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  • 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
    Self/Wikipedia
    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,...
  • The F-14 Tomcats that never were vs F/A-18E/F Super Hornet: who would have won?

    02/25/2015 9:52:46 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 53 replies
    The Aviationist ^ | Feb 25 2015 | Dario Leone
    Several years since it was eventually retired from the U.S. Navy, the Grumman F-14 Tomcat remains one of the most loved planes by aviation enthusiasts. Any article about this iconic fighter plane, still operating with the Islamic Republic of Iran Air Force, its story, capabilities, records and surrounding anecdotes, always become a much debated and commented post on The Aviationist. For this reason, we will continue writing about this legendary plane and its replacement: the F/A-18E/F Super Hornet. After the Tomcat retirement, the Rhino (as the F/A-18E/F is nicknamed by its aircrews) has not only quickly become the backbone of...
  • Navy Approves Production of F/A-18 Infrared Tracking Pod

    12/10/2014 7:24:33 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 16 replies
    AIN online ^ | December 10, 2014 | Bill Carey
    The U.S. Navy received Milestone C acquisition approval earlier this month to begin low-rate initial production (LRIP) of an infrared search and track (IRST) sensor pod for the F/A-18 Super Hornet. Manufacturer Lockheed Martin and partner Boeing will deliver six pods in the first LRIP lot. The AN/ASG-34 IRST sensor gives the F/A-18E/F a long-range, passive search and tracking capability against multiple targets, supplementing the jet’s APG-79 active electronically scanned radar and other sensors. The pod is mounted on the nose section of the Super Hornet’s centerline fuel tank. It completed a first flight aboard an F/A-18F in February. “Integrating...
  • Hornet Ball 2014: the best Naval Aviation video of the year

    11/01/2014 1:46:48 PM PDT · by lbryce · 13 replies
    The Avaitionist ^ | October 23 ,2014 | David Cenciotti
    The Hornet Ball (Strike Fighter Ball Pacific) is an annual event consisting of all the West coast Naval F/A-18C Legacy Hornet and F/A-18E/F Super Hornet squadrons, their pilots and guests. Each year the event features a video, produced by “Wingnut”, a Hornet pilot himself, compiled from all the squadrons’ last year of flying in both combat and training missions: catapult launches, trap landings, aerobatics, dogfighting against Su-30s and Mig-29s, live firing of air-to-air missiles, HARM anti-radion missiles, LGBs (Laser Guided Bombs), cluster bombs, low level flying in the desert, ATFLIR (Advanced Targeting Forward Looking Infrared) pod clips, and much more.
  • F/A-18 Super Hornet • High-Speed Low-Level Maneuvers (Amazing Cockpit View)

    10/08/2014 6:50:52 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 15 replies
    Live Leak ^ | 10/07/14 | Lt. Ian Schmidt, Lt. J.G. Michael Hatfield
    Spectacular footage of F/A-18 Hornets and Super Hornets as they takeoff and land aboard an aircraft carrier. Impressive footage of the aircraft as they fly at low levels above the water, conduct banking and rolling maneuvers at high speed, and make high speed passes over the carrier in tandem formation and Bombing in Syria. Filmed from the cockpit and pilot point-of-view. Film Credits: Lt. Ian Schmidt, Lt. J.G. Michael Hatfield, Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Jared King
  • Australian Super Hornet refuels over Iraq

    10/07/2014 9:58:37 AM PDT · by Ready4Freddy · 42 replies
    ABC (Australia) ^ | 10/5/2014 | ADF: Sgt Hamish Paterson
    Great pic, but begs some questions. Doesn't this look a bit too close for comfort, or is it not as close as it appears? Who would be flying that close to a refueling op, and why? The cockpit frame visible in the lower righthand corner suggests that it's not the other Aussie 18E/F that has flown thus far.
  • RAAF fighters and Super Hornets ready to fight IS in Iraq

