F-14 Tomcat: The Navy Fighter It Wishes It Could Bring Back from the Dead



F-14 Tomcat: The Navy Fighter It Wishes It Could Bring Back from the DeadThe Navy’s F/A-XX program could be used to fill the service’s air superiority gap—which has essentially been left open since the F-14’s retirement and the demise of the NATF and A/F-X programs. “The danger in its development is that it suboptimizes the fighter role in the quest for a hybrid fighter/attack jet,” the Hudson Institute report notes. While the requirement for a carrier-based long-range strike capability is a frequent subject of discussion around Washington, the U.S. Navy’s need for improved air superiority capabilities is often neglected.



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