Skip to comments.Navy to purchase $5.3 billion worth of combat aircraft
Posted on 09/30/2010 11:29:56 PM PDT by ErnstStavroBlofeld
The U.S. Navy is purchasing 124 combat aircraft from defense contractor Boeing as part of a $5.3 billion multi-year contract, the company and the Naval Air Systems Command announced.
Boeing will deliver 66 F/A-18E/F Super Hornets and 58 EA-18 Growlers from 2012 to 2015, Boeing said in a news release Tuesday.
The Navy will have 515 Super Hornets and 114 Growlers by the end of the 2013 fiscal year, according to a Navy news release.
The F/A-18 fighter is a fixture aboard the Navys 11 aircraft carriers and is scheduled to remain in service beyond 2035, according to the Naval Air Systems Command.
The Growler, a variant of the F/A-18, is an electronic attack aircraft that adds newly developed jamming capability upgrades to the Super Hornet. The Growler is scheduled for its first combat deployment later this year, according to Boeing
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The Super Hornet has been the most successful and competent airplane to enter the Navy’s inventory in the last 30 years. No question, and from the taxpayer’s point of view, it’s been a rare example of exemplary return for the dollar spent.
The best at pure fleet defense....long range bomb trucking....top speed....ultimate range......No. The best at being an airframe that can do any all from the carrier deck in any situation? Tear-jerkingly YES.
What an airplane. It is right there along with the F-4, the B-52, and the F-16 as aircraft that secured Western integrity and that will fly decades beyond their original intended service dates for many forces to come.
The F-22 is a statue......the F-35 is a supreme aeroplane.........the SH is the unsung for now force multiplier that underpins so many Western militaries projections for decades to come.
The idiocy of selling F16s and such to Islamic States will become apparent as well..
F22 F35 are just beyond the financial reach of even the US if they are to be deployed in anything close to reasonably large numbers.
It is our Defense Contractors who push selling advanced weapons to foreign powers as a strategy to justify the purchase of more advanced weapons for US use.. Only we wind up fighting ourselves with such short sighted policies. Such trades result in the technological transfer of hard won US advantages to third parties from China to Iran. That is the real problem.
There simply will always be a need for reasonable quality and numbers not either or.
Judging the proper balance being why we refer to it as
“The Art of War”.
“It is our Defense Contractors who push selling advanced weapons to foreign powers as a strategy to justify the purchase of more advanced weapons for US use.. “
So Russia and China are buying advanced fighter bombers from the US?
Strikes me as a pretty high ratio of jamming aircraft to actual strike fighters. Are we getting ready to do something?
Some of the Stealth skeptics will undoubtedly point to the fact that jamming aircraft are still in very high mission-demand despite the use of stealth.
The F22 is the Supermarine Spitfire and the SuperHornet is the Hawker Hurricane. There were never enough Spitfires.
the EA-6B Prowler is an old outdated airframe. It needs to be replaced. I worked in a “Q” squadron in the late ‘70’s, and some of these aircraft are still flying. In it’s heyday, we had 10 squadrons at whidbey, to service 14 carriers (at the time) hence, we were always out to sea...I served on 2 different carriers in 2 years...this number will give each carrier airwing a dedicated squadron..I wonder if the launch order has changed...it used to be AWACS, fighter, anti sub, prowler, fighter...
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...which is what will happen.
So much for paying down the national debt.
Nothing but vague ideas about stand off jamming via UAVs, and maybe a future F-35 jammer.
As I said on another thread, the USAF should be forced to buy a wing of EA-18Gs. The Navy can provide depot level maintenance if required, for those who think that another aircraft type in the USAF inventory would be too expensive.
Australia purhcased 24 SuperHornets, I think the Air Force can operate a wing's worth.
Besides the SuperHornets they bought a boatfull of M1 Tanks.. only with a reciprocating diesel option instead of the Turbine.. This would have the effect of at least doubling the time they can operate without refueling with little loss of performance.. Further you can run reciprocating diesels with jugs missing, all manner of broken parts and they will still function. Really a smart decision.
An M1 with a turbine can run on diesel, JP8, gasoline, kerosene, or Jim Beam.
Thanks my error.
That means they are at the same disadvantage logistically (re: fuel usage) as we are. That’s unfortunate.
Your right it is just a matter of reconfiguration of the injection system to run on pretty much anything (including Jim Beam :)
“Since the Iraq War, the US Army began looking at replacing the AGT-1500 turbine engine in the M1 series because of its fuel usage. The turbine engine provides better acceleration, but takes twice as much fuel as a comparable diesel engine. Turbine engines are lighter than diesels, but take up the extra space and weight in a larger fuel tank to produce the same range. This became a problem in the Gulf War as the speed of a tank division was limited to the speed of its refueling trucks.
Driving controlsThe gas turbine propulsion system has proven quite reliable in practice and combat, but its high fuel consumption is a serious logistic issue (starting up the turbine alone consumes nearly 10 US gallons (38 L) of fuel). The engine burns more than 1 US gallon (3.8 L) per mile and 12 US gallons (45 L) per hour when idle. The high speed, high temperature jet blast emitted from the rear of M1 Abrams tanks makes it difficult for the infantry to proceed shadowing the tank in urban combat.”
As practical matter you can run about three times a long/far using a reciprocating diesel with the same weight under the same conditions.
That’s a big deal..
Are capable of producing first tier weapons platforms.. The Russians have proved that time and time again.. The Chinese have proved equally adept and committed to the use of spies and traitors here in the US to obtain the results of our Research and Development.
We are more likely to fight turd world nations and our ally Israel third rate powers such as in the Islamic world equipped with our M1s and F16s. While by their nature and culture the Islamofacist are hard pressed to put on a sterling performance what ever they do is enhanced by such platforms and represents a greater threat to our people and our ally Israel. Why equip and train them teach them the Western Way of War?
So they will be our "Friends"? In as much as Israel always has to beat three or four of them at once.. what justification is there for providing those enemies with F16s and M1s?
Just some Military Industrial Complex Corporate sacks and our Faux elected and appointed Officials out whoring again.. looking to fill their secret bank accounts. Wholly unconcerned about the lives of GIs ours or our allies. No less evil than our US Military under orders training and paying Executive Outcomes to lead Taliban, Islamic Jihad and Al Qaida fighters in Bosnia while the US AirForce was ordered to conduct a 100 day bombing campaign against Christians trying to push the remnants of the Islamofacist Ottoman Empire from the region.