    09/29/2014 12:18:51 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 15 replies
    News.com.au ^ | SEPTEMBER 27, 2014
    AFTER spending weeks locked in briefing rooms poring over maps and intelligence reports the RAAF’s top-gun strike fighter pilots are ready to take up the fight to murderous Islamic militants in Iraq. Since Tuesday dozens of the Super Hornet pilots and air combat officers (ACOs) have been working in secure air-conditioned briefing rooms at task group headquarters at al-Minhad air base near Dubai reviewing tasking orders, combat reports and preparing for war. Meanwhile teams of weapons technicians and so-called “black handers”, who arm and maintain the lethal $70 million strike jets, are working long shifts in a huge air conditioned...
  • Boeing Faces a Future Without Fighter Jets

    09/19/2014 11:14:41 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 52 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | Sept. 18, 2014 | DOUG CAMERON and ROBERT WALL
    Boeing Co. BA +0.48% , which has built military planes for almost a century, is preparing for the prospect of a fighter-less future. The steadfast commitment of the U.S. and many allies to the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program made by Lockheed Martin Corp. LMT +0.60% is drying up funding for Boeing's fighters. Now, the head of Boeing's defense unit is preparing a road map that would concede the fighter market to Lockheed and pin the business's future on other aircraft, including military versions of its commercial jetliners. "You have to face reality," Chris Chadwick, president of Boeing, Defense, Space...
  • Navy's FA-XX Discussion Includes Modifying F-35C

    09/09/2014 9:54:29 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 10 replies
    AIN Online ^ | September 9, 2014 | BILL CAREY
    Modifying the F-35C Joint Strike Fighter is part of what the U.S. Navy wants to discuss with contractors in a series of “technical interchange meetings” before it develops an analysis of alternatives (AoA) for a future carrier-based strike fighter. In a September 9 solicitation, the Naval Air Systems Command (Navair) invited companies to participate in the meetings “for the purposes of trade space refinement” before it begins the AoA process next year. Navair said the solicitation is an addendum to the request for information (RFI) it issued in April 2012 for the FA-XX requirement to replace the F/A-18E/F Super Hornet...
  • U.S. Navy is evaluating MBDA’s Dual Mode Brimstone for its F/A-18 Super Hornet jets

    07/18/2014 12:02:31 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 23 replies
    Navy Recognition ^ | 18 July 2014
    Navy Recognition has learned that the U.S. Navy is beginning environmental and integration analysis of the UK’s combat proven Dual Mode Brimstone missile for F/A-18 Super Hornets. This activity is funded and being managed by the US Navy. Additionally, two recent positive reports from committees of the U.S Congress have expanded the funding in Fiscal Year 2015 by $10M for Dual Mode Brimstone on F/A-18s and asked for the Secretary of Defense’s views on dual mode missile technology. This news is matched by the UK MOD funding BAE Systems 5M British Pounds to begin an integration analysis of Dual Mode...
  • Boeing plots hybrid Super Hornet/Growler future

    06/25/2014 9:39:07 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 11 replies
    Flightglobal.com ^ | June 25, 2014 | STEPHEN TRIMBLE
    Boeing is formulating a concept for a hybrid variant of the F/A-18E/F Super Hornet equipped with the electronic signal detection capabilities of the EA-18G Growler as it seeks to attract orders for new aircraft and upgrades to older models. The resulting aircraft would resemble an E/A-18G that lacks ALQ-99 jamming pods for electronic attack, preserves the ALQ-218 electronic receiver and adds weapons now only carried by the F/A-18E/F, says Boeing vice-president Mike Gibbons. “That hybrid just starts with the simple notion of take the sensor suite of the Growler and move it to a basically strike platform and then you...
  • RAAF Super Hornets conduct Harpoon trial flights

    05/09/2014 10:38:51 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 4 replies
    An RAAF Super Hornet taxis with live Harpoon ASuW missiles. (Defence) The F/A-18Fs of the RAAF’s 82WG based at Amberley have been conducting trial flights with Boeing AGM-84J Harpoon anti-surface warfare (ASuW) missiles in recent weeks. The trials are part of the development of systems, procedures and training to employ the Harpoon with a full operational clearance, and are based on those used by the US Navy. A Defence spokesperson told Australian Aviation that the Harpoon will complement the Raytheon AGM-54C-1 JSOW precision weapon in the Super Hornet’s ASuW arsenal. In a written response to questions, the spokesperson said: “The...
  • Boeing: Here's Why the F-35 Australia Is Buying Is Flawed and Needs Our Help

