (2%), and assignment is accepted to be completed no afterwards than December 2015. Budgetary 2014 Navy alive basal funds in the bulk of $20,455,642 will be answerable at the time of award, and will not expire afore the end of the accepted budgetary year. The adjustment was not competitively acquired and is issued on a sole-source abject in accordance with 10 U.SC 2304(c)(1). Naval Accumulation Systems Command, Weapon Systems Support, Philadelphia, PA manages the adjustment (N00383-14-G-006D, DO 7000).

Dec 12/13: Boeing in St. Louis, MO receives a 5-year, best $872.8 actor indefinite-delivery/ indefinite-quantity adjustment for “system upgrades…. deliverables and casework based on Adjustment Acceding Set action aeon phases for the” F/A-18 A/B, C/D, E/F and EA-18G fighters. Barter accommodate the US Navy ($802.9 million/ 92%) and the governments of Australia ($29.7 million/ 3.4%), Finland ($21.8 million/ 2.5%), Switzerland ($7 million/ 0.8%), Kuwait ($4.4 million/ 0.5%), Malaysia ($4.4 million/ 0.5%), and Canada ($2.6 million/ 0.3%). It is time for USN account action addendum assignment to get action (q.v. Jan 6/11).

Only 100,000 is committed aloft award, application FY 2014 USN RDT&E budgets. Assignment will be performed as appropriate in St. Louis, MO (95%) and China Lake, CA (5%), and is accepted to be complete in December 2018. This adjustment was not competitively procured, pursuant to the FAR 6.302-1; it’s managed by the US Naval Air Warfare Centermost Weapons Division in China Lake, CA (N68936-14-D-0008).

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May 7/15: Reuters appear Wednesday that Boeing is on the bend of actuality awarded a added than $3 billion adjustment for 28 F/A-18E/F Super Hornets, with the abeyant chump alleged as Kuwait. The Kuwaitis currently accomplish the earlier F/A-18 Hornet fighter. The sale, accumulated with a USN appeal for a dozen of the aircraft, should be acceptable to advance the company’s St Louis accumulation curve accomplished their slated 2017 closure.

Dec 28/12: Boeing in St. Louis, MO receives an $81.75 actor firm-fixed-price commitment adjustment accoutrement chip acumen abutment and comestible engineering casework for F/A-18 A-D Hornet and F/A-18 E/F Super Hornet fighters, and EA-18G Growler appropriate jamming aircraft. They’ll accommodate in-service engineering, advice systems, automatic aliment environment, abstruse abstracts updates, abutment accessories engineering, training, and software affiliation abutment for the US Navy ($69.5M / 85%); and the Governments of Australia ($9.0M / 10.98%); Canada ($544,992 / .67%); Finland ($544,992 / 0.67%); Kuwait ($544,992 / 0.67%); Malaysia ($544,992 / 0.67%); Spain ($544,992 / 0.67%); and Switzerland ($544,992 / 0.67%)

Work will be performed in St. Louis, MO (70%); El Segundo, CA (15%); Oklahoma City, OK (6%); Bethpage, NY (5%); and San Diego, CA (4%), and is accepted to be complete in December 2013. This adjustment combines purchases beneath the Adopted Aggressive Sales Program. All adjustment funds are committed immediately, and alone $342,372 will expire at the end of the accepted budgetary year, on Sept 30/13. US NAVAIR in Patuxent River, MD manages the adjustment (N00383-06-D-001J).

Dec 19/12: Malaysia ATFLIRs. Raytheon SAS in McKinney, TX receives a $25.7 actor firm-fixed-price commitment adjustment from Malaysia for 6 Avant-garde Targeting Avant-garde Looking Infrared (ATFLIR) pods, which will be adapted to their F/A-18 C/D fighters. See “Malaysia Wants ATFLIR Targeting Pods for its F/A-18D Hornets” for abounding coverage.

Dec 19/12: Agent Improvement. Accepted Electric Aerodynamics in Lynn, MA receives a $17.5 actor cost-plus-fixed-fee commitment adjustment for engineering and agent adjustment advance services, as allotment of the F414 and F404 Agent Basal Advance Programs. $10.8 actor are committed immediately, of which $6 actor will expire at the end of the accepted budgetary year, on Sept 13/13.

This adjustment combines purchases for the U.S. Navy ($13.3M / 75.6%) and the Governments of Sweden ($1.3M / 7.4%); Australia ($832,277 / 4.8%); Canada ($516,877 / 3.0%); Spain ($514,156 / 2.9%); Finland ($380,856 / 2.2%); Korea ($225,793 / 1.3%); Kuwait ($233,955 / 1.3%); Switzerland ($204,030 / 1.2%), and Malaysia ($48,967 / 0.3%), beneath the Adopted Aggressive Sales Program. Assignment will be performed in Lynn, MA, and is accepted to be complete in December 2013. US NAVAIR in Patuxent River, MD manages the adjustment (N00019-09-G-0009).

Dec 19/12: Avionics. Boeing in St. Louis, MO receives an $8.9 actor firm-fixed-price commitment adjustment adjoin a ahead issued Basal Acclimation Acceding for 285 Collective Helmet Mounted Cueing Adjustment (JHMCS) retrofit kits in abutment of F/A-18C and F/A-18F aircraft.

Work will be performed in St. Louis, MO (56%); Meza, AZ (37%); and El Paso, TX (7%), and is accepted to be complete in June 2015. All adjustment funds are committed immediately, of which $1.35 actor will expire at the end of the accepted budgetary year, on Sept 30/13. US NAVAIR in Patuxent River, MD manages the contract.

Dec 19/12: Avionics. Boeing in St Louis, MO receives a $16.5 actor firm-fixed-price commitment adjustment for CY 2013 Avionics Adjustment Ability (ARF) action abutment to adjustment assorted F/A-18 components. This adjustment additionally includes assignment for Spain and Kuwait (<1%).

Work will be performed at ARF Lemoore, CA (48%); ARF Cecil Field, FL (49%), and Hornet Ascendancy Centermost in Philadelphia, PA (3%), and will be complete by Dec 31/13. All adjustment funds are committed immediately. The adjustment was not competitively acquired in accordance with FAR 6.302-1 by US NAVSUP Weapon Systems Abutment in Philadelphia, PA (N00383-11-G-001H, #0003).

Dec 19/12: Avionics. Boeing in St Louis, MO receives $8,366,154 firm-fixed-price commitment adjustment for CY 2013 Avionics Adjustment Ability (ARF) action abutment to adjustment assorted F/A-18 components.

Work will be performed at ARF Lemoore, CA (48%); ARF Cecil Field, FL (49%), and Hornet Ascendancy Centermost in Philadelphia, PA (3%), and will be complete by Dec 31/13. All adjustment funds are committed immediately. The adjustment was not competitively acquired in accordance with FAR 6.302-1 by US NAVSUP Weapon Systems Abutment in Philadelphia, PA (N00383-11-G-001H, #0002).

Dec 3/12: Engines. Accepted Electric in Lynn MA receives a 3-year, $265 actor achievement based acumen adjustment to accommodate repair, backup and affairs abutment of 35 apparatus acclimated in F404 engines, which accouter F/A-18A-D Hornets.

Work will be performed at the Agile Address Centermost Southeast in Jacksonville, FL and is accepted to be complete by Dec 31/15. Funds will be committed as needed. This adjustment was competitively acquired with 6 offers solicited, but aloof 1 action accustomed from the solicitation. US NAVSUP Weapon Systems Abutment in Philadelphia, PA (N00383-13-D-001M).

Nov 21/12: USN Action Extension. Boeing in St. Louis, MO receives a $9.8 actor cost-plus-incentive-fee adjustment modification for added engineering analyses in abutment of the F/A-18A-D Account Action Addendum Program.

Work will be performed in St. Louis, MO (58%) and El Segundo, CA (42%), and is accepted to be complete in September 2013. All adjustment funds are committed by US Naval Air Systems Command in Patuxent River, MD (N00019-12-C-2010).

Nov 19/12: Boeing in St. Louis, MO accustomed a $23.3 actor firm-fixed-price commitment adjustment for ancient F/A-18 “Generator Advocate Assemblage Believability Improvement” (ECP 6421SOW) engineering services.

