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Boeing proposed to keep the production of Super Hornet fighters to 2030's

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Boeing has proposed a US Navy action plan, according to which the production of the F / A-18E / F Super Hornet will continue until about the mid-2030s with the goal of preventing a shortage of fighter jets and maintaining combat power fleetreports blog bmpd with reference to Aviation Week and Space Technology.




“The oldest F / A-18E / F Super Hornet fighter, which is operated by the US Navy, in 2017 will reach the design resource in 6000 hours. The remaining fleet of this type of aircraft will follow it in approximately the same quantity as the fleet bought them - that is, around 40 per year. At the same time, the US Navy can afford to buy a maximum of 20 fighters each year from the Lockheed Martin F-35C, and perhaps even less, ”writes the publication

As part of the Service-Life Extension Program (SLEP), the company will extend the resource of aircraft to 9000 hours, however, according to the commander of the marine aviation Mike Shoemaker, “Keeping the fleet with SLEP alone is a pretty big challenge.”

"The program will help, but will not solve all the problems," an unnamed representative of the military-industrial complex agreed with the admiral.

The representative of "Boeing" Dan Gillian sees the way out in the combined approach, which consists of "SLEP, aircraft of new construction and modernization of aircraft."

To keep the production of these machines, the company is also looking for external customers. According to the publication, "negotiations are underway for the supply of 24-30 aircraft to Kuwait." It is noted that the agreement is almost reached, it remains to sign the contract. If everything goes well, the Boeing will be able to safely maintain the production of F / A-18E / F Super Hornet to 2019.
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Bill Shemley / Airliners.net
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  1. Vladimyrych
    Vladimyrych 23 November 2015 12: 44
    10
    That's right. F-22 - in the furnace. F-35 again, only for Europeans it seems ... Accordingly, also in the furnace! laughing
    Hornet forever! F-15 forever! F-16 is also forever! laughing
    1. 79807420129
      79807420129 23 November 2015 12: 46
      +8
      Yes, the next run over to the State Department, give money, give money misery striped.
      1. bulvas
        bulvas 23 November 2015 12: 55
        +6
        Quote: 79807420129
        Yes, the next run over to the State Department, give money, give money misery striped.


        Budget expenditures are determined by Congress,

        The State Department is the Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    2. kil 31
      kil 31 23 November 2015 12: 53
      +3
      All clear. We decided to take advantage of the f-35 problems to extend the order of the decks for the super. If they behave so brazenly, then the F-35 decks are full of seams. The market economy drives. Here's what to write off the costs of f-35, then the cost of upgrading the super until the 30th year is a mystery.
      1. voyaka uh
        voyaka uh 23 November 2015 15: 41
        +3
        "it means the f-35 is full of seams" ///

        F-35C (with a longer wing, folding during storage)
        really turned out to be more problems than even the "vertical"
        F-35B. And so far their fleet orders few.
        Marines drive around the F-35B, and the army F-35A.
      2. samoletil18
        samoletil18 23 November 2015 18: 33
        +1
        And if the F-35 was a Boeing? What would a Boeing ask for? See you F-18, take the F-35! Capitalism, however.
    3. Ayujak
      Ayujak 23 November 2015 13: 40
      +2
      and in Turkey also F-4 forever! laughing
      1. NIKNN
        NIKNN 23 November 2015 15: 30
        +2
        AYUJAK SU Today, 13:40 PM ↑

        and in Turkey also F-4 forever!


        The other day on TV from the amerovsky aircraft carrier "Harrier" took off.
        But with today's possibility of modernization, I would in their place (shitty that I was not in their place) poherit f35 and upgrade f18. One question: what would be enough aircraft carriers for all planes, how much should you raise the price of f18? wink
    4. shuhartred
      shuhartred 23 November 2015 14: 42
      0
      Quote: Vladimir
      Hornet forever! F-15 forever! F-16 is also forever!

      R-38, R-40 and Messerschmitt BF-109 Forever laughing By the way (no kidding) IL-10m versus barmaley will be quite nothing (IMHO)
    5. whiteeagle
      whiteeagle 23 November 2015 16: 16
      -4
      Su 27 is also forever. de facto Super Hornet, F 16 V, F 15 Silent Eagle is a better upgrade than the Su 35.
  2. ImPerts
    ImPerts 23 November 2015 12: 47
    +2
    Yes, the workhorse in the form of F-35 turned out to be not very successful, so you need to play it safe. And it’s right that they care right now. 10 would have passed years, even this could not have been done. Engines for the first stage wink
    1. voyaka uh
      voyaka uh 23 November 2015 15: 50
      +1
      There is a backlog from the production plan.
      In 2015-2016, they planned to produce 34-36
      aircraft per year, and the actual release of 24-28 per year.
      The airborne air squadrons are the fastest to equip.
      With aircraft carriers has always been more difficult, and now.
      And the Marines find it difficult with the "vertical". Stealth glider surfaces
      requires careful verification after departures.
      Any country that starts releasing stealth aircraft will face this.
      1. ImPerts
        ImPerts 23 November 2015 17: 21
        0
        In addition to the lag in quantity, there are problems with quality wink
        And not the fact that they will be able to solve, all the more quickly.
        And here you can transfer and perform the same task and I do not think that it will be much worse.
        The stealth surface of the Americans really turned out to be capricious, just on this basis, I would not rely on "invisibility" as a factor of superiority.
        And the production of the F-18 is a good option for the United States and the combat missions of the US Armed Forces.
        In any case, this is a reasonable decision.
  3. Ilya77
    Ilya77 23 November 2015 12: 48
    +1
    Everything is bad with the F-35, despite the nightingale trills. A stone flower does not come out.
  4. Wedmak
    Wedmak 23 November 2015 12: 49
    +3
    Who was talking about the F-35 armada? There would be no fat.
  5. Dr. Barmaley
    Dr. Barmaley 23 November 2015 12: 50
    +3
    Boeing has proposed a US Navy action plan according to which production of the F / A-18E / F Super Hornet will continue until around the middle of the 2030's


