The Boeing Company is an American global designer and manufacturer of airplanes, rotorcraft, rockets, and satellites. It also provides leasing and product support services to a multinational customer base. Boeing is among the largest global aircraft manufacturers, is the second-largest defense contractor in the world based on reported 2013 revenue, and is the largest exporter in the United States by dollar value.
As the production end date in late 2016 starts to loom, Boeing tries to remain confident about the prospects for more overseas sales of its F/A-18 E/F Super Hornet. In March 2015, VP of Business Development and Strategy for Boeing Defense, Space, and Security Chris Raymond said, “We have to evaluate all these competitions against the timing of the assembly line. You don’t want to stop, but you’ve got to be thoughtful about what delivery schedules will be and what the status of the line will be at that time, because you’ve got to factor this into your pricing.”
The US Navy F/A-18 E and F Super Hornet maritime strike attack aircraft manufactured by Boeing flew for the first time on November 29, 1995. The Super Hornet is about 25% larger than its predecessor, the F/A-18C/D, but contains 42% fewer structural parts. The first low-rate initial production aircraft was delivered in December 1998, and all 12 units of the first batch were delivered by November 1999. Following successful completion of operational evaluation, in June 2000 the US Navy ordered 222 fighters to be produced over five years.
Boeing’s Raymond sees an opportunity for the Super Hornet in Canada, where a recent government report suggested that other fighters are just as capable of meeting the country’s needs as the current fleet of Lockheed Martin F-35A. Denmark, which has a program to replace its Lockheed F-16s, is also expressing some interest according to Raymond. He also said “There are also a couple of countries in the Middle East expressing interest, but we’re not able to disclose those. There is some exploration going on around both the Super Hornet and also the Boeing F-15.”
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