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F/A-18D Hornet American Multirole Fighter Aircraft

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"Fixed Wing Aircraft"
"Multirole Aircraft"
"United States"
"PRO_CFE Treaty"
"PRO_Finland"
"PRO_Kuwait"
"PRO_Malaysia"
"PRO_Switzerland"
"PRO_United States of America"
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notes"The McDonnell Douglas F/A-18 Hornet is a twin-engine, supersonic, all-weather, carrier-capable, multirole combat jet, designed as both a fighter and attack aircraft (hence the F/A designation). Designed by McDonnell Douglas (now part of Boeing) and Northrop (now part of Northrop Grumman), the F/A-18 was derived from the latter's YF-17 in the 1970s for use by the United States Navy and Marine Corps. The Hornet is also used by the air forces of several other nations, and formerly, by the U.S. Navy's Flight Demonstration Squadron, the Blue Angels. The F/A-18 was designed to be a highly versatile aircraft due to its avionics, cockpit displays, and excellent aerodynamic characteristics, with the ability to carry a wide variety of weapons. The aircraft can perform fighter escort, fleet air defense, suppression of enemy air defenses, air interdiction, close air support, and aerial reconnaissance. Its versatility and reliability have proven it to be a valuable carrier asset, though it has been criticized for its lack of range and payload compared to its earlier contemporaries, such as the Grumman F-14 Tomcat in the fighter and strike fighter role, and the Grumman A-6 Intruder and LTV A-7 Corsair II in the attack role. The F/A-18D is the two-seat variant. The D-model can be configured for training or as an all-weather strike craft. The "missionized" D model's rear seat is configured for a Marine Corps Naval Flight Officer who functions as a Weapons and Sensors Officer to assist in operating the weapons systems. The F/A-18D is primarily operated by the U.S. Marine Corps in the night attack and Forward Air Controller (Airborne) (FAC(A)) roles."
dateOfIntroduction1987
countryOfOrigin"United States"
proliferation"CFE Treaty, Finland, Kuwait, Malaysia, Switzerland, United States of America"
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name"FA18D HORNET"
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"FA18_C.D_Hornet(C).jpg"
"FA18_C.D_Hornet(B).jpg"
"FA18_C.D_Hornet(A).jpg"
sections
name"System"
properties
name"Alternate Designation(s)"
value"F/A-18D"
name"Primary Function / Type"
value"Multirole Fighter Aircraft"
name"Manufacturer"
value"McDonnell Douglas (1974–1997) with Northrop (1974–1994) Boeing (1997–present)"
name"Crew"
value"2"
name"Number of Engines"
value"2"
name"Number of Hard Points"
value"9 (2 wingtip, 2 outboard, 2 inboard wet, 2 nacelle, 1 fuselage centerline)"
name"Note"
value"The F/A-18C is the single-seat variant and the F/A-18D is the two-seat variant. The D-model can be configured for training or as an all-weather strike craft. The "missionized" D model's rear seat is configured for a Marine Corps Naval Flight Officer who functions as a Weapons and Sensors Officer to assist in operating the weapons systems. The F/A-18D is primarily operated by the U.S. Marine Corps in the night attack and Forward Air Controller (Airborne) (FAC(A)) roles."
name"Dimensions"
properties
name"Length"
value"17.07 m"
name"Height"
value"4.66 m"
name"Width (Wing Span)"
value"11.46 m"
name"Wing Area"
value"37.16 m sq"
name"Tail plane Span"
value"6.58 m"
name"Tail Plane Area"
value"8.19 m sq"
name"Wheel Base"
value"5.42 m"
name"Wheel Track"
