Skip to comments.Boeing to showcase its advanced Super Hornet fighter
Posted on 02/07/2011 8:55:21 PM PST by ErnstStavroBlofeld
US Defence major Boeing will unveil an advanced version of its F/A-18 Super Hornet fighter aircraft here at the biennial Aero India show starting Thursday.
"We are going to display a mock up of the Super Hornet international roadmap aircraft at the air show," Boeing Defence, Space and Security India head Vivek Lall told PTI here.
The International Super Hornet Roadmap features futuristic enhancements made in the aircraft for international customers and would also allow them to specify their requirements to be equipped in their fighters.
The Super Hornet is in the race for supplying 126 Medium-Multirole Combat Aircraft (M-MRCA) to the Indian Air Force under a USD 11 billion deal expected to be signed by the end of this year
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Are they gonna call it the Super-Duper Hornet?
That is up to Boeing.
F-35 delays have opened the door. Lockheed is screwing the Navy and Marine Corps with delays and we have wars to fight and win. I would suggest that the F-35 folks get their shit together or they are going to be out of a job soon.
Make no mistake this is about more than money. We are screwed if we don’t get the next strike fighter fielded in a timely fashion.
Thinking as a Navy Admiral: can I see a side by side of the E/A 18 vs The F/A 18?
Just a a new thought...
>>We are screwed if we dont get the next strike fighter fielded in a timely fashion.<<
We already have it: The F/A 18 (or E/A 18 of people want to label the increment).
The Super Hornet owns her mission sky already.
It is the F-35B is hanging everything up. My proposal is to proceed to production the F-35A and F-35C and leave the F-35B behind.
Lockheed should start filling some orders and selling the plane to Japan,South Korea, and Taiwan.
F18E/F/G is too slow for it’s mission. We need a fast stealthy strike fighter.
F-18SS (Super Stealth) that didn’t have the “I’m too slow to be a serious fighter” stigma might do the trick if the F-35 doesn’t get it’s act together. The current super hornet is just a bridge it’s too damn slow and has way to many flying quality issues. When I say slow I mean it is slower that the F-18 it replaced which wasn’t a speedster to begin with. And yes you need speed to defend a battle group.
Super hornet gets out-run by almost any fighter fielded by the Russians. An old F/A-18 can run away from it. We got sold a bill of goods on this one.
An admiral in the program was quoted in “Flying” Magazine as saying the “super” hornet is superior in all ways EXCEPT acceleration, top speed, and turning ability.
When we got rid of the F-14, and the intruder based tankers, the strike radius of carriers dropped drastically. It’s so bad that the Indians are insisting on more powerful engines than the USN version of the “super” hornet.
Not for the Marine Corps it doesn't and the Super Hornet's performance is nowhere near that of the fighter it was supposed to replace, the F-14.
A conclusion reached by worshipping at the altar of Bill Sweetman. Tell me how that code is coming for the A and C and if they've got a solution yet for the transonic roll-off on the A.
Right. To hell with finishing all that unnecessary code and all those meaningless flight tests.
Michael Donely has said their will be a “minor” for the F35A but you can compare it to the F-35B delay which has significant issues. You are comparing apples and oranges.You can fix the issues F-35A while on the assembly line.
The early retirement of the F-14 (heck the F117 [other milspace, I know], either!) never made any sense to me.
VGMT was ultimately adaptable.
But I can only defend what is, not decrie what was...
The F-35 program has achieved its goal of 394 test flights for 2010 and have already logged 500 flights.
One of its most important upgrades was the addition of a 3-foot long yellow lightning bolt on the fuselage, just under the canopy. Pilots love it.
As far as I know, the only advance is an organic IRST capability on the Indian MMRCA F/A-18E/F, vs. requiring a LITENING pod on USN F/A-18E/Fs for IRST.
Guess I missed the conformal fuel tanks and the stealty centerline weapons pod.