The Royal Australian Air Force's Boeing AF-18A/B Hornets are to undergo a A$230 million ($170 million) airframe strengthening programme as part of the Hornet Upgrade programme (HUG).

The HUG Phase 3.2 excludes a proposed centre-barrel replacement for the aircraft. Work will be carried out by the Australian Hornet Industry Coalition.

Meanwhile, nine contracts have been awarded to Australian companies by the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter consortium. New deals have gone to Brisbane-based Micreo to design and develop electronic warfare subassemblies, while Production Parts and Ferra Engineering have contracts to machine centre fuselage subassemblies.

Source: Flight International