US Navy or­ders more Su­per Hor­nets

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Ac­cord­ing to Boe­ing, an ad­di­tional 14 F/A-18E/Fs have been or­dered for the US Navy. The deal cov­ers full-rate pro­duc­tion and de­liv­ery of six Lot 41 sin­gle-seat F/A-18E and eight twin-seat F/A-18F air­craft and work is ex­pected to be com­pleted in Fe­bru­ary 2019. Pro­cure­ment of the Su­per Hor­net is re­port­edly to over­come a short­age of strike fighters in the US Navy. The orig­i­nal FY2017 US Navy bud­get had only ear­marked $185m to pur­chase two Su­per Hor­nets, but its ‘Un­funded Re­quire­ments List’ (URL), which was also sent to Congress, sought an ad­di­tional 14 F/A-18E/Fs. To fur­ther ad­dress the fighter short­fall, the US Navy is look­ing to buy at least 80 F/A-18E/Fs over the next five years, a ma­jor change from the orig­i­nal plan to end Su­per Hor­net pro­cure­ment next year. In the FY2018 bud­get re­quest, the navy is seek­ing $1.25bn for 14 more F/A-18E/Fs, with ad­di­tional air­craft to fol­low as part of the Fu­ture Years De­fence Pro­gramme (FYDP).

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