The Pentagon is coming closer to a fork in road on fighter aircraft….
For a LONG while they have been trying to sell the F-35 Lighting as the ‘be all’ to ‘end all’…..
Common sense points to THAT being a stretch ….
The F-35 is STILL a work in progress…..
It is a single seater….
And it’s had an enough issues….
Trying to turn a single seat aircraft into electronic warfare doesn’t make to much sense….
It’s enough for a pilot to have fly an aircraft into a combat zone….
Having that same human being have to work the task of providing cover for itself and other aircraft is a bit much….
Having a second warm body along to ‘mind the store’ concerning enemy capabilities and throwing stuff has been the way things have been and should be since the 1960s….
photo…F-18 Growler…Dual seat EW platform…wiki
Image an engagement with Russia, in a limited action where US and NATO aircraft would busy with far superior numbers of aircraft?
A one seater and his sometimes un-trusty computer sidekick isn’t gonna be a match for a back seater with his/her extra mark II’s and steady concentration on the situation w/o worrying about actually flying the bird….
Spend the money people….
Keep the 2 seat F-18 Growlers funded and spend some of that money them old F-15’s , with the two…
photo…F-15 two seater….aviationweek.com
seater EW packages also….
Do YOUR country a favor…
Critics of the Pentagon’s EW strategy point to the fiscal 2015 budget’s termination of the U.S. Navy’s ties to Boeing’s Super Hornet production line. The service likely will buy only its planned 138 EA-18G Growlers, the Pentagon’s newest airborne EW system, and deploy five to each carrier air wing. Navy officials have put funding for 22 more Growlers on their fiscal 2015 wishlist, but without relief from the spending constraints of the Budget Control Act, Boeing will be on its own to continue building the aircraft, unless the Navy can buy more Growlers. Congress approved funding for 21 ship sets of EA-18Gs in the fiscal 2014 budget.
Meanwhile, the Air Force is also planning to mothball seven, or half, of its EC-130 electronic attack aircraft in fiscal 2013, saving $315.8 million. Air Force Maj. Gen. Jim Jones, director of operations, plans and requirements, says that the service “can’t afford to program to a no-risk force, [and further investment in stealth] is a piece of that. . . . All of these capabilities add up to a more survivable capability.” When questioned about whether the Air Force would backfill the lost EC-130s with some other capability, Jones declines to provide information, acknowledging that this is likely an “unsatisfying” answer. This could point to a capability being developed in the classified world.Share on Facebook