Work will be performed in Vandalia, OH (72%); St. Louis, MO (20%); Grand Rapids, MI (5%); Cincinnati, OH (1%); Youngwood, PA (1%); and Morrow, OH (1%), and is accepted to be completed in December 2015. All adjustment funds will be answerable on this award, none of which will expire at the end of the accepted budgetary year. US Naval Air Systems Command in Patuxent River, MD manages the adjustment (N00019-11-G-0001).

Nov 16/12: Raytheon Space and Aeriform Systems in Goleta, CA receives a $23.2 firm-fixed-price adjustment modification for ECM gear. The U.S. Navy is affairs accession 26 AN/ALR-67v3 alarm admonishing receivers ($22.1M/ 95.5%), and Switzerland is affairs 4 of the system’s antitoxin arresting processor weapons backup assemblies ($1.0M/ 4.5%).

The USN flies Super Hornets that use the ALR-67v3, but the Swiss buy can alone be for their F/A-18C/D Hornet fleet.

Work will be performed in Forest, MS (32%); Goleta, CA (20%); San Diego, CA (14%); Chatsworth, CA (11%); Sydney, Australia (11%); Lansdale, PA (8%); and McKinney, TX (4%), and is accepted to be complete in June 2015. All funds are answerable on this award, none of which will expire at the end of the accepted budgetary year. US Naval Air Systems Command in Patuxent River, MD manages the adjustment (N00019-09-C-0052).

Nov 15/12: USN Action Extension. The US GAO publishes GAO-13-51, “Better Bulk Estimates Bare for Extending the Account Action of Selected F-16s and F/A-18s.” The lateness of the F-35, and aeriform flight-hour acceptance over Iraq and Afghanistan, are authoritative it adamantine to accumulate fighter numbers up. Accepted USAF affairs absorb $2.61 billion to advancement at atomic 300 of 1,020 F-16s to fly accession 2,000 hours (est. 6-8 years) each, add added avant-garde radars, etc. The USN would absorb about $2.19 billion to accumulate 150 of 624 F/A-18A-D Hornet fighters aeriform for accession 1,400 flight hours (est. 5 years) each, alongside a abstracted buy of 41 added F/A-18E/F Super Hornets.

The accession is a added big-ticket access that would buy new F-16s or Super Hornets. They would bulk abundant more, but aftermost 4x-5x as long. The botheration is that the bulk of new planes is known, but costs of acclimation absolute aircraft to awning for added F-35 delays or add new capabilities aren’t as clear. F-16 upgrades could acceleration to 650 planes, and F/A-18 Hornet action addendum could acceleration to 280 planes, with the achievability of added adequacy upgrades.

The US Navy’s 2011 plan for its Hornet agile would booty abode over FY 2013-2017. The planes to be upgraded would be distinctively chosen, apparently for low abrasion and structural integrity. They would additionally be alone evaluated for adequacy enhancements, but those aren’t in the $2.19 billion budget. Accepted estimates absorb accession $1.76 actor per Hornet for adequacy upgrades, and an boilerplate of $5.64 actor added if the Hornets charge structural action addendum and obsolescence replacement. That gives us a bulk of amid $2.19 – $3.3 billion if 150 Hornets are upgraded ($14.6 – $22 actor per plane), and the aerial ends of that bulk action poorer abiding bulk for money than affairs a new Super Hornet in the mid-$60 actor range.

If costs are linear, the absolute for a 280 alike affairs would be amid $4.09 – 6.16 billion, but costs are generally not linear. Appropriately the GAO’s advocacy to do a abounding acuteness analysis, so accommodation makers can absolutely accept the ambit of Navy costs amid $2.19 – $6.16 billion.

Sept 28/12: Crumbling in Australia. The Australian letters that the RAAF has been ordered to calibration aback its acceptance of its avant-garde F/A-18AM/BM Hornets, in adjustment to accumulate them applicative until F-35 activate accession in the aboriginal 2020s. Crumbling is demography a austere toll, and 62/71 fighters had “structure fatigue aloft that accepted for the airframe hours.”

Meanwhile, anniversary aliment costs for Australia’s Hornet agile were A$118 actor in 2001, A$ 170 actor in 2012, and is accepted to be A$ 214 actor by 2018. The ANAO sees costs continuing to climb, and says that befitting the agile aeriform aloft 2020 could crave added structural modifications affairs and adequacy upgrades, as able-bodied as added accepted inspections. Aliment for Australia’s new F/A-18F Super Hornets is a abstracted effort, and does not affect their conclusions.

Sept 27/12: An unfinalized $33 actor adjustment band account cardinal adjoin commitment adjustment beneath a ahead awarded adjustment for assorted quantities of new attainable genitalia to abutment the F/A-18 aircraft. Assignment will be performed in St. Louis, MO, and the adjustment will run until Dec 30/15.

The applicative Navy Alive Basal Funds will not expire at the end of the accepted budgetary year. Boeing was the alone aggregation solicited for this non-competitive claim by NAVSUP Weapon Systems Abutment in Philadelphia, PA (N00383-06-D-001J, #0014).

Aug 29/12: A $27.8 actor firm-fixed-price, cost-plus-fee requirements adjustment modification. Boeing will accommodate food and casework for In-Warranty and Out-Of-Warranty depot-level modification installations and In-Service Aliment (ISR).

Work will be performed in Jacksonville, FL and is accepted to be complete in September 2013. No allotment is actuality answerable at time of award; it will be committed as needed. US Naval Air Adjustment Command in Patuxent River, MD manages the adjustment (N00019-11-D-0013).

June 19/12: Raytheon Abstruse Casework Co. in Indianapolis, IN receives $40.3 actor for unpriced bear adjustment 7284, accoutrement the adjustment of 35 weapons repairable assemblies and boutique dispensable assemblies of the APG-65/73 Alarm Adjustment acclimated on F/A-18 Hornet aircraft. The AN/APG-73 is additionally acclimated on a abbreviating cardinal of F/A-18E/F Super Hornets, as those radars are replaced with AN/APG-79 AESA equipment.

Work will be performed in Indianapolis, IN (56.93%); El Segundo, CA (33.79%); Forest, MS (7.25%); and Andover, MA (2.03%), and is accepted to be complete by June 30/14. The adjustment will use FY 2012 Navy Alive Basal Funds, but they won’t expire at the end of the budgetary year. This was a sole-source adjustment by US NAVSUP Weapon Systems Abutment in Philadelphia, PA (N00383-07-G-008D).

May 30/12: Multinational. Northrop Grumman Systems Corp. in El Segundo, CA receives a $14 actor firm-fixed-price, sole-source adjustment for F-18 aircraft rudders, which they’ll accumulation to the US Navy (using FY 2014-2015 Navy Stock funds), Finland, Spain, and Switzerland. Assignment will abide until Oct 30/15. The Aegis Acumen Agency Aerodynamics in Philadelphia, PA manages the adjustment (SPRPA1-11-G-002Z, 5036).

USN; Malaysia; Kuwait.

Spanish EF-18B(click to appearance full)

Dec 29/11: Boeing in St. Louis, MO receives a $9.8 actor cost-plus-incentive-fee adjustment for food and casework to abutment the USA’s F/A-18A-D Account Action Addendum Program. Assignment will be performed in St. Louis, MO (58%), and El Segundo, CA (42%), and is accepted to be complete in February 2013. This adjustment was not competitively acquired pursuant to FAR 6302.1. US Naval Air Systems Command in Patuxent River, MD manages the adjustment (N00019-12-C-2010).

Nov 28/11: Malaysia. Boeing in St. Louis, MO receives a $17.3 actor firm-fixed-price adjustment for the design, development, and accession of engineering change angle (ECP 618) retrofit kits for the RMAF’s 8 F/A-18D Hornet fighters, beneath the Adopted Aggressive Sales Program. This adjustment action additionally includes training for ECP 618 and ECP 624, and the accession of added systems that are allotment of the Malaysian upgrade. Conversations with Boeing explain that:

“This adjustment includes design, development, and accession of retrofit kits that will accommodate added aeronautics and targeting capabilities, forth with associated training for aliment and air crews. The majority of assignment to be performed beneath this adjustment is aural the ambit authentic in the baseline Adopted Aggressive Sales case and not the May 2011 Aegis Security Cooperation Agency advertisement for the Avant-garde Targeting Avant-garde Looking Infrared [targeting pods, see DID coverage] which itself was an alteration to the absolute baseline FMS case.”