    04/30/2014 11:57:36 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 23 replies
    Lockheed’s strategy of basing its F-35 marketing strategy on its “stealth” capabilities is beginning to backfire as their effectiveness is being increasingly challenged by competitors and outside analysts. (RAAF photo) Boeing has been loudly criticising Lockheed Martin’s F-35 in hopes that the Navy and other clients will buy more of its EA-18G Growlers for support and F/A-18 Super Hornets as contingency. Developed in a Joint Strike Fighter contract that Lockheed won over Boeing in 2001, the F-35 is wildly over budget and has run into various design problems. Chief among them, according to Boeing, is the weakness of its stealth...
  • Super Hornet fights for survival

    02/20/2014 12:16:52 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 10 replies
    Flight Global Blogs ^ | 19 February, 2014 | Craig Hoyle
    Rejections by India and more recently Brazil – combined with the looming end to a multi-year procurement deal for the US Navy – mean that the pressure is mounting on Boeing to secure extra orders for its versatile Super Hornet. As things stand, the last F/A-18E/F or EA-18G Growler will roll off the line in St Louis, Missouri before the end of 2016, with the USN and Royal Australian Air Force the buyers so far. As you can read in my colleague Jon Hemmerdinger’s report on the situation, that’s not a major problem for the manufacturer for now, but Washington...
  • You can run, but you can’t hide (Navy’s IRST system successfully completes first flight)

    02/18/2014 9:08:08 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 21 replies
    Navair News ^ | Feb 18, 2014
    NAVAL AIR SYSTEMS COMMAND, PATUXENT RIVER, Md. — The Navy’s Infrared Search and Track (IRST), a passive, long-range sensor that searches for and detects heat sources, successfully completed its first flight aboard an F/A-18 Super Hornet on Feb. 11, from Edwards Air Force Base, Calif. The system can simultaneously track multiple targets and provide a highly effective air-to-air targeting capability, even when encountering advanced threats equipped with radar-jamming technology. Because IRST is passive, unlike radar systems, it does not give off radiation and is harder to detect. “Adding an advanced infrared sensor to the Super Hornet broadens the Navy’s warfighting...
  • [Photo] U.S. F/A-18E Hornet operates from French Aircraft Carrier

    01/20/2014 3:18:58 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 17 replies
    The Aviationist ^ | Jan 20 2014 | David Cenciotti
    Do you remember the image of the French Rafale combat planes aboard USS Truman in the Arabian Sea? Well, the Americans returned the visit with an F/A-18E Super Hornet landing on the French nuclear-powered aircraft carrier Charles De Gaulle proving an interesting (and maybe useful?) interoperability between allied navies. Actually, the image above, released by the U.S. DoD does not show the VFA-37 Hornet landing on the French carrier, since no hook can be seen; the photo was probably shot as the aircraft performed a touch and go on the flattop before attempting an actual arrested landing.
  • Major Work to Replace Navy’s Super Hornet to Start in 2015

    12/26/2013 8:42:07 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 31 replies
    USNI News ^ | December 26, 2013 | Dave Majumdar
    The U.S. Navy expects to undertake an analysis of alternatives (AoA) for its F/A-XX next-generation replacement for the Boeing F/A-18E/F Super Hornet starting in fiscal year 2015. The new aircraft and its associated “family of systems” would be expected to become operational around 2035. “We’re doing study work right now to neck down what it is that we’re going to spend our money on in the analysis of alternatives,” Rear Adm. Mike Manazir told USNI News on Dec. 20. “But at the beginning of fiscal year ’15, we will start that analysis of alternatives, which will then start the acquisition...
  • Northrop Grumman’s F/A-18 Super Hornet could face fate similar to Boeing’s C-17

