There was talk about this, however, the Navy took the cheaper route and decided to restart the Grumman line.
Huh? The only operators I know of that operate off of carriers are France and the USN
, both of which are very happy with their E-2 fleet. In fact, France is seeking a forth aircraft and the USN
is not only upgrading their entire E-2C fleet, but also introducing the E-2D
. As the saying goes, "If it ain't broke, don't fix it."
Nope. Not big enough to carry the F-35 engine.
Nope. The dome issues alone on top of the fuselage would cause many a headache.
Seahawks took over that role when the S-3 was phased out. However, I do see merit with this particular role that the V-22 could fill.
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