31 Mar '17, 12am

Inside Boeing's F-18 Pitch To White House; Fewer F-35Cs Means Shorter Fight

Inside Boeing's F-18 Pitch To White House; Fewer F-35Cs Means Shorter Fight

WASHINGTON: If the Navy would buy one squadron of new F-18s (known as the XT, Block 3 or Advanced Super Hornet) instead of the carrier version of the F-35 it “actually improves overall mission capability, while substantially reducing cost.” But the Navy could go even one better and buy two squadrons of the new F-18, which would give the Navy “the best capability affordably.” Buying 120 Super Hornets and 200 of the Advanced Super Hornets (which is what their plan would work out to) would save $8 billion in procurement costs each year plus $1.4 billion in operations and maintenance costs each year, the report claims. That’s the essence of the story that Boeing is telling the Pentagon and the White House, according to a Boeing document I obtained that was presented to White House officials. The document marks a shift in Boeing’s efforts. In years past the pitch was, essential...

Full article: http://breakingdefense.com/2017/03/inside-boeings-f-18-pi...

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