Defence has signed a contract to provide sustainment for the engines of the newly acquired EA-18G Growler aircraft, as well as continued sustainment of the existing F/A-18F Super Hornet engines.
Minister for Defence Industry Christopher Pyne said the contract extension will continue what has been a highly successful partnership with General Electric International Incorporated and its subcontractors.
“This expanded commercial arrangement valued at approximately $230 million will see continued support for Australia’s current fleet of twenty four F/A-18F Super Hornets and twelve newly acquired EA-18G Growlers through until June 2025," Minister Pyne said.
The Growler and Super Hornet are both powered by the same GE F414 engines, which will now be supported until June 2025 under the recent contract extension worth around $230 million.
CASG director general Air Combat Systems, Air Commodore Greg Hoffmann congratulated GE and its subcontractors on the outstanding support they have delivered under the contract since 2008.
“GE has provided exceptional support for our air combat engines, not only during our Raise, Train and Sustain operations, but also during the increased tempo of the Operation Okra deployments,” he said.