Boeing Defence Australia will continue to provide engineering support services to the Royal Australian Air Force’s (RAAF) fleet of F/A-18A/B Hornet aircraft, under a new contract.

The $1.5m contract has been awarded by the Tactical Fighter Systems Program Office (TFSPO) at RAAF Base Williamtown.

Under the 30-month contract, Boeing will deliver repair plans for faults found during F/A-18A/B Hornet maintenance.

According to the new agreement, the engineering services will now be delivered under Boeing Defence Australia’s authorised engineering organisation (AEO) certificate.

Boeing has provided engineering support services to the TFSPO for the past six years.

The company will also continue to perform Hornet upgrade phase 2.3, which is expected to be complete in 2012.

Under Hornet upgrade phase 2.3, Boeing will upgrade the electronic warfare self-protection suite on 68 aircraft and modify 76 wing pylons.

A multirole fighter, the F/A-18 Hornet is designed for both air-to-air and air-to-ground missions.

The RAAF uses the F/A-18 Hornet for air interception, air combat, close air support of ground troops and interdiction of enemy supply lines including shipping.