value"3.11 m"
name"Empty Weight"
value"10,455 kg"
name"Takeoff Weight, Fighter Mission"
value"16,652 kg"
name"Takeoff Weight, Attack Mission"
value"23,541 kg"
name"Maximum Carrier Landing Weight"
value"15,422 kg"
name"Automotive"
properties
name"Engine Name"
value"2 x General Electric 2F404-GE-402"
name"Engine Type"
value"Turbofan"
name"Engine Power"
value"17,700 lb (78.73 kN) static thrust each with afterburner"
name"Fuel Capacity"
value"1,700 gal (6,435 liters) internal"
name"Maximum Speed at Altitude"
value"1,915 km/h"
name"Maximum Speed at Launch"
value"65 km/h"
name"Maximum Speed at Recovery"
value"35 km/h"
name"Maximum Speed Rate of Acceleration"
value">2 min, Mach 0.8 to 1.6 at 35,000 ft (10,670 m)"
name"Ceiling"
value"15,240 m"
name"Combat Radius, Hi-LO-LO-Hi"
value"304 nm (350 mi, 564 km) with 4 x Mk 83 bombs, 2 x AIM-9 AAM, 2 x 333 gal (1,249 liter) drop tanks, external sensors"
name"Combat Radius , HI-Lo-Lo-Hi"
value"369 nm (425 mi, 683 km) with 4 x Mk 83 bombs, 2 x AIM-9 AAM, 3 x 333 gal (1,249 liter) drop tanks, external sensors"
name"Combat Radius, Hi-Hi-Hi"
value"395 nm (454 mi, 731 km) with 4 x Mk 83 bombs, 2 x AIM-9 AAM, 2 x 333 gal (1,249 liter) drop tanks, external sensors"
name"Combat Radius, Hi-Hi-Hi"
value"470 nm (541 mi, 870 km) with 4 x Mk 83 bombs, 2 x AIM-9 AAM, 3 x 333 gal (1,249 liter) drop tanks"
name"Time on Station"
value"1.4 hours at 150 nm (173 mi 278 km) with 6 x AAM, 3 x 330-gal (1,249-liter) drop tanks"
name"Ferry Range"
value"3,706 km"
name"Main Gun System"
sections
name"System"
properties
name"Name"
value"1 x M61A1 Vulcan"
name"Type"
value"Autocannon"
name"Caliber"
value"20 mmm"
name"Length"
value"1.86 m"
name"Diameter"
value"343 mm"
name"Weight"
value"113 kg"
name"Normal Rate of Fire"
value"6,000 rpm"
name"Maximum Rate of Fire"
value"7,200 rpm"
name"Ammunition"
properties
name"Type"
value"M56 projectile"
name"Caliber"
value"20 mm"
name"Cartridge"
value"INA"
name"Basic Load"
value"lineless feed from 1,020 to 1,200 round storage drum"
name"Main Missile Systems"
sections
name"AAM Mode"
properties
name"Note"
value"AIM-9M Sidewinder (two each can be mounted on the wingtip pylons), AIM-7 Sparrow, AIM-120 AMRAAM (max AAM armament is 10 AMRAAMs and 2 AIM-9M)"
name"Missile (Option 1)"
properties
name"Name"
value"AIM-7 Sparrow"
name"Type"
value"Air-to-Air Missile"
name"Manufacturer"
value"Raytheon"
name"Length"
value"3.66 m"
name"Diameter"
value"203 mm"
name"Wingspan"
value"1.02 m"
name"Missile Weight"
value"0.81 m"
name"Warhead Type"
value"1 x Mk 71 controlled fragmentation high-explosive"
name"Warhead Weight"
value"39 kg"
name"Engine"
value"1 x Hercules Mk 58 or Aerojet General Mk 65 boost-sustained solid-fuel rocket"
name"Maximum Speed"
value"Mach 2.5"
name"Operational Range"
value"14 km"
name"Missile (Option 2)"
properties
name"Name"
value"AIM-120 AMRAAM"
name"Type"
value"Medium-Range Air-to-Air Missile"
name"Manufacturer"
value"Raytheon Missile Systems, Tucson, Ariz."
name"Length"
value"3.66 m"
name"Diameter"
value"178 mm"
name"Wingspan"
value"0.53 m"
name"Tails Span"
value"0.63 m"
name"Missile Weight"
value"151 kg"
name"Warhead Type"
value"conventional high-explosive"
name"Warhead Weight"
value"22 kg"
name"Engine"
value"1 x Hercules high-thrust, reduced-smoke, solid-fuel boost-sustain rocket motor"
name"Maximum Speed"
value"Mach 4"
name"Maximum Range"
value"50 km"
name"Minimum Range"
value"2 km"
name"Tracking System"
value"track-while-scan (TWS) multiple-target tracking radar; inertial reference for each AMRAAM before launch; Nortronics mid-course updates to AMRAAM during flight."
