Accession Number:

ADA499455

Title:

F/A-18F: A Viable Supplement to the JSF

Descriptive Note:

Corporate Author:

MARINE CORPS COMMAND AND STAFF COLL QUANTICO VA

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

2008-02-18

Pagination or Media Count:

12.0

Abstract:

The United States Marine Corps lethality has been its ability to operate and fight as a task organized MAGTF. As new threats have emerged, the Marines have adjusted and remained a step ahead of their enemies. A key constituent of their ability is the aviation combat elementACE. In order for the ground combat elementGCE, which always has been the backbone of the USMCs combat power, to impose its will on the enemy, the ACE must be able to integrate itself into the fight as a supporting force. Unfortunately, the TACAIR community, specifically the AV-8B Harrier and FA-18 Hornet, is aging and its ability to remain ahead of threat technology is waning. The Marine Corps solution is the Joint Strike Fighter JSF. While the JSF will revolutionize the battlefield and bring a capability to the GCE like no other platform has to date, an issue remains how does one stretch the capabilities of aging AV-8Bs and FA-18s to last throughout the JSF procurement The USMC cannot maintain its current capability without an interim solution. To bridge this gap the Marine Corps should purchase the Super Hornet to supplement the JSF because the FA-18F would maintain a twoseat forward air controller airborne FACA capability, provide a carrier-based platform, and minimize the training and operational limitations imposed on aging platforms.

Subject Categories:

  • Attack and Fighter Aircraft
  • Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE