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Boeing to unveil stealthier F/A-18 aircraft
Daily News Analysis ^ | Feb 2, 2011 | Hemanth CS

Posted on 02/02/2011 7:47:59 PM PST by sukhoi-30mki

Boeing to unveil stealthier F/A-18 aircraft

Published: Wednesday, Feb 2, 2011, 19:02 IST

By Hemanth CS | Place: Bangalore | Agency: DNA

A mocked up version of Boeing’s F/A-18 Super Hornet will be among the many metal birds to debut at the upcoming Aero India 2011.

Boeing, which is one of the contenders for the $10 billion medium multi-role combat aircraft (MMRCA) contract, will unveil a stealthier version of the F/A-18 at the air show to be held at the Air Force Station Yelahanka between February 9 and 13.

Boeing’s vice president and country head for defence, space and security, Vivek Lal, said that one of the two F/A-18s which will be performing at the bi-annual show will be configured with conformal fuel tanks, enhanced performance engines, spherical missile laser warning, enclosed weapons pad, next generation cockpit and internal infrared search and tracking system.

The mocked up aircraft, which will be unveiled at the Aero India will be the first F/A-18 to be developed as part of the ‘International Super Hornet Roadmap’ programme which was announced by the US-based aerospace company at last year’s Farnborough Air Show in the UK.

Labelled as the next evolution of Block II Super Hornet, the aircraft is said to have features “which increase survivability, situational awareness, and performance for customers”.

Lal said that if India inked the 126 MMRCA deal with Boeing, it would also have the option of shaping its technology in future. “We are putting up a platform which will be combat worthy for the next 30 to 40 years,” said Lal.


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: aerospace; boeing; fa18; superhornet

1 posted on 02/02/2011 7:48:03 PM PST by sukhoi-30mki
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To: Brofholdonow; spetznaz; Perdogg; Yo-Yo; Citizen of the Savage Nation; OldNewYork

Ping!!


2 posted on 02/02/2011 7:49:38 PM PST by sukhoi-30mki
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To: sukhoi-30mki

We HAD a “platform that will be combat worthy for the next 30-40 years.” It was called the F-22 Raptor.


3 posted on 02/02/2011 7:49:43 PM PST by wk4bush2004 (PALIN 2012! AMERICA WILL SHINE AGAIN!)
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To: sukhoi-30mki

Double secret stealthier...


4 posted on 02/02/2011 8:02:54 PM PST by Tulsa Ramjet ("If not now, when?" "Because it's judgment that defeats us.")
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To: wk4bush2004
"We HAD a “platform that will be combat worthy for the next 30-40 years.” It was called the F-22 Raptor. "

Hmmm...Our dear leader scrapped that in favor of the FU-22 Rupture...

The advantage of the FU-22 is that is lots lighter by not carrying ammo and rockets and is limited to an environmentally acceptable 40lbs of fuel.

5 posted on 02/02/2011 8:03:35 PM PST by SuperLuminal (Where is another agitator for republicanism like Sam Adams when we need him?)
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To: sukhoi-30mki

Jeez, it’s like they have been reading my posts for years!


6 posted on 02/02/2011 8:26:56 PM PST by Blood of Tyrants (Islam is the religion of Satan and Mohammed was his minion.)
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To: sukhoi-30mki

7 posted on 02/02/2011 10:22:14 PM PST by PeaceBeWithYou (De Oppresso Liber! (50 million and counting in Afghanistan and Iraq))
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To: sukhoi-30mki

Fights on. F35 opened the door.


8 posted on 02/02/2011 10:27:42 PM PST by ghannonf18 (Honorable service for 8 Years under a draft dodger,8 under a great American, TBD)
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To: sukhoi-30mki

With every passing day I warm over more to the SuperBug.


9 posted on 02/02/2011 11:57:08 PM PST by spetznaz (Nuclear-tipped Ballistic Missiles: The Ultimate Phallic Symbol)
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To: spetznaz

The improvements sharpen its already hefty strike capability. But I’m not sure if it will make it a more agile fighter. The CFTs, addition of new sensors and aides and the ‘stealth weapon pod’ mean extra weight.


10 posted on 02/03/2011 3:00:28 AM PST by sukhoi-30mki
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