Boeing Defence Australia has modified the 32nd wing pylon under the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) F/A-18 Hornet Upgrade Phase 2.3 (HUG 2.3) program, and has now delivered the number of pylons required for the project’s interim operational capability (IOC) milestone.
The milestone demonstrates that Boeing Defence Australia is meeting both contract and customer requirements.
Under HUG 2.3, Boeing Defence Australia is responsible for upgrading the active electronic warfare threat receivers on all 71 RAAF F/A-18 aircraft from its facilities at RAAF Base Williamtown.
This includes modifying the wing pylons on each aircraft to carry advanced countermeasures dispensers and re-wiring the electrical system to accommodate the new system.
Boeing Defence Australia commenced the pylon modification program in March 2010 and is expected to complete the remaining 44 pylons by August 2011.