Boeing on February 22, 2012, announced that it has completed delivery of 257 F/A-18E/F Super Hornet strike fighters and EA-18G Growler electronic attack aircraft to the US Navy. Each aircraft was delivered ahead of schedule and within the contract budget.
The aircraft were delivered to the Navy from 2007 through 2011 under a multi-year procurement (MYP) contract awarded to Boeing on December 29, 2003. The Navy purchased the aircraft during fiscal years 2005-09. Multi-year procurement contracts provide a stable production environment that enables manufacturers and suppliers to reduce cost through bulk purchasing and productivity enhancements.
“Super Hornets and Growlers provide unmatched, proven and affordable capability for US Navy carrier strike groups around the globe,” said Mike Gibbons, Vice President, Boeing F/A-18 and EA-18 programmes. “Boeing and its more than 1,900 Super Hornet and Growler suppliers are committed to ensuring this nation’s warfighters have the advanced capability they need, on time and on budget, as promised.”
Boeing delivered 210 Super Hornets to the Navy during MYP I, which spanned fiscal years 2000 through 2004. Procuring aircraft through the first two multi-year contracts generated $1.7 billion in savings for the Navy. MYP III is projected to generate more than $600 million in savings, with total savings of more than $2.3 billion across the three F/A-18E/F and EA-18G contracts.