Currently the President’s defense budget request does not include 14 additional F/A-18E/F Super Hornets that were listed as a priority by the U.S. Navy. These aircraft are needed to remedy the Navy’s shortfall in Super Hornets due to heavy use of these strike fighters in recent combat operations. Failure to meet the Navy’s request in the Fiscal Year 2017 defense budget will deepen the shortfall and threaten the only American production line capable of producing mission-ready strike fighters and electronic attack aircraft for the Navy today. Elected representatives in Washington, D.C., need to hear from you on an issue of great importance to America’s military strength and national security.
The F/A-18 Super Hornet is a twin-engine, supersonic, all weather multirole jet fighter that is capable of landing and taking off from an aircraft carrier. The Super Hornet is combat-proven and has the built-in capacity for future technology upgrades, which allows it to outpace new threats for decades to come.
The EA-18G is the cornerstone of the naval Airborne Electronic Attack (AEA) mission. Derived from the combat proven F/A-18F aircraft, the EA-18G incorporates advanced AEA avionics bringing transformational capability for suppression of enemy air defenses (SEAD) and non-traditional electronic attack operations.
The Super Hornet and Growler production line is an investment in the United States economy. The F/A-18 program supports approximately 60,000 jobs nationwide, works with 800 suppliers in 44 states, and accounts for $3 billion in economic impact for our country. If production ends, so would the ability to sustain these jobs and businesses. The below map shows the Super Hornet and Growler’s impact in every state.