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7 years ago @ DoD Buzz - Video: F-35 Completes ... · 1 reply · +2 points
On top of that the F-35 sucks. The F-35C in particular is just as expensive as 3 Super Hornets, doesn't deliver nearly the same capability as one Super Hornet due to glitches in software, and its capabilities that the Navy does want can all be incorporated into the UCLASS or F/A-XX programs.
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7 years ago @ DoD Buzz - Video: F-35 Completes ... · 6 replies · +2 points
The Ford class carrier has proven to be far more expensive to build and ***sibly to operate than was previous conceived. It's too early to tell, but I'm guessing that Fords coming out won't result in greater availability if they continue to remain expensive, which won't result in any need for increased aircraft numbers. Even it does the Navy would rather buy Super Hornets to fill those ranks. If they truly believed the F-35 had any merit they would have let the Super Hornet line die in 2017, but they didn't.
The Navy has made it clear it wants the Super Hornet and hates the F-35C. They tried to leave the F-35 program about a year and a half ago and were told straight to their face "No way!"
As for extending the lives of the Legacy Hornets, it's doable and they're taking a shot at it, but the Navy clearly wants to replace its Legacy Hornets with more Super Hornets.
7 years ago @ DoD Buzz - Video: F-35 Completes ... · 8 replies · +3 points
The US Navy just today announced plans to buy 24 to 36 new Super Hornets through 2018: https://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/usn-to-continue-buying-boeing-super-hornets-as-f-35c-418626/
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