Saturday, 15 February 2020

Boeing bullish on Super Hornet, despite US Navy mulling cuts

Dafydd Phillips

Boeing bullish on Super Hornet, despite US Navy mulling cuts | Jane's 360

Gareth Jennings, London - Jane's Navy International

13 February 2020

Boeing is confident that it will continue to deliver F/A-18E/F Super Hornet combat aircraft to the US Navy (USN), despite the service disclosing that it is seeking to prematurely curtail production to focus on developing its future aviation requirements.

The US Navy has disclosed it is looking to move funding away from Super Hornet production from the end of FY 2021, although Boeing has told Jane's it is confident of getting further aircraft included in the service's Future Years Defense Plan. (Jane's/Patrick Allen)

Speaking to Jane's on 12 February, a company representative said that the USN still has a need for more Super Hornet aircraft and that it is likely to reinstate production beyond the final batch disclosed in the Department of Defense's (DoD) fiscal year (FY) 2021 budget documents released on 10 February.

"We believe the US Navy needs more Super Hornets to meet its mission needs; we are confident that more Block 3 Super Hornets will be added into the Future Years Defense Plan [FYDP] to meet those requirements," the representative said.

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