|Quoting EBJ1248650 (Reply 1):|
I don't see the Marines throwing in the towel with regard to the JSF. They want what it can do. Now if you're talking of picking up some Super Hornets as interim airplanes, that makes some sense.
Navy: Super Hornet rep for problems untrue
Corps may be responsible for bad rap
By Christopher P. Cavas - Staff writer
Posted : Sunday Jun 17, 2007 9:09:10 EDT
NAVAL AIR STATION PATUXENT RIVER, Md. Ñ Inside Naval Air Systems Command headquarters at this southern Maryland base, Navy program officials for the F/A-18 Super Hornet strike fighter program have heard the stories circulating in the Pentagon.
Their aircraft, the stories go, canÕt carry certain weapons, canÕt fly high enough, canÕt go fast enough. Design problems such as wing flutter plague the plane and Ñ perhaps worst of all Ñ parts that will wear out fast enough to severely shorten the planeÕs life-span are not being replaced.
ThereÕs just one problem with the stories, say the Navy officials: None of them is true.
ÒWeÕre really scratching our heads, thinking, ÔWhatÕs going on?Õ Ó Super Hornet program manager Navy Capt. Don Gaddis said.
So whoÕs spreading these stories about the Super Hornet?
The answer, which surprised some program officials: the Marine Corps Ñ which isnÕt even part of the Super Hornet program.
The Corps plans to replace its aging Hornets and AV-8B Harrier jump jets with the F-35B short-takeoff-or-vertical-landing version of the Joint Strike Fighter.
So why do the Marines even care about the Super Hornet?
ÒThe Marines seem to be trying to discredit the Super Hornet as a way of heading off efforts to cut their purchase of the STOVL JSF,Ó said Loren Thompson of the Lexington Institute think tank in Washington.
ÒIf JSF is delayed,Ó said naval analyst Norman Polmar, Òthe Marines will be forced to buy Super Hornet, which will leave them with nothing to operate off amphibious ships.Ó
The STOVL JSF for the Marines isnÕt set to enter service until 2012 at the earliest. The Corps, unlike the Navy, is strongly committed to the new strike fighter and is eagerly anticipating an all-STOVL aviation strike force.
|Quoting AirRyan (Thread starter):|
EA-6B aircraft would not be expensive at considering the Navy has 500 or so of them and all the supplemental maintenance pipelines have already been established.
|Quoting DeltaGuy (Reply 5):|
Correct me if I'm wrong, but I think it's closer to like 108 or so?
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