That ambit includes GPS improvements, a black moving-map cockpit display, changes to IFF, and the accession of the JHMCS helmet-mounted sight. Assignment will be performed in St. Louis, MO (70%), and Butterworth, Malaysia (30%), and is accepted to be complete in April 2015. US Naval Air Systems Command in Patuxent River, MD will administer the auction on account of its FMS client. See additionally Boeing.

Nov 8/11: Kuwait. The US DSCA announces [PDF] Kuwait’s appeal to buy continuing Architect Engineering & Aliment Services, Hush House Aliment Abutment services, Liaison Office Abutment Services, and accompanying US government and adjustment abutment for their F/A-18C/D Hornets. The estimated bulk is $100 million.

The arch contractors will be Boeing in St. Louis, MO; Kay and Associates in Buffalo Grove, IL; Automated Acoustics Aggregation in Winchester, UK; and Accepted Dynamics in Fairfax, VA.

Nov 7/11: Multinational. Boeing in St. Louis, MO receives a $7.9 actor cost-plus-fixed-fee, indefinite-delivery/ indefinite-quantity adjustment modification, appliance options from for F/A-18 Hornet in-service abutment on account of Switzerland ($2.42 million; 30.7%); Finland ($1.8 million; 22.9%); Canada ($925,000; 11.7%); Kuwait ($919,250; 11.7%); Malaysia ($919,250; 11.7%); Australia ($490,800; 6.2%); and Spain ($404,914; 5.1%). Boeing casework will accommodate affairs management, logistics, engineering support, accidental materials, and abstruse data.

Work will be performed in St. Louis, MO, and is accepted to be complete in December 2012. This is a Adopted Aggressive Sales Affairs contract, managed by US NAVAIR in Patuxent River, MD (N00019-09-D-0010).

Sept 28/11: Boeing in Jacksonville FL accustomed a $31.5 actor firm-fixed-price, cost-plus-fee requirements contract. It covers food and casework for in-warranty and out-of-warranty depot-level modification installations, and in-service aliment adventure to modification kit installs, including associated absolute and casework as appropriate to abutment the connected safe, reliable, and bigger operation of the F/A-18 alternation aircraft.

Work will be performed in Jacksonville, FL, and is accepted to be complete in September 2012. Allotment will be committed as needed, and this acquaintance was not competitively acquired by US Naval Air Adjustment Command in Patuxent River, MD (N00019-11-D-0013).

Aug 31/11: Canada. Canada adds up to C$ 111 actor (currently about $112 million) to its CF-18 Primary Air Vehicle adjustment with L-3 Aggressive Aerodynamics Casework (L-3 MAS), converting the antecedent adjustment to a abounding Optimized Weapon Adjustment Abutment program.

The adjustment breach bottomward as accession C$ 80 actor to 2017 in the abject adjustment (now C$ 547 million), added a set of addendum options that could extend the added assignment out to 2020 and accession the absolute by C$ 111 million, demography the all-embracing adjustment to C$664 actor (currently $676 million). OWSS adds new items to the antecedent contract’s account of maintained apparatus (vid. Sept 1/10, see additionally Oct 14/10) by accumulation them beneath this 1 contract, but doesn’t change adjustment breadth or added particulars. Public Works Canada | L-3 MAS [PDF].

Aug 25/11: USN Action Extension. AOL Aegis letters that some USMC Hornets are extensive account action limits, which accept risen to 9,000 – 10,000 flight hours afterwards the abounding Account Action Addendum Program.

“Headquarters Marine Corps – Aviation, who baby-sit the service’s aerodynamics budget, were determined the SLEP accomplishment would go no added than the 9,000- to 10,000-hour extension… [Marine Corps agent Capt. Brian] Block told AOL Aegis that the accomplished boilerplate flight time on any account F/A-18 Hornet is aloof over 8,500 hours. “Moreover, not a distinct F/A-18 Hornet in the Department of the Navy account has surpassed the 9,000 hour mark,” Block said… Block said that Marine Corps crews “are administering accepted aliment at an accelerated clip due to college utilization”… Maj. Gen. Jon Davis, administrator of the 2nd Marine Corps Air Accession [said that] “You cannot accumulate it up forever.”

March 30/11: A $24.2 actor cost-plus-fixed-fee adjustment modification for “supplies and casework to abutment depot-level modification installations and in-service aliment of [USN/USMC] F/A-18 alternation aircraft.” Assignment will be performed in Jacksonville, FL, and is accepted to be complete by September 2011. US Naval Air Systems Command in Patuxent River, MD manages the adjustment (N00189-08-D-Z028).

March 4/11: Multinational. Martin-Baker Aircraft Co., Ltd. in Middlesex, England receives an $18.3 actor firm-fixed bulk adjustment modification to exercise an advantage for 65 Navy Aircrew Accepted Casting Seats (NACES). They will accouter F/A-18 A /C Hornets and F/A-18E/F Super Hornet and EA-18G Growler aircraft aureate by the U.S. Navy ($18.2M/ 99.4%), and the air armament of Australia (F/A-18A and F/A-18F; $51,920/ 0.27%) and Kuwait (F/A-18C ; $61,730; 0.33%). This advantage additionally buys associated hardware, equipment, abstruse data, and accumulation abutment services.

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Work will be performed in Johnstown, PA (60%), and Middlesex, England (40%), and is accepted to be complete in December 2012. Adjustment funds will not expire at the end of the accepted budgetary year. US Naval Air Systems Command in Patuxent River, MD manages the contract. See additionally Feb 25/11 entry.

March 3/11: Boeing in St. Louis, MO receives an $8.8 actor firm-fixed-price commitment adjustment for chip acumen support; in-service engineering; advice systems; abstruse data; abutment accessories engineering; automatic aliment environment; training/software affiliation support; provisioning; and A-D comestible engineering casework in abutment of the F/A-18 A-D Hornet, F/A-18 E/F Super Hornet, and EA-18G Growler aircraft.

Work will be performed in St. Louis, MO (70%); El Segundo, CA (15%); Oklahoma City, OK (6%); Bethpage, NY (5%); and San Diego, CA (4%), and is accepted to be complete in December 2011. US Naval Air Systems Command in Patuxent River, MD manages the adjustment (N00383-06-D-001J).

Feb 28/11: USN Action Extension. A Gannett Navy Times commodity accommodation the efforts underway to accumulate the US Navy’s agile of F/A-18 A-D Hornet fighters in service, until some of them can be replaced by F-35B/C jets.

The USN’s F/A-18 affairs manager, Capt. Mark Darrah, is quoted as adage that the Hornet agile is averaging about 330 flight-hours per year, which agency they’re consistently about 30% aloft planned usage. Abounding accept now exceeded alike their connected acceptance bulk of 8,000 flight hours. Fortunately, their draft bulk charcoal low.

Carrier Air Accession 7 administrator Capt. Roy Kelley adds that the F/A-18E/F Super Hornet agile is additionally afire through airframe hours, with 73 of the fleet’s 418 aircraft already over 3,000 hours – wich is about half-way through their safe architecture lifetimes.

The Navy hopes to extend its Hornet airframes to 10,000 safe flight hours, up from the easier ambition of 8,600. Anniversary alike costs about $15 actor aback put through the abysmal inspections and face-lifting program. It’s accompanied by abundant record-keeping, and a connected bamboozlement act amid the squadrons. Darrah says that NAVAIR/NAF’s anniversary modification assay “literally makes the decisions every division on, agency cardinal by agency number, what aircraft will be assigned to what units,” based heavily on flight hour and aliment issues. Already on the carrier, that bamboozlement continues. Networking has fabricated flight abstracts files compilable and attainable aloft the fleet, acceptance for alien assay by able teams, and absolution squadrons aces beneath ambitious missions for high-hours airframes, in adjustment to alike out abrasion and tear.

Feb 25/11: A $10.8 actor adjustment for the US Navy’s F/A-18 A-D Navy aircrew accepted casting bench retrofit: 24 multipurpose affectation indicators; 12 accumbent bearings displays; and 37 install kits (AFC-430, AFC-493, and AYC-1363).

Work will be performed in Toronto, Ontario, Canada (57%); St. Louis, MO (24%); Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada (3%); Grand Rapids, MI (2%); Sylmar, CA (1%); Tempe, AR (1%); El Paso, TX (1%); El Segundo, CA (1%); and assorted locations throughout the United States (10%); and is accepted to be complete in February 2013. All adjustment funds will expire at the end of the accepted budgetary year, on Sept 30/11 (N00019-11-G-0001).

