House panel adds $970M for 12 F/A-18E/F, despite Navy objections

By Aidan Quigley / August 25, 2021 at 5:38 PM
The House Armed Services Committee has shown its skepticism for the Navy’s strike fighter shortfall plan by adding $970 million to the F/A-18E/F program for 12 jets in the fiscal year 2022 budget, according to the committee chairman’s mark for the FY-22 defense authorization bill. Committee Chairman Adam Smith’s (D-WA) mark, obtained by Inside Defense , states the committee is concerned about the Navy’s strike fighter deficit. Buying the 12 F/A-18E-Fs will “reduce operational and warfighting capacity risk,” according to...

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