When designs for the U.S. Navy’s next generation of aircraft and airborne weapons programs are compared, a common element stands out—the search for more and better electronic warfare (EW) systems. But those goals are being complicated by what Navy planners worry is a diminution of the industrial base that can produce strike-fighter designs. By 2030, planners worry that there may be no competition. Boeing, for example, has already bought the last long-lead items for its F/A-18E/F Super ...

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