Jan 6/11: USN Action Extension. As allotment of a plan account $150 billion in account cuts and allotment accouterment over the abutting 5 years, Aegis Secretary Robert Gates states that he is acceding the Marine Corps’ F-35B on the agnate of a 2-year probation, extends the F-35 program’s development appearance afresh to 2016, and cuts accumulation of all models over the 2012-2016 time period.

In response, the Navy will add 41 Super Hornets, and accomplish account action addendum assignment on accession 150 F/A-18 A-D Hornets. Pentagon absolution re: all-embracing plan | Abounding Gates accent and Gates/Mullen Q&A archetype | F-35 conference advancement [PDF] || Aerodynamics Week | Fort Account Star-Telegram’s Sky Talk blog.

Australia; Canada; Finland; Switzerland.

Malaysian F/A-18D:Bersama Shield 2010(click to appearance full)

Dec 30/10: FIRST. Boeing in St. Louis, MO receives a $69.1 actor commitment adjustment beneath the F/A-18 Chip Address Abutment Aggregation (FIRST) Affairs for connected abutment of F/A-18 A-D Hornet, F/A-18 E/F Super Hornet, and EA-18G Growler fleets of the U.S. Navy ($64.6M/ 93.6%); and the governments of Australia ($1.7M/ 2.5%), Canada ($513,996; 0.7%), Spain ($513,996/ 0.7%), Finland ($513,966/ 0.7%), Switzerland ($513,996; 0.7%), Kuwait ($513,996/ 0.7%), and Malaysia ($256,998/ 0.4%).

Under FIRST, which began in 2001, Boeing manages and forecasts spares and repairs, oversees spares inventories, makes supportability improvements aural the account in adjustment to accommodated its availability targets, and handles obsolescence administration and technology insertion. Like the British “contracting for availability” agreements, the cold is to advance agile abutment and aircraft address while abbreviation costs. Boeing will be adored for accepting the aircraft accommodated in-service address targets, rather than accepting paid for added genitalia or hours worked.

Work will be performed in St. Louis, MO (70%); El Segundo, CA (15%); Oklahoma City, OK (6%); Bethpage, NY (5%); and San Diego, CA (4%); and is accepted to be complete in December 2011. US Naval Air Systems Command in Patuxent River, MD manages this adjustment (N00383-06-D-001J).

Dec 27/10: Finland/ Switzerland. A $66.2 actor firm-fixed-price commitment adjustment beneath the basal acclimation acceding for weapon dispensable assemblies and added circuitous genitalia acclimated in retrofitting F/A-18C/D aircraft for the governments of Finland (62/ $44.6M/ 67%), and Switzerland (33/ $21.6M/ 33%).

Work will be performed in Cedar Rapids, IA (44.8%); St. Louis, MO (26.8%); Fort Worth, TX (14.9%); Oakland, NJ (6.4%); Grand Rapids, MI (3.3%); Butler, NJ (1.3%); Sylmar, CA (1%); Killdeer, ND (0.5%); Mesa, AZ (0.4%); El Segundo, CA (0.3%); Wallingford, CT (0.2%); and Horsham, PA (0.1%), and is accepted to be complete in April 2015. US Naval Air Systems Command in Patuxent River, MD manages the adjustment on account of these Adopted Aggressive Auction audience (N00019-11-G-0001).

Dec 23/10: Multinational. Moog, Inc. in East Aurora, NY receives a $17.3 actor adjustment for 1,626 kits appropriate to complete engineering change angle #1054 for F/A-18 LA-d arch bend accessory automatic drive accumulation adjustment for the US Navy (1,260/ $13.4M/ 77.49%) and the governments of Finland (138/ $1.5M/ 8.49%), Kuwait (94/ $998,374/ 5.78%), Switzerland (68/ $722,228/ 4.18%), Spain (50/ 531,050/ 3.08%), and Malaysia (16/ $169,936/ 0.98%).

Work will be performed in Torrance, CA, and is accepted to be completed in November 2014, but $13.4 actor will expire at the end of the accepted budgetary year, on Sept 30/11. US Naval Air Systems Command in Patuxent River, MD manages these affairs on account of all barter (SPM4A1-06-G-0002).

Dec 22/10: A $10.3 actor firm-fixed-price commitment adjustment #0010 beneath ahead awarded adjustment (N00383-06-D-001J) for accumulation of adenoids landing apparatus acclimated on the F/A-18 aircraft. Assignment will be performed in St. Louis, MO, and is accepted to be complete by January 2015. This adjustment was not competitively awarded by the Naval Account Ascendancy Point in Philadelphia, PA.

Dec 22/10: Multinational. Raytheon Abstruse Casework in Indianapolis, IN receives $33 actor for a priced commitment adjustment of APG-65/73 alarm adjustment apparatus acclimated in abutment of the F/A-18 aircraft. AN/APG-65 radars are absolute to the F/A-18 A-D Hornet, including Spain and Kuwait’s models; while the AN/APG-73 equips earlier F/A-18 E/F Super Hornets, as able-bodied as F/A-18 upgrades and C/D archetypal Hornets aureate by the USMC, Australia, Canada, Finland, Malaysia, and Switzerland. Abounding Super Hornets with APG-73 radars are accepting them replaced by next-generation AN/APG-79 AESA models, so Super Hornets will anatomy a abbreviating abject for the earlier APG-73.

Work will be performed in Indianapolis, IN (65%); El Segundo, CA (20%); Forest, MS (13%); and Andover, MA (2%), and is accepted to be complete by January 2015. This adjustment was not competitively awarded by the US Naval Account Ascendancy Point in Philadelphia, PA, as there’s aloof 1 architect for these radars (N00383-07-G-008D, #7152).

Dec 21/10: A $13.4 actor firm-fixed-price commitment adjustment for Avionics Adjustment Ability support, to adjustment assorted F/A-18 components. Assignment will be performed in Lemoore, CA (49%); Cecil Field, FL (49%); and Philadelphia, PA (3%), and is to be complete by December 2011.

This accomplishment includes the governments of Spain, Malaysia, and Kuwait (all beneath than 1%) beneath the Adopted Aggressive Sales program, and was not competitively awarded by the US Naval Account Ascendancy Point in Philadelphia, PA (N00383-07-G-005H, #0012).

Dec 3/10: Kuwait. Boeing in St. Louis, MO receives a $16.9 actor commitment adjustment for food and casework appropriate to advancement 39 Kuwaiti F/A-18C/D Hornet fighters. The upgrades will add a Miniature Aeriform Global Positioning Receiver 2000 with careful availability anti-spoofing bore (SAASM), agnate improvements to the fighters’ affective map displays, and a cockpit pressurization admonishing system.

Work will be performed in Ahmed Al-Jaber Air Base, Kuwait (90%), and in St. Louis, MO (10%), and is accepted to be complete in June 2014. The Naval Air Systems Command in Patuxent River, MD will administer this adjustment on account of the Adopted Aggressive Dale chump (N00019-05-G-0026). Kuwait is currently evaluating abiding backup options for its Hornet fleet, with France’s Rafale billed as a arch contender.

Nov 22/10: Multinational. Boeing receives a $7.6 actor cost-plus-fixed-fee, indefinite-delivery/indefinite abundance adjustment modification, appliance an advantage for in-service abutment of F/A-18 Hornet aircraft of the governments of Australia ($464,714; 6%), Canada ($872,514; 12%), Finland ($1.7M; 22%), Kuwait ($874,264; 12%), Malaysia ($864,264; 11%), Spain ($385,847; 5%), and Switzerland ($2.46M; 32%). Casework to be provided accommodate affairs management, logistics, engineering support, and accidental abstracts and abstruse data.

Work will be performed in St. Louis, MO, and will run to in December 2011. The US Naval Air Systems Command in Patuxent River, MD manages the adjustment (N00019-09-D-0010).

Oct 14/10: Canada. The Canadian government has apprenticed Calgary-based Harris Canada Inc. to abide avionics aliment of its CF-18 fighter jets, until their replacements are accessible to fly. The adjustment is account up to C$ 273.8 actor (currently at asperous adequation with American dollar) until 2020.

It is added focused than the aloft L-3 MAS adjustment (q.v. Sept 1/10), which covers the absolute aircraft, but it’s a agnate array of extension. Canadian Press | The Globe and Mail.

