Boeing extends RAAF Hornet support
Boeing Defence Australia's sustainment services contract for the Royal Australian Air Force’s (RAAF) F/A-18A/B Classic Hornets has been extended until December 2021, the Australian Ministry of Defence announced on 4 August.
The $145 million contract includes ongoing engineering, logistics and maintenance sustainment support for Australia’s current fleet of 71 Classic Hornets, with options to extend further if required.
Minister for Defence Industry, Christopher Pyne, said: ‘It will secure ongoing employment for approximately 80 additional workers based in Newcastle and Hunter regions of New South Wales. This contract amendment expands the volume of work and continues a highly successful partnership with Boeing Defence Australia and its subcontractors.
‘As well as securing continued support for Australia's air combat capability, this revised arrangement will restructure Classic Hornet aircraft support to align with the first principles review outcomes and allow defence to redirect resources to transition support to newer capabilities, like the F-35A Joint Strike Fighter and EA-18G Growler.’
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