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Boeing Awarded Contract To Modernize U.S. Navy’s F/A-18 Super Hornets

Boeing Co., a global aerospace and defense manufacturer, has been awarded an indefinite delivery contract, valued at up to $73 million, to begin overhauling the U.S. Navy’s current fleet of F/A-18 Super Hornets.

Known as the Service Life Modernization program, the revitalization focuses on two key elements: extending the service life of the aircraft from 6,000 to more than 9,000 flight hours, and upgrading the aircraft’s systems and operational capabilities to a new Block III configuration.

Missouri has a rich history in aerospace, from Charles Lindbergh, to the Mercury space program, to the latest in aerospace innovation. Today, that cutting edge innovation continues with 100 aerospace manufacturing companies across Missouri, including Boeing, leading the way in every aspect of military aviation.

In fact, Missouri builds the F/A-18, EA-18 and F-15 fighter jets, along with a huge array of military ordinance. And at Boeing’s manufacturing facility in St. Louis world-class talent are working on new and exciting ways to ensure Boeing’s F/A-18 will also be ready to meet the future challenges of aerial warfare.

And its not just military aircraft that are being made in Missouri. Boeing’s Defense, Space & Security division recently completed the manufacture of the company’s first 777X wing edge at its plant in St. Louis, which opened last year, and is Boeing’s first commercial aircraft facility in Missouri.

For more on Missouri’s aerospace and defense manufacturing check out our industry page, or contact Steve Johnson, CEO of Missouri Partnership, at 314.725.2688 or via our contact form, for more information on Missouri.

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