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Hornet, Growler foreign customers to receive data updates
by Ryan Maass
Washington (UPI) Apr 3, 2017


Boeing received a $41 million contract modification to provide services for F/A-18 and EA-18G aircraft operated by U.S. foreign military sales customers.

Under the agreement, tasks will include engineering services, provisioning, information systems, training and technical data updates. The contract supports planes operated by the governments of Australia, Finland, Kuwait, Malaysia, Switzerland, Canada and Spain.

Boeing will perform most of the work at their facility in St. Louis, Miss., with additional tasks set to be conducted in El Segundo, Calif.; Bethpage, N.Y.; and San Diego, Calif. Work is expected to be complete by December 2017.

The company received $37 million at the time of the contract award, $25 million of which is set to expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The order combines purchases from all aforementioned governments in addition to the U.S. Navy.

The Naval Air Systems Command is the contracting activity.

The F/A-18 Super Hornet and the EA-18G Growler are both adaptations of the legacy F-18 Hornet aircraft. The Super Hornet has been modified to feature improved combat capabilities, while the Growler is designed to perform enhanced electronic warfare operations.

Boeing is the primary contractor for both variants.

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Space Flight Laboratory Nanosatellite Validates Aircraft Tracking, Prepares for Deorbit Demo
Toronto, Canada (SPX) Mar 31, 2017
The CanX-7 nanosatellite built by Space Flight Laboratory (SFL) at the University of Toronto Institute for Aerospace Studies (UTIAS) has validated real-time detection and tracking of aircraft by satellite in low-Earth orbit. The next mission phase will begin in early May with deployment of drag sails developed by SFL to accelerate the deorbiting of small satellites as a practical solution to the ... read more

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