US Navy eyes more F-16s

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Unread post08 May 2021, 01:42

“Due to the extremely high projected cost per flight hour (+$44,000) of these ‘Legacy Hornets,’ the Navy is accelerating divestment from the F/A-18A-D aircraft,” the admiral said. “VFC-12’s transition from the F/A-18A-D Hornet to the Block I FA-18E/F Super Hornet in [fiscal 2021] is the first step towards accelerating Legacy Hornet divestment.”

Mustin said there are not enough Block I Super Hornets to replace the legacy Hornet adversary fleet, so the Navy is proposing the aircraft be replaced by used Air Force and Air National Guard F-16 fighters.

He also said the adversary aircraft need upgrades with threat-representative capabilities “such as Infrared Search and Track Systems and the evolution of the Adversary data link known as RedNet.”


https://seapowermagazine.org/navy-reser ... iral-says/
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Unread post08 May 2021, 16:13

F-16N 2.0? :D
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Unread post12 May 2021, 13:06

This time the F-16 N will land on carrier for sure:)))
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Unread post12 May 2021, 23:50

Hhmmm so F-16IQNs coming soon?
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Unread post17 May 2021, 09:06

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Still can't beat the Tiger II for looks:
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Unread post17 May 2021, 15:44

You can:

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Unread post18 May 2021, 04:21

The F-16 looks big and clumsy compared to the F-5 Tiger II.
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Unread post19 May 2021, 04:20

edpop wrote:The F-16 looks big and clumsy compared to the F-5 Tiger II.




Looks can be deceiving............ :wink:
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Unread post20 May 2021, 02:37

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Unread post29 May 2021, 13:39

The U.S. Navy is preparing to receive F-16 Fighting Falcon fighter jets from the Air Force as it moves to rid its inventory of legacy F/A-18 Hornet models used in its Reserve fleets, according to its fiscal 2022 budget request.

The Navy will shelve roughly 55 aircraft over the next year, the documents state, in hopes of transitioning to the F/A-18E/F Super Hornet. But to make sure it has enough fighters available amid the conversion, it expects the Air Force to transfer some F-16s to it.

"This divestment reduces long-term support cost of older [Hornets] while retaining adversary capacity," the documents state, but do not specify the number of F-16s needed. Seapower Magazine reported earlier this month the F-16s could come from Air National Guard units.

https://www.military.com/daily-news/202 ... t-gap.html
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Unread post30 May 2021, 18:25

edpop wrote:ImageStill can't beat the Tiger II for looks:
"Holy Sh*t!! MiG-28s! No one's been THIS close before!!" :lol: (This IS a thread about the Navy after all)
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Unread post31 May 2021, 04:55

The U.S. Navy is moving ahead with plans to introduce more F-16 Viper fighter jets to replace ‘legacy’ F/A-18 Hornets used in the adversary role. The War Zone has reported in the past about Navy aspirations to add ex-Air Force Vipers to its ranks, and originally broke the story when it was still little more than a crewroom rumor. Now part of the Pentagon’s formal budget request for the 2022 Fiscal Year, which you can read more about here.

The request seeks to accelerate the retirement of the Navy’s remaining ‘legacy’ F/A-18A/B/C/D Hornets and the acquisition of replacement aggressor jets for a portion of these jets should help achieve that. Already operated exclusively by Reserve units, the ‘legacy’ Hornets are now to be retired by 2022, two years earlier than planned, with around 55 examples slated to go over the next 12 months. Among these are some of the Navy’s most important adversary airframes that frequently push fleet pilots to their limits.

Read the entire story from the source below........


https://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/4 ... -its-fleet
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Unread post02 Jun 2021, 16:57

edpop wrote:The F-16 looks big and clumsy compared to the F-5 Tiger II.

https://youtu.be/DzNAh3V58Vg

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