Boeing Defense & Space revealed on February 23 that it expects production of new F/A-18 Super Hornets to end in 2025. It may run somewhat longer if the company wins a fighter competition in India, and upgrades to the delivered fleet of fighters will continue for some time. But the end of new production is fast approaching for a plant that has built over 2,000 Hornets, Super Hornets and Growler derivatives. It had to happen someday. Boeing Defense & Space CEO Ted Colbert is determined to move his unit on to the next generation of opportunities, and therefore is not trying to squeeze the last dollar out of a program that has served its purpose for the company and the nation. I have written a commentary for Forbes here.
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