    12/24/2013 1:54:24 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 4 replies
    Daily Breeze ^ | 12/23/13 | Muhammed El-Hasan
    Inside a cavernous assembly line in El Segundo, Northrop Grumman employees build the center aft fuselage and vertical tail — everything behind the pilot except the wings — for the F/A-18 Super Hornet. Roughly 900 local Northrop employees help build this plane, the Navy’s workhorse fighter jet that has seen action in such theaters as Iraq and Afghanistan. To date, Northrop and prime contractor Boeing have delivered more than 2,100 planes, including earlier versions and an electronic warfare variant. However, those Northrop employees and thousands more throughout California and nationwide face the prospect of an end to the Super Hornet...
  • ‘No-Drama Option:’ Navy Celebrates 35 Years of the F/A-18 and Derivatives

    12/13/2013 11:50:25 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 15 replies
    SEAPOWER ^ | December 9, 2013 | RICHARD R. BURGESS
    ‘No-Drama Option:’ Navy Celebrates 35 Years of the F/A-18 and Derivatives By RICHARD R. BURGESS, Managing Editor PATUXENT RIVER, Md. - Navy and Boeing officials celebrated the 35th anniversary of its carrier-based strike fighter in an event held at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Md.,where the first F/A-18 Hornets were put through their service test program. Addressing an audience Dec. 9 in the atrium of the Moffett Building, the headquarters of Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR), the Navy’s F/A-18 and EA-18G program manager, Capt. Frank Morley, and two of his predecessors praised the aircraft and the contributions it has made...
  • Boeing Pitches ‘Advanced Super Hornet’ For Future Threats

    11/15/2013 11:24:03 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 17 replies
    AIN online ^ | November 15, 2013 | BILL CAREY
    On August 27, Boeing flew the Advanced Super Hornet demonstrator for reporters and visiting delegations from Denmark and Brazil at its St. Louis facility. Visible are the Northrop Grumman conformal fuel tanks on the upper fuselage and Boeing-build centerline enclosed weapons pod. The sunset could be farther off than thought for the F/A-18E/F Super Hornet, the mainstay of the U.S. Navy’s carrier-based fighter fleet. With initial operational capability of the F-35C Joint Strike Fighter that will eventually replace the F/A-18 now planned in early 2019, Boeing and partner Northrop Grumman are proposing an “Advanced Super Hornet” upgrade designed to operate...
  • Focus - First Test Flight of Super Hornet with 4x AGM-84 Harpoon anti-ship Missiles

    11/10/2013 6:41:14 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 22 replies
    Navy Recognition ^ | 09 November 2013
    On runway 24 of U.S. Naval Air Station, Patuxent River, Maryland, a part of Boeing Harpoon missile history was recently witnessed when four of the proven Harpoon Block IC cruise missiles were uploaded onto a Boeing F/A-18F Super Hornet to undergo a rigorous flight test over the Atlantic Ocean. The test verified flight characteristics with the quad load-out; a Harpoon first. The test was performed jointly by members of the U.S. Navy’s VX-23 Strike Test squadron, PMA-201 Precision Strike Weapons team, Boeing Test & Evaluation and Weapons & Missile Systems businesses. “There’s probably nothing that has to be more perfect...
  • US Navy considers extending F/A-18 procurement into fiscal year 2015

    10/29/2013 12:59:54 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 3 replies
    Flight Global Pro ^ | 10/29/2013 | Jon Hemmerdinger
    US Navy considers extending F/A-18 procurement into fiscal year 2015 The US Navy is considering ordering additional Boeing F/A-18E/F Super Hornet aircraft in fiscal 2015, despite current plans to cease procurement in the current 2014 fiscal year, which ends on 30 September. In a pre-solicitation notice posted on FedBizOpps.gov, the Naval Air Systems Command says it “intends to solicit and negotiate a fixed-price” contract with Boeing for up to 36 F/A-18E/F Super Hornet and E/A-18G Growler aircraft in FY2015. The notice comes amid concern about ending F/A-18E/F production in a time of uncertainly about the readiness of the Lockheed Martin...
  • No match for a U.S. Hornet: “China’s Navy J-15 more a flopping fish than a flying shark”

