Company «Boeing» will begin in the summer tests refreshed version of the F/A-18 Super Hornet, U.S. Navy proposed as a candidate aircraft F-35, said the vice president «Boeing».
Super Hornet, kitted ventral container for weapons, avionics system with touch screens and other improvements, will begin flight tests in late summer or first of autumn in St. Louis and then at aviastantsii Patuxent River in Maryland, said vice president of programs F / A-18 «Boeing» Mike Gibbons (Mike Gibbons).
Upgrades, including new production engines General Electric, are part of the company’s offerings as a candidate F-35 Lightning II during the reduction of military expenditures, Gibbons said on April 8 on the sea, and aviation exhibition of cosmic three-day conference in National Harbor (Maryland) organized by the Navy League.
We’re not trying to change the F-35, he said in an interview after the media briefing. «We’re just trying to offer solutions Navy, so they know what they are more suitable for aircraft.»
The program F-35 is the most expensive military project, estimated at nearly 400 billion dollars for the purchase of a total 2443 aircraft difficulties. The Navy plans to buy about 260 aircraft variant F-35C, designed for ground-based and aircraft carrier.