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duplex wrote:So the new Hornets do the fleet defense mission with some help from the Lightning.
The new SH is no replacement for F-14D Super Tomcat
Without a superior A2A fighter The US carriers are vulnerable, because
1-The US Navy is obliged to maintain a continuous presence around the world, so with its scattered carriers it is not capable of concentrating its overwhelming numbers rapidly anywhere ..6 fleets thousands miles apart .
2-As fleet protection fighter even the new SH is massively inferior to Super Tomcat armed? with 6 heavy Phoenix. The performance the Super Hornet gives up to make it a first class ground attack makes it unsuitable to fulfill the role vacated by the Tomcat. As a result, the US Navy lacks a real A2A fighter and will not have an equivalent aircraft to carry out the A2A role even the F-35s unit may not be able to do A2A as well as the F-22 or F-14D because it primarily does a different job The result is that US naval air power could be outlclassed by enemies operating RAFALE or TYPHOON or SU-35 Type of +4 Gen aircrafts .Of course with less than 200 F-22s, and those have a short effective range without tankers and are likely to be consigned to home defense the USN will lack a real air superiority fighter Without an efficient A2A fighter,the carriers are vulnerable.
This probably comes from experience in that US Navy SH's have fought mostly low intensity wars with negligible fighter opposition. However, against a first-world air force operating RAFALE,TYPHOON and SU-35 , the SH will not gain air superiority that easy .Nobody underestimates the US Navy but remember this, the top gun pilots have never fought against equally skilled opponents.
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