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F / A-18E / F Super Hornet is still flying. After modernization

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Production of carrier-based fighter-bomber F / A-18E / F Super Hornet will continue until the 2025 year, and perhaps their assembly will continue after that, writes Defense News with reference to the head of this program at Boeing Corporation Dan Gillian.


F / A-18E / F Super Hornet is still flying. After modernization


We are committed to maintaining our production pace of two cars per month until the end of 2025. And there are many opportunities to extend this period and even increase the pace
- he said. Previously it was expected that the production of F / A-18E / F could be completed by the year 2017.

Moreover, it is not only about the construction of new fighters - the aircraft are being modernized. First of all, their life cycle will be extended - from 6 thousand to 9 thousand flight hours. This is a package of modifications called the 3 Block.

Increase the effectiveness of these multi-role fighters. They will become less noticeable for enemy radar, although the full use of stealth technology is not a question. They will be equipped with streamlined fuel tanks, which will again have a positive effect on aerodynamics. Moreover, they hold more fuel than in previous versions. All this is complemented by modern electronics capable of receiving and transmitting large amounts of data, and long-range sensors.

In addition, these fighters have another big plus over the F-35 - the cost. Namely, $ 70 million for one F / A-18 versus 122 million for F-35C (deck modification). Because of all this, the Pentagon is not going to abandon the F / A-18 E / F, reports TASS
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  1. wicked pinnochio
    wicked pinnochio April 7 2018 16: 50
    +6
    But how did their vaunted fighters of the 5th generation f 35 not extend?
    1. Vitaly Anisimov
      Vitaly Anisimov April 7 2018 16: 54
      +1
      They are all under the hood of Russia ..! Well, let them fly .. Fly to Syria! heh heh
      Israel will send you the installation gee gee
      1. Aaron Zawi
        Aaron Zawi April 7 2018 17: 15
        +19
        Quote: MIKHAN
        They are all under the hood of Russia ..! Well, let them fly .. Fly to Syria! heh heh
        Israel will send you the installation gee gee

        Mikhan translate your thought into Russian. Please.
        1. prapor75m
          prapor75m April 7 2018 17: 45
          +14
          this is not a translatable pun, a clown is always in any team wink lol
          1. Voyager
            Voyager April 7 2018 18: 31
            +7
            Well, what a clown, Mikhan - the soul of Topvar)
          2. The comment was deleted.
        2. Galaxy
          Galaxy April 7 2018 18: 44
          +4
          He cannot, because not much is needed for this person, only a glass and a keyboard ...
          Quote: Aaron Zawi
          Quote: MIKHAN
          They are all under the hood of Russia ..! Well, let them fly .. Fly to Syria! heh heh
          Israel will send you the installation gee gee

          Mikhan translate your thought into Russian. Please.
        3. Vitaly Anisimov
          Vitaly Anisimov April 7 2018 21: 12
          0
          Quote: Aaron Zawi
          Quote: MIKHAN
          They are all under the hood of Russia ..! Well, let them fly .. Fly to Syria! heh heh
          Israel will send you the installation gee gee

          Mikhan translate your thought into Russian. Please.

          You’re the translator’s Aron. Get yourself a heh heh .... It’s hard for the Jews to understand our Russian soul!
          For the transfer of shekels pay ..150! laughing lol
    2. poquello
      poquello April 7 2018 17: 17
      0
      Quote: wicked pinnochio
      But how did their vaunted fighters of the 5th generation f 35 not extend?

      the giraffe has a long neck - it takes a long time, it’s not so invisible to get an advantage
    3. san4es
      san4es April 7 2018 17: 28
      +2
      Quote: wicked pinnochio
      But how did their vaunted fighters of the 5th generation f 35 not extend?

      . hi ..Now they have a trend, to equip the Super Hornets with stealth with weaks to equip to the version F / A-18E / F Advanced Super Hornet:
      F / A-18E / F Advanced Super Hornet flight test video with conformal fuel tanks and closed centerline weapons
      1. NN52
        NN52 April 7 2018 17: 46
        +5
        In this advanced modification (zakos under slightly "stealth" ...), the price tag is already far from 70 million green ...

