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F/A-18 Hornet

Specifications
Contractor
Boeing [McDonnell Douglas Aerospace] and
Northrop Grumman (Airframe),
General Electric (Engines), and
Hughes (Radar)
F/A-18C/D
Hornet
F/A-18E/F
Super Hornet
Power Plant Two F404-GE-402 afterburning engines, each in the 18,000 pound thrust class, which results in a combat thrust-to-weight ratio greater than 1-to-1. Depending on the mission and loading, combat radius is greater than 500 nautical miles. Twin F414-GE-400 engines, each in the 22,000 pound thrust class. On an interdiction mission, the E/F will fly up to 40 % further than the C/D.
Accommodations
  • The F/A-18C and F/A-18E are single seat aircraft.
  • The D and F models are flown by two crew members.
  • The aft seat in the D and F may be configured with a stick and throttle for the training environment (or without when crewed with a Weapons System Officer).
  • Performance
  • F/A-18C maximum speed at level flight in altitudes of 36,089 ft.
    Mach 1.7
  • F/A-18E maximum speed at level flight in altitudes of 36,089 ft.
    Mach 1.6
  • Armament
  • F/A-18C/D can carry up to 13,700 pounds of external ordnance.
  • Weapon stations include: two wingtip stations for Sidewinders; two outboard wing stations for air-to-air or air-to-ground weapons; two inboard wing stations for fuel tanks, air-to-air, or air-to-ground weapons; two nacelle fuselage stations for AMRAAMs, Sparrows, or sensor pods; and one centerline station for fuel or air-to-ground weapons.
  • M61 Vulcan 6-barrel rotary cannon with 520 rounds of 20mm ammunition is internally mounted in the nose

    AIM-9 Sidewinder
    AIM-7F Sparrow
    AIM-120 AMRAAM
    AGM-65E Maverick
    AGM-84 Harpoon
    AGM-88A HARM
    MK82
    10 CBU-87
    10 CBU-89
    GBU-12
    GBU-24
    JDAM
    B-57 or B-61 Nuclear bomb

  • F/A-18E/F can carry up to 17,750 pounds of external ordnance; two additional wing store stations have been added.

  • Mission and Capabilities
  • The F/A-18 Hornet can perform both air-to-air and air-to-ground missions.
  • Cockpit displays and mission avionics are thoroughly integrated to enhance crew situational awareness and mission capability in high threat, adverse weather/night environments.
  • Cockpits are night vision goggle compatible.
  • Multi-Sensor Integration and advanced data link capabilities further enhance situational awareness.
  • The E/F model will be able to perform a strike tanker mission while carrying a self-protection air-to-air missile loadout.
  • The E/F model will also have greater payload flexibility, increased mission radius, survivability, payload bring back, and a substantial avionics growth potential.
  • Unit cost $FY98
    [Total Program]
    $39.5 million. $60 million
    Program Summary

    F/A-18A/B first entered operational service with the USN and USMC in 1982.

    Since 1982, more than 1,458 F/A-18s have been procured for the USN and USMC and for the armed services in Canada, Australia, Spain, Kuwait, Switzerland, Finland, and Malaysia.

    In 1987, the upgraded C/D model (with enhanced mission avionics) was introduced and upgraded with a night/adverse weather mission capability, On Board Oxygen Generating System, APG-73 Radar Upgrade, enhanced performance F404-GE-402 engines, and upgraded mission computers.

    The first flight of the F/A-18E/F occurred in December 1995; received its "safe for flight" certification in June 2001.

    External Dimensions

    F/A-18C/D

    F/A-18E/F

    Wing span 11.43 m
    Wing span over missiles 12.31 m
    Wing chord (at root) 4.04 m
    Wing chord (at tip) 1.68 m
    Wing aspect ratio 3.52
    Width, wings folded 8.38 m
    Length overall 17.07 m
    Height overall 4.66 m
    Tailplane span 6.58 m
    Distance between fin tips 3.60 m
    Wheel track 3.11 m
    Wheelbase 5.42 m
    Wing span over missiles 13.62 meters
    Wing aspect ratio 4.00
    Width wings folded 9.32 m
    Length overall 18.31 m
    Height overall 4.88 m

    Areas

    F/A-18C/D

    F/A-18E/F

    Wings, gross 37.16 m2
    Ailerons (total) 2.27 m2
    Leading-edge flaps (total) 4.50 m2
    Trailing-edge flaps (total) 5.75 m2
    Fins (total) 9.68 m2
    Rudders (total) 1.45 m2
    Tailerons (total) 8.18 m2
    Wings, gross 46.45 sq. meters

    Weights and Loadings

    F/A-18C/D

    F/A-18E/F

    Weight empty 10,810 kg
    Maximum fuel weight:

    Internal (JP5)

    4,926 kg

    External: F/A-18 (JP5)

    3,053 kg

    CF-18 (JP4)

    4,245 kg
    Maximum external stores load 7,031 kg
    Take off weight:

    Fighter mission

    16,651 kg

    Attack mission

    Approx 23,541 kg

    Maximum

    Approx 25,401 kg
    Maximum wing loading (attack mission) 156,80 kg/kN
    Weight, empty
    Design target 13.387 kg
    Specification limit 13.865 kg
    Maximum fuel weight:

    Internal

    6.531 kg

    External (JP5)

    4.436 kg

    Maximum external stores load (JP5)

    8.051 kg
    T-O weight, attack mission 29.937 kg
    Maximum wing loading 620.0 kg/m2
    Maximum power loading 147.1 kg /kN

    Performance (At Maximum Takeoff Weight)

    F/A-18C/D

    F/A-18E/F

    Max level speed More than Mach 1.8
    Max speed, intermediate power More than Mach 1.0
    Approach speed 134 knots
    Acceleration from 460 knots to 920 knots at 10,670 m under 2 min
    Combat ceiling approx 15,240 m
    T-O run Less than 427 m
    Minimum wind over deck:

    Launching

    35 knots

    Recovery

    19 knots
    Combat radius, interdiction, hi-lo-lo-hi 290 nm
    Combat endurance, CAP 150 nm from aircraft carrier 1 h 45 min
    Ferry range, unrefueled More than 1,800 nm
    Maximum level speed at altitude more than Mach 1.8
    Combat ceiling 13,865 m
    Minimum wind over deck:
    Launching
    30 knots
    Recovery
    15 knots
    Combat radius specification:

    Interdiction with four 1,000 lb bombs, two Sidewinders,
    and two 1,818 liter (480 U.S. gallon: 400 Imp gallon) external tanks,
    navigation FLIR and targeting FLIR: Forward Looking Infra-Red
    hi-lo-lo-hi

    390 nm

    Fighter escort with two Sidewinders and two AMRAAMs

    410 nm
    Combat endurance: maritime air superiority, six AAMs,
    three 1,818 liter external tanks, 150 nm from aircraft carrier.
    2h 15 min



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