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  • It's Official, Canada Pens Formal Letter Of Interest For Surplus Aussie F/A-18 Hornets

    10/14/2017 4:40:46 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 7 replies
    The Drive ^ | OCTOBER 13, 2017 | TYLER ROGOWAY
    One of the strangest sagas in defense procurement over the last decade has been Canada's meandering road to a new fighter aircraft to replace, or even augment, the country's relatively small fleet of aging CF-18 Hornets. We have talked in great depth about this issue, and although the Super Hornet is clearly the right jet for Canada, a recent trade spat has made it politically unsavory for the Trudeau Administration to order even a handful of the strike fighters as a interim measure before selecting a fighter to replace the entire CF-18 fleet sometime in the future. In the meantime,...
  • Trump Eyes ‘Big Order’ of New F/A-18XT Super Hornets

    02/17/2017 7:20:18 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 25 replies
    The F/A-18XT is the designation for the Advanced Super Hornet, which is the Block III fighter jet concept for the Navy. (Photo courtesy Boeing) President Donald Trump on Friday announced he’s considering a “big order” of advanced Super Hornet fighter jets designated F/A-18XT and made by Boeing Co. “We are looking seriously at a big order,” he told the audience at Boeing’s South Carolina facility during the unveiling of the company’s 787 Dreamliner. “Do you care if we use the F-18 Super Hornets?” The comments came less than a month after Defense Secretary Jim Mattis ordered a review of the...
  • Liberals planning to buy Super Hornet fighter jets before making final decision on F-35s

    06/06/2016 4:25:17 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 5 replies
    OTTAWA CITIZEN ^ | 06.04.2016 | Lee Berthiaume, Ottawa Citizen and John Ivison |
    OTTAWA — The Liberal government is intent on buying Super Hornet fighter jets, according to multiple sources. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s cabinet reportedly discussed the issue last week, and while no formal decision was taken, one top-level official said: “They have made up their minds and are working on the right narrative to support it.” Rather than a full replacement of the air force’s aging CF-18 fighter fleet, it’s believed the purchase will be labelled an interim measure to fill what Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan has warned is a pending “gap” in Canada’s military capabilities. The Liberals promised during the...
  • A New, "Super" F-35 to Rule the U.S. Military?

    12/19/2014 7:50:59 AM PST · by C19fan · 34 replies
    National Interest ^ | December 19, 2014 | David Majumdar
    Advanced derivatives of the tri-service Lockheed Martin F-35 Joint Strike Fighter could replace the Air Force’s F-22 Raptor, Boeing F-15C Eagle and F/A-18E/F Super Hornet, multiple sources told the National Interest. However, they added that the idea of replacing the high flying and fast Raptor with the slower and less agile F-35 was not well received by many within the Air Force. “No doubt that the F-35 will be doing air dominance missions in the future,” one industry official said. “Especially with more internal air-to-air, and maybe a new engine.”
  • Boeing Fighter Jet Rival Gets Stronger

    12/29/2015 12:34:12 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 8 replies
    The Motley Fool ^ | 2015/12/25 | Rich Smith
    Man, Boeing (NYSE:BA) just cannot catch a break. For a while there, 2015 was starting to look like the year Boeing defense got its wings back. In February, opining that "stealth may be overrated," U.S. Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Jon Greenert began laying the groundwork for the U.S. Navy breaking up with Lockheed Martin's F-35C fighter jet, and buying a bunch of Boeing F/A-18s for its carriers instead. Earlier this month, the Air Force floated a trial balloon of its own. In a controversial revelation, the Air Force suggested it was considering buying as many as six dozen cheaper...
  • The Most Experienced Pilots of the American F-14 Tom Cat Fighter Jets are Iranians

    04/05/2015 8:55:11 AM PDT · by pinochet · 43 replies
    Did You Know that American advanced F-14 Tom Cat Fighter Jets, helped to keep Ayatollah Khomeini in Power during the Iran-Iraq War in the 1980s? When Iran was under the pro-American Shah of Iran, America sold 79 F-14 Tom Cats to Iran in 1974-1978. The world's most experienced combat pilots in the F-14 are Iranians. According to Wikipedia: "...In 1980, an Iranian F-14 shot down an Iraqi Mil Mi-25 helicopter for its first air-to-air kill during the Iran–Iraq War. According to research by Tom Cooper, within the first six months of the war Iranian F-14s scored over 50 air-to-air victories,...
  • Newest U.S. Stealth Fighter ‘10 Years Behind’ Older Jets

