Boeing has just announced that the MYP II Navy contract, which began in 2007, has been completed ahead of schedule. They delivered a total of 257 F/A-18 Super Hornet/EA-18G Growler airframes over the course of five years, each one delivered ahead of schedule.
The company has now begun the MYP III contract which was signed in 2010, originally calling for 66 F/A-18 Super Hornet’s and 58 EA-18G Growler’s to be delivered through mid 2015. However, last month the U.S. Navy announced that an additional 15 Super Hornet’s would be added onto the contract for a total of 139 airframes.
The men and women of Boeing have so far have delivered over 500 F/A-18 Super Hornet’s to the U.S. Navy the RAAF. Potential foreign orders remain strong for country’s like Australia, Brazil, Malaysia, and the United Kingdom.
Boeing just announced it’s year end deliveries for the year 2011. On the fast jet side, the company produced 49 F/A-18/EA-18 airframes and 15 F-15 Strike Eagles. Bringing the total to 64 airframes produced in 2011.
Boeing reached it’s highest production peak of F-15’s this year since 1999, when 35 airframes were delivered. Production of the F/A-18 airframes fell by one from last year’s peak of 50, mainly due to the Australian AF/A-18 finishing deliveries early in the third quarter.
The years 2012-2014 are expected to have a major drop in overall deliveries mainly because of a lack of exports for the F/A-18 Super Hornet and a production break in the F-15 line. Totals will pick up again in 2015, when the Saudi F-15 Deal and (potentially) other Super Hornet exports begin.
Boeing delivered 12 F-18 aircraft (four a month) and four F-15 aircraft (2K, 2 SG). So far this year deliveries are up one airframe for both the Super Hornet and Eagle. Two additional Australian F-18 deliveries are set for third and fourth quarter of this year as well.
Reports are surfacing that the Royal Aussi Air Force is considering purchasing another eighteen F/A-18 Super Hornets (Block II). As the F-35 continues to fall back on operational dates and flight certifications an “intern” fighter is needed to fill the gap. Although the government is expected to use the fighter through it’s entire operational lifetime.
Boeing began delivery’s of the AF/A-18 Super Hornet in 2010, delivering 15 total airframes. The final nine are expected to be across the pond by fourth quarter 2011. If another contract is indeed signed, expect to see d. dates throughout 2013 and the first quarter of 2014.
The second half of AF/A-18 Super Hornets are also being built for conversion to EA-18 Growler form, if the country desires.