Boeing has been contracted to design, develop, test, and integrate conformal fuel tanks (CFTs) for the US Navy’s (USN’s) fleet of F/A-18E/F Super Hornet combat aircraft.
The contract, announced by the Department of Defense (DoD) on 14 February, is valued at USD219.6 million and will run through to July 2022.
Boeing first touted ‘shoulder-mounted’ CFTs as one of the features of its Super Hornet International Roadmap in 2011 and of its Advanced Super Hornet concept in 2013. These CFTs have now been rolled into the USN’s Super Hornet Block 3 upgrade, which should begin entering service in the early 2020s.
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