        And so the car is not bad ...

        Especially the “Tulevsky” boxing from below ...
        1. san4es
          san4es April 7 2018 18: 23
          +3
          Quote: NN52
          ... And so the car is not bad ....

          Speed ​​F / A-18
          - The maximum speed at an altitude of 12190 meters - 1.8 Mach (1915 km / h)
          - The maximum speed on the ground - 1.2 Mach (1473 km / h)
          - Operational overload - 7.5 (limited by electronics)
          - Cruising speed 1060 km / h
          - Climb rate of 50.000 feet per minute (near the ground: 254 meters per second)
          - wing load 454 kg / m²
          - Thrust-weight ratio - 1.13 (empty, full afterburner with 50% fuel)
          Practical ceiling F / A-18
          - 15240 m
          Ferry Range F / A-18
          - at high altitude with three PTBs - 3200 km
          Combat Radius F / A-18
          - 720 km
          Armament F / A-18
          - 20 mm six-barreled gun M61A1 Volcano, 578 shells
          - on 9 suspension points installation in various configurations is possible:
          - V-V Guided Missiles AIM-9, AIM-7, AIM-120 of various modifications
          - Guided Missiles VZ W AGM-65, AGM-88, AGM-84, AGM-154, AGM-158, KEPD-350 of various modifications
          - GBU-10 and AGM-62 television-guided bombs, Paveway laser-guided bombs and JDAM-type GPS guided caliber up to 2000 pounds
          - Unguided bombs of type MK and CBU calibers up to 2000 pounds (cluster, incendiary, high-explosive, volumetric explosion, concrete-piercing), BLU-107 Durandal for hitting runways.
          - Tactical bombs of mass destruction - nuclear (up to 340 kilotons) type B61, MK116 with a chemical charge (gases Zarin, VX), bacteriological weapons, charges with white phosphorus.
          - Hanging fuel tanks (up to 3 pieces); installation of the IR / ANAR-50, AN / AAS-38 Nitehawk and AN / ASQ-228 ATFLIR IR containers for night operation and the AN / AWW-13 container for Datalink, EW container AN / ALQ-167 hi
    4. Alex_Rarog
      Alex_Rarog April 7 2018 18: 24
      0
      Do not fly) they leave the old people here)
  2. Vladimirets
    Vladimirets April 7 2018 16: 52
    +9
    Well done, what can I say, they will reanimate the Warthog, now they’re not abandoning the Hornet. Such aircraft will be in demand for a long time. yes The damage to superfood technology has become apparent to Amer.
    1. Voyager
      Voyager April 7 2018 18: 32
      +4
      With a smile I remember the times of the 90s and zero, when it was fashionable to scold us for the constant modernization of aircraft and the extension of their service life, they say, because we are not able to do new things)
      1. Hole puncher
        Hole puncher April 7 2018 19: 27
        0
        Quote: Voyager
        With a smile I remember the times of the 90s and zero, when it was fashionable to scold us for the constant modernization of aircraft

        Constant modernization? Please list the number of upgrades of the MiG-29 for an example.
        1. Nehist
          Nehist April 8 2018 01: 28
          +1
          Only the USSR-Russia 18 modernizations, not counting any Romania Romania and so on.
    2. Hole puncher
      Hole puncher April 7 2018 19: 34
      +2
      Quote: Vladimirets
      The damage to superfood technology has become amer obvious

      The F-15 began to enter the US Air Force in the mid-seventies, it was supposed to replace the F-4. The latter was withdrawn from service only in 1990. The replacement process has been over 15 years. A similar situation with the replacement of the F-14 to the F-18.
      1. Conserp
        Conserp April 7 2018 23: 29
        0
        Quote: Puncher
        A similar situation with the replacement of the F-14 to the F-18.

        The F / A-18 was never calculated to replace the F-14. These two aircraft were created simultaneously - for different tasks, and are equally outdated. F-14 just died before.

