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Boeing F/A-18 "Super Hornet"


Carrierborne Multirole Fighter

The Hornet - Perfected.



The F/A-18 'Super Hornet' is an evolution of the original F/A-18 'Hornet' line of 1984, selected to succeed the aging stock of Grumman F-14 'Tomcat' fleet defense fighters then in service with the USN. The Super Hornet is dimensionally larger than the original Hornet C- and D-models, itself encompassing the F/A-18E single-seat form and the F/A-18F twin-seat (tandem) model. Produced from 1995 onward, the Super Hornet reached IOC in 2001 and some 600 examples have been produced for service with the USN and Australia's RAAF.
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CREW
Speed
1,190
MPH
Ceiling
50,853
FEET
Range
2,069
MILES


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Mission Roles



AIR-TO-AIR
INTERCEPTION
GROUND ATTACK
STRIKE
ANTI-SHIP
ANTI-RADAR
RECON
TRAINING
EXPERIMENTAL
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Gallery



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Qualities





Full Afterburning Performance



Excellent results delivered through a side-by-side engine arrangement utilizing proven General Electric F414 turbofan engines - delivering the performance needed with the survivability desired in a combat warplane.


Super Multi-Role Versatility



Whether its interception of inbound enemy aircraft or neutralization of stubborn enemy ground forces, the Super Hornet can be equipped with all of the latest American air-launched weaponry including precision-guided bombs, homing missiles, and aerial rockets.


One-Seat, Two-Seat Option



The versatility of the Super Hornet airframe means the workload of the pilot can be shared between two crewmen in the twin-seat F-model. Beyond easing the burden, this also increases situational awareness.


Near-Unlimited Reach



An inherent in-flight refueling capability is enhanced by the ability for the airframe to carry no fewer than five external fuel tanks for exception range in any combat environment.


Specifications



Year:
2001
Status
Active, In-Service (19 yrs)
Manufacturer(s)
Boeing Company - USA / McDonnell Douglas - USA (original Mfg).
Production
600 Units
2 Total

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Australia; Kuwait (ordered); United States

(List includes former, current, and potential operating nations)
F/A-18E/F: 2 x General Electric F414-GE-400 series afterburning turbofan engines developing 13,000lb of dry thrust (each) and 22,000lb of thrust with reheat (each).

(Assuming optimal flying/environmental conditions)
Maximum Speed
1,190 mph | 1,915 kph | 1,034 kts
Service Ceiling
50,853 ft | 15,500 m | 9.63 miles
Operational Range
2,069 miles | 3,330 km | 1,798 nm
Rate-of-Climb
44,885 ft/min | 13,681 m/min
(Showcased performance statistics pertain to the F/A-18E/F production model)
Length
60.04 feet (18.30 meters)
Width
44.62 feet (13.60 meters)
Height
16.01 feet (4.88 meters)
(Showcased measurements pertain to the F/A-18E/F production model)
Empty
32,088 lb (14,555 kg)
M.T.O.W.
66,139 lb (30,000 kg)
(Showcased weights pertain to the F/A-18E/F production model)
Ordnance carried externally across 6 x Underwing hardpoints (three to a wing member) and a single under-fuselage hardpoint. Wingtip mountings reserved for Air-to-Air Missiles (AAMs). Centerline hardpoint and twin inboard stations plumbed for fuel delivery/carrying. Supported Types:



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Air-to-Surface Missile graphic Air-to-Surface Missiles
Precision-Guided Bomb graphic Precision-Guided Bombs
Conventional Drop Bomb graphic Conventional Drop Bombs
Attack Rocket graphic Rockets / Rocket Pods
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F/A-18 "Super Hornet" - Base Series Name.
F/A-18E - Single-seat model.
F/A-18F - Twin-seat model.
NEA-18G - Two examples of F/A-18F fighter models modified to serve as prototypes for the EA-18G "Growler" Electronic Warfare (EW) variant program.
EA-18G "Growler" - Electronic Warfare (EW) platform based in the F/A-18F carrierborne fighter model.
F/A-18 "Advanced Super Hornet" - Evolved F/A-18 Super Hornet model proposed by Boeing; based in the F/A-18F production model; additions include conformal jettisonable fuel tanks, enclosed weapon pods support, and stealth coating for reduced radar profile.

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