two contracts with a combined value of $87.5 million to develop, upgrade and support the T/AV-8B Harrier II trainer aircraft. In one contract, the Naval Air Systems Command awarded Boeing $71.3 million for engineering and integrated logistics support in order of maintaining the Harrier during the aircraft's post-production support phase. Work for this deal is expected to be finished in December 2023. The other contract is worth $16.2 million and is for system configuration set updates, avionics and weapons integration, as well as avionics obsolescence mitigation. Work under this contract, awarded by the Naval Air Warfare Weapons Division will take place in St. Louis and is scheduled to be completed in March 2024. T/AV-8B Harrier II
is a ground-attack aircraft that is capable of vertical or short takeoff and landing (V/STOL). It is a subsonic attack aircraft powered by a single Rolls-Royce Pegasus turbofan engine, which has two intakes and four synchronized vectorable nozzles close to its turbine. In 2007, Boeing signed a $258.5 million performance-based logistics contract to support AV-8B Harriers operated by the US Marine Corps, Italy and Spain.
The USA’s AV-8B Harrier IIs have gone from the most accident-prone fighter aircraft in the fleet to a much safer jet whose hover capability and LITENING surveillance and targeting pods proved extremely effective in the urban warfare scenarios of Iraq. In 2007, the USA, Italy and Spain signed a Harrier Integrated Supply Support (HISS) performance-based support deal, worth up to $400 million.
Is this a step forward in terms of contracting for support? Is the British contracting model of comprehensive through-life support on its way across the Atlantic? The answers are yes, and not exactly.