U.S. Navy Signs Deal with Boeing for 17 F/A-18 Super Hornets

The $1.3 billion contract for the Block III Super Hornets includes a technical data package.

U.S. Navy Lieutenant Commander Benjamin Orloff, assigned to the ‘Blue Blasters’ of Strike Fighter Squadron 34, conducts a supersonic pass in an F/A-18E Super Hornet during a training exercise in the Atlantic Ocean on August 23, 2019. [Courtesy: U.S. Navy]

The U.S. Navy has entered into an agreement with Boeing to buy 17 Block III F/A-18 Super Hornets, the service announced.

The $1.3 billion contract for the updated variant, considered the backbone of the Navy's carrier air wing, also includes a technical data package that the service said is vital for the platform's sustainment for decades to come.

“The technical data package was a crucial part of this negotiation.; It is necessary for naval aviation’s operational readiness and postproduction sustainment,” said Rear Admiral John Lemmon, program executive officer for tactical aircraft programs. “The Super Hornet remains a predominant aircraft in the carrier air wing and will continue to provide significant combat capability into the 2040s.”  

Delivery of the aircraft is expected in winter 2026, with final delivery no later than spring 2027, the Navy said.

Kimberly is managing editor of FLYING Digital.

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