Arlington based, aviation giant Boeing has expanded a partnership in Germany to provide two fighter planes.

The company has announced the continuation of its support for the F/A-18 Super Hornet and EA-18G Growler with the Bundeswehr.

Boeing will play a role in providing support equipment, logistics and overall maintenance, parts, local sustainment programs, training, and other repair and overhaul solutions for the fleet.

Boeing, whose head office is in Chicago and has another base in Arlington in Virginia, employs more than 140,000 people across the US.

The deal comes after Requests For Information (RFIs) were sent out to more than 10 German companies as part of around $4 billion throughout the programs, which is likely to boost the German economy as the programs evolve.

Dr. Michael Haidinger, president of Boeing Germany, Central and Eastern Europe, Benelux and the Nordics, said: “Germany is home to outstanding aerospace expertise and innovation, and we look forward to expanding our partnerships locally for Germany’s F/A-18 Super Hornet and EA-18G Growler fleet.

“With this partner expansion strategy, we are laying the foundation for new business opportunities for German industry champions, high-skilled new jobs, and long-term economic growth.”

The Arlington-based company says the F/A-18 Super Hornet Block III provides “advanced, proven capabilities.”

It has the lowest costs of all the US tactical aircraft that are being produced at $19,500 per US flight hour.

It will also “give the Luftwaffe unmatched capability in both air-to-air and surface-to-air missions procurement cost.”

It is thought the development of the planes will save billions of dollars.

The EA-18G Growler is specialized in jamming radars and disrupting communications.

It has featured heavily in operations across the globe, and there are five in action supporting the US Air Force and US Navy.

The Arlington-based company won a $367 million contract in December, and the majority of the work around the deal will be done in San Antonio, Texas.

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