        The new version of F / A-18 was also created to replace the previous one, and not the F-14.
        1. Hole puncher
          Hole puncher April 8 2018 06: 01
          0
          Oh how ... a rather controversial statement.
          Then compare Growler and Prowler, the first ten years already produced, but Prowler still flies. This does not mean that Growler is an unsuccessful machine.
          1. Conserp
            Conserp April 8 2018 12: 15
            0
            Apples and uncle in Kiev.
  3. Magic archer
    Magic archer April 7 2018 16: 53
    +5
    It’s just that the Americans do not want to recognize the advantages over the F-35. It can too afford to hit. But in general, the Hornet is a good, reliable machine that will fly for a long time
    1. voyaka uh
      voyaka uh April 7 2018 22: 48
      +1
      The Navy's long-term objective is to form 20 F-35C squadrons by the early 2030s, two squadrons for each of its 10 carrier air wings.
      The Navy's long-term plan to form 20 F-35S squadrons by the early 2030s. Two squadrons per AUG
      They plan to keep on each aircraft carrier first 1/3 F-35 and 2/3 F-18, then
      2/3 F-35 and 1/3 F-18. Each type of aircraft will have its own task in joint attacks on enemy ships and the coast.
      1. Conserp
        Conserp April 7 2018 23: 32
        +2
        A pitchfork on water has once again been written.
        I have been witnessing this scribble with a pitchfork for 20 years already.
        1. voyaka uh
          voyaka uh April 8 2018 00: 45
          +3
          And I watch how from the F-35, coming off the assembly line, form a squadron after a squadron.
          And in the US Air Force, and in other countries. F-35 is becoming the main combat aircraft in the world in quantity. You can argue about quality as much as you like.
          1. Conserp
            Conserp April 8 2018 01: 11
            +1
            Of those released, more than half are absolutely unworkable layouts.
            About the conveyor is not necessary to fill, it is a purely corrupt matter.
          2. Spike Javelin Touvich
            Spike Javelin Touvich April 8 2018 18: 45
            +1
            like this
            assembly shop
            1. Spike Javelin Touvich
              Spike Javelin Touvich April 8 2018 18: 46
              +1
              paint shop
              Paint shop
      2. assa67
        assa67 April 8 2018 00: 24
        +2
        "enter" common sense, Alexey ...
        Quote: voyaka uh
        Each type of aircraft will have its own task in joint attacks on enemy ships and the coast.

        now it is not relevant ... the emphasis is on multifunctionality (partly modularity) ... or are you an expert on aircraft carrier groups? ... I remember the comment on Israel’s help in the fight against Mexican trenches .. multi-vector expert ..
        1. voyaka uh
          voyaka uh April 8 2018 00: 39
          +2
          I wrote exactly what I read in one of the articles about the alleged tactics of the Navy.
          And not your thoughts or ideas at all. Now, as part of the aircraft wing of any aircraft carrier F-18, the growlers are jammers and percussionists F-18. First come the growlers, then the drummers.
          F-35s will go between them for delivering major strikes. Drummers F-18 will finish what is left.
  4. Beltasir matyagu
    Beltasir matyagu April 7 2018 16: 57
    +5
    Simply put, this is proof that 5-generation fuss is even more like a farce.
    1. voyaka uh
      voyaka uh April 7 2018 22: 50
      +1
      F-345C completes the test cycle on one of the aircraft carriers. You need to score several hundred successful takeoffs and landings. There were no accidents. After that, the F-35S will receive the status of initial combat readiness and they will begin to saturate the AUG
      1. XXXIII
        XXXIII April 7 2018 23: 24
        +2
        Quote: voyaka uh
        F-345C completes the test cycle on one of the aircraft carriers. You need to score several hundred successful takeoffs and landings. There were no accidents. After that, the F-35S will receive the status of initial combat readiness and they will begin to saturate the AUG

        All classified, so as not to spoil the idea of ​​the product ... yes

        Mysterious crash of USAF crash near Nellis AFB Fuels Specs F-35
        According to sources, Captain Eric Schulz became the 28th pilot to fly the F-35 when he flew from Edwards AFB, California, to the F-35A AF-1 for a 1,3-hour test mission on September 15, 2011.

