Both the single seat E and two-seat F models convert quickly from one mission type to the next with the flip of a switch to provide consistent air dominance:
- Day/night strikes with precision-guided weapons
- Anti-air warfare
- Fighter escort
- Close air support
- Suppression of enemy air defense
- Maritime strike
- Forward air control
The Super Hornet's versatility applies to its weapon stations and payload types:
- 11 weapon stations
- Supports a full complement of smart weapons, including laser-guided bombs
- Carries a full spectrum mix of air-to-air and air-to-ground ordnance
The Super Hornet is powered by two General Electric F414-GE-400 engines:
- Distinctive caret-shaped inlet to provide increased airflow and reduced radar signature
- 22,000 pounds (98 Kn) of thrust per engine, 44,000 pounds (196 Kn) per aircraft
- Highly departure resistant through its operational flight envelope.
- Unlimited angle-of-attack and carefree flying qualities for highly effective combat capability and ease of training.
- Reconfigurable digital flight-control system detects and corrects for battle damage.
Long-term designed in versatility ensures the Super Hornet's investment value. Current upgrades delivered in the Block Two configuration include:
- Active electronically scanned array (AESA) radar
- Advanced targeting forward-looking infrared (ATFLIR) system
- Joint-helmet mounted cueing system (JHMCS)
- Multifunctional information distribution system (MIDS)
- Advanced aft crew station
- Fibre channel switch for increased data processing capability
- Fully integrated weapons systems and sensors for reduced crew workload and increased capability.
- First production model delivered to the U.S. Navy in December 1998
- Entered service in November 1999
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