Accession Number : ADA481368
Title : Navy-Marine Corps Strike-Fighter Shortfall: Background and Options for Congress
Descriptive Note : Congressional rept.
Corporate Author : LIBRARY OF CONGRESS WASHINGTON DC CONGRESSIONAL RESEARCH SERVICE
Personal Author(s) : O'Rourke, Ronald
Report Date : 12 May 2008
Pagination or Media Count : 7
Abstract : Navy and Marine Corps Strike-Fighters. The Navy and Marine Corps, which are both part of the Department of the Navy (DON), each operate hundreds of strikefighters, which are tactical aircraft that can conduct both air-to-ground (i.e., strike) and air-to-air (i.e., fighter) operations. Strike-fighters constitute the majority of the aircraft in each of the Navy's 10 active-duty aircraft carrier air wings (CVWs) of the 70 or more aircraft typically embarked on a Navy aircraft carrier, 44 are strike-fighters. Strikefighters also constitute a significant portion of the Marine Corps three active-duty Marine air wings (MAWs). Some Marine Corps strike-fighters are assigned to Navy CVWs. The principal strike-fighter operated by the Navy and Marine Corps is the F/A-18 Hornet/Super Hornet, manufactured by Boeing. The older A through D models of the F/A-18 are called Hornets, while the newer, larger, and more capable E and F models are called Super Hornets. The Navy operates more than 600 Hornets and Super Hornets, while the Marine Corps operates more than 200 Hornets, plus roughly 130 AV-8B Harriers, which are short takeoff, vertical landing (STOVL) attack aircraft.
Descriptors : *AIR STRIKES , *ATTACK AIRCRAFT , *AIRCRAFT CARRIERS , *SHORT TAKEOFF AIRCRAFT , CONGRESS , VERTICAL LANDINGS , TACTICAL AIRCRAFT , MARINE CORPS , NAVAL VESSELS , NAVAL AIRCRAFT
Subject Categories : Attack and Fighter Aircraft
Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE