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    U.S. Navy awards contract to Boeing to produce 44 F/A-18 Super Hornets & EA-18G Growlers

    The F/A-18 and EA-18G Program Office (PMA-265) announced today a contract award to Boeing for 44 F/A-18 Super Hornet and EA-18G Growler aircraft over the next two years.

    “The F/A-18 and EA-18G program continues to thrive, and it is by far the predominant tactical force for naval aviation – both U.S. Navy and Marine Corps,” said Capt. Frank Morley, PMA-265 program manager. “The hard work of the government and industry team to negotiate this contract will ensure that the great capabilities provided by these variants continue to serve our warfighters and foreign partners.”

    With this production contract in place, the Navy will procure the fiscal 2014 program of record aircraft in addition to the 12 EA-18Gs requested by Australia in July 2013 for the Royal Australian Air Force.

    “The Navy’s long-range strike fighter procurement strategy is to have a mix of F/A-18E/F Super Hornets and F-35 Lightning IIs by the early-2020s,” Morley said. “We will operate F/A-18E/F and F-35 aircraft together from our aircraft carriers through the 2030s.”
    U.S. Navy awards contract to Boeing to produce 44 F/A-18 Super Hornets & EA-18G Growlers

    U.S. Navy awards contract to Northrop Grumman for 25 E-2D Advanced Hawkeye aircraft

    In a decision that will save the federal government about $369 million, Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) awarded a $3.643 billion multi-year procurement contract to Northrop Grumman Corp. on June 30 for 25 E-2D Advanced Hawkeye aircraft.
    U.S. Navy awards contract to Northrop Grumman for 25 E-2D Advanced Hawkeye aircraft

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    this seems to be a bit of back tracking by the USA, i'm pretty sure they said they wouldn't be ordering anymore F-18s as the F-35 was the only game in town .... why the change of heart ??

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    Thanks for posting xav!

    Quote Originally Posted by Kampfgruppe View Post
    this seems to be a bit of back tracking by the USA, i'm pretty sure they said they wouldn't be ordering anymore F-18s as the F-35 was the only game in town .... why the change of heart ??
    They may be replacing C birds with Super Hornets. Or adding additional squadrons.

    The contract for the E-2D Hawkeye is of upmost importance. The Hawkeye is the "Eyes of the Fleet". And the most important aircraft in a carrier air wing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kampfgruppe View Post
    this seems to be a bit of back tracking by the USA, i'm pretty sure they said they wouldn't be ordering anymore F-18s as the F-35 was the only game in town .... why the change of heart ??
    They are not.

    This is that last of a previous Multi-Year buy to get built.

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    Cheers for the explanations ... I thought the US Navy/Marine Corps had changed their policy

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    So this gives Boeing how much more time to score an contract for Advanced Super Hornet?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gumiman View Post
    So this gives Boeing how much more time to score an contract for Advanced Super Hornet?
    No time at all.

    The USn has shown ZERO interest in the ASH. They may integrate the Conformal Fuel tanks, but the "stealth" weapons pods are a no go.

    These will probably be the last Super Bugs ever made.....barring an out of nowhere export order.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Commisar92 View Post
    These will probably be the last Super Bugs ever made.....barring an out of nowhere export order.
    So how much more time for scoring an export order?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gumiman View Post
    So how much more time for scoring an export order?
    About 2 years. After that, the line goes cold

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    OK good day for the Boeing bad day for f35 fanbro.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Book View Post
    OK good day for the Boeing bad day for f35 fanbro.
    Why? Nothing has changed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Book View Post
    OK good day for the Boeing bad day for f35 fanbro.
    I know that it's difficult for some to understand, but these F-18s were announced over THREE years ago as part of the FY2012 (Feb 2011 release) budget.


    They are not NEW orders that were previously unplanned/unannounced.

    They are NOT buying F-18s in place of F-35s.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bd popeye View Post
    Thanks for posting xav!



    They may be replacing C birds with Super Hornets. Or adding additional squadrons.

    The contract for the E-2D Hawkeye is of upmost importance. The Hawkeye is the "Eyes of the Fleet". And the most important aircraft in a carrier air wing.
    They're replacing the remaining Charlies with Echos and Foxtrots, and then funneling them down to the reserve squadrons or putting them out to pasture. As for the E-2D, it's about time they've been ordered. I never saw it, but the scuttlebutt around Chambers Field in Norfolk was that there was one Delta out there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Commisar92 View Post
    No time at all.

    The USn has shown ZERO interest in the ASH. They may integrate the Conformal Fuel tanks, but the "stealth" weapons pods are a no go.

    These will probably be the last Super Bugs ever made.....barring an out of nowhere export order.
    It would be correct to say the OSD has shown zero interest in the ASH. It isn't correct to say the USN has shown zero interest in the ASH. Multiple USN sources have expressed interest. It seems likely to me that some Superhornets will be upgraded with some of the ASH options. I also don't agree that this batch will be the end of the line because the Navy will be ordering more Growlers.

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    Well, maybe somebody can convince Malaysia to get more Hornets. You know now with China flexing muscles etc.

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