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Boeing thinks the EA-18 Growler is the most likely version to be purchased by the US

One of the staples U.S. Navy for a number of years has been the F/A-18 E/F Super Hornet fighter. However, reports indicate that the new U.S. defense budget that is set to be unveiled next month has no allowance for purchasing new versions of the fighter.
New purchases of the electronic attack version called the EA-18G Growler are also nonexistent. Some in Washington want to continue to purchase the aircraft with a $75 million defense appropriations bill that would call for the purchase of 22 new aircraft. Boeing, the maker of the Super Hornet, also wants the military to purchase more EA-18G aircraft.

The Hornet has been around since the 1970's and replaced the F-14 Tomcat and A-6 Prowler. When the last orders are completed, the Navy will have 563 Super Hornets and 138 Growlers. The current orders will have production of the aircraft continuing through 2016.
Boeing says that 90,000 full time jobs around the country are dependent on Super Hornet production, and the company is currently shopping the jet to foreign nations now. Boeing had hoped to court Brazil with the purchase of 36 Super Hornets, but concerns over the NSA’s spying program led the Latin American country into the arms of Sweden and its Saab JAS-39 Gripen NG.
The existing Super Hornets will be supplemented by the troubled (and expensive) F-35 Lightning II for U.S. Navy duties.

Source: Defense News

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RE: Great Jet
By Bubbacub on 2/19/2014 8:03:19 AM , Rating: 3
people dislike the f35 not because it is a terrible aircraft.

but because lockmart/bae have managed to get both the US and UK governments over a barrel and have been pumping away the last 7-8 years.

the ammortised cost of an f35 (with a production run of many thousands) is higher than the f22 (with a production run of 187).

for less money we could have thousands of f22's in the US. partner nations could be sold a watered down version.

i don't believe the integrity of the law that congress laid down that banned export of the f22 - that law was bought and paid for by lockheed so that they could waste/steal billions of taxpayers money by developing the f35.

we happily sold f15's to partner nations in the seventies when there was a real risk of a shooting war with the USSR without any worries about letting advanced technology escape the US.

to sumarise the issue is not the aircraft - the issue is the dishonest theft of taxpayers money to enrich lockmart and dump less capable aircraft on the USAF/RAF etc.

if the f35 cost ~50-60 million an aircraft nobody would have an issue with it.

RE: Great Jet
By lagomorpha on 2/21/2014 2:28:02 PM , Rating: 2
for less money we could have thousands of f22's in the US. partner nations could be sold a watered down version.

For less money than has been spent on the F35 we could have had enough F22s to keep the Air-Force happy, plus an F16 replacement for multi-role/export, plus an F/A-18 replacement, plus found some expensive toy to keep the Marines happy because, "STFU the Army isn't allowed to have its own fighter wing so you shouldn't get one either".

The problem is making one aircraft to satisfy 3 very different requirements was always going to end up being either extremely expensive or extremely mediocre.

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