    09/30/2013 1:08:18 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 20 replies
    The Aviationist ^ | Sep 30 2013 | By David Cenciotti
    No match for a U.S. Hornet: “China’s Navy J-15 more a flopping fish than a flying shark” Chinese media say Even if some analysts compared it to the F/A-18 Hornet, the Shenyang J-15 “Flying Shark” may not be the powerful and deadly threat to the U.S. Navy Air Power in the Pacific. Indeed, in spite of the recent claims that it had succesfully achieved full-load take off and landing on the Liaoning aircraft carrier, the China’s embarked plane may not be able to operate from Beijing’s first supercarrier. According to the Sina Military Network, that has (weirdly) criticized the Flyng...
  • Malaysia Has An Option Now To Consider Advanced Super Hornets, Says Boeing Official

    09/25/2013 9:47:44 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 2 replies
    Bernama ^ | 09/25/2013
    Malaysia Has An Option Now To Consider Advanced Super Hornets, Says Boeing Official KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 25 (Bernama) -- Malaysia can now consider the Advanced Super Hornet for its multi-role combat aircraft needs, which offers significant retrofittable enhancements, including a 50 per cent increase in the capability to avoid radar detection, an enhanced engine and additional 260 nautical miles range. Mike Gibbons, Boeing's Vice-President for F/A-18 & EA-18 Programmes, said the fighter aircraft's additional combat range has been made possible because of the conformal fuel tanks, which gives it a great advantage in being able to fly faster than with...
  • US SPYING ON BRAZIL HALTS TALKS ON WARPLANE PURCHASE

    09/10/2013 1:53:51 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 10 replies
    Agence France Presse ^ | September 11, 2013
    US SPYING ON BRAZIL HALTS TALKS ON WARPLANE PURCHASE BRASILIA (AFP) - Alleged US spying on the communications of Brazil's president have brought negotiations on buying US warplanes to a halt, a Brazilian government source said Tuesday. The talks have been going on for years, and got a nudge with a visit from Vice President Joe Biden in May. "The negotiations were going very well, and then they stopped" with the recent press reports that the National Security Agency had spied on the online and other communications of President Dilma Rousseff. Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto was also alleged to...
  • Experts' comparative analysis of performance between J-15 and U.S. F-18

    09/06/2013 2:43:33 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 8 replies
    People's Daily Online ^ | September 06, 2013
    Experts' comparative analysis of performance between J-15 and U.S. F-18 The J-15 belongs to the 4th generation of conventional shipboard aircraft, which also includes the U.S. navy's F/A-18C/D "Hornet" and F/A-18E/F "Super Hornet", the French "Rafale M", and the Russian Mig-29K which is also used by the Indian navy. According to Zheng Wenhao, military expert of Xinhua News Agency, the J-15 has the best supersonic performance among the fighters mentioned above, and is especially strong in air control and air-to-air intercept; its low-altitude and low-speed performances are slightly inferior to those of the "Hornet" family, but are better than those...
  • 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...
  • Spying scandal hits US chances of Brazil jet sale

    08/12/2013 11:55:26 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 5 replies
    Reuters ^ | 08/13/2013 | Anthony Boadle, Alonso Soto
    Spying scandal sets back U.S. chances for fighter jet sale to Brazil By Anthony Boadle and Alonso Soto BRASILIA (Reuters) - U.S. hopes of landing a coveted deal worth more than $4 billion to sell 36 fighter jets to Brazil have suffered a setback with recent revelations that the United States collected data on Brazilian Internet communications. When U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry sits down with Brazilian officials in Brasilia on Tuesday to prepare a state visit to the White House by President Dilma Rousseff, the sale of the warplanes will not be on the agenda, a Brazilian source...
  • 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: http://www.flightglobal.com/blogs/the-dewline/2013/08/boeing-fa-18f-super-hornet-flies-with-cfts-and-weapons-pod/#sthash.v2GS3o58.dpuf
  • Exclusive: Brazil closer to Boeing on jets deal after Biden visit

    06/05/2013 1:37:36 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 5 replies
    Reuters ^ | June 4, 2013 | Brian Winter
    Exclusive: Brazil closer to Boeing on jets deal after Biden visit SAO PAULO (Reuters) - Brazil is closer to choosing Boeing Co.'s F-18 for one of the developing world's most sought-after defense contracts after U.S. Vice President Joe Biden addressed the government's main misgivings during a visit to Brasilia, officials told Reuters. Biden met with President Dilma Rousseff on Friday and assured her that the U.S. Congress was likely to respect Boeing's agreement to transfer sensitive technology to Brazil as part of the deal, three officials who were present said on condition of anonymity. The deal will involve 36 jets...
  • 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...
  • US Navy may add conformal fuel tanks to F/A-18E/F Super Hornet fleet