        In addition, the AFMC, to which the crashed plane belonged, is the parent unit of the 412th test wing, based on the Edwards Air Force base, whose 416 FLTS (flight squadron) flies on the F-35 Lightning II.

        For these reasons, there is growing speculation that the aircraft involved in the crash is an F-35 operating within the Nellis test and training ranges. However, the aircraft could also be part of the Black Project, which the U.S. Air Force wants to remain secret for some time to come.
        https://theaviationist.com/2017/09/09/mysterious-
        crash-of-a-usaf-classified-jet-near-nellis-afb-fu
        els-speculations-of-f-35-involved /
        1. voyaka uh
          voyaka uh April 8 2018 00: 47
          +2
          September 15, 2011 ... belay what a fresh sensation laughing
          1. XXXIII
            XXXIII April 8 2018 08: 19
            +1
            Quote: voyaka uh
            September 15, 2011 ... belay what a fresh sensation laughing

            And what does the year have to do with it, that is, the news, it turns out that you are lying already in 2011. They simply classified everything in the event of falls, etc., and apparently fell more than once. In the USSR, too, no one was injured during the preparation of the space flight, but in fact, the astronauts died there. Airplanes crash, they just don’t write everything, even your F-35 somehow collided with a bird, but they didn’t show any damage because it’s very secret, so you don’t even have to lie to yourself ..... yes
            The devil is not so terrible as he is painted .... laughing
            1. voyaka uh
              voyaka uh April 8 2018 10: 02
              +1
              "They simply classified all the cases of falls, etc., and they apparently fell more than once" ////

              I understand. Conspiracy. Flat Earth topics are now popular on the net: the NASA conspiracy.
              Everywhere conspiracies. bully
              1. XXXIII
                XXXIII April 8 2018 10: 30
                +1
                Quote: voyaka uh
                "They simply classified all the cases of falls, etc., and they apparently fell more than once" ////

                I understand. Conspiracy. Flat Earth topics are now popular on the net: the NASA conspiracy.
                Everywhere conspiracies. bully

                And whoever doesn’t indulge in this now, it’s a lot of money, do not want to, do not believe your business .... laughing
                All planes crashed at their birth, this is no exception .... hi
                f-22

      2. Conserp
        Conserp April 8 2018 01: 07
        +1
        Quote: voyaka uh
        F-35S completes the test cycle on one of the aircraft carriers.
        After that, the F-35S will receive the status of initial combat readiness

        How can he already “finish” the tests for IOC status, if as of January he could not even be admitted to their beginning?

        Lying is bad.

        Or am I missing something?
        1. voyaka uh
          voyaka uh April 8 2018 09: 59
          +1
          Judging by your post on ineffective layouts, you simply
          "on another planet - Zadornova" smile
        2. voyaka uh
          voyaka uh April 8 2018 11: 07
          +1
          https://news.usni.org/2018/03/29/current-schedule
          -risk-navy-f-35c-fighters-combat-ready-end-year
          Schedule at Risk for Navy F-35C Fighters to be Combat Ready by End of Year [2018]

          Read about the initial operational capability IOC F-35C here.
          The deadline has been postponed from 2018 to 2019 due to the new block of upgrades.
          But the entire test cycle on the aircraft carrier F-35C successfully completed.
          1. Conserp
            Conserp April 8 2018 12: 29
            +1
            Quote: voyaka uh
            https://news.usni.org/2018/03/29/current-schedule
            -risk-navy-f-35c-fighters-combat-ready-end-year
            Schedule at Risk for Navy F-35C Fighters to be Combat Ready by End of Year [2018]
            Read about the initial operational capability IOC F-35C here.

            Do you read English badly or are you just lying again?

            In the article, the link says about problems, delays and the next postponement.

            And this is said DIRECTLY IN THE TITLE.