    And then it will be replaced by the legendary "Wildcat" carrier-based fighter, cheaper and more practical than the F-35.
    1. avt
      avt 23 November 2015 14: 03
      +1
      Quote: Dr. Barmaley
      And then it will be replaced by the legendary carrier-based fighter "Wildcat"

      In vain they painted it like that, I got mine in standard blue, well, oooh, it turned out very nice.
  6. Denis Obukhov
    Denis Obukhov 23 November 2015 12: 51
    +1
    SuperHornet today is the only suitable aircraft manufactured and purchased for the aircraft in the United States. A kind of workhorse.
  7. VNP1958PVN
    VNP1958PVN 23 November 2015 12: 52
    -1
    Russia will supply China with 24 units of Su-35 in the amount of about two billion dollars
    Maybe the Chinese will want to reduce the number of Yankee carrier-based aircraft? We would not be offended request
  8. Denis Obukhov
    Denis Obukhov 23 November 2015 12: 53
    +3
    According to the same Bill Sweetman / Aviation Week today, the US Air Force is also considering the possibility of acquiring up to 72 additional F-15s or F-16s or even F / A-18E / F (!) Due to the fact that budgetary restrictions may make the existing ones unattainable. F-35 procurement plans.
    http://aviationweek.com/defense/us-considers-72-new-f-15s-or-f-16
  9. shinobi
    shinobi 23 November 2015 12: 59
    0
    Which, in fact, should have been proven. Well, a fighter shouldn't cost as a private VIP plane. Much has been said about performance characteristics, I won't. The funny thing is that the Yankees themselves predicted a similar situation even when the f22 was launched into the series.
  10. Engineer
    Engineer 23 November 2015 13: 00
    0
    The F / A-18E / F, of course, is a good aircraft, but the F-35C has a heavy load per ton and at the same time is almost twice the combat radius. So, here the raids of the deprived Boeing on Lockheed are quite understandable, but they will only be able to justify them in numbers in terms of price.
  11. Lt. Air Force stock
    Lt. Air Force stock 23 November 2015 13: 09
    +1
    If I am not mistaken, the superhornet now produces 4 aircraft per month (48 per year).
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    2. gjv
      gjv 23 November 2015 13: 49
      +1
      Quote: Lt. air force reserve
      If I am not mistaken, now the superhornet produces 4 aircraft per month

      Perhaps there is still a small mistake.
      In 2014, 11 F / A-18E Super Hornets and 21 EA-18G Growlers were produced - 2,66 planes per month.
      In 2015, 15 EA-18G Growlers were released - 1,25 aircraft per month.
      In general, Boeing has a contract from 2013 for the supply of 124 aircraft.
      Or a squeak about the underfunding of the contract, or want another order? request
      Australia is wondering at what price 24 Super Hornets will be sold.
  12. Ramzai
    Ramzai 23 November 2015 13: 12
    -3
    What kind of songs are you singing ... the price of the F35 includes the full cycle of its production and subsequent maintenance, and not the real cost of the unit itself. And the bulk goes for sale, which is why there is such a tension in supplying the troops to themselves. And the fact that they are looking for cheaper options is a reasonable way out when choosing a log house from sales and serial replenishment of their forces. This is not PAK FA for all its merits, but an already working mechanism of design bureaus, factories, management, diplomacy, self-promotion, and everything that can accompany business. Especially American business bully
  13. dchegrinec
    dchegrinec 23 November 2015 13: 17
    0
    Russia needs to work at the same pace to modernize and update military-oriented technologies. Western puppets themselves will see their miserable state from which they will no longer be able to get out.
  14. Zaurbek
    Zaurbek 23 November 2015 13: 34
    +1
    Logically, this is the freshest aircraft; generation and its potential for modernization is higher than that of the F15-16. And its size is intermediate between heavy and light (like Mig29). Will close the gap between the descending F-15 and 16 and the incoming F-35. Safety option. And for export they will save something cheaper than the F-35.
  15. volot-voin
    volot-voin 23 November 2015 13: 34
    0
    Buying Boeings for Russian airlines, we help the enemy military-industrial complex.
    Quote: Ilya77
    Everything is bad with the F-35, despite the nightingale trills. The stone flower does not come out

    Quote: Denis Obukhov
    SuperHornet today is the only suitable aircraft manufactured and purchased for the aircraft in the United States. A kind of workhorse.

    Failures happen to everyone, the Bulava also did not fly right away. And the enemy needs to be beaten on all fronts, primarily economically, by developing its industry and technology by conquering markets.
  16. hartlend
    hartlend 23 November 2015 15: 00
    0
    The British do not have naval patrol aircraft, Boeing has problems with the construction of new aircraft. This is the triumph of NATO and capitalism in general.