    03/20/2013 5:05:33 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 19 replies
    Flight International ^ | 03/21/2013 | Dave Majumdar
    US Navy may add conformal fuel tanks to F/A-18E/F Super Hornet fleet The US Navy is considering adding conformal fuel tanks (CFTs) onto its fleet of Boeing F/A-18E/F Super Hornet strike fighters, sources say. The twin dorsally mounted tanks are expected to be tested this summer. The USN does not deny that it is interested in the conformal tanks, but says that it cannot comment on the project at this time. "As of right now this information is proprietarily owned between Boeing and Northrop [Grumman] and PMA-265 cannot talk to it," the Naval Air Systems Command says. PMA-265 is the...
  • Boeing touts fighter jet to rival F-35 — at half the price

    02/28/2013 12:59:19 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 54 replies
    CBC News ^ | Feb 27, 2013 | Terry Milewski
    Boeing touts fighter jet to rival F-35 — at half the price Super Hornet less stealthy, but has lower sticker price and operational costs In a dogfight of defence contractors, the hunter can quickly become the hunted. It's happening now to the F-35. The world's largest defence contractor, Lockheed Martin, is trying to convince wavering U.S. allies — including Canada — to stick with its high-tech, high-priced and unproven F-35 stealth fighter. But the F-35 is way behind schedule, way over budget and, now, it's grounded by a mysterious crack in a turbine fan. After years of technical problems, it's...
  • Lockheed claims F-35 kinematics ‘better than or equal to’ Typhoon or Super Hornet

    02/07/2013 10:53:43 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 10 replies
    Flight International ^ | 02/07/2013 | Dave Majumdar
    IN FOCUS: Lockheed claims F-35 kinematics ‘better than or equal to’ Typhoon or Super Hornet Lockheed Martin is claiming that all three versions of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) will have kinematic performance better than or equal to any combat-configured fourth-generation fighter. The comparison includes transonic acceleration performance versus an air-to-air configured Eurofighter Typhoon and high angle-of-attack flight performance vis-à-vis the Boeing F/A-18E/F Super Hornet. "The F-35 is comparable or better in every one of those metrics, sometimes by a significant margin, in both air-to-air, and when we hog-up those fourth-generation fighters, for the air-to-ground mission," says Billy Flynn,...
  • 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...
  • Boeing shows off new Super Hornet display

    04/17/2012 9:24:43 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 24 replies
    Flight Global ^ | April 18, 2012 | Dave Majumdar
    Boeing shows off new Super Hornet display Boeing is showing off some of the advanced features it is proposing for the F/A-18E/F Super Hornet. Some of these include conformal fuel tanks, an external weapons pod to reduce the jet's radar cross-section, better engines, and a new missile warning system among other improvements. Inside the cockpit (both cockpits in the case of the F-model) is a new single-screen color LCD display. But what is truly impressive is a new 3D situational awareness display mode--it overlays various threats and displays them in an easy to understand graphic. Terrain can be overlaid on...
  • Order given for Gatling guns

    04/08/2012 10:08:22 PM PDT · by U-238 · 25 replies
    Security Industry ^ | 3/8/2012 | Security Industry
    General Dynamics Armament and Technical Products said it will produce additional 20mm gun systems for use on U.S. Navy F/A-18E/F Super Hornet aircraft. The order for the weapons came under a contract modification from the Naval Air Systems Command worth $7.8 million, the company said. "General Dynamics has successfully produced the weapon system for the F/A-18 for more than 25 years," said Steve Elgin, vice president and general manager of armament systems for General Dynamics Armament and Technical Products. "The M61A2 F/A-18 gun system continues to be relevant, affordable and extremely effective." The M61A2 gun system is a six-barrel Gatling...
  • Boeing;US Navy Conduct Networked Distributed Targeting Capability Fight Test on Superhornet