            "Now signs indicate the 2018 date could be slipping to the right"
            "while not saying a delayed IOC is certain, both Navy and Lockheed Martin statements suggest this is case"
            "a delay in the IOT & E schedule"
            "there's just not going to be enough time to see enough of that before Feb. 2019"
            Since then, Navy mention of F-35C IOC has seemingly disappeared ...

            And so on, that the winning relay turned out to be bullshit.

            Quote: voyaka uh
            But the entire test cycle on the aircraft carrier F-35C successfully completed.

            Not "the whole cycle", but "take-off and landing."
            1. voyaka uh
              voyaka uh April 8 2018 12: 37
              +1
              You inattentively read posts of opponents smile .
              I wrote:
              “Deadline postponed from 2018 to 2019”
              We are in the middle of 2018. In 2019, they expect to receive IOC,
              as it has long been received by the F-35A, F-35B
              1. Conserp
                Conserp April 8 2018 17: 37
                0
                Quote: voyaka uh
                The deadline has been postponed from 2018 to 2019 due to the new block of upgrades.

                Why are you lying?

                The deadline has been postponed again, to 2019, due to defects, not upgrades.
                Moreover, they are already expecting this period to fail.

                Or they will stupidly falsify readiness, as they have already done more than once.
                1. voyaka uh
                  voyaka uh April 8 2018 22: 39
                  +1
                  I liked your expression: "stupidly fake willingness."
                  You will not get bored positively. good
                  Add to your verbal arsenal more: "stupidly fake combat missions",
                  "stupidly fake bombing." You could write texts for Zadornov. laughing
      3. tomket
        tomket April 9 2018 01: 13
        +1
        Quote: voyaka uh
        There were no accidents. P

        Well, except that the pilots kissed the dashboards because of the rigidity of the chassis. And so everything in a bunch)
  5. Egorovich
    Egorovich April 7 2018 17: 06
    +3
    Fe -35 in the bin or in the toilet !!! Instead of a toilet they fit - Japan, Israel, the Netherlands, Norway, etc. by the list. good
    1. voyaka uh
      voyaka uh April 7 2018 22: 53
      +1
      South Korea, Australia ... In short - all economically developed countries.
      Plus, of course, the US Air Force is the main recipient of the F-35 and the Marine Corps.
      The fleet will begin to receive the F-35 next year.
      1. tomket
        tomket April 9 2018 01: 14
        +1
        Quote: voyaka uh
        South Korea, Australia ... In short - all economically developed countries.

        All satellites, which are strongly recommended to purchase f-35.
      2. Yarhann
        Yarhann 9 July 2018 22: 25
        -1
        Economically developed countries still make their own planes and this is Rafael, Eurofighter, Swedish Gripen, and the Papuans once again put in glass beads and made them beta-testers of this semi-finished product. The main task of the manufacturer in the distribution of the side, I see it in testing the boards at the expense of the buyer and of reducing the cost of the series, but how does this increase profit for the company. No friendship is purely business.
  6. SmokeR 47RU
    SmokeR 47RU April 7 2018 17: 23
    +5
    Bad news.
    I would be very happy if they changed all the planes to the f-35 version.
    And so a very difficult opponent (F / A - 18).
    Our drying (27,30,35) sharpened them and bring them down.
    1. Conserp
      Conserp April 7 2018 18: 18
      +3
      Quote: SmokeR 47RU
      And so a very difficult opponent (F / A - 18).

      Who is it difficult? Normal drummer. There is almost no fighter from it.

      Quote: SmokeR 47RU
      Our drying (27,30,35) sharpened them and bring them down.

