US Navy cutting F-35C Buy

F-35Cs Cut Back As U.S. Navy Invests In Standoff Weapons

The U.S. Navy has reduced its planned buys of the Lockheed Martin F-35C Joint Strike Fighter by almost one-third over the fiscal 2016-2020 Future Years Defense Program (FYDP), while committing almost $800 million to new standoff weapon developments and canceling the only missile program that was primarily dedicated to the F-35C.

The missile program is the AIM-9X Block III that has longer range than current Sidewinders.

F-35C First Arrestment aboard USS Nimitz (CVN-68) on 03 November 2014. CDR Tony Wilson was flying CF-03 and LCDR Ted Dyckman was flying CF-05.

F-35C First Arrestment aboard USS Nimitz (CVN-68) on 03 November 2014. CDR Tony Wilson was flying CF-03 and LCDR Ted Dyckman was flying CF-05.

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  1. Sounds like a smart move. Sea denial weapons are becoming more common and longer ranged, while the f-35 tech is mostly compromised and as a fighter its a second class bird.

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