FY10 Budget: 13 fewer Super Hornets, 2 more Growlers

The Pentagon announced 31 F/A-18s were inserted in the FY10 budget, but this disguised major changes in the procurement profile for both F/A-18E/F Super Hornets and EA-18G Growlers.

The FY10 proposal includes eight F/A-18Es, one F/A-18F and 22 EA-18Gs, for a total of 31.

That compares to the USN’s baseline plan to buy a total of 22 F/A-18E/Fs and 20 EA-18Gs.

It’s not immediately clear how that impacts the USN’s multi-year procurement deal with Boeing. It was my impression that the MYP deal includes penalties if purchases in any one year fall below a certain minimum, which I thought was 42. Checking on this …

UPDATE w/ NAVAIR comments: “Specific F/A-18 procurement quantities by aircraft variant cannot be addressed until the FY 2010 budget is submitted to the Congress later this Spring and becomes part of the public record. The program of record remains 506 aircraft, and we are on track to reach that goal by 2012. We continue to review a range of options to mitigate the strike fighter gap including extending the service life of legacy F/A-18 Hornets, reviewing F/A-18 E/F Super Hornets procurement quantities and accelerating the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program.  That said, no decision has been made, and again, we cannot discuss the mix of aircraft procurements until the President’s budget is delivered to Congress.” 

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