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viation is the Marine Corps’ biggest readiness problem, but don’t give them more planes to fix it. “In fact, right now, we’ve got too many [F/A-18] Hornets — we have too many airplanes,” Gen. Robert Neller said today.
“Our problem right now is not number of airplanes per se, it’s getting the airplanes we have flying,” the Marine Corps commandant said at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, D.C.
That’s particularly true for the troubled Hornets, some of the military’s most beat-up aircraft after a decade of hard use in the skies of Iraq and Afghanistan.
"A single Air Force F-35A costs a whopping $148 million. One Marine Corps F-35B costs an unbelievable $251 million. A lone Navy F-35C costs a mind-boggling $337 million. Average the three models together, and a 'generic' F-35 costs $178 million," Wheeler wrote.
The last LRIP had the A model at $94.6M, and by LRIP 14, it's expected to be down to $80M. Once the block buy starts, costs will drop significantly.
with almost 3/4ths of Marine F-18s showing as not mission capable in February of last year.
originally posted by: mightmight
If the Marines cant handle it, get rid of themperiod. The US doesn’t need an air force for every service branch including the Army and the freaking Coast Guard. Give the Marine fighter jets to the Navy, its not like they fly CAS for them all the time anyway.
And while you’re at it, get rid of the STOVL fighter capability for good. Its an extravagance with little to no relevant military value and has been for decades. While there are some scenarios in which it is useful, those are not relevant for the US is used to fight its wars. Instead, the Marine should focus on combat helicopters, gunships and drones. Navalize the AH-64E, built a true ‘AV-22’ and move forward with unmanned attack helicopters.
But of course, reforming the service structure is nigh impossible.