The State Department has approved Canada’s request to buy Boeing-built (NYSE: BA) F/A-18 Super Hornet aircraft and related equipment and services from the U.S. government under a potential $5.23 billion foreign military sales agreement.
Boeing, Northrop Grumman (NYSE: NOC), Raytheon (NYSE: RTN) and General Electric (NYSE: GE) will serve as principal contractors in the FMS deal that covers 10 F/A-18E and eight F/A-18F fighter jets, the Defense Security Cooperation Agency said Tuesday.
The transaction also includes F414-GE-400 engines and spares, AN/APG-79 active electronically scanned array radars, electronic warfare countermeasure systems, AIM-9X-2 Sidewinder Block II tactical missiles, guided missile launchers, night vision goggles, GPS navigation systems, data transfer units and aircraft armament equipment.
Canada will use the Super Hornets and associated weapons systems and services to secure its critical infrastructure and defend the country against warfare threats.
Software development, engineering, systems engineering and integration and other technical support services are also covered in the FMS transaction.
The agreement will require the deployment of contractor representatives to Canada to facilitate the delivery of aircraft and related weapons as well as provide equipment familiarization and inventory control assistance.