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More F-18 Super Hornets Possible for USA, Exports

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F/A-18F(click to view full) Aerospace Daily reports that the U.S. Navy’s F/A-18E/F Super Hornet program is proposing to buy up to two dozen more fighters than currently planned. While the Navy now is slated to buy 550 Boeing-built Super Hornets, Capt. James Wallace, the service’s F/A-18 international programs manager, said the program believes the Navy could use about two more squadrons worth (20-24). The case for more jets is reportedly being made to higher-ups. The US Navy is buying 421 of these jets under the first two multiyear contracts, taking delivery of 245 Super Hornets to date. The aircraft have been used extensively in Iraq, and the current contracts are expected to sustain the production line until 2013. DID recently covered the Super Hornet program’s lessons learned, and also noted related comments regarding procurement of the EA-18G Growler electronic attack version. Nevertheless, the request faces some complications. F-35 JSF One obvious complication is the uncertain fate of the Lockheed Martin-built F-35 Joint Strike Fighter in the coming Quadrennial Defense Review. The Navy plans to buy the stealthy F-35C carrier variant to complement the Super Hornet, but the US Defense Department has been studying a range of options that include including […]

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