Navy F/A-18E/F and EA-18G Aircraft Procurement and Strike Fighter Shortfall: Background and Issues for Congress
LIBRARY OF CONGRESS WASHINGTON DC CONGRESSIONAL RESEARCH SERVICE
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The Navy has been procuring FA-18EF Super Hornet strike fighters since FY1997. The Navy in FY2006 also began procuring the EA-18G Growler, an electronic attack i.e., electronic warfare version of the Super Hornet. Super Hornets and Growlers were procured in FY2005-FY2009 under a multiyear procurement MYP arrangement. The Navys proposed FY2010 budget requests about 1.0 billion for the procurement of nine FA-18EFs. The Navys FY2009 budget had projected that 18 FA-18EFs would be requested in FY2010. The Navys proposed FY2010 budget also requests about 1.6 billion for the procurement of 22 EA-18Gs. The Navys proposed FY2010 budget does not request a third MYP arrangement for procuring FA-18EFs and EA-18Gs in FY2010-FY2014. The Navys FY2010 request for nine FA-18EFs comes in the context of a projected shortfall in Navy and Marine Corps strike fighters. Some Members of Congress are interested in the option of procuring 18 FA-18EFs in FY2010 the number projected for FY2010 under the FY2009 budget, rather than nine the number requested in the FY2010 budget, so as to make a start toward mitigating the projected strike fighter shortfall. Some Members of Congress are also interested in approving a new MYP arrangement for procuring Super Hornets and Growlers in FY2010-FY2014, so as to further mitigate the shortfall and reduce the collective procurement cost of the aircraft. The appendix presents material relating to the Navy-Marine Corps strike fighter shortfall and FA-18EF procurement from a May 19, 2009, hearing on naval aviation programs before the Seapower and Expeditionary Forces subcommittee of the House Armed Services Committee.
- Attack and Fighter Aircraft
- Economics and Cost Analysis
- Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies