F/A-18F Block III Super Hornet  
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 2022
Maiden Flight: 2020
Total Production: 17
Origin: United States of America
Corporations: Boeing
Parent System: F/A-18 Hornet
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 1983
Total Production: 2,331
Total Cost: USD$100 billion
Family Members: EA-18G Growler, F/A-18A Hornet, F/A-18B Hornet, F/A-18C Hornet, F/A-18D Hornet, F/A-18E Block III Super 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-18E Block III Super Hornet is the twin-seat version of the Block III Super Hornet and is scheduled for delivery to the US Navy in 2020. On March 20, 2019, the US Navy placed the first multiyer procurement contract worth $4.04 billion for 61 F/A-18E Block III and 17 F/A-18F Block III Super Hornets. The first Block III aircraft are expected to be delivered in 2020.

F/A-18F Block III Super Hornet Specifications

Crew: 2
Number of Engines: 2
Service Life Flight Hours: 10,000
CEP: Circular Error Probable
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F/A-18F Block III Super Hornet News

There are 2 news between
20 Mar 2019 and 17 May 2019
Friday, May 17, 2019US Navy to Extend Service Life of up to10 F/A-18E/F Super Hornets
Wednesday, March 20, 2019US Navy Places Multi-Year Procurement Contract for 78 Block III Super Hornet Jets Through 2024

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