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Trump calls Boeing to price Super Hornet against F-35

Trump calls Boeing to price Super Hornet against F-35 23 December, 2016

President-elect Donald Trump has called Lockheed Martin's competitor Boeing for the Joint Strike Fighter mission.
Trump, in a 21 December tweet said, “Based on the tremendous cost and cost overruns of the Lockheed Martin F-35, I have asked Boeing to price-out a comparable F-18 Super Hornet!"
It is not clear how an F/A-18E/F proposal could be used as a bargaining chip in negotiations between Trump and Lockheed. The short take-off and vertical landing F-35B could not be replaced by the F/A-18E/F, which needs a catapult to take-off from a carrier and an arresting system to land. 
The F/A-18E/F is not very low observable (VLO) stealth, replacement for the F-35C eventhough both are based on aircraft  carrier. Only alternative could be F/A-18E/to replace F-35A, an aircraft operated by the US Air Force, which has never shown interest in the navy's fighter.
Within an hour of Trump's F-35 tweet on 22 December, Boeing's official corporate Twitter account responded: "Ready to work with @realDonaldTrump's administration to affordably meet US military requirements."

Canada wants to cut its ties with F-35A programme and get Super Hornet or Eurofighter instead.

 

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