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F/A-18E Super Hornet  
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 2001
Total Production: 456
Unitary Cost: USD$92 million
Total Cost: USD$51 billion
Also Known As: Block II Super Hornet and F/A-18IN
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-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/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 General Electric F414 engines, two 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-18E Super Hornet is the carrier-based single seat variant. 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-18E Super Hornet Applications


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

F/A-18 Hornet Orders

F/A-18E Super Hornet

F/A-18 Hornet items 1992-2016

View full report Chart includes F/A-18E Super Hornet (454), F/A-18F Super Hornet (193), EA-18G Growler (166), F/A-18C Hornet (137), F/A-18A Hornet (24), F/A-18D Hornet (15)
38,1992, 0,1993 0,1994 130,1995, 0,1996 8,1997, 0,1998 0,1999 210,2000,147 0,2001 0,2002 257,2003,180 0,2004 0,2005 0,2006 32,2007, 18,2008, 22,2009, 175,2010,84 0,2011 0,2012 12,2013, 32,2014,11 15,2015, 40,2016,32

F/A-18E Super Hornet Specifications

Crew: 1
Number of Engines: 2
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: 3,574 kilometer (1,930 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-18E Super Hornet News

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Thursday, November 17, 2016FMS: Kuwait Seeks 40 F/A-18E/F Super Hornet Aircraft
Thursday, May 26, 2016Long Range Anti-Ship Missile to Enter Service with US Air Force and US Navy in 2018 and 2019
Friday, April 1, 2016US Navy's Aircraft Carrier Advanced Arresting Gear Completes First Aircraft Arrestment
Monday, March 7, 2016Newest US Navy Nuclear-Powered Aircraft Carrier Unreliable against Latest Anti-Ship Missiles
Monday, December 14, 2015F/A-18E/F Super Hornet Conducts First LRASM Missile Captive Test Flight
Wednesday, September 23, 2015AARGM Missile Scores Direct Hit Against Mobile Ship Target
Wednesday, April 15, 2015JSOW C1 Weapon Enters Operational Testing
Thursday, April 9, 2015AIM-120D Missiles Achieves IOC with the US Navy's Hornet and Super Hornet Jets
Tuesday, December 30, 2014US Navy Awards General Electric Contract for F414 Engine Support
Tuesday, September 23, 2014US Air Force F-22A Raptor Performs First Combat Mission in Syria

Operators & Related Equipment


OperatorsItems
United States of America423
YearHoldings
Jan 2014400
Sep 2010301
Jun 2009280

Grand Total 4552
Air-to-Air Missiles
AIM-120C AMRAAMx2
AIM-120D AMRAAMx2
AIM-9X Sidewinderx2
AIM-9X-2 Sidewinderx2
Aircraft Protection Systems
AN/ALE-55
AN/ALQ-214 IDECMx1
Aircraft Warners & Sensors
AN/ALR-67
AN/APG-73x1
AN/APG-79x1
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
LRASM-A
Bombs & Guidance Kits
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
Display & Network Systems
JHMCSx1
Fighter Aircraft Engines
F414-GE-400x2
Guns, Riffles & Grenade Launchers
M61A2x1
Land Attack Cruise Missiles
AGM-158A JASSM
AGM-84H SLAM ER
Navigation & Targeting Systems
AN/ASQ-228 ATFLIRx1
F/A-18E/F IRSTx1
Standoff Weapons
AGM-154A JSOW
AGM-154B JSOW
AGM-154C JSOW
AGM-154C1
AGM-84E SLAM

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