Sept 24/10: Multinational. A $21.6 actor firm-fixed-price commitment adjustment for chip acumen support, in-service engineering, advice systems, abstruse data, abutment accessories engineering, automatic aliment environment, training/software affiliation support, accessories and comestible engineering in abutment of F/A-18 A-D, E/F, and EA-18G aircraft. This modification combines purchases for the U.S. Navy ($18.5 million; 85.7%) and the governments of Australia ($2.5 million, 11.5%); Canada ($212,300, 1%); Spain ($147,700, 0.7%); Finland ($98,500, 0.5%); Kuwait ($61,500, 0.3%), Switzerland ($52,300, 0.2%), and Malaysia ($12,300; 0.1%), beneath the Adopted Aggressive Sales program.

Work will be performed in St. Louis, MO (70%); El Segundo, CA (15%); Oklahoma City, OK (6%); Bethpage, NY (5%); and San Diego, CA (4%); and is accepted to be complete in December 2010. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, MD manages the adjustment (N00383-06-D-001J).

Sept 22/10: Northrop Grumman Corp., Chip Systems, El Segundo, CA receives a $35.6 actor firm-fixed-price adjustment modification for 33 F/A-18 A-D centermost butt sections, and apart and assorted parts. Assignment will be performed in El Segundo, CA, and is accepted to be complete in October 2013. US Naval Air Systems Command in Patuxent River, MD manages the adjustment (N00019-10-C-0052).

Sept 1/10: Canada. The Canadian Prime Minister’s Office announces that the government has connected its CF-18 Systems Engineering Abutment Adjustment to L-3 Communications MAS of Mirabel, Quebec until at atomic 2017. This 7-year adjustment addendum is admired at C$ 467 million, with 3 added 1-year addendum options that could add accession C$ 86 actor (C$ 553 actor total), and amplitude the adjustment until the end of the fleet’s estimated account action in 2020.

The contractor’s primary albatross for the CF-18 Hornet agile is development and aliment assignment that includes mission software, structural testing, depot-level inspections and repairs, abstruse abutment teams, and added engineering services. In accession to their Canadian aliment work, they’ve additionally been circuitous in Australia’s HUG [PDF] Hornet advancement and life-extension program. Canadian PMO | L-3 MAS [PDF] | CBC | Civic Post.

June 24/10: Australia. L-3 MAS announces [PDF] the on-time commitment of the aftermost of 10 Royal Australian Air Force F/A-18 Hornet aircraft for which it performed Centre Butt Backup (CBR) work, beneath adjustment to the Australian Defence Materiel Organisation (DMO). See March 6/06 entry, which covered antecedent ancestor work, and was followed by a accumulation and affiliation contract. See additionally Aug 22/07 entry.

Under the DMO’s Hornet Advancement Appearance 3 (HUG 3) program, the aircraft systems and wings were removed in Williamtown by BAE Systems Australia. The Hornet fuselages were airlifted to the L-3 MAS CBR-dedicated ability in Mirabel, Canada on a busy AN-124 abundant burden aircraft, afresh beatific aback to Williamtown for final accumulation and alternate to flight cachet by BAE. See additionally BAE Systems Australia.BAE Systems Australia.

Australia; Finland; Kuwait.

Kuwaiti F/A-18C(click to appearance full)

Dec 28/09: Kuwait. DynCorp All-embracing LLC in Fort Worth, TX accustomed a $16.9 actor modification to a ahead awarded cost-plus-fixed-fee adjustment (N00019-06-C-0308), appliance an advantage for aliment casework in abutment of the Kuwaiti Air Force F/A-18 Affairs beneath the Adopted Aggressive Sales Program. Assignment will be performed in Kuwait (90%) and Fort Worth, TX (10%), and is accepted to be complete in December 2010. The Naval Air Systems Command in Patuxent River, MD issued the contract.

Dec 8/09: A $6.6 actor not-to-exceed adjustment adjoin a ahead issued Basal Acclimation Acceding (N00019-05-G-0026) for F/A-18 A-D Account Action Addendum Affairs Appearance B engineering abutment services. Assignment will be performed in St. Louis, MO (55%), and El Segundo, CA (45%), and is accepted to be completed in December 2010. The Naval Air Systems Command in Patuxent River, MD issued the contracts.

Dec 2/09: Kuwait. A $9.5 actor adjustment adjoin a ahead issued Basal Acclimation Acceding (N00019-05-G-0026) for the all-important personnel, absolute and abutment to adjustment or alter damaged apparatus of Kuwait F/A-18 aircraft appendage cardinal 421 for the government of Kuwait beneath the Adopted Aggressive Sales program.

Work will be performed at Ahmed Al Jaber Air Base, Kuwait, and is accepted to be complete in December 2012. The Naval Air Systems Command in Patuxent River, MD manages the contract.

Nov 12/09: Multinational. A $10.8 actor modification to a ahead awarded cost-plus-fixed-fee, indefinite-delivery/ indefinite-quantity adjustment (N00019-09-D-0010, appliance an advantage to accommodate in-service abutment for Switzerland ($2.7 million; 25%), Australia ($1.6 million; 15%), Finland ($1.6 million; 15%), Canada ($1.6 million; 15%), Kuwait ($1.1 million; 10%), Malaysia ($1.1 million; 10%) and Spain’s ($1.1 million; 10%) F/A-18 Hornets. This accomplishment will include, but is not bound to, affairs management, engineering and acumen support. Assignment will be performed in St. Louis, MO, and is accepted to be complete in December 2010. The Naval Air Systems Command in Patuxent River, MD manages the contract.

Nov 5/09: Finland. A $13.7 actor firm-fixed-price commitment adjustment adjoin a ahead issued basal acclimation acceding (N00019-05-G-0026) for 2 F/A-18C/D Mid-Life Advancement 2 validation-verification kits for the Finnish Air Force beneath the Adopted Aggressive Sales program. Assignment will be performed in St. Louis, MO, and is accepted to be complete in September 2011. The Naval Air Systems Command in Patuxent River, MD manages the contract.

May 28/09: Australia. L-3 MAS and BAE Systems Australia advertise a 4-year, A$ 150 actor adjustment to accommodate connected appellation aliment and modification abutment to the Royal Australian Air Force’s F/A-18 Hornet aircraft, with 5 years of added addendum options through 2018. L-3 MAS.

March 18/09: Boeing accessory McDonnell Douglas Corp. accustomed a $6.6 actor firm-fixed-price adjustment adjoin a ahead issued basal acclimation acceding (N00019-05-G-0026). They will accomplish for close accession about-face and believability improvements appropriate pursuant to Engineering Change Angle (ECP) 609. This ECP will catechumen absolute F/A-18A/B Lots 5-9 Close Accession assemblies to be accordant with F/A-18 C/D (Lots 10, 11, 12, and up) aircraft. This ECP additionally defines changes appropriate to catechumen absolute F/A-18 C/D Lots 10 and 11 Close Wings to be accordant with F/A-18 C/D Lots 12 and up aircraft, addresses believability issues with 2 ammunition tubes by replacing them with calefaction advised versions, and defining requirements to advance sealing of the close wing, in adjustment to anticipate accent bane arise of the lower batten flanges.

Work will be performed in St. Louis, MO (74%) and Mesa, AZ (26%), and is accepted to be complete in December 2012. The Naval Air Systems Command in Patuxent River, MD manages the contract.

Feb 13/09: Multinational. Boeing accessory McDonnell Douglas Corp. accustomed a $10.4 actor bulk added anchored fee, indefinite-delivery/ indefinite-quantity contract. They will accommodate affairs management, logistics, and engineering casework and accidental abstracts and abstruse abstracts in abutment of F/A-18s aureate by Australia ($927,200/ 8.9%), Canada ($1.6M/ 15.56%), Finland ($2.2M/ 21.32%), Kuwait ($1.3M/ 12.45%), Malaysia ($806,352/ 7.74%), Spain ($362,000/ 3.48%), and Switzerland ($3.2M/ 30.55%). The Naval Air Systems Command in Patuxent River, MD manages this adjustment (N00019-09-D-0010).

Cracks in US fleet. Australia; Finland; Switzerland.

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Dec 19/08: Multinational. Boeing accessory McDonnell Douglas Corp in St Louis, MO accustomed cost-plus-incentive-fee, cost-plus-fixed-fee adjustment with an estimated bulk of $905.3 million. In return, the close will accommodate the abutment casework appropriate to enhance the F/A-18 A-D Hornet, F/A-18 E/F Super Hornet, and EA-18G Growler aircraft with a alternation of Adjustment Acceding Sets (SCS) for F/A-18 ancestors aircraft operated by the U.S. Navy, U.S. Marine Corps, and the Governments of Canada, Australia, Spain, Kuwait, Switzerland, Finland and Malaysia.

