Friday, August 19, 2016

Navy To Modernize Boeing Super Hornets To Fly With Lockheed F-35

The Navy plans to "continue to modernize" Boeing's F/A-18 Super Hornets, said Vice Adm. Mike Shoemaker, the commander of Naval Air Forces, calling newer versions "4.5-generation" fighters.

During a talk Thursday at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, Shoemaker said he isn't minimizing the need for Lockheed Martin's F-35, a fifth-generation fighter. Instead, he sees a role for both of them.

"We absolutely need the F-35 as soon as we can get it," he said. " We want to pair those two up together."

Shoemaker said the two jets could be flown in tandem to take advantage of the planes' "very good complement of high-low mix."  more