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USN Showdown between Super Hornet and F-35

Treetop Flyer

Well-Known Member
pilot
#7

jmcquate

Well-Known Member
Contributor
#9

sevenhelmet

Did I miss a step?
pilot
#10
This whole concept of a "showdown" is just: :rolleyes:

It not only demonstrates a fundamental misunderstanding of modern fighter aircraft, but also of the intent of the F-35 buy. Even the original intent wasn't to replace every Super Hornet. And now... quite a bit less, it would seem.
 

Randy Daytona

Cold War Relic
pilot
Super Moderator
#12
The point of the LHD/LHA is the embarked Marines and helos.

Also I have no idea what that "article" has to do with what you said.


I am well aware of the Gator Navy's primary role.

I also agree with the study below that if you are going to build a ship the size of a Midway class carrier (the America class LHA), then it should have catapults and an angled deck. This gives the Navy increased capability and flexibility for a relatively small price increase. The article also proposes a return to 4 ship ARG's.

Too late now, but I wonder how much more capable and how much less expensive the F-35 could have been if it did not have a VSTOL requirement in any of the variants - thus influencing the F-35 vs F-18 debate. I leave that for the go fast guys. As the aircraft is in production and the question moot, this seems to more a shipbuilding question for the future.

In www.realcleardefense.com earlier this week.

http://csbaonline.org/research/publ...new-fleet-architecture-for-the-united-states-
 

jmcquate

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Contributor
#13
The F-35 is in the fleet (at least on the green side). It's here. The program is too far along to re-think shit. Same shit happened with the F-14. It went through ACM bullshit with F-4s.
 

Treetop Flyer

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pilot
#15
I am well aware of the Gator Navy's primary role.

I also agree with the study below that if you are going to build a ship the size of a Midway class carrier (the America class LHA), then it should have catapults and an angled deck. This gives the Navy increased capability and flexibility for a relatively small price increase. The article also proposes a return to 4 ship ARG's.

Too late now, but I wonder how much more capable and how much less expensive the F-35 could have been if it did not have a VSTOL requirement in any of the variants - thus influencing the F-35 vs F-18 debate. I leave that for the go fast guys.

http://csbaonline.org/research/publ...new-fleet-architecture-for-the-united-states-
A Midway class carrier didn't embark a MEU. It's a ridiculous argument.

Do we need big ass nuclear carriers instead of more smaller carriers? Do we need jets on LHD/A's? These are relevant questions. Arguing to turn an LHD into a CVA is just silly.