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F/A-18A Hornet  
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 1983
Total Production: ?
Unitary Cost: USD$29 million
Also Known As: C-15, CF-18A and EF-18A
Origin: United States of America
Corporations: Boeing
Parent System: F/A-18 Hornet
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 1983
Total Production: 2,265
Total Cost: USD$100 billion
Family Members: EA-18G Growler, F/A-18B Hornet, F/A-18C Hornet, F/A-18D Hornet, F/A-18E Super Hornet, F/A-18F Super Hornet and F/A-18XT Advanced Super Hornet
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Description: The twin-engine, carrier-based, supersonic F/A-18 Hornet was designed in the late 1970s and early 1980s to meet the US Navy requirements for an all-weather fighter and attack aircraft. This aircraft is able to perform an air strike mission deep inside enemy territory providing itself self-defense capability even beyond the visual range. It is also able to perform close air support missions. In its fighter role, the F/A-18 Hornet supplements the proven F-14 Tomcat in fleet air defense missions. The Hornet/Super Hornet multi-role aircraft is in service with the United States Marine Corps (USMC), the US Navy, and the Air Forces of Australia, Canada, Finland, Kuwait, Malaysia, Spain and Switzerland. More than 2,000 F/A-18s from the A, B, C, D, E, F and G models have been produced so far.

The Hornet was deployed in early 1980s replacing the F-4 Phantom II and A-7 Corsair II, and the A-6E Intruder in the 1990s. The F/A-18 demonstrated its capabilities during Operation Desert Storm in 1991, shooting down enemy aircraft and performing precision air strikes during the same mission with unprecedented tactical aircraft levels of reliability, availability and maintainability. The US Navy and the USMC F/A-18s played an important role in the military campaigns over the former Yugoslavia, Afghanistan and Iraq in late 1990s and early 2000s. The Super Hornet introduced in the 2000s is a new generation of this aircraft incorporating the latest stealth and information technologies and are intended to serve until 2040.

The F/A-18A is a single-seat aircraft capable of both air defense and day, night, all-weather attack missions. It achieved operational capability in 1983 becoming one of the most valuable aircraft in service with the US Navy and the USMC as well as allied nations. In 1986 the F/A-18A Hornet was employed for the first time in an air strike against Libya. The AAR-50 and the NITE Hawk pods located nearby the aircraft intakes enables the F/A-18 Hornet all-weather navigation and guided precision weapons delivery. Early in August 2005, the US Navy released that the F/A-18 airframe including the Hornet and Super Hornet operated by the United States and allied countries had logged six million flight hours.

F/A-18A Hornet Applications


Fighting Ships CVN 68 Nimitz

F/A-18A Hornet Specifications

Crew: 1
Number of Engines: 2
Dimensions
Height: 4.67 meter (15.3 foot)
Length: 17.1 meter (56 foot)
Main Gun Caliber: 20 millimeter
Wingspan: 12.3 meter (40 foot)
Performance
Ceiling: 15,250 meter (50,033 foot)
Max Range: 2,554 kilometer (1,379 nautical mile)
Speed
Top Speed at High Altitude: 597 mps (2,150 kph)
Weight
Max Takeoff Thrust: 32,000 pound (14,515 kilogram)
Max Takeoff Weight: 21,890 kilogram (48,258 pound)
CEP: Circular Error Probable
Meters (m)   Kilometers (km)   Nautic Miles (nm)   Inch (in)   Yard (yd)   Foot (ft)   Millimeter (mm)
Pound (lb)   Kilogram (kg)   kN (KiloNewton)   Ton (t)
Meters per Second (mps)   Kilometers per Hour (kph)   Knot (kt)   Miles per Hour (mph)
Liter (l)   Galon (gl)
Year (yr)   Minutes (min)   Second (sec)
Shaft-Horse-Power (shp)

F/A-18A Hornet News

There are 44 news between
27 Oct 2003 and 10 May 2016
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Tuesday, May 10, 2016Spanish EF-18 Fighters Jet to Receive Scorpion Helmet Mounted Display Systems
Monday, October 19, 2015Australia Orders BOL Countermeasures Dispensers for its F/A-18A/B Jets
Tuesday, February 24, 2015Royal Australian Air Force Tests Boeing JDAM Extended Range Weapon
Wednesday, February 18, 2015Airbus A400M Refuels Two F/A-18 Fighters Simultaneously
Monday, September 8, 2014IRIS-T Missile Program Reaches 4,000th Unit Produced Milestone
Thursday, August 28, 2014Airbus Military A400M Successfully Demonstrates Tanker Capability
Tuesday, May 13, 2014FMS: Australia Wants 350 AIM-9X-2 Sidewinder Missiles
Wednesday, January 26, 2011Airbus Military Demonstrates Fuselage Refuelling Unit on A330 MRTT
Thursday, December 16, 2010KC-45's Four-Point Refueling Systems Performed with RAF A330 Tanker
Friday, July 16, 2010Canada Selects F-35 to Replace the CF-18 as Next-Generation Fighter

Operators & Related Equipment


OperatorsItems
Australia?
YearHoldings
201371F/A-18A/B
201271F/A-18A/B
201071F/A-18A/B
200971F/A-18A/B
200871F/A-18A/B
200771F/A-18A/B
200671F/A-18A/B
Canada?
YearHoldings
201677F/A-18A/B
201277F/A-18A/B
Mar 201077F/A-18A/B
Spain118
YearHoldings
201680F/A-18A/B
201486F/A-18A/B
201086F/A-18A/B
199666F/A-18A/B

Grand Total 1184
Cannons & Gear
M61A1x1
Defensive Weapons
AGM-62 Walleye II
AIM-120A AMRAAMx2
AIM-120B AMRAAMx2
AIM-7M Sparrowx2
AIM-7P Sparrowx2
AIM-9M Sidewinderx2
AIM-9M-9 Sidewinderx2
AIM-9X Sidewinderx2
AIM-9X-2 Sidewinderx2
GBU-10 Paveway II
GBU-12 Paveway II
GBU-16 Paveway II
Offensive Weapons
AGM-65F Maverick
AGM-84D Harpoon
AGM-84E SLAM
AGM-84H SLAM ER
AGM-88A HARM
AGM-88B HARM
AGM-88C HARM
AGM-88D HARM
Propulsion Systems
F404-GE-400x2
Protection Systems
AN/ALQ-126B
ALR-67
Sensor Systems
AN/AAR-50x1
AN/AAS-38 NITE Hawkx1
AN/APG-65x1
LITENING ATx1
PANTERAx1
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