The US Navy has announced that it has awarded a USD 112m modification contract on behalf of itself and Australia to exercise options for procurement Infrared Search and Track Block II systems for use on board F/A-18 Super Hornet, the USN said.
Under the terms of the contract modification, 16 IRST II low rate initial production (LRIP) IV units will be procured; 12 will go into service on board Australian F/A-18s, while four will be used on board US Navy aircraft.
The IRST Block II is the next generation electro-optical search and track system for use on board F/A-18 series aircraft, including EA-18s. In operational use, the IRST Block II´s electro-optical equipment is integrated within a pod-type external fuel tank that is mounted in the F/A-18´s center position.
Work performed under this contract modification will be performed in Orlando, Fla. (73%) and St. Louis, Mo. (27%), and is expected to be complete by June 2023.
The Navy is obligating USD 28.0 million in Fiscal Year 2020 Aircraft Procurement (Navy), while Australia is obligating USD 84.0 million at the time of the award, none of which will expire at the end of the current fiscal year.