    12/27/2014 4:24:07 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 25 replies
    America’s $400 billion, top-of-the-line aircraft can’t see the battlefield all that well. Which means it’s actually worse than its predecessors at fighting today’s wars. When the Pentagon’s nearly $400 billion F-35 Joint Strike Fighter finally enters service next year after nearly two decades in development, it won’t be able to support troops on the ground the way older planes can today. Its sensors won’t be able to see the battlefield as well; and what video the F-35 does capture, it won’t be able to transmit to infantrymen in real time. Versions of the new single-engine stealth fighter are set to...
  • Advanced Super Hornet Demonstrates Significant Stealth, Range Improvements

    08/28/2013 7:41:41 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 10 replies
    Boeing ^ | August 28, 2013
    Advanced Super Hornet Demonstrates Significant Stealth, Range Improvements - Tests prove aircraft will outpace future threats ST. LOUIS, Aug. 28, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- During three weeks of flight testing the Advanced Super Hornet, Boeing [NYSE: BA] and partner Northrop Grumman demonstrated that the fighter can outperform threats for decades to come with improvements that make the jet much harder for radar to detect and give it significantly more combat range. Through 21 flights in St. Louis and Patuxent River, Md., that began Aug. 5, the team tested conformal fuel tanks (CFT), an enclosed weapons pod (EWP), and signature enhancements, each...
  • Boeing F/A-18F Super Hornet flies with CFTs and weapons pod

    08/09/2013 5:50:17 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 6 replies
    Flight Global Blogs ^ | 9 August, 2013 | Dave Majumdar
    Boeing F/A-18F Super Hornet flies with CFTs and weapons pod Boeing has released this photo of a US Navy F/A-18F Super Hornet in the air equipped with conformal fuel tanks and a weapons pod near Saint Louis, Missouri. The hardware is not functional, but is designed to test the aerodynamic qualities of the tanks and pod. Some advanced low-observables treatments are also expected to be tested on the jet which is being leased by the company for the trials. - See more at:
  • F-14D Tomcat vs. F/18 E/F Super Hornet

    12/21/2001 9:30:45 AM PST · by LSUfan · 69 replies · 30,555+ views
    Flight Journal Magazine ^ | February 2002 Issue | Bob Kress and RADM Gilchrist USN (Ret)
    Editors Note: Every airplane that goes into service is accompanied by controversy. This is especially true of the F/A-18E/F Super Hornet. Our two experts argue that the Super Hornet is not necessarily the airplane the Navy needs for the future, and their backgrounds lend weight to their arguments. Rear Admiral Paul Gillcrist U.S. Navy (Ret.) spent 33 years as a fighter jet pilot and wing commander and was operations commander for all Pacific Fleet fighters. Bob Kress is an aeronautical engineer and, during his long career at Grumman, he was directly involved in the development of the F-14 Tomcat. Their ...
  • Boeing aims to keep building F/A-18 jets through 2020

    05/13/2013 11:00:38 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 4 replies
    Reuters ^ | May 10, 2013 | Andrea Shalal-Esa
    Boeing aims to keep building F/A-18 jets through 2020 By Andrea Shalal-Esa Published May 10, 2013 Reuters WASHINGTON – Boeing Co could keep building its Super Hornet fighter jet and a modified electronic attack version through 2020, the company said, given prospects for over 200 foreign sales and what it sees as up to 150 more sales to the U.S. Navy. Michael Gibbons, Boeing vice president for F/A-18 and EA-18 programs, spent part of this week pitching additional sales of Boeing's last fighter jet to congressional staffers in a triple-wide trailer packed with simulators, displays and souvenirs. His mission? To...
  • Ahmadinejad Unveils New Iranian-Made Fighter Jet

    02/02/2013 4:46:28 AM PST · by Fennie · 67 replies
    HAARETZ ^ | February 2, 2013 | By The Associated Press and DPA
    Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has unveiled the country's newest fighter jet, which officials claim can evade radar. Ahmadinejad said at a Saturday ceremony broadcast on state TV that Qaher-313, or Dominant-313, showed Iran's will to "capture peaks." Defense Minister Ahmad Vahidi says Qaher is "fully indigenous," designed and built by Iranian aerospace experts. The domestically designed and developed Qaher-313 is similar to the US-built F/A-18, the report said. Photos released by the official IRNA news agency shows Qaher as a single-seat jet, described as a fighter-bomber that can combat both other aircraft and ground targets.
  • Boeing Super Hornet faces emerging anti-access challenges

    05/29/2012 7:55:27 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 7 replies
    Flight International ^ | 28 May 2012 | Dave Majumdar
    Boeing Super Hornet faces emerging anti-access challenges  The US Navy is upgrading its fleet of Boeing F/A-18E/F fighters with new capabilities, but analysts question the Super Hornet's utility against emerging anti-access/area denial (A2/AD) threats. "Upgrading the F/A-18 family is a good idea, and it could extend their service lives," says analyst Mark Gunzinger of the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments (CSBA). "That being said, F/A-18-based platforms are short-range, lack unrefueled persistence, and are best suited for operations in relatively uncontested airspace." ©Peter Collins/Flightglobal But in the future, uncontested airspace is unlikely to remain the norm as potential adversaries...
  • The Navy Kicks off the Search for Its Next Fighter

