Boeing awarded $1.5 billion contract for Kuwait F-18 production
Boeing has been awarded a $1.5 billion contract by the U.S. Navy for the production and delivery of 22 F/A-18E and six F/A-18F Super Hornets for Kuwait.
“The Boeing Co., St. Louis, Missouri, is awarded a $1,504,995,240 fixed-price-incentive-firm contract that provides for the production and delivery of 22 F/A-18E and six F/A-18F Super Hornets in support of the government of Kuwait,” according to release said.
The new planes are set to replace Kuwait’s aging F-18 fleet purchased after the first Gulf War. In 2016, Kuwait news agency reported Major General Lafi al-Azmi, chief of the Armament and Procurement Authority, as saying that a number of the outdated fighter jets would be returned.
The company was also awarded a $1.165 billion contract in April to provide engineering services, along with radar warning receivers and aircraft armament equipment, for production of the aircraft.
Work will be performed primarily in El Segundo, California, and in multiple other cities across the United States and Canada. It is expected to be completed in January 2021.
The F-18 Super Hornet is a twin-engine, multirole fighter capable of carrying air-to-air and air-to-surface missiles. It is available in single-seat (F/A-18E) and tandem-seat (F/A-18F) variants.