F-14A Status Report: Operational Capabilities, Program Accomplishments, and Cost 740842
The first two F-14A fighter squadrons have deployed to the Pacific area 5-3/4 years from contract signing. The entire weapon system of the F-14A has been completely demonstrated. Phoenix missiles have intercepted Foxbat, multiple-target, Backfire, and cruise-missile targets. F-14As have demonstrated outstanding maneuverability both subsonically and supersonically. The F-14A is the first Navy fighter which possesses the same maneuvering and operating envelope.
Five F-14A squadrons are operational with Marine and Iranian F-14As under construction. F-14A aircraft are being maintained with less maintenance man-hours and fewer personnel than the F4J Phantom. F-14A costs are predictable, due to a long production outlook and annual buys.