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Boeing Awarded $1.5B Contract for 28 Kuwait Super Hornets

An F/A 18F Super Hornet, assigned to the “Blacklions” of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 213, flies over the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71) during flight operations. US Navy Photo

Boeing was awarded a $1.5 billion contract to build 28 F/A-18E/F Super Hornets for the Kuwait Air Force, according to a Wednesday Pentagon contract announcement.

Kuwait is buying 22 of the single-seat “E” variant and six of the two-seat “F” variant Super Hornet. The deal has been in the works since late 2016 when U.S. State Department notified Congress about Kuwait’s intent to purchase Super Hornets. On March 30, Boeing was awarded a $1.16 billion contract to research, development and testing for the Kuwait deal.

The deal Kuwait finalized Wednesday is a scaled-down version of the initial purchase announced in 2016 which involved 40 aircraft. At the time, the deal was considered significant by industry analysts and U.S. government officials because it would keep Boeing’s Super Hornet production line operational.

Since the 2016 announcement, Boeing has courted several potential international Super Hornet customers, including Finland, India, Switzerland and Germany. The U.S. Navy has announced it plans to purchase 116 additional Super Hornets — bringing its fleet up to 480 aircraft. When the Navy orders are added to possible international sales, the St. Louis-based production line could remain running for more than a decade.

The following is the complete June 27, 2018 contract award.

The Boeing Co., St. Louis, Missouri, is awarded a $1,504,995,240 fixed-price-incentive-firm contract that provides for the production and delivery of 22 F/A-18E and six F/A-18F Super Hornets in support of the government of Kuwait. Work will be performed in El Segundo, California (41.4 percent); Hazelwood, Missouri (28.2 percent); Fort Worth, Texas (4.7 percent); Santa Clarita, California (4 percent); Bloomington, Minnesota (3.3 percent); Greenlawn, New York (2.8 percent); Endicott, New York (2.3 percent); Santa Ana, California (1.9 percent); Clearwater, Florida (1.5 percent); Clifton, New Jersey (1.3 percent); Mesa, Arizona (1.3 percent); Torrance, California (1.2 percent); Ontario, Canada (1 percent); Vandalia, Ohio (0.9 percent); Kalamazoo, Michigan (0.8 percent); Fort Walton Beach, Florida (0.8 percent); East Aurora, New York (0.7 percent); and various locations outside the continental U.S. (2.1 percent), and is expected to be completed in January 2021. Foreign military sales funds in the amount of $1,504,995,240 will be obligated at time of award, none of which will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Maryland, is the contracting activity (N00019-18-C-1060).

  • Matthew Schilling

    That’s a great price per jet for Kuwait – on average, under $55 million per jet, though there is two distinct configurations.

    • Bubblehead

      Half the price of JSF. Probably about half the capability.

  • Kim Chul Soo

    Is Kuwait paying for the jets? If so, why is the Pentagon involved rather than the State Department? Just curious.

  • dennis moore

    Boeing WAS a strong contender for 75 Super Hornets to replace Canada’s legacy F-18’s but shot itself in the foot by going after Bombardier over the C-Series passenger planes, and losing. The Trudeau government would rather drink its own urine than go with Boeing now! Just think how long the line would have been able to stay open with those 75 airframes.

    • Cocidius

      With a trade war looming in July with Canada there is now talk that that nations with hostile trade practices will be prevented from participating in the selection process to replace the Canadian legacy Hornets. That would also prevent the F-35 from getting back into the running and would limit the selection to the 3 Euro-canards fighters.

      • E1 Kabong


        Want to chat about those Canadian companies that have been making F-35 parts and assemblies for YEARS?

    • muzzleloader

      There were many in Trudeau’s government that were not in favor of spending billions on a replacement for Canada’s legacy hornets anyway, which is why they are very content in purchasing Australia’s legacy castoffs for a fraction of the cost of the SH.

    • E1 Kabong

      Boeing WAS NOT a “strong contender” for the RCAF legacy Hornet replacement program.

      It was a bungle by PM-doper-groper who is too clueless to recall it was his predecessor Chretien who signed us up for the F-35 program that has Canadian companies making parts for them.

  • Ed L

    What no A-10C’s

    • E1 Kabong

      Who wants out dated, worn out, single-role jets?

  • WhiskyTangoFoxtrot

    Selecting the “old,” “ancient,” “old-tech,” etc F-18 over the F-35? Me thinks the fleet admiral has been triggered in a major way. It’s no wonder he hasn’t showed up here ‘explaining’ to us poor soles what is and what isn’t.

    • E1 Kabong

      Other than Israel, no Middle Eastern country is allowed to buy F-35’s.