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Boeing (BA) Wins Deal to Support F/A-18E/F & EA-18G Aircraft

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The Boeing Company (BA - Free Report) recently clinched a modification contract involving the F/A-18E/F and EA-18G aircraft. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, MD, awarded the deal.

Details of the Deal

Valued at $40 million, the contract is expected to get completed in September 2024. Per the terms of the deal, Boeing will procure 63 Distributed Targeting Processor - Networked (DTP-N) B-kits and 56 DTP-N A1-kits as well as DTP-N cyber security support data deliveries for supporting DTP-N full-rate production to implement anti-surface warfare capability in the F/A-18E/F and EA-18G aircraft.

Work related to this deal will be carried out in St Louis, MI.

Significance of F/A-18 Jets

Boeing’s F/A-18 Block III Super Hornet is a twin-engine, supersonic, all-weather multirole fighter jet, which is capable of performing virtually every mission in the tactical spectrum. EA-18G is a variant of the combat-proven F/A-18F Super Hornet. Boeing believes that the Super Hornet is the most cost-effective aircraft in the U.S. tactical aviation fleet, costing less per flight hour than any other tactical aircraft in the U.S. forces inventory.

F/A-18 Super Hornet combat aircraft has emerged as the leading choice of weapon for militaries across the world. The Royal Australian Air Force and the Kuwait Air Force, apart from the U.S. Navy, operate these fighter aircraft in large numbers. Furthermore, nations like Canada, Finland, Switzerland and Spain currently have Boeing’s Super Hornet in their arsenal.

The F/A-18 fleet enjoys strong demand in the aircraft market, which is further evident from the latest contract win.

Growth Prospects

With rising security threats across the globe, emerging economies like the Asia Pacific, the Middle East and South America are spending a lot on enhancing their defense arsenals. Developed nations like the United States and Europe have already been leading the defense market. With the United States being the largest weapons exporter worldwide, the nation has been spending amply on defense products, including combat aircraft. Boeing, being the largest aircraft manufacturer in the United States, thus enjoys a dominant position in the combat aircraft market.

Per a Mordor Intelligence report, the global military aircraft market is expected to witness a CAGR of more than 4% during the 2022-2031 time period, with North America constituting the largest share of this market. Such growth can be attributed to a rise in global threats and geopolitical instabilities, and increased spending on defense.

These projections should benefit Boeing along with other U.S.-based combat jet manufacturers like Northrop Grumman (NOC - Free Report) , Lockheed Martin (LMT - Free Report) and Textron (TXT - Free Report) .

Lockheed’s Aeronautics business segment is engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture, integration, sustainment, support and upgrade of advanced military aircraft, including combat and air mobility aircraft, unmanned air vehicles and related technologies. Its major programs include F-35, C-130 Hercules, F-16 Fighting Falcon and F-22 Raptor jets.

Lockheed Martin boasts a long-term earnings growth rate of 5.7%. LMT’s share price has gained 14.4% in the past year.  

Since its inception, Northrop Grumman has been a pioneer in the development of manned aircraft for combat. Northrop Grumman also has a tradition of providing technological leadership in all aspects of military aviation and aircraft, such as manned, unmanned, targeting, surveillance, and aircraft self-protection systems that enable warfighters to accomplish missions anytime, anywhere and under any conditions.

Northrop Grumman boasts a long-term earnings growth rate of 6.1%. The Zacks Consensus Estimate for NOC’s 2022 earnings indicates a year-over-year improvement of 2.6%.

Textron’s business unit, Textron Aviation Defense designs, builds and supports versatile and globally known military aircraft preferred for training and attack missions. Some of Textron’s renowned products include Beechcraft T-6C trainer and AT-6 Wolverine.

Textron boasts a long-term earnings growth rate of 12.7%. The Zacks Consensus Estimate for TXT’s 2022 earnings indicates a year-over-year improvement of 8.2%.

Price Movement

Shares of Boeing have lost 43.7% in the past 12 months compared with the industry’s decline of 39.1%.

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Zacks Rank

Boeing currently has a Zacks Rank #4 (Sell).

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