Work will be performed in St. Louis, MO (95%) and at the Naval Air Warfare Centermost Weapons Division, China Lake, CA (5%), and is accepted to be complete in December 2013. The Naval Air Warfare Centermost Weapons Division in China Lake, CA issued the adjustment (N68936-09-D-0002).

Dec 17/08: Switzerland. The Swiss Standerat approves the aegis program, including Hornet modernization. Armasuisse absolution [in German].

Dec 9/08: Australia. Australia’s government announces that the final Hornet Advancement (HUG) Appearance 2.2 aircraft has now been delivered with modifications to the alarm system, avionics system, cyberbanking warfare apartment and a Hornet aircrew training system. The aftermost of 14 RAAF Hornets to accept the acting cyberbanking warfare advancement has been auspiciously delivered beneath HUG Appearance 2.3 with Raytheon’s ALR-67v3 alarm admonishing system. Both advancement sets were reportedly delivered on time and on budget. The abutting date of HUG 2.3 is set to activate in May 2009, and will add a new countermeasures dispensing system, new abstracts recorder and a added software upgrade. Australian DoD release.

Oct 23/08: Arise up? The US Navy orders inspections aloft its 636 alike Hornet fleet, afterwards cracks are activate in aileron hinges on 15 aircraft. In December 2008, a blast kills 3 bodies and destroys several San Diego houses – but it appears to be the aftereffect of an agent failure. Read “Aging Aircraft: Cracks in USA’s F/A-18 fleet” for more.

Oct 1/08: Accepted Electric in Lynn, MA accustomed a 5-year, $641 actor Achievement Based Acumen (PBL) requirements adjustment for the F404 agent acclimated on the F/A-18 A-D aircraft. PBL affairs are structured with bonuses for affair key achievement requirements like readiness, and penalties for declining to accommodated them.

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Repair, replacement, and affairs abutment assignment will be performed at Lynn, MA, and is accepted to be complete by December 2012. This accomplishment combines efforts with the U.S. Navy (97%) and the Government of Switzerland (1%); Finland (1%), and Kuwait (1%) beneath the Adopted Aggressive Sales Program. This adjustment was not competitively acquired by the Naval Account Ascendancy Point.

Sept 26/08: Multinational. A $10.2 actor firm-fixed-price adjustment adjoin a ahead issued basal acclimation acceding (N00019-05-G-0026) for 703 F/A-18 Cockpit Pressure Admonishing Adjustment kits to accouter the U.S. Navy, (590, $7.9 million, 77.8%) and the Governments of Finland, (66, $994,999, 9.8%), Kuwait (39, $863,000, 8.5%) and Malaysia (8, $399,854, 3.9%).

Work will be performed in St. Louis, MO (85%) and Mesa, AZ (15%), and is accepted to be complete in October 2012. Adjustment funds in the bulk of $3.9 actor will expire at the end of the accepted budgetary year.

Sept 26/08: A $13.6 actor modification to a ahead awarded close anchored bulk adjustment (N00019-04-C-0014) for assimilation of Engineering Change Angle (ECP) 6318 “Incorporation of upgraded Solid Accompaniment Recorder (USSR)” to accommodate “high allegiance recording of the 14 F/A-18E, 9 F/A-18F, and 22 EA-18G 8 x 10 affectation that retains and expands on the accepted Solid accompaniment Recorder capabilities.”

Despite the references circumscribed the upgrades to Super Hornet ancestors aircraft, this modification/order is said to amalgamate purchases for the U.S. Navy ($7.6 million, 56%) and the Governments of Switzerland ($3 million, 22%) and Finland ($3 million; 22%) beneath the Adopted Aggressive Sales Program. The closing 2 countries, of course, fly alone F/A-18C/D Hornets. Assignment will be performed in St. Louis, MO, and is accepted to be complete in November 2010.

Sept 25/08: Switzerland. Accepted Dynamics Advice Technology announces a 5-year adjustment to accommodate affairs administration casework for the Swiss government’s F/A-18 fleet. The adjustment has a absolute abeyant bulk of $25.7 actor if all options are exercised. Accepted Dynamics will accommodate logistics, advice technology (IT) and engineering support, forth with communications administration and training services.

Sept 25/08: Switzerland/ Finland. Boeing accessory McDonnell Douglas Corp. accustomed a $20.1 actor modification to a ahead awarded indefinite-delivery/ indefinite-quantity adjustment (N00019-04-D-0015) for new cockpit affectation suites on account of Switzerland and Finland. These suites will be acclimated as lab assets for the architecture and development of a new cockpit affectation associated with both countries’ F/A-18C/D advancement programs. Assignment will be performed in St. Louis, MO, and is accepted to be complete in December 2011. The US Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) manages the contract.

Sept 24/08: Switzerland. The Swiss House of Representatives rejects the PA08 program, ambidextrous a political draft to defence abbot Samuel Schmid, and a affairs draft to F/A-18 modernization. Switzerland’s Senate will vote on it afresh in December 2008.

The botheration is Swiss affair politics. While the left-wing Greens and Social-Democrats are anxiously against to such measures, the bourgeois People’s Affair (SVP) has threatened to veto and block all new accoutrements expenditures. Samuel Schmid’s claimed breach with the SVP appears to be advantageous abrogating dividends; afterwards SVP support, the centre-right Radicals and Christian Democrats abridgement the appropriate votes. ISN assay | Swiss Info story.

Sept 22/08: Switzerland. The Swiss Federal Council announces approval of the country’s SFR 917 actor (about $844 million) Armaments Affairs 2008 (PA 08). Aural that program, SFR 404 actor is appropriate to advancement and advance Switzerland’s 33 F/A-18C/D fighters.

“[the fleet] charge be able for the added allotment of its 30-year account life… to abate costs, their accession will be undertaken in alongside with those of added countries. However, because of bulk issues, Swiss F/A-18s will not [be] able for air-to-ground missions, nor for aeriform reconnaissance.”

Read “Switzerland’s Hornet Advancement 25 Program” for more.

Sept 9/08: Finland. The US DSCA announces Finland’s official appeal for equipment, to abutment the 3rd appearance of its F-18 Mid-Life Advancement Affairs to improve its 63 F/A-18C and F/A-18D Hornet aircraft. The affairs could be account up to $406 million. Read “Finland Requests 3rd Advancement Appearance for its F-18s” for abounding details.

Sept 4/08: Australia. Australia has initially adjudge to alter 49 centermost butt sections in its Hornet fleet, and has already amorphous the process. In parallel, however, it additionally ran a abounding calibration fatigue testing affairs for removed centermost butt sections, address of Australia’s DSTO, QinetiQ-Aerostructures, and Fortburn. The Hon. Warren Snowdon MP, Australia’s Abbot for Defence Science and Cadre beneath Defence Abbot Joel Fitzgibbon, arise that in ablaze of this testing:

“…the absolute action of the Hornet centre barrels is 10%, or 2 years, greater than originally certified… These allegation are acknowledgment to Australia’s internationally recognised world-leading adeptness in testing and managing ageing aircraft, and is the aftereffect of decades of acquaintance developing this capability.”

In response, Australia’s centermost butt backup affairs may bead from 49 aircraft to 10, a move that would save up to A$ 400 actor (currently about $330 million) and leave added aircraft attainable for missions.

Aug 14/08: Boeing accessory McDonnell Douglas Corp. accustomed a $17.4 actor modification to a ahead awarded firm-fixed-price, bulk added anchored fee adjustment (N00383-06-D-001J) to absorb column accumulation and achievement based acumen abutment requirements. This abutment is advised to ensure the connected safe and able operations of fielded F/A-18 A-D aircraft in the US Navy and US Marine Corps ($12.6 million; 72%); and by the governments of Australia ($794,520; 5%), Canada ($1.5 million; 8%), Spain ($1 million; 6%), Finland ($677,991; 4%), Switzerland ($360,183; 2%), Kuwait ($423,744; 2%), and Malaysia ($84,749; 1%).

Work will be performed in St. Louis, MO (76%); El Segundo, CA (21%); Warner Robins, GA (2%); and Santa Clarita, CA (1%), and is accepted to be complete in December 2008.

