The U.S. Navy plans to buy additional orders of Boeing EA-18G Growler electronic attack planes and 260 additional F-35s to replace older models of F/A-8C/D, as it prepares the 2016 fiscal budget request, it said Saturday.
Chief of Naval Operations Admiral Jonathan Greenert said the Navy was reviewing its inventory of tactical aircraft, including Growlers and strike fighters, to ensure its electronic attack needs were met.
Congress, responding to an "unfunded priority" list submitted by the Navy earlier this year, is poised to approve orders of 12 more EA-18G Growlers in the fiscal 2015 budget, which will help Boeing extend the production line for the jets in St. Louis through 2017.
The Navy had not requested funding for the jets in its fiscal 2015 budget, but did add 22 EA-18G jets to its unfunded priorities list.
Greenert did not comment specifically on whether the Navy would request funding for the jets in its fiscal 2016 core budget, or a new unfunded priorities list, but said the Navy's electronic attack capabilities were being evaluated as part of the overall tactical aircraft budget.
"Before we close the books and call it quits on Growlers, we want to make sure we've got the electronic attack right," Greenert said.
The Navy is wrapping up two weeks of testing of the C-model of the F-35 fighter jet built by Lockheed Martin Corp on the USS Nimitz aircraft carrier.
The planned F-35s will work together on the carriers with newer model F/A-18E/F jets and the EA-18G Growlers.
Boeing has proven its new anti-jamming communications technology is capable of operating as either a ground-based user terminal or satellite-based networking hub, enabling the military to send and receive secure communications at a significantly lower cost by using existing terminals and satellites. The anti-jam technology uses a protected tactical waveform, which shields signals from interference by adversaries or cyber-terrorists
Boeing and six Danish defense companies signed agreements to jointly pursue a range of business opportunities in defense and aerospace-related manufacturing, maintenance, software and simulation integration, and other areas Friday. The agreements with Danish Aerotech, Falck Schmidt Defence Systems, IFAD, Multicut, Systematic and Terma are key elements of Boeings industrial plan related to its F/A-18 Super Hornet offering to Denmark
Boeing has sold airplane parts to Iran Air, national flag carrier of Iran, for the first time since the 1979 hostage crisis between Iran and the US,Anatolian News Agency reported Thursday. Boeing has stated in a report that it generated approximately $120,000 in revenues and overall $12,000 net profits during the third quarter of 2014 from Iranian contracts
Boeing has delivered the 18th P-8A Poseidon aircraft to the US Navy ahead of schedule October 14, where it joined other Poseidon aircraft being used to train Navy crews, the company announced Wednesday. The P-8A departed Boeing Field in Seattle for Naval Air Station Jacksonville, and was Boeings fifth delivery this year
Boeing has completed environmental and performance qualification testing on the aircraft satellite communications antenna system it is developing for multipurpose satellite operator Al Yah Satellite Company (Yahsat) of the United Arab Emirates. The system has passed customer-witnessed acceptance testing, and its required data transfer rate has been validated in over-the-air satellite tests
The US Navy and Boeing recently demonstrated new targeting technologies that greatly enhance aircrew safety and effectiveness through the rapid integration and distribution of target information across multiple aircraft. Utilizing an advanced targeting processor, an open architecture, high-bandwidth data link, and a Windows-based tablet integrated with the mission system, the demonstration proved that Boeing EA-18G Growler electronic attack aircraft can detect targets over longer distances and share information more rapidly than ever before
Boeing has introduced the EA-18 Growler airborne electronic attack aircraft, which is the first of 12 for Australia under a US $2.2 billion acquisition program
The Israeli cabinet authorized on Sunday the immediate purchase of 14 F-35A Lightning II fighter jets with the option of ordering 17 more in 2017, according to The Times of Israel.The deal, which will cost upwards of $3 billion, was agreed by the US and Israel defense chiefs in late October, but required the ministers approval
The US Navys modernization plan to replace the last 20 littoral combat ships hangs in uncertainty with Defense Secretary Chuck Hagels resignation. “Hagel has made a decision about the LCS modernization following his review of recommendations from the US Navys specially-configured Small Surface Combatant Task Force (SSCTF),” Military
Britain announced Monday that it has signed a contract with Lockheed Martin to buy its first four of 14 F-35B combat aircrafts. The aircrafts are expected to be delivered in 2016 and will be in service by 2018
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