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The US Navy is considering adding conformal fuel tanks (CFTs) onto its fleet of Boeing F/A-18E/F Super Hornet strike fighters, sources say. The twin dorsally mounted tanks are expected to be tested this summer.
The USN does not deny that it is interested in the conformal tanks, but says that it cannot comment on the project at this time. "As of right now this information is proprietarily owned between Boeing and Northrop [Grumman] and PMA-265 cannot talk to it," the Naval Air Systems Command says. PMA-265 is the US Navy programme office responsible for managing the F/A-18 and EA-18G fleets.
Boeing officials did not respond to queries prior to publication.
Originally posted by JiggyPotamus
I do not really understand this. Extended range needs to be optimal on bombers, but on fighters I do not see why this is necessary, considering the US presence in just about every theatre in the world. Well, the US military is not everywhere, but it is close to everywhere, in that it can reach anywhere from a land base or can position carriers anywhere in the world.