US Navy issues NGAD RFI

The US Navy has issued a request for information for its future Super Hornet replacement.

The US Navy has issued a Request for Information (RFI) for a new fighter to replace the Boeing F/A-18E/F Super Hornet and EA-18G Growler in the 2030s.

The Next Generation Air Dominance (NGAD) and FA-XX projects have been discussed for some time, but this is the first formal step in the look ahead, although this is not the formal start of a programme.

The Navy is looking at options to replace the Super Hornet and Growler in the 2030s with a new carrier-based aircraft to provide air supremacy with a multi-role strike capability.

This news may also send a shiver through the F-35C programme, with the Navy being the only one of the three US services with a get-out clause on this programme. Buying more Super Hornets to plug the gap to FA-XX and ditching its F-35C plan.

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