US approves $115m sale of F/A-18 Super Hornet upgrades to Switzerland
The US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) has notified Congress of a potential $115m foreign military sale of F/A-18 Super Hornet upgrades to Switzerland.
Under the sale, Switzerland seeks to receive a Service Life Extension Program for its F/A-18C/D aircraft.
The deal covers up to 50 multifunctional information distribution system joint tactical radio system (MIDS JTRS) with Concurrent Multi-Net 4 (CMN-4) capability, and 50 ARC-210 GEN 5 RT-1900A(C) radios with second-generation anti-jam tactical UHF radio for Nato (SATURN) frequency hopping. It also includes 20 Joint Helmet-Mounted Cueing Systems (JHMCS) with Night Vision Cueing Displays (NVCD), and CIT automated dependence surveillance-broadcast (ADS-B) out.
The Government of Switzerland also requested software enhancements to the APG-73 radar, improvements to the F/A-18 Software Configuration Set (SCS) 29C, and sustainment for the ALQ-165 Airborne Self Protection Jammer (ASPJ) system.
The operational support for these modifications will be provided through upgrades to the purchaser’s unique Mission Data System, DSCA stated.
The sale also includes system integration and testing, software development and integration, support equipment, spare and repair parts, as well as maintenance personnel and pilot familiarisation training. It also covers software support, publications and technical documents, and US Government and contractor technical assistance.
The procurement will help the Swiss Air Force to extend the useful life of its F/A-18 fighter aircraft, and enhance the survivability.
Boeing, McDonnell Douglas, Data Link Solutions, Rockwell Collins and Rockwell Collins ESA Vision System will serve as principal contractors for the sale, which is expected to increase Switzerland’s tactical aviation operational capabilities.
Built by Boeing, F/A-18 Super Hornet is a twin-engine, supersonic, all weather multirole fighter jet that is capable of landing and taking off from an aircraft carrier.
Boeing has said it offers a suite of upgrades for the F/A-18 Super Hornet, including conformal fuel tanks, an enclosed weapons pod, an enhanced engine, and a reduced radar signature.