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Discussion in 'World Armed Forces' started by Jeff Head, Oct 30, 2013.
Come on baby
China have 1/2 Su-35 Sqn USN have 30 F-18E/F Sqns in more 9 C/D USN/USMC so for the whole fleet balance of power no change
Sure F-35C is better than F-18E/F ghost with sensors and also range CR + 200 km as Advanced Hornets but F-18E/F despite less good in the short game with Sukhois is very decent with APG-79 and up to 12 AAMs in more completely versatile with LR CM don't have China and Russia in more next year AGM-158C 550 km range !
After finaly more long to have F-35C in big number 1st VFA in 2019 full and 2 by CAW in duo with F-18E/F surely for 2030 before planned about 2025, MQ-25 add power to CAW with
F-18E/F now free for combat missons but a MQ-25 refuel about only a fighter so necessary idealy 6 - 8 to refuel a little Sqn less with 5 max is less significative.
2019 Budget Presidential request 24 so + 10 F-18E/F and 9 F-35C the max planned/year is to 20 normaly
Last of hte 160 EA-18G delivered this year now about 140 - 150 Whidbey islands is full ! even during Cold war USN don't have 160 EA-6B IIRC about 120 but USAF have EF-111
How many of them are forward deployed to South China Sea, and how many sorties per plane per day can they generate?
With large missile stores it just isn't a practical fighter a2a set up, only cruise missile intercept or ambush.
Especially so for a super hornet.
Normaly a Nimitz can sustain 160 sorties a day, Ford 200, Nimtiz have do excercise in 1997 JTFEX 97-2 for surge high intensity operations 975 sorties in 4 day whose 770 for fighters !!!* aircrafts fly all the day/night without stop 80 % disponible others in maintenance
consumes 70% of A2G weapons and 45 % of fuel aviation possible max 6 days* vs 4 for a Kitty hawk nuclear propulsion advantage for power again more than for autonomy
a CVN have about + 30 - 40 % ammos/fuel
* According it max for Nimitz about 220 and i have see for Ford 280 sorties a day !
** But impossible for sailors personnal for cats by ex sleep max 4 hours !
For JTFEX 97-2 : F-18 in average 4,5 by 24 h, F-14 2,5, EA-6B 2,9
All here pic look vintage but 20 pages amazing !