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Australia Seeking $1.7B Boeing Super Hornet Upgrade

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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.

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