Australia has requested to purchase modification kits for 12 Boeing (NYSE: BA)-built aircraft under a $1.7 billion deal, the Defense Security Cooperation Agency announced Tuesday.
DSCA said the proposed foreign military sale would include modification kits for 12 F/A-18F Super Hornet jets including parts, training and logistics support and equipment.
If approved, Australia’s Super Hornets would be upgraded to the EA-18G Growler configuration and the country would also receive:
- 34 tactical jamming system pods
- 22 interference cancellation systems
- 22 joint tactical terminal receiver systems
- 30 guided missile launchers
- Command launch computer for high speed anti-radiation missile
- Advanced anti-radiation guided missile
A Boeing business in St. Louis would be the prime contractor, according to the news release.
The agency said Australia’s location in the Asia-Pacific region is key to maintaining peace and economic stability there, adding that the country also helps with peacekeeping and humanitarian operations.
Australia recently selected L-3 Communications’ (NYSE: LLL) C-27J Spartan for its battlefield airlifter program through a foreign military sale valued around $600 million.