    04/05/2012 8:20:33 PM PDT · by U-238 · 1 replies
    Boeing ^ | Boeing
    The Boeing Company [NYSE: BA] and the U.S. Navy have successfully completed a flight test of the prototype Distributed Targeting System-Networked (DTS-N) on a Super Hornet. The system is designed to enhance the F/A-18E/F fighter jet’s targeting capabilities. The test took place in late 2011 at the Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division Advanced Weapons Lab in China Lake, Calif., and was conducted by Air Test and Evaluation Squadron VX-31. DTS-N is based on the Boeing Adaptive Architecture developed by the company’s Phantom Works division. It expands the capabilities of the soon-to-be-operational F/A-18E/F Distributed Targeting System by providing a dramatic...
  • Australia’s Super Hornet to EA-18G Growler conversion moves ahead

    04/03/2012 12:56:09 AM PDT · by U-238 · 2 replies
    RP Defense ^ | 2/2/2012 | RP Defense
    The Australian Government is moving ahead with the conversion of the Royal Australian Air Force's (RAAF) 12 Boeing-built F-18 Super Hornet fighter aircraft to the EA-18G model, dubbed Growlers, under a refit programme. Australia's Defence Minister Stephen Smith and Defence Materiel Minister Jason Clare said in a joint statement that more than $19m will be spent for the purchase of lead item electronic equipment. The long lead item electronic equipment for the conversion include electronic systems, antennas and high frequency modulation receivers that will be procured through the US Foreign Military Sales route. The Government has already formally delivered a...
  • Canada mulls replacing aging CF-18 jets

    03/27/2012 9:25:44 PM PDT · by U-238 · 5 replies
    Space War ^ | 3/26/2012 | Space War
    Canada is aiming to replace its aging CF-18 Hornets fleet, or what remains of it after nearly three decades of service, and much hangs on what will replace the aircraft. The planned replacement of the CF-18s, some dating to the early 1980s, coincides with intense discussion on Canada's plans to buy up to 65 F-35 Joint Strike Fighter jets as part of a much delayed air force modernization. Debate has flared on the F-35's escalating costs and the feasibility of buying the jets when, according to critics, cheaper alternatives are available in the market. Critics have called for closer scrutiny...
  • The first of the last (Super Hornets)

    03/16/2012 3:55:08 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 5 replies
    DoD Buzz ^ | March 15th, 2012 | Philip Ewing
    The first of the last Three major defense programs or platforms — so far — have hit milestones this week on their way out of production or out of service: Lockheed Martin’s final F-22 Raptor flew for the first time, Flight’s Steve Trimble and Dave Majumdar reported. The Navy identified the first four of the seven cruisers it will decommission to save money, unless Rep. Buck McKeon can save them: They’re the USS Cowpens; USS Anzio; USS Vicksburg; and USS Port Royal, and they’ll all go away on March 31, 2013, according to a Navy administrative message. And Boeing announced...
  • U.S. jet contract decision "surprised" Brazil government

    03/01/2012 6:40:21 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 6 replies · 8+ views
    Reuters ^ | Mar 1, 2012 | Jeb Blount and Guillermo Parra-Bernal
    U.S. jet contract decision "surprised" Brazil government RIO DE JANEIRO/SÃO PAULO (Reuters) - A decision by the United States to cancel a $355 million defense aircraft contract with Brazilian planemaker Embraer (EMBR3.SA) has surprised the government of Brazil which had hoped for the development of a bilateral defense program, Brazil's Foreign Affairs Ministry said on Thursday. The ministry said in a statement that the government was "surprised" with the cancellation "especially with the way that it happened and the timing." The U.S. Air Force earlier this week called off the purchase of 20 Embraer's Super Tucano jets due to problems...
  • Boeing Completes F/A-18E/F, EA-18G Multi-Year Procurement

    02/26/2012 10:52:14 PM PST · by U-238 · 1 replies
    Space War ^ | 2/27/2012 | Space War
    Boeing has announced that it has completed delivery of 257 F/A-18E/F Super Hornet strike fighters and EA-18G Growler electronic attack aircraft to the U.S. Navy. Each aircraft was delivered ahead of schedule and within the contract budget. The aircraft were delivered to the Navy from 2007 through 2011 under a multi-year procurement (MYP) contract awarded to Boeing on Dec. 29, 2003. The Navy purchased the aircraft during fiscal years 2005-2009. Multi-year procurement contracts provide a stable production environment that enables manufacturers and suppliers to reduce cost through bulk purchasing and productivity enhancements. "Super Hornets and Growlers provide unmatched, proven and...
  • The end’s in sight for the Super Hornet. Or is it?

