Everything You Need to Know about the F-35C

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Corsair1963

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Unread post15 Sep 2020, 05:37

gc wrote:16 F-35C for the future Carrier Air Wing. Less Rhinos featured.

https://seapowermagazine.org/navys-futu ... nto-focus/


Sounds like the USN is pushing the first of F-35C Squadrons to 16 instead of 10. Until every Air Wing acquires at least a single Squadron. I assume that number will drop back to 10 -12 aircraft. When they add a second squadron to each Air Wing post 2030.
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Unread post15 Sep 2020, 05:54

Actually, the USN should be acquiring enough F-35C's to stand up two squadrons per year now. (i.e. 10 aircraft) So, makes you wonder. If, some cut backs in orders are coming???
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Unread post20 Sep 2020, 20:00

Corsair1963 wrote:
gc wrote:16 F-35C for the future Carrier Air Wing. Less Rhinos featured.

https://seapowermagazine.org/navys-futu ... nto-focus/


Sounds like the USN is pushing the first of F-35C Squadrons to 16 instead of 10. Until every Air Wing acquires at least a single Squadron. I assume that number will drop back to 10 -12 aircraft. When they add a second squadron to each Air Wing post 2030.



The slide from Tailhook 2020.
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Unread post21 Sep 2020, 12:04

marauder2048 wrote:The slide from Tailhook 2020.


Interesting, thanks you. I find it a bit strange that the F-35 SATCOM and DAS system have been omitted in this slide. Also interesting that JSOW is missing from weapons list. Maybe these are just unintentional omissions?
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Unread post22 Sep 2020, 07:07

hornetfinn wrote:
marauder2048 wrote:The slide from Tailhook 2020.

Also interesting that JSOW is missing from weapons list.


Yeah. I noticed that too..but they have JASSM-ER (?!) which, AFAIK, the Navy has not committed to buying.
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