The U.S. Navy raised speculation about its fighter procurement planning by asking Boeing for a price on 36 F/A-18E/F Super Hornets and EA-18G Growlers, and then canceling the solicitation days after it was reported in public. Under current budget plans the Navy’s last 26 Super Hornets were funded in 2013 and the final 21 Growlers in 2014. The Navy confirmed that the request issued on Oct. 17 was in support of “a potential option for any prospective requirements” including Navy orders as ...

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