    02/23/2012 7:55:31 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 4 replies · 1+ views
    DoD BUZZ ^ | February 23rd, 2012 | Philip Ewing
    The end’s in sight for the Super Hornet. Or is it? Boeing’s F/A-18E and F Super Hornets, and their forebears, have been part of U.S. naval aviation for so long it’s hard to imagine aircraft carriers without them. But under this month’s DoD budget submission, the Navy would accept its last new Superbug in only three years. Big B announced on Wednesday that it had completed early delivery of the Navy’s second-to-last multi-year batch of Super Hornets and E/A-18G Growlers — 257 airplanes — and that it’s on the glide slope to continue right on through into the final multi-year....
  • $200m refit to give fighter jets growl (Australia)

    02/21/2012 8:01:31 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 6 replies · 2+ views
    The Advertiser, Australia ^ | February 22, 2012 | Ian McPhedran
    $200m refit to give fighter jets growl THE Federal Government will spend more than $200 million to transform six air force fighter jets into hi-tech electronic warfare planes. The RAAF purchased 24 Boeing Super Hornet fighters under a $6 billion deal with the US Navy to fill the gap between the retirement of the F-111 fighter bomber and the expected delivery of the first batch of 14 Joint Strike Fighter stealth jets later this decade. Defence Minister Stephen Smith will announce the decision to upgrade the jet fighters early next month to EA-18G models known as "Growlers" to plug an...
  • UK considers Rafale and F-18 as 'interim aircraft'

    01/26/2012 8:11:46 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 12 replies
    Defence Management ^ | 26 January 2012
    UK considers Rafale and F-18 as 'interim aircraft' 26 January 2012 Ministry of Defence concerns over the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter have led to military chiefs looking at other fast jets for the UK's aircraft carrier, it has been reported. According to The Times, Admiral Sir Trevor Soar, the current commander-in-chief fleet, said concerns were growing about rising costs and delays in the JSF programme, something now worsened by order cuts from the US. Soar, who was addressing defence companies at the ADS Maritime Interest Group, reportedly said the UK might not receive the $100m per piece F-35 jets until...
  • Boeing: F-35 hasn’t yet won in Japan

    12/16/2011 8:47:41 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 8 replies
    DoD Buzz ^ | December 16th, 2011 | John Reed
    Boeing: F-35 hasn’t yet won in Japan Despite news reports claiming that Lockheed Martin’s F-35 Joint Strike Fighter will win Japan’s F-X fighter contest, Boeing officials say Tokyo delayed the contract award until next week because it is still heavily weighing all three contestants, including Boeing’s Super Hornet. “We think what they’ve done is taken another hard look at the full situation and have decided that if they do pick F-35 there are some things that they are not sure of right now, some risk in terms of cost and schedule,” saidPhil Mills, Boeing’s lead salesman for the F-X contest...
  • “I’d rather go to war in a Typhoon than in a F-18 (Super) Hornet” an Aussie exchange pilot says

    12/12/2011 3:36:21 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 17 replies
    The Aviationist ^ | December 5, 2011 | David Cenciotti
    “I’d rather go to war in a Typhoon than in a F-18 (Super) Hornet” an Aussie exchange pilot says December 5, 2011 “I’d rather go to war in a Typhoon than in a F-18 Hornet”. This alleged Australian exchange pilot’s statement is one of the most interesting outcomes (and marketing slogans) of BERSAMA LIMA 11 an exercise marking the 40th Anniversary of the Five Powers Defence Agreement (FPDA) the only multilateral defence agreement in South East Asia with an operational element commitment undertaken by five nations (UK, Singapore, Malaysia, New Zealand, and Australia) to consult in the event of an...
  • 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,...