The Department of Defence (DoD) has announced a $232 million contract extension to expand GE’s support of jet engines for the Royal Australian Air Force’s (RAAF) fighter fleet until 2025.
Under the contract, GE will provide engineering, supply and maintenance support for the 84 engines of Australia’s F/A-18F Super Hornet and EA-18G Growler aircraft fleets.
The Growler fleet is scheduled to enter service in 2017.
“We are extremely proud to support the RAAF and very pleased with the collaboration between our teams,” said Geoff Culbert, President and Chief Executive Officer, GE Australia, New Zealand & PNG.
Work in support of the contract will continue to be completed by GE and its partner, TAE Gas Turbines, a Queensland-based services company, at RAAF Base Amberley.
Director General Air Combat Systems, Air Commodore Greg Hoffmann congratulated the companies, and said the contract extension will see ongoing employment for over 40 workers in southeast Queensland, continuing what has been a successful partnership with the GE team.
“The engine support contract will be an essential element of the Super Hornet and Growler aircraft support base, with these aircraft providing us with an enhanced multi-role air combat and electronic attack capability to protect Australia’s national interest,” said Air Commodore Hoffmann.
GE currently provides total logistics support for engines powering the RAAF’s Classic Hornets and Super Hornets under a performance-based logistics (PBL) program.
Since 2011, GE has met or exceeded program service and availability requirements, which are measured monthly.
This latest contract extension adds support for the engines powering Australia’s Growler fleet. The Growler is powered by the same engine as the Super Hornet, allowing GE to efficiently manage them as a common and interchangeable fleet.