Boeing has announced the expansion of its industrial partnership strategy in Germany. This is in support of the F/A-18 SUPER HORNET and EA-18G GROWLER offerings to the Bundeswehr. A Request for Information (RFI) was issued to more than 10 German companies to solicit bids. German industry partners are expected to play a significant role in providing:
- support equipment
- overall maintenance
- local sustainment programmes
This is in addition to other relevant repair and overhaul solutions for Germany’s potential SUPER HORNET and GROWLER fleet, Boeing writes in a press release. German industry will also have the opportunity to participate in the development of the Next Generation Jammer for the EA-18G GROWLER, according to Boeing.
The RFIs mark the first step towards in-country sustainment to reach approximately €3.5Bn over the life cycle of the programmes. They are expected to contribute additional economic opportunity and value to the German economy as the programmes evolve.
The F/A-18 SUPER HORNET Block III is pitched to provide advanced, proven capabilities. This is alongside low life-cycle and acquisition costs suited to meet Germany’s fighter requirements, including the dual capable commitments to NATO.
For more than a decade, the EA-18G GROWLER has provided full spectrum Electronic Warfare support in major operations globally, protecting all US Air Force and US Navy 4th and 5th generation assets.