Boeing F/A-18E/F Super Hornet
The Super Hornet is a twin-engine, carrier-capable, multirole fighter aircraft variants based on the McDonnell Douglas FA-18 Hornet. Designed and initially produced by McDonnell Douglas, the Super Hornets first flew in 1995. The Super HornET entered fleet service with the United States Navy in 1999, replacing the Grumman F-14 Tomcat. The Royal Australian Air Force ordered the FA- 18F in 2007 to replace its aging F-111C fleet.
About Boeing F/A-18E/F Super Hornet in brief
The Super Hornet is a twin-engine, carrier-capable, multirole fighter aircraft variants based on the McDonnell Douglas FA-18 Hornet. Designed and initially produced by McDonnell Douglas, the Super Hornets first flew in 1995. The Super HornET entered fleet service with the United States Navy in 1999, replacing the Grumman F-14 Tomcat, which was retired in 2006. The Royal Australian Air Force ordered the FA- 18F in 2007 to replace its aging General Dynamics F-111C fleet. The aircraft can be configured as an airborne tanker by adding an external air refueling system. It has an internal 20 mm M61 rotary cannon and can carry air-to-air missiles and air- to-surface weapons. It is largely a new aircraft, though many avionics, including ejection seats, share many characteristics, including many avionic, ejection, and ejection seat features. It was the first aircraft ordered by the U.S. Navy in 1992; the Navy retained the FA18EF designation to help sell the program to Congress as a low-risk program. The Navy has ordered more than 1,000 Super Hornets, with the majority of them serving with the Royal Australian Navy. The U.K. Royal Air Force has ordered over 1,200 Super Hornets; the Royal Air Forces of Australia have ordered over 100. The Australian Navy’s Super Hornets entered service in December 2010; the Super Hornets served alongside the original Hornet until the end of the 2011-12 fiscal year.
The F-18EF has been a naval variant of the Lockheed Martin F22 Raptor since the mid-1990s. It can carry up to five external fuel tanks and can be used as a carrier tanker. It also has a single-seat tandem-seat version that can carry two crew members on either side of a single engine. It had a range of up to 2,000 nautical miles (3,500 km) before the Navy decided to replace it with the FA 18EF. The FA 18F has a maximum range of 2,500 nautical kilometers (1,600 km) and a top speed of more than 100 mph (160 km/h) It has been in service since the early 1990s, but has not been used in combat since the 1998 Gulf War. It will be replaced by the F/A-18C/D/E/F/F, which will have a longer range and be able to carry more fuel. It may also be used to replace the A-6 Intruder and LTV A-7 Corsair II, which have been retired by the Navy in the 1990s and early 2000s respectively. It could also serve as an alternative to the F-12 Avenger II as an alternate replacement for the Air Force’s A-5 Intruders. The first FA-12 was canceled in 1991 after the program ran into serious problems; it was intended to replaced the obsolete Grummen A-4 Intrudier.