    04/17/2012 8:20:04 AM PDT · by Josh Painter · 16 replies
    Defense Tech ^ | 04/16/2012 | Staff
    Speaking of F/A-XX, the Navy’s planned 6th generation fighter that will replace the F/A-18E/F Super Hornet, below you’ll find the Navy’s brand new Request for Information on the aircraft. By Brand new, I mean it just dropped on Friday. Whatever jet is selected will hopefully replace the Super Hornets around 2030, said Rear Adm. Donald Gaddis this afternoon at the Navy League’s annual Sea, Air, Space conference in National Harbor, Md. Before the Navy can settle on the final capabilities such a plane will have, it needs to know what types of technology the defense industry can bring to the...
  • Navy jet crashes into apartments in Virginia

    04/06/2012 10:28:44 AM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 43 replies ^ | April 6, 2012 | Mike Ahlers and Barbara Starr
    (CNN) -- A Navy jet crashed Friday into some apartments near Virginia Beach, Virginia, sending flames and thick black smoke into the air, a military spokesman and a witness said. Two apartment buildings were on fire, CNN affiliate WTKR reporting, citing witnesses. The jet was from Naval Air Station Oceana in Virginia Beach, the Federal Aviation Administration said. The crew of the two-seater F/A-18 safely ejected, but their condition wasn't known, a Navy spokesman said. The plane is from a training squadron, the Navy said. George Pilkington, an eye witness to the crash, said he was the plane flying low,...
  • Boeing's Super Hornet competes for sales in Congress and abroad

    10/28/2011 7:59:58 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 6 replies
    St Louis Beacon ^ | 10.28.11 | Robert Koenig
    Boeing's Super Hornet competes for sales in Congress and abroad By Robert Koenig, Beacon Washington correspondent Posted 5:45 pm Fri., 10.28.11 WASHINGTON - Like a strike fighter aircraft that averts danger from all directions as it heads toward its mission, the political agility of the Boeing Corp.'s F/A-18 Super Hornet program is being tested as it maneuvers through congressional budget-cutters, dodges errant flak from the Missouri legislature and hones in on foreign sales. The mission: selling enough Super Hornet strike fighters to maintain profitability and keep open the production line. And the stakes are high in the St. Louis region,...
  • Search Underway for Missing U.S. Fighter Jet Off San Diego Coast

    08/11/2011 2:24:04 AM PDT · by Doogle · 8 replies
    FoxNews. ^ | 08/10/11 | FOXNEWS
    San Diego – A search off the coast of San Diego is underway after the US Navy lost communication with a fighter jet, according to a U.S. Coast Guard statement to Fox News early Thursday. The navy informed the Coast Guard at about 10:30pm local time Wednesday that they had lost contact with the F-18 jet about 58 miles (93km) off the coast of San Diego.
  • U.S. Navy celebrates 500th Super Hornet, Growler program delivery

    04/21/2011 8:55:21 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 8 replies
    U.S. Navy celebrates 500th Super Hornet, Growler program delivery 14:04 GMT, April 21, 2011 ST. LOUIS, Mo. | The U.S. Navy and its industry partners marked the 500th delivery of the F/A-18 Super Hornet and EA-18G Growler aircraft during a celebration at the Boeing facility here yesterday. “Today is another significant milestone for a program that has by any measure exceeded expectations for cost, schedule and performance. The PMA-265/Hornet Industry Team has consistently delivered capable and reliable aircraft to our fleet customer,” said Capt. Mark Darrah, F/A-18 and EA-18G program manager (PMA-265). Industry partners Northrop Grumman, General Electric Aircraft Engines...
  • Obama pushes for 'Jet deal'

    03/15/2011 8:36:10 PM PDT · by Sancho1984 · 12 replies · 1+ views
    The United States has begun to exert pressure on Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in what coould be called open lobbying for F-16 fighter planes. TIMES NOW is in possession of copy of the letter sent by US President Barack Obama to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh exerting pressure for a fighter deal. In a letter addressed to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh dated February 4, 2011 Obama stated that buying Amercan Boeing F/A-18 IN and Lockheed Martin F-6IN will improve strategic ties between India and US. In his letter to Manmohan Singh, US President Barack Obama wrote, "In the spirit of this...
  • Boeing to showcase its advanced Super Hornet fighter

    02/07/2011 8:55:21 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 22 replies
    The Economnic Times ^ | 2/7/2011 | The Economic Times
    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)...