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Old 02-12-2019, 12:18 AM   #11
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Its not the end for the Hornet, USMC will use FA-18C till 2030.

I thought this was a joke. Nope, that's the legit plan. Marines man... God bless 'em.
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Old 02-12-2019, 01:17 AM   #12
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Its not the end for the Hornet, USMC will use FA-18C till 2030.
And after that the Germans will buy them to replace their crappy Eurofighters
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Old 02-12-2019, 02:17 PM   #13
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Actually, we might buy them now to replace our excellent Tornados (because the Eurofighter might need too much development to replace the Tornado).

But there'll only be two kept airworthy, so whatever.
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Old 02-13-2019, 07:11 PM   #14
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Yes, thats right and they have FA-18A++ also, which are technically better than FA-18C.
Afaik they are only really better by haveing 2 colour lcds instead crt ddi but on the other hand still have older analog fuel and engine indicators instead of the digital uefi.

And the a++ are probably needing higher maintenance hours due to being older airframes.

They certainly arent better than the fa18c+ which basically have sh cockpit avionics. And the navy fa18cs are going to get better since there is q contract signed to fit up to 98 fa18c with an/apg79(v4) radar.

Thus apart from airframe age the usmc fa18cs starting in 2020 will be as capable as the larger superhorents and only be behind in endurance and extended external stores capacity
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