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F/A-18B Hornet  
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 1983
Total Production: ?
Unitary Cost: USD$29 million
Also Known As: CF-18B and EF-18B
Origin: United States of America
Corporations: Boeing
Parent System: F/A-18 Hornet
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 1983
Total Production: 2,253
Total Cost: USD$100 billion
Family Members: EA-18G Growler, F/A-18A 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-18B is a dual seat aircraft designed to provide training for the F/A-18 platform with less fuel capacity than the A model. It achieved operational capability in 1983 and retains full capability for air-to-air and air-to-surface missions. This aircraft has been ordered by the US Navy and USMC as well as by the air forces operating the F/A-18A aircraft.

F/A-18B Hornet Applications

Fighting Ships CVN 68 Nimitz

F/A-18B Hornet Specifications

Crew: 2
Number of Engines: 2
Height: 4.67 meter (15.3 foot)
Length: 17.1 meter (56 foot)
Main Gun Caliber: 20 millimeter
Wingspan: 12.3 meter (40 foot)
Ceiling: 15,250 meter (50,033 foot)
Max Range: 2,470 kilometer (1,334 nautical mile)
Top Speed at High Altitude: 597 mps (2,150 kph)
Max Takeoff Thrust: 32,000 pound (14,515 kilogram)
Max Takeoff Weight: 21,320 kilogram (47,002 pound)
CEP: Circular Error Probable
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F/A-18B Hornet News

There are 32 news between
19 Nov 2004 and 14 Jun 2018
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Thursday, June 14, 2018US Navy Awards Contract for F/A-18A/B/C/D/E/F and EA-18G Aircraft Support
Thursday, December 21, 2017Spanish Air Force A400M Refuels Six F/A-18 Jets in One Flight
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
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
Tuesday, May 13, 2014FMS: Australia Wants 350 AIM-9X-2 Sidewinder Missiles
Friday, July 16, 2010Canada Selects F-35 to Replace the CF-18 as Next-Generation Fighter
Thursday, March 25, 2010Boeing Completes CF-18 Hornet Modernization Project for Canada
Thursday, May 28, 2009BAE Systems and L-3 MAS to Maintain RAAF's F/A-18A/B Hornet Fleet

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Offensive Weapons
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