General Electric International has received a contract from the Australian Department of Defence to provide sustainment for the engines of the newly acquired EA-18G Growler aircraft.
Valued at $230m, the contract requires the company to support 12 EA-18G Growlers through until June 2025.
The contract also covers the sustainment of the current fleet of 24 F/A-18F Super Hornets and will support more than 40 jobs at the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) base Amberley in Queensland.
Australia Minister for Defence Industry Christopher Pyne said: “The Super Hornet and Growler aircraft provide us with an enhanced multi-role air combat and electronic attack capability to protect Australia’s national security.”
“As well as securing continued support for Australia’s cutting edge air combat capability, this arrangement with General Electric provides jobs for dozens of Australians, and sets a base for GE to attract further work from around the world.”
“It is just another example of the Turnbull Government delivering on our commitment to use Australian defence industry whenever it is feasible to do so.”
Earlier in August, the Australian Government announced plans to invest in providing sustainment services for the country's fleet of F/A-18 F Super Hornets and EA-18G Growlers.
The EA-18G Growler is a variant of F/A-18F Super Hornet and it is said to provide tactical jamming and electronic protection to military forces around the world.
The first Growler for the RAAF was launched in July last year. Australia is the first nation outside the US to fly the airborne electronic attack platform.
Image: Boeing EA-18G Growler in flight. Photo: courtesy of US Navy photo by Cmdr. Ian C. Anderson, USN.