July 10/08: Australia. L-3 Communications MAS in Montreal, Canada announces a adjustment beneath Australia’s F/A-18 Centre Butt Backup (CBR) program, which is allotment of their Structural Face-lifting Action Appearance 2 (SRP2). L-3 MAS began its SRP accord with Australia’s DMO in 2002, and Australia’s antecedent CBR adjustment with was awarded in December 2005. The added appearance of that CBR adjustment is account up to USD$ 106 million, and was awarded n June 2008.

Under this new phase, L-3 MAS will bear 4 low bulk antecedent accumulation (LRIP) aircraft followed by 4 full-rate accumulation aircraft amid May 2008 – June 2010, while accouterment accessory casework such as affairs management, engineering services, detached modifications, spares and kits. The aircraft are inducted and able by BAE Systems Australia in Williamtown afore actuality airlifted to the L-3 MAS F/A-18 CBR ability in Mirabel, Canada. Already re-spliced and repaired by L-3 MAS, the aircraft are alternate to Williamtown for final assembly, flight testing and commitment to the DMO. The adjustment allows for options that could extend center-barrel backup accumulation to 2014.

The L-3 absolution briefly discusses the Mirabel facility’s use of angular accomplishment principles, and makes ambiguous references to a contempo adjustment with Spain involving its EA-18s. “L-3 MAS Wins Added Appearance of Aloft F/A-18 Centre Butt Adjustment with Australia and Is Awarded New Adjustment with Spain” was not acquaint the web.

July 1/08: Accepted Electric Aerodynamics in Lynn, MA accustomed a $30.8 actor 3-month addendum of a ahead awarded requirements adjustment (N00383-03-D-011M) for adjustment or backup apparatus and affairs abutment for the F404 agent acclimated on the F/A-18 A-D aircraft.

This accolade combines an accomplishment amid the U.S. Navy (90%) and the Governments of Spain (1%); Canada (1%); Australia (1%); Kuwait (1%); and Switzerland (1%) beneath the Adopted Aggressive Sales Program. DID is acquainted that this adds up to 95%, but that’s what was in the DefenseLINK announcement.

Work will be performed in Jacksonville, FL (90%) and Lynn, MA (10%), and is accepted to be complete by September 2008. The Naval Account Ascendancy Point manages this contract.

June 16/08: USN/ Finland. Northrup Grumman Corp Chip Systems, in El Segundo, CA accustomed a $48.3 actor firm-fixed-price adjustment for 20 centermost butt aircraft sections and 6 agent nacelles (5 for the U.S. Navy and 1 for the Government of Finland’s F/A-18 C/D aircraft). In addition, this adjustment provides for apart and assorted parts.

This adjustment combines purchases for the United States Navy ($47.2 million; 98%), and Government of Finland ($1.1 million; 2%) beneath the Adopted Aggressive Sales Program. Assignment will be performed in El Segundo, CA (85%); and St. Augustine, FL (15%), and is accepted to be complete in November 2011. Adjustment funds in the bulk of $2.5 actor will expire at the end of the accepted budgetary year. This adjustment was not competitively acquired by the Naval Air Systems Command in Patuxent River, MD (N00019-08-C-0052).

April 30/08: Northrop Grumman Corp. in El Segundo, CA accustomed a beam priced $25 actor commitment adjustment beneath a Basal Acclimation Acceding (N00383-06-G-032D, #5115) for aircraft rudders which are spares in abutment of the F/A-18 aircraft. Assignment will be performed in El Segundo, CA and is accepted to be complete by April 2011. This adjustment was not competitively acquired by the Naval Account Ascendancy Point.

Australia; Canada; Kuwait; Switzerland.

Australian F/A-18A(click to appearance full)

Dec 18/07: Switzerland. Switzerland’s makes an official appeal to the USA for up to $535 actor in new accessories and refurbishments beneath its F/A-18C/D Advancement 25 Program, in adjustment to extend the advantageous action of 33 Swiss Air Force (SAF) F/A-18C/Ds. The upgrades accommodate cogent upgrades to the avionics and mission computer, 20 ATFLIR surveillance and targeting pods, and 44 sets of AN/ALR-67v3 ECM equipment, amid added items, chase a acknowledged cruise to the USA to assay affiliation of the F-18s’ new AIM-9X Sidewinder missiles. See “Switzerland’s Hornet Advancement 25 Program” for abounding details.

Dec 18/07: Kuwait. DynCorp All-embracing LLC in Fort Worth, TX accustomed a $14.1 actor modification to a ahead awarded cost-plus-fixed-fee adjustment (N00019-06-C-0308), appliance an advantage for aliment and abutment casework for the Kuwaiti Air Force F/A-18 Affairs beneath the Adopted Aggressive Sales Program. Assignment will be performed in Kuwait (90%) and Fort Worth, Texas (10%), and is accepted to be complete in December 2008. The Naval Air Systems Command in Patuxent River, MD issued the contract.

Nov 15/07: Northrop Grumman Corp. in El Segundo, CA accustomed $8.7 actor for firm-fixed-price adjustment #5095 beneath a ahead awarded basal acclimation acceding adjustment (N00383-06-G-032D) for aircraft rudders which are spares in abutment of the F/A-18 aircraft. Assignment will be performed in El Segundo, CA (50%), Wichita, KS (24%), and Emmen, Switzerland (26%); and is accepted to be complete by July 2011. This adjustment was not awarded competitively by the Naval Account Ascendancy Point.

Nov 9/07: Kuwait. The US Aegis Security Cooperation Agency announces [PDF] Kuwait’s academic appeal for technical/logistics abutment for F/A-18 aircraft as able-bodied as associated accessories and services. The arch contractors are: Boeing Aggregation of St. Louis, MO; and Accepted Dynamics of Fairfax, VA. The absolute value, if all options are exercised, could be as aeriform as $90 million.

The Government of Kuwait has requested a attainable auction of continuing acumen support, architect maintenance, and abstruse casework in abutment of the F/A-18 aircraft to accommodate architect engineering abstruse services, architect aliment support, avionics software, agent basal advance and added parts, abstruse arena abutment equipment, added and adjustment parts, accumulation support, publications and abstruse data, engineering change proposals, U.S. Government and architect abstruse and acumen cadre casework and added accompanying elements of affairs support. The estimated bulk is $90 million.

Sept 20/07: Multinational. Boeing accessory McDonnell Douglas Corp. in St. Louis, MO accustomed a $145.1 actor modification to a ahead awarded cost-plus-fixed-fee adjustment (N68936-02-C-0043) for connected adjustment acceding set abutment for the F/A-18 A-D Hornet, F/A-18 E/F Super Hornet and EA-18G Growler weapons systems for the US Navy and Marine Corps. In addition, this modification provides for different Adopted Aggressive Sales variants for the governments of Australia, Canada, Finland, Kuwait, Malaysia, Spain, and Switzerland.

This adjustment additionally provides for studies and assay accompanying to avionics affiliation and accretion artefact activities such as affiliation and testing. Assignment will be performed in St. Louis, MO (95%) and in China Lake, Calif. (5%), and is accepted to be complete in January 2009. The Naval Air Warfare Centermost Weapons Division in China Lake, Calif. issued the contract.

Aug 22/07: Australia. Australia’s DoD announces an important Hornet UpGrade affairs anniversary with the contempo achievement of the aboriginal centermost butt backup for Australia’s F/A-18 A/B Hornets. The ancestor aircraft was disassembled in Australia and alien to Canada breadth the centre butt was auspiciously replaced, with up to 25,000 backup added genitalia required. The ancestor aircraft has been alternate to Australia for reassembly by the Hornet Industry Coalition at RAAF Abject Williamtown, abreast Newcastle.

The antecedent low bulk accumulation of nine aircraft will abide in Canada afterward the acknowledged prototype. Abounding bulk accumulation is planned for up to 39 aircraft in Australia already the Hornet industry Coalition has developed a complete accumulation action and automated capacity, and has recruited and accomplished added accomplished workforce. Disassembly and reassembly assignment will abide at Williamtown, and the claim to conduct added aircraft assignment in Canada has no appulse on the accepted Australian workforce.

Aug 20/07: Canada. Boeing and industry accomplice L-3 Communications MAS, Inc., bear the aboriginal avant-garde Appearance II CF-18 fighter to the Canadian Department of Defense. Boeing ahead completed 2 ancestor aircraft, while L-3 provided accession casework for the program’s absolute 77 aircraft. The Appearance II assignment is done at the L-3 ability in Mirabel (Montreal), Quebec.

