Boeing wins $427m contract for F/A-18 depot maintenance

An F/A-18 taking off of an US Navy aircraft carrier. Credit: US Navy. Boeing has secured a new $427m deal to deliver and manage consumable material for the maintenance of the US Navy and US Marine Corps’ (USMC) F/A-18 depot.

The sole-source contract has been awarded by the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) and will continue for a period of five years.

It also features an option for five additional years.

The latest agreement is an extension of the DLA / Boeing Captains of Industry programme and the represents the initiative’s first depot contract supporting the US Navy and USMC.

The deal increases the total value of the programme to approximately $3.2bn.

Boeing will be responsible for delivering consumable materials to support the structural repair and upgrade of existing F/A-18 Hornet combat jets under the arrangement.

Work under the contract is slated to be conducted at five US Navy and USMC depots, as well as the Boeing Cecil Field Site in Jacksonville, Florida.

Boeing field service representatives will be co-located at the sites to provide technical support and expertise during the project.

Boeing Global Supply Chain Services director Rick Robinson said: “Through this contract, we will improve material availability and resolve technical issues quickly to alleviate long lead-times on parts, helping our customers to reduce cycle times on aircraft maintenance.

“We are proud to work with the DLA, US Navy and US Marine Corps to keep legacy Hornets ready for critical missions.”

The two current repair programmes for the F/A-18 A-D Hornets are known as Planned Maintenance Interval – 1 (PMI-1) and the High Flight Hour (HFH).

PMI-1 involves a comprehensive range of aircraft inspections, repairs and reworking activities, while HFH covers a series of inspections and modifications that will be conducted on the jets in order to extend their operational lifespan from 6,000 hours to 10,000 hours.

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