Expanded support for Royal Australian Air Force F/A-18 fleet

FA18 in flight

04 Aug

2017

Defence’s maintenance contract with Boeing Defence Australia for the F/A-18A/B Classic Hornet aircraft fleet has been extended to include ongoing engineering, logistics and maintenance sustainment support.

Valued at approximately $145 million, the expanded commercial arrangement will see continued support for Australia’s current fleet of 71 Classic Hornets out until December 2021, with options to extend further if required.

The contract will help sustain dozens of jobs in the Hunter Region, securing ongoing employment for approximately 80 additional workers based in Newcastle and Hunter regions of New South Wales.

Head of Aerospace Systems Division Air Vice-Marshal Catherine Roberts said 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,” Air Vice-Marshal Roberts said.