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F/A-18F Super Hornet  
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 2001
Total Production: 192
Unitary Cost: USD$92 million
Also Known As: AF/A-18F and Block II Super Hornet
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-18A Hornet, F/A-18B Hornet, F/A-18C Hornet, F/A-18D Hornet, F/A-18E 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/F Super Hornet has been designed to provide improved air-to-air and air-to-surface capability as well as greater survivability, range and weapons load. The new aircraft will be supplied to the US Navy for the replacement of the F-14 Tomcat and early production F/A-18 Hornet aircraft, while late production F/A-18C/D will be replaced by the F-35B aircraft. The Super Hornet features stealthy airframe and state-of-the-art electronic countermeasures for improved survivability. In addition, the Super Hornet could be able to deliver a wide range of standoff weapons developed and under development increasing its attack capability. The Joint Helmet Mounted Cueing System (JHMCS) and the AIM-9X missile will be the key of short range air-to-air engagements bringing the victory to the Super Hornet aircraft.

The F/A-18E/F aircraft features two F414 engines, 2 additional weapon stations, an advanced multi-purpose targeting pod called ATFLIR, the AN/APG-79 AESA radar (the APG-73 for early production models), compatibility with advanced weapons, and the advanced AN/ALQ-214 electronic countermeasures system. The F/A-18F Super Hornet is the carrier-based two seat variant. The F model can be employed for reconnaissance missions through the SHARP pod. In June 2005 the US Navy reported that the F/A-18E/F program including 462 aircraft total cost was $43.9 billion. In early 2010 the program scope increased from 493 to 515 aircraft at $48 billion. As of September 2010, the program's scope was for 533 aircraft through 2015. As of early 2014s, the Super Hornet program is aimed at approximately 600 aircraft by 2016/2017 when production may end.

F/A-18F Super Hornet Applications


Fighting Ships CV 67 John F. Kennedy CVN 65 Enterprise CVN 68 Nimitz CVN 78 Gerald R. Ford CVN 79 John F. Kennedy

F/A-18F Super Hornet Specifications

Crew: 2
Number of Engines: 2
Service Life Flight Hours: 6,000
Dimensions
Height: 4.88 meter (16.0 foot)
Length: 18.4 meter (60 foot)
Main Gun Caliber: 20 millimeter
Wingspan: 13.7 meter (45 foot)
Performance
Ceiling: 15,250 meter (50,033 foot)
Max Range: 3,455 kilometer (1,866 nautical mile)
Speed
Top Speed at High Altitude: 630 mps (2,269 kph)
Weight
Max Takeoff Thrust: 44,000 pound (19,958 kilogram)
Max Takeoff Weight: 29,950 kilogram (66,027 pound)
CEP: Circular Error Probable
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F/A-18F Super Hornet News

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Thursday, October 19, 2017Lockheed Martin to Upgrade IRST21 Sensor System for US Navy Fighter Aircraft
Wednesday, September 13, 2017US Navy Orders 14 Lot 41 Super Hornets
Tuesday, September 12, 2017FMS: Canada Seeks 18 F/A-18E/F Super Hornet Aircraft
Friday, August 11, 2017US Navy Completes First Successful Aircraft Launch and Recovery on Board USS Gerald R Ford Carrier
Tuesday, July 11, 2017FMS: Australia Seeks Upgrades for F/A-18E/F Super Hornet Aircraft
Monday, June 19, 2017Small Diameter Bomb II Completes High-Speed Wind Tunnel Testing
Tuesday, June 6, 2017US Navy Takes Delivery of 500th AARM Missile
Thursday, May 25, 2017Boeing to Developed IRST Block II for the US Navy's F/A-18E/F Aircraft
Friday, April 7, 2017F/A-18XT Advanced Super Hornet to Be Equipped with Anti-Stealth Technology
Monday, April 3, 2017US Navy F/A-18E/F Successfully Releases LRASM Missile

Operators & Related Equipment


OperatorsItems
Australia24
Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) is purchasing 24 Block II F/A-18F Super Hornets
YearHoldings
201324
201224
201124
201015
United States of America160
YearHoldings
Jan 2014150
Sep 2010129
Jun 2009120

Grand Total 1923
Cannons & Gear
JHMCSx2
M61A2x1
Defensive Weapons
AIM-120C AMRAAMx2
AIM-120D AMRAAMx2
AIM-9X Sidewinderx2
AIM-9X-2 Sidewinderx2
GBU-10 Paveway II
GBU-12 Paveway II
GBU-16 Paveway II
GBU-24 Paveway III
GBU-27 Paveway III
GBU-31 JDAM
GBU-32 JDAM
GBU-35 JDAM
GBU-38 JDAM
GBU-53/B
JDAM ER
Offensive Weapons
AGM-154A JSOW
AGM-154B JSOW
AGM-154C JSOW
AGM-154C1
AGM-158A JASSM
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
AGM-88E AARGMx2
LRASM-A
Propulsion Systems
F414-GE-400x2
Protection Systems
AN/ALE-55
AN/ALQ-214 IDECMx1
AN/ALR-67(V)3
Sensor Systems
AN/APG-73x1
AN/APG-79x1
AN/ASQ-228 ATFLIRx1
F/A-18E/F IRSTx1
IRST Block IIx1
SHARPx1
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