Super Hornet Fighter Family MYP-III: 2010-2015 Contracts
Anti-radar missile mission computers; Support contracts include electronic manuals, life-extension engineering, simulator improvements.
June 9/15: Raytheon has been awarded a $10.6 million contract to provide testing equipment for assessing the Small Diameter Bomb II on the FA-18E/F Super Hornet aircraft, including jettison test vehicles and instrumented measurement vehicles, with these presumably to assess the future viability of using the SDBII with Super Hornets. The SDBII recently passed Milestone C, facilitating its progression to low rate initial production by manufacturer Raytheon.
The US Navy flies the F/A-18 E/F Super Hornet fighters, and has begun operating the EA-18G Growler electronic warfare & strike aircraft. Many of these buys have been managed out of common multi-year procurement (MYP) contracts, which aim to reduce overall costs by offering longer-term production commitments, so contractors can negotiate better deals with their suppliers.
The MYP-II contract ran from 2005-2009, and was not renewed because the Pentagon intended to focus on the F-35 fighter program. When it became clear that the F-35 program was going to be late, and had serious program and budgetary issues, pressure built to abandon year-by-year contracting, and negotiate another multi-year deal for the current Super Hornet family. That deal is now final. This entry covers the program as a whole, with a focus on 2010-2015 Super Hornet family purchases. It has been updated to include all announced contracts and events connected with MYP-III, including engines and other separate “government-furnished equipment” that figures prominently in the final price.
Hornet MYP: Aircraft Types
Super Hornet Block II
The EA-18G: Electronic Attacker
Can the Super Hornet Keep Up?
The USA’s Super Hornet Family Program
The MYP-III Buy
Contracts & Key Events, FY 2010-2015
FY 2009 and earlier
GFE: Ancillary Contracts & Developments
Background: Aircraft Ancillaries
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