$145m extension to Boeing’s Hornet sustainment contract

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

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

Boeing Defence Australia vice president and managing director Darren Edwards said that, as the Original Equipment Manufacturer, the company will work closely with existing Commonwealth and industry partners to deliver optimal sustainment support services across all aspects of the Classic Hornet platform.

“The Classic Hornet fleet is an integral part of Australia’s air combat capability and the Boeing Defence Australia team will play a critical role in maximizing aircraft availability,” Edwards said.

“This new operating model is a testament to the integrated and trusted partnership between Boeing and the Commonwealth, as platform stewards, to provide vital support services to the Australian Classic Hornet fleet.”

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With a world-class team of more than 2,000 employees at 14 locations throughout Australia and three international sites, Boeing Defence Australia supports some of the largest and most complex defence projects in Australia.

Minster Pyne said this extension of the contract will help sustain dozens of jobs in the Hunter Region.

“It will secure ongoing employment for approximately 80 additional workers based in Newcastle and Hunter regions of New South Wales,” Pyne 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.”