Apr 23 2011

Super Hornet threatening delayed F-35C

Gepubliceerd door JSFNieuws.nl om 20:41 onder Global F35 News

Aviation Week reports about the silent, but steady, progress Boeing makes with marketing and sales of the F/A-18 Super Hornet. New “stealth” versions with new engines, but with proven technology may be an alternative for the Joint Strike Fighter in certain markets.
Lower prices, delivery within time and contracted price (like in Australia), lower operating and support costs are key elements in the Boeing sales campaign. And with a General Electric as Super Hornet’s F414 engine supplier, frustrated by the termination of the F136 engine, Boeing has a motivated partner to compete with the F-35 in the international arena.

Some quotes:

The program is already close to 700 aircraft, including 41 additional Navy aircraft announced earlier this year to mitigate the effect of JSF delays. Campaigns and expressions of interest in countries that are not on the JSF list — India, Brazil and the Middle East — could reach that figure.

And yet, “a number of potential Joint Strike Fighter customers” have asked for information about the Super Hornet, according to Boeing Military Aircraft president Chris Chadwick. “We see customers trying to recapitalize their tactical fighter forces and balancing that with huge budget pressures, and trying to make the best decisions going forward.” (That describes almost everybody.)

The Super Hornet is already formally pitched against the JSF in Denmark and it looks as though things are headed the same way in Japan. Chadwick calls the aircraft a “low risk, low cost, known-time offering worldwide” and Boeing officials Wednesday repeatedly observed that Super Hornets are all being delivered “on cost and ahead of schedule” — a not-so-subtle reference to delays and overruns that might possibly afflict other programs.

Read full article: Aviation Week; 22-apr-2011 “The Rhino Revenge

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