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 Navys proposed FY2010 budget requests about 1.0 billion for the procurement of nine FA-18EF Super Hornet strike fighters. 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-18G Growler electric attack aircraft. The Navys proposed FY2010 budget does not request a new multiyear procurement MYP arrangement for procuring FA-18EFs and EA-18Gs in FY2010-FY2014. 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, so as to make a start toward mitigating a projected Navy-Marine Corps strike fighter shortfall. Some Members 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.
- Attack and Fighter Aircraft
- Patrol and Reconnaissance Aircraft
- Economics and Cost Analysis