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Two-Thirds of US Deck-Based Fighters Are Faulty

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Sixty two percent of deck-based fighters of the US Navy are not capable to take off.

Two-Thirds of US Deck-Based Fighters Are Faulty

The Super Hornet multirole fighter aircraft (Photo: boeing.com)

Some 62 percent of deck-based fighters of the US Navy, in particular the F/A-18 Hornets and the Super Hornets, are not capable to take off, the Defense News information website reported. According to the website, 35 percent of them do not have enough spare parts, while 27 percent of the fighter jets are currently undergoing maintenance. In total, 53 percent of all types of aircraft of the US Navy, including combat and transport planes and helicopters, cannot be used.

The reason of poor state of the US Naval Aviation is a lack of funds for repairs.

According to US Navy leaders, “even if the budget top line is increased, the immediate need is for maintenance money, not new ship construction.

Currently, the Pentagon is preparing an underlying rationale for a reconsideration of the US military budget and funding of defense programs for the 2017 fiscal year, which will start in the US on October 1, as well as for subsequent years up to 2023.

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