      Exactly what to bring down. Fight against F-15.
      1. Voyager
        Voyager April 7 2018 18: 33
        0
        Growlers are pretty formidable cars, with EW
        1. Conserp
          Conserp April 7 2018 23: 36
          0
          So what if EW cars were made on their basis? Same as EF-111 and F-4. We also have these.
    2. Hanokem
      Hanokem April 7 2018 21: 05
      +1
      Smoker, you won’t believe it, I would also be very happy if tomorrow all of our Air Force planes would turn into F-35
      1. Conserp
        Conserp April 8 2018 01: 05
        0
        Jewish anti-Semite is a stereotype (c)
      2. tomket
        tomket April 9 2018 01: 15
        +1
        Quote: Hanokem
        You won’t believe it, I would also be very happy if tomorrow all of our Air Force planes would turn into F-35

        Madame knows a lot about perversions!
  7. Dam
    Dam April 7 2018 17: 24
    +1
    The penguin program’s failure seems obvious even to the Pentagon
  8. groks
    groks April 7 2018 17: 43
    0
    And where are they going in such quantities?
  9. Wolka
    Wolka April 7 2018 17: 54
    +2
    But this airplane is really too early to write off ...
  10. Old Michael
    Old Michael April 7 2018 18: 02
    0
    I read the comments - I remembered the short humor of Yu. Nesterenko, fifteen years ago, "Operation Desert Storm-2" or WinWar-2002. " I highly recommend it to everyone. The text is on the UpWeek website.
  11. Vard
    Vard April 7 2018 18: 09
    +2
    And with this aircraft, not everything is so rosy ... During operation, at least 235 aircraft were lost ... 104 aircraft were decommissioned due to cracks in the fuselage ... in addition, the problem of pilots suffocation was not solved ... In general a typical American plane ...
    1. Voyager
      Voyager April 7 2018 18: 35
      +3
      You know what's worse? They can afford the loss of a fighter plane in the hundreds, and we ourselves cannot even order so much.
    2. NN52
      NN52 April 7 2018 18: 42
      +2
      Vard

      What is the source of such data on the loss of 235 machine data? And exactly THIS E / F Series Super Hornet?
      You didn’t mix anything up, by any chance?
      1. Hole puncher
        Hole puncher April 7 2018 19: 36
        +2
        Quote: NN52
        You didn’t mix anything up, by any chance?

        In a parallel universe in which he lives that way
  12. Mih1974
    Mih1974 April 7 2018 18: 26
    0
    Well this is done, good people, belay belay but how so it’s, it’s direct terrorism of some kind, a direct undermining of the very army of the World itself. What the hell, albeit the best of the obsolete, but still this is not the Fu-35 !! negative negative Immediately stop producing this "junk", chop down the existing ones and make 100500 "super duper the best" F-35
    laughing laughing laughing good
  13. Mountain shooter
    Mountain shooter April 7 2018 18: 37
    +2
    And this with such a military budget! laughing Where are our liberals? Like, we’ll upgrade the “old stuff”, but “the shining city on the hill ...” So what now you say wassat
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  15. Xscorpion
    Xscorpion April 7 2018 20: 20
    +1
    Quote: Puncher
    Quote: Voyager
    With a smile I remember the times of the 90s and zero, when it was fashionable to scold us for the constant modernization of aircraft

    Constant modernization? Please list the number of upgrades of the MiG-29 for an example.


    More 15, this is offhand. What's wrong?
    1. Hole puncher
      Hole puncher April 8 2018 05: 43
      0
      Four land and two ship
    2. tomket
      tomket April 9 2018 01: 20
      0
      Quote: Xscorpion
      More 15, this is offhand. What's wrong?

      Emmmm .... And more? Are you talking about the drill, or which you have modernized around the world? Well, there are Peruvian, Indian UPG, Belarusian BM? So, if memory serves, we have combatant units - 9-12,9-13, C, SMT, K, and M2, which is also 35, can be supplemented. Well, plus another UB. Total - 7. The rest of the discharge in a single copy.
  16. Old26
    Old26 April 8 2018 10: 19
    0
    Quote: Aaron Zawi
    Quote: MIKHAN
    They are all under the hood of Russia ..! Well, let them fly .. Fly to Syria! heh heh
    Israel will send you the installation gee gee

    Mikhan translate your thought into Russian. Please.

    It is not translatable. Or in extreme cases, you can translate something like this: Right now, the checker is ground and I chop all. And the Merikos, and the green devils that hide behind the stove ...