Navy Announces Modified Contract For 17 New F/A-18 Super Hornets


The U.S. Navy has modified its multi-aircraft contract with Boeing for the remaining 17 F/A-18E/F Super Hornets. The Navy calls the $1.1 billion deal adjustment a “win.” Contract talks between Boeing and the Navy had stalled last year over pricing, which was bringing the cost per airframe closer to the tab for a fifth-generation Lockheed Martin F-35C.

According to the contract announcement from the Navy, “This modification procures 10 [single-place] F/A-18E Lot 46 aircraft, as well as two [two-place] F/A-18F and five F/A-18E Lot 47 aircraft.”

Along with the 17 Super Hornets, the agreement includes a “technical data package,” including operation, maintenance, installation and training data “in support of F/A-18 and [“Growler” electronic surveillance variant] EA-18G sustainment efforts for the Navy.” Rear Adm. John Lemmon, the program executive officer for tactical aircraft, said in a statement, “The technical data package was a crucial part of this negotiation; it is necessary for naval aviation’s operational readiness and post-production sustainment. The Super Hornet remains a predominant aircraft in the carrier air wing and will continue to provide significant combat capability into the 2040s.”

Mark Phelps
Mark Phelps is a senior editor at AVweb. He is an instrument rated private pilot and former owner of a Grumman American AA1B and a V-tail Bonanza.


    • Most assuredly, also no F-18 D variants have been built for years. The current single seater is the E model with the twin seat being the F.

    • Typos fixed. Thanks. My only excuse – the ‘E’ ‘D’ and ‘F’ keys are real close together on my keyboard. But, the ‘2’ and the ‘5’ are far apart.

  1. As an aside, there’s a YouTube channel called “Growler Jams” that is very well done and educational regarding carrier op’s with the F-18. It’s also very entertaining, and if you haven’t seen it, it’s worth a peek.