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F/A-18C Hornet  
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 1987
Total Production: ?
Unitary Cost: USD$29 million
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-18D Hornet, F/A-18E Super Hornet and F/A-18F 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-18C Hornet is an improved model of the single seat F/A-18A incorporating provisions for employing updated missiles and jamming devices. The C model also has improved night attack capability, more powerful engines and a new radar. Some of these features were introduced in late production F/A-18C/D aircraft. The US Navy and USMC plan to replace their F/A-18C/D aircraft with the F-35C Lightning II stealth fighter between the late 2010s and early 2020s.

F/A-18C Hornet Applications


Carrier & Landing Ships CV 63 Kitty Hawk CV 67 John F. Kennedy CVN 65 Enterprise CVN 68 Nimitz

F/A-18 Hornet Orders

F/A-18C Hornet

F/A-18 Hornet items 1992-2015

View full report Chart includes F/A-18E Super Hornet (422), F/A-18F Super Hornet (185), EA-18G Growler (166), F/A-18C Hornet (137), F/A-18A Hornet (24), F/A-18D Hornet (15)
38,1992,38 0,1993 0,1994 130,1995,99 0,1996 8,1997, 0,1998 0,1999 210,2000, 0,2001 0,2002 257,2003, 0,2004 0,2005 0,2006 32,2007, 18,2008, 22,2009, 175,2010, 0,2011 0,2012 12,2013, 32,2014, 15,2015,

F/A-18C 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: 35,400 pound (16,057 kilogram)
Max Takeoff Weight: 23,541 kilogram (51,898 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-18C Hornet News

There are 56 news between
18 Mar 2003 and 5 Dec 2016
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Monday, December 5, 2016FMS: Finland Requests F/A-18 Mid-Life Upgrade Program
Thursday, May 26, 2016FMS: Kuwait Requests F/A-18 C/D Services and Support
Wednesday, April 27, 2016US Marine Corps Air Power Becoming an Empty Shell
Friday, February 12, 2016KC-46 Tanker Completes Refueling Flight with F/A-18
Wednesday, September 23, 2015AARGM Missile Scores Direct Hit Against Mobile Ship Target
Friday, July 31, 2015US Marine Corps Declares F-35B Initial Operational Capability
Tuesday, May 12, 2015AN/APG-79(V)X Radar Successfully Flight Tested on F/A-18C/D Aircraft
Thursday, April 9, 2015AIM-120D Missiles Achieves IOC with the US Navy's Hornet and Super Hornet Jets
Monday, January 12, 2015New APG-79(V)X AESA Radar Flew on F/A-18C/D Hornet
Monday, August 18, 2014F/A-18 and X-47B Demonstrate Integrated Manned, Unmanned Flight Operations

Operators & Related Equipment


OperatorsItems
Finland57
YearHoldings
201455
201255
201055F/A-18C
200962F/A-18C/D
200663F/A-18C/D
Kuwait?
YearHoldings
200538F/A-18C/D
Switzerland?
YearHoldings
200933
United States of America?
YearHoldings
2016352F/A-18C/D USMC (76) and USN (276)
2014372USMC (86) and USN (286)

Grand Total 574
Air-to-Air Missiles
AIM-120A AMRAAM
AIM-120B AMRAAM
AIM-120C AMRAAM
AIM-120D AMRAAM
AIM-7M Sparrow
AIM-7P Sparrow
AIM-9M Sidewinder
AIM-9M-9 Sidewinder
AIM-9X Sidewinder
Aircraft Protection Systems
AN/ALE-50
AN/ALQ-126B
AN/ALQ-165 ASPJ
BOL
Aircraft Warners & Sensors
AN/ALR-67
AN/APG-65x1
AN/APG-73x1
RecceLitex1
Anti-Armor Weapons & Missiles
AGM-65F Maverick
Anti-Radiation Missiles
AGM-88A HARM
AGM-88B HARM
AGM-88C HARM
AGM-88D HARM
Anti-Ship Missiles
AGM-84D Harpoon
Bombs & Guidance Kits
GBU-10 Paveway II
GBU-12 Paveway II
GBU-16 Paveway II
Fighter Aircraft Engines
F404-GE-402x2
Guns, Riffles & Grenade Launchers
M61A1x1
Land Attack Cruise Missiles
AGM-158A JASSM
AGM-84H SLAM ER
Navigation & Targeting Systems
AN/AAR-50x1
AN/AAS-38 NITE Hawkx1
AN/ASQ-228 ATFLIR
LITENING ATx1
Standoff Weapons
AGM-84E SLAM

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