F/A18-E/F Super Hornet
.... Leading Naval Aviation into the 21st Century
- The F/A-18 E/F Super Hornet is a winner...
it's affordable... and it's
flying today, exceeding every operational goal. F/A-18 E/F
will outperform any top-line fighter aircraft of today and
- Unlike any other nation's fighters, our approach to aircraft
survivability — the key measure of an aircraft's effectiveness —
involves a balanced, systematic strategy. In designing Super Hornet,
low observable technology was blended with state-of-the-art defensive
electronic countermeasures, reduced areas of vulnerability, and high
precision technology air-to-air and air-to-ground weapons.
- As a superb multi-mission aircraft ... a fighter and a bomber ...
the Navy's Super Hornet spans the tactical mission spectrum
from long range, sea-based air dominance to "through the
weather" deep strike interdiction. By every war fighting measure,
the Navy's Super Hornet will greatly exceed the capabilities of
both the aircraft it is designed to replace ... as well as the
aircraft it may meet on tomorrow's battlefields.
- The F/A-18 E/F Super Hornet was designed with 17 cubic feet
of "growth space" for electronic systems — avionics and
associated wiring. This means that when newer technology is available,
it can be added to continually update Super Hornet's
warfighting capability and survivability.
- The Navy's Super Hornet gives this nation both a "first
day of the war" and an "every day of the war"
dominance, and a precision strike fighter that meets and beats the
threat through the first part of the 21st century. Super Hornet
can carry every tactical air-to-air and air-to-ground weapon in the
Navy's inventory. With the AMRAAM missile, enhanced radar, and
advanced onboard sensor fusion capability, there is not a threat
fighter in the world today — or projected to exist in the next 20
years — that Super Hornet cannot decisively defeat and
totally dominate in combat.
- The Navy conducted a detailed analysis to determine the overall
combat effectiveness of this aircraft. A significant part of the
methodology we used was a poll of experts within the intelligence
community. We asked a number of these experts their opinion of
aircraft capabilities in six important areas of merit. These experts
included aviators, aeronautical engineers, and intelligence
specialists. Areas of merit studied included maneuverability, range,
radar signature, radar guided weapons, infared weapons, and avionics
- To see this analysis for yourself, select the first two hyperlinks
below. See how Super Hornet can fight and win against any
potential enemy ... both today and tomorrow. See what are the
components of combat effectiveness and mission success.
Images of the F/A-18 E/F Super
Super Hornet milestone — Navy test pilot Lieut. Tom
Hole fires an AIM-9 Sidewinder missile from the Super
flies Super Hornet — Adm. Johnson and Cmdr. Tom
Gurney, in the far Super Hornet, fly over Chesapeake Bay
near the Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Md., March 28. In the
foreground is an F/A-18D Hornet.
future meets the future — U.S. Naval Academy midshipmen
see the Navy's newest carrier based aircraft.
successful milestone. The F/A-18E Super Hornet
successfully completes first in-flight tests with ordnance.
checks out Super Hornet at Naval Air Station Patuxent
the groove.The F/A-18F Super Hornet, makes a final
approach to the flight deck of USS John C. Stennis (CVN
74) during the aircraft's initial sea trials.