Phase I, completed in August 2006, upgraded the Canadian Hornet fleet’s avionics, radio and weapons capabilities. The USD $150 actor Appearance II of the CF-18 accession affairs adds a abstracts articulation system, a helmet-mounted afterimage system, new blush cockpit displays and a new chaff- and flare-dispensing cyberbanking warfare adjustment to 79 CF-18 (F/A-18 A/B) Hornets. The affairs is accepted to be completed in March 2010.

Aug 17/07: Northrop Grumman Chip Systems Western Region in El Segundo, CA accustomed a $25.5 actor modification to a ahead awarded firm-fixed-price adjustment (N00019-06-C-0080) for 15 shipsets of U.S. Navy Inlet Nacelles in abutment of the Account Action Addendum Affairs for the U.S. Navy F/A-18A/B/C/D aircraft. Assignment will be performed in El Segundo, CA (71%) and at assorted locations throughout the United States (29%), and assignment is accepted to be completed in December 2010. Adjustment funds in the bulk of $2.9 actor will expire at the end of the accepted budgetary year. The Naval Air Systems Command in Patuxent River MD issued the contract.

Aug 3/07: Canada. Actuality able to accelerate one’s Hornets into harm’s way is an accessory aspect of agile readiness, but it’s account noting. Canada formally requests ALR-67v3 alarm admonishing receivers for its F/A-18s, afresh follows that up over time with orders beneath awning affairs that additionally absorb added Hornet operators.

Read “Canada’s Hornet Upgrades: ALR-67 RWRs” to get a spotlight on one Hornet nation’s measures in this area.

April 23/07: Boeing accessory McDonnell Douglas Corp. in St. Louis, MO accustomed a $9.1 actor beam priced commitment adjustment (# 7020) beneath ahead awarded basal acclimation acceding adjustment (N00383-07-G-005H) for adjustment of 27 F/1-18 alien accession panels. Assignment will be performed in Montreal, Quebec, Canada (95%), and Mesa, AZ (5%), and is accepted to be completed by April 2008. This adjustment was not awarded competitively. The Naval Account Ascendancy Point is the application activity.

March 7/07: Multinational. An $16.3 actor modification to a ahead awarded cost-plus-fixed-fee adjustment (N00019-05-C-0003) for the accretion of CY(Calendar Year) 2007 In Account Abutment casework for the F/A-18 A-D aircraft for the U.S. Navy and the Governments of Switzerland, Finland, Canada, Australia, Kuwait, Malaysia, and Spain, including affairs management, engineering, and acumen support.

Work will be performed in St. Louis, MO (76%) and El Segundo, CA (24%) and is accepted to be complete in Dec. 2007. Adjustment funds in the bulk of $1.4 actor will expire at the end of the accepted budgetary year. This modification combines purchases for the U. S. Navy ($12.3 million; 75.5%); and the Governments of Canada ($1.2 million; 7.5%); Spain ($799,508; 4.9%); Australia ($667,848; 4.1%); Finland ($569,731; 3.5%); Kuwait ($355,950; 2.2%); Switzerland ($302,571; 1.9%); and Malaysia ($71,085; 0.4%) beneath the Adopted Aggressive Sales Program. The Naval Air Systems Command is the application activity.

Jan 18/07: USN/ Australia. Northrop Grumman Systems Corp. Chip Systems Western Region in El Segundo, CA accustomed a $28.7 actor modification to a ahead awarded firm-fixed-price adjustment (N00019-06-C-0080), appliance an advantage for 32 shipsets of Centermost Butt Backup Added (CBR ) accouterments for the U.S. Navy (23) and the Royal Australian Air Force (9) in abutment of the Account Action Addendum Affairs for the F/A-18 A-D aircraft.

Work will be performed in El Segundo, CA (83%); Amityville, NY (12.11%); and Ravenswood, WVA (4.89%), and is accepted to be complete in December 2009. This adjustment combines purchases for the U.S. Navy ($20 million; 70%) and the Government of Australia ($87 million; 30%) beneath the Adopted Aggressive Sales Program. The Naval Air Systems Command in Patuxent River, MD is the application activity.

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US F/A-18C, wings folded(click to appearance full)

Nov 30/06: Multinational. Boeing accessory McDonnell Douglas Corp. accustomed an $11.2 actor modification to ahead awarded indefinite-delivery/ indefinite-quantity adjustment #N00019-04-D-0015, appliance an advantage for different F/A-18 in-service abutment for the Governments of Switzerland, Finland, Canada, Australia, Kuwait, Malaysia, and Spain, including affairs management, engineering, and acumen support. Assignment will be performed in St. Louis, MO and is accepted to be complete in December 2007.

This modification combines purchases for the Governments of Switzerland ($2,805,375; 25%); Finland ($2,244,300; 20%); Canada ($1,683,225; 15%); Australia ($1,122,150; 10%); Kuwait ($1,122,150; 10%); Malaysia ($1,122,150; 10%); and Spain ($1,122,150; 10%) beneath the Adopted Aggressive Sales Program. The Naval Air Systems Command issued the contract.

Sept 21/06: A $76 actor accolade to Boeing accessory McDonnell Douglas for three firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/ indefinite-quantity orders (#7001, #7002, #7003) beneath a basal acclimation acceding adjustment (N00383-06-D-004H-7000) for accretion of anew bogus spares in abutment of the F/A-18 C/D flight surfaces system. Assignment will be performed in St. Louis, MO and is accepted to be complete by July 2011. The Naval Account Ascendancy Point (NAVICP) issued the contract.

A Nov 8/06 Boeing absolution agenda that this adjustment is allotment of a aloft 5-year adjustment account up to $391 million. It aims to accommodate added than 3,000 new flight ascendancy surfaces for F/A-18 A-D aircraft, and replaces a antecedent 5-year agreement. Flight ascendancy surfaces are the hinged or adaptable airfoils advised to change the aircraft’s attitude during flight, and some of the apparent pieces in catechism are as ample as a bunched car.

The genitalia will be accumulated in St. Louis, MO, with deliveries appointed to activate this year and continuing through 2013. The absolute $391 actor adjustment comes in anniversary increments, with the aboriginal year’s adjustment actuality about $89 actor and deliveries starting aural 6 months.

June 30/06: Allotment accumulation restart. NAVICP additionally issued a $59.5 actor adjustment to Boeing for 23 added close wings, restarting a allocation of the Hornet accumulation band that had bankrupt in 2000 (the Super Hornet is a aloft aircraft that looks similar, but does not use the aforementioned wings). The close accession is the better allocation of the accession system, and it is alleged that because does not bend up aback the alike is stowed on an aircraft carrier. The wings will be congenital in St. Louis with aboriginal commitment appointed for 2009 and final commitment by September 2010.

March 6/06: Australia. L-3 Communications MAS announces [PDF] a C$ 20 actor ($17.6 million) adjustment from the Australian Defence Materiel Organisation (DMO) for architecture and ancestor assignment beneath the RAAF’s F/A-18 Centre Butt Backup (CBR) Program. The assignment accompanying to this adjustment absolutely started on Dec 22/05 and is actuality performed in the L-3 MAS accessories in Mirabel, QB, Canada.

The CBR ancestor efforts are an addendum of the structural assignment actuality agitated out by L-3 MAS beneath the RAAF Hornet Advancement Appearance 3 (HUGPH3) Structural Face-lifting Program. The centermost butt is the aircraft’s mid-fuselage area breadth the wings attach, and which carries their structural load. The 1st RAAF aircraft is appointed to access Mirabel in April 2006, and the ancestor activities are accepted to be completed by mid-2007.

Jan 6/06: Northrop Grumman Corp. Air Action Systems in El Segundo, CA accustomed a $24.8 actor modification to a ahead awarded firm-fixed-price adjustment (N00019-06-C-0080) for the accretion of 37 shipsets of F/A-18 Hornet Centermost Butt Backup Added (CBR ) hardware. It was issued to as allotment of the Account Action Addendum Affairs for the Navy F/A-18 A-D Hornet aircraft.

The “center barrel” is the acute centermost allotment of the aircraft assembly that supports the wings and landing gear. This allotment is may be replaced for blast damage, or aloof because of the around-the-clock adamantine landing accident abiding by aircraft in the “controlled crashes” of carrier landings.

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