The US Navy will soon begin to receive a new version of the carrier-based F / A-18 Super Hornet Block-3 fighter. According to the press service of the Boeing company, the company's specialists assembled the first fighter of the new modification.
As previously reported, the program for the creation and maintenance of Super Hornet fighters began in 1995, was designed for 25 years and was supposed to end in 2020, when the fifth generation F-18 fighters were to replace the F-35. However, the delay in the development of the latest fighter led to the fact that Boeing created a new version of the F-18 and in 2017 presented the F / A-18 XT (Advanced Super Hornet), received in the U.S. Navy called F / A-18E / F Super Hornet Block-3. The new modification differs from the previous version of the fighter (Block-2) by seven updates, of which two are secret and nothing is known about them.
The command of the U.S. Navy decided to upgrade the entire fleet of Super Hornet fighters to a new modification. In addition, on March 21, 2019, the U.S. Navy signed a new contract with Boeing for the construction of 78 new F / A-18 Super Hornet Block-3 fighters, the aircraft must arrive before 2022. The first two fighters will be handed over to the Navy during May-June 2020, they will be involved in tests at the Patuxent River Air Force Base and the China Lake Aircraft Arms Center.
Recall that at the end of April this year it was reported that Boeing supplied the US Navy with the last F / A-18 Super Hornet Block-2 fighter.