The deal, announced yesterday by Boeing and the Pentagon, calls for the company to deliver 66 F/A-18 “Super Hornet” fighters and 58 EA-18G airframes designed for electronic attack to the Navy from 2012 through 2015.
The Pentagon said the multiyear agreement was on fixed-price terms, with an incentive fee – terms that will limit the government's liability in the event of any cost overruns.
Boeing also won a $249m contract for logistics support for the F/A-18 fighters, which operate worldwide from the decks of 11 Navy aircraft carriers --- including ongoing missions in Afghanistan.
Boeing said the agreement would generate more than $600m in savings by allowing Boeing and its suppliers to plan further ahead and buy materials in bulk, making production more efficient than under a single-year contract.
The contract is based on a price of about $42.7m per airplane, excluding their engines and other government-furnished equipment.