Aircraft Armament Equipment (AAE) program: procures, modifies and upgrades common bomb racks, peculiar bomb racks, missile launchers, and provides related support for Navy and Marine Corps platforms.
Fuel Containment (FC) program: procures, modifies, and upgrades aerial refueling systems (ARS), external fuel tanks (EFT), and related peculiar support equipment (PSE). Aircraft equipped with the A/A42R-1 ARS are required for all carrier-based tanking missions. To ensure readiness and availability, substantial improvements to the existing stores are required to ensure capability viability through 2040.The program also provides support to the 330-gallon external fuel tank, which supplements the aircraft’s internal fuel. The tanks significantly increase aircraft mission capabilities by extending the time the aircraft can stay in the air.