BAE Systems Inc.’s Greenlawn unit has been awarded a $12.3 million contract for up to 265 antenna units on single-seat F/A-18A jets, the Department of Defense announced.
The U.S. Navy made an initial allocation of $1.7 million for fiscal 2016 and 2017 under the fixed-price contract, which was not put out for competitive bids.
John Fusco, director of combat identification products and systems, said current staffing is adequate to complete the antenna contract, but that the Greenlawn unit, with about 650 employees, recently had 28 job openings, primarily for engineers.
“We’re looking for systems engineers, hardware engineers, software engineers, mechanical engineers,” he said.
Multi-mission F/A-18A Hornet aircraft can be based on aircraft carriers and can carry air-to-air and air-to-surface weapons as well as electronic warfare gear. Hornets can operate as fighters or attack aircraft.
The Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division in Patuxent River, Maryland, assigned the contract.
The Greenlawn unit is expected to complete the project in June 2022.
BAE Systems PLC, the parent of BAE Systems Inc., is based in London and Farnborough, United Kingdom.