name"Guidance System"
value"Hughes I/J-band pulse-Doppler active radar w/pulse compression and programmable waveforms"
name"Attack Mode"
properties
name"Note"
value"4 x AGM-65 Maverick, 4 x AGM-84 Harpoon, AGM-84E SLAM, AGM-88 HARM, 4 x AGM-154 JSOW, AGM-158 JASSM, CBU-59, GBU-32 JDAM, many other guided and unguided dropped weapons"
properties
name"Maximum Capacity Weight"
value"7,030 kg) of missiles, bombs, drop tanks"
name"Fire Control / Avionics"
properties
name"Navigation Radar"
value"1 x Hughes AN/AAR-50 TINS"
name"Fire Control Radar"
value"1 x AN/APG-65 multimode digital"
name"Infrared"
value"1 x Lockheed Martin ASS-38B Nite Hawk FLIR"
name"HUD"
value"1 x Kaiser AN/AVQ-28 raster"
name"Radar Warning System"
value"1 x Litton AN/ALR-67"
name"Protection"
properties
name"Stealth Properties"
value"None"
name"Heat Signature Reduction"
value"No"
name"Jamming System"
value"1 x Sanders ALQ-126B"
name"Chaffs/Flares"
value"Goodyear AN/ALE-47"
name"Decoys"
value"1 x ADM-141 TALD"
variants
name"F/A-18A and F/A-18B"
notes"The F/A-18A is the single-seat variant and the F/A-18B is the two-seat variant. The space for the two-seat cockpit is provided by a relocation of avionics equipment and a 6% reduction in internal fuel; two-seat Hornets are otherwise fully combat-capable. The B-model is used primarily for training."
name"F/A-18C and F/A-18D"
notes"The F/A-18C is the single-seat variant and the F/A-18D is the two-seat variant. The D-model can be configured for training or as an all-weather strike craft. The "missionized" D model's rear seat is configured for a Marine Corps Naval Flight Officer who functions as a Weapons and Sensors Officer to assist in operating the weapons systems. The F/A-18D is primarily operated by the U.S. Marine Corps in the night attack and Forward Air Controller (Airborne) (FAC(A)) roles."
name"F/A-18E and F/A-18F"
notes"The single-seat F/A-18E and two-seat F/A-18F, both officially named Super Hornet, carry over the name and design concept of the original F/A-18 but have been extensively redesigned by McDonnell Douglas. The Super Hornet has a new, 25% larger airframe, larger rectangular air intakes, more powerful GE F414 engines based on F/A-18's F404, and an upgraded avionics suite. Like the Marine Corps' F/A-18D, the Navy's F/A-18F carries a naval flight officer as a second crew member in a weapon systems officer (WSO) role. The Super Hornet is unofficially known as "Rhino" in operational use. This name was chosen to distinguish the newer variants from the legacy F-18A/B/C/D Hornet and avoid confusion during carrier deck operations. The Super Hornet is also operated by Australia."
name"Boeing EA-18G Growler"
notes"The EA-18G Growler is an electronic warfare version of the two-seat F/A-18F, which entered production in 2007. The Growler has replaced the Navy's EA-6B Prowler and carries a Naval Flight Officer as a second crewman in an Electronic Warfare Officer (EWO) role."
name"F-18(R)"
notes"This was a proposed reconnaissance version of the F/A-18A. It included a sensor package that replaced the 20 mm cannon. The first of two prototypes flew in August 1984. Small numbers were produced."
name"RF-18D"
notes"Proposed two-seat reconnaissance version for the US Marine Corps in the mid-1980s. It was to carry a radar reconnaissance pod. The system was canceled after it was unfunded in 1988. This ability was later realized on the F/A-18D(RC)."
name"TF-18A"
notes"Two-seat training version of the F/A-18A fighter, later redesignated F/A-18B."
name"F-18 HARV"
notes"Single-seat High Alpha Research Vehicle for NASA. High angles of attack using thrust vectoring, modifications to the flight controls, and forebody strakes."
name"X-53 Active Aeroelastic Wing"
notes"A NASA F/A-18 has been modified to demonstrate the Active Aeroelastic Wing technology, and was designated X-53 in December 2006."
name"F-18L"
notes"A proposed land-based export version of the single-seat F-18A with air-superiority and attack capabilities. This variant was to be lightened by the removal of carrier landing capability and assembled by Northrop. Customers preferred the standard Hornet and the F-18L never entered mass production."
name"(A)F/A-18A/B"
notes""F/A-18A" was the original company designation, designations of "AF-18A" & "ATF-18A" have also been applied. Assembled in Australia (excluding the first two (A)F/A-18Bs) by Aero-Space Technologies of Australia (ASTA) from 1985 through to 1990, from kits produced by McDonnell Douglas with increasing local content in the later aircraft. Originally the most notable differences between an Australian (A)F/A-18A/B and a US F/A-18A/B were the lack of a catapult attachment, replacing the carrier tailhook with a lighter land arresting hook, and the automatic carrier landing system with an Instrument Landing System. Australian Hornets have been involved in several major upgrade programs. This program called HUG (Hornet Upgrade) has had a few evolutions over the years. The first was to give Australian Hornets F/A-18C model avionics. The second and current upgrade program (HUG 2.2) updates the fleet's avionics even further. Since 2019 9 AF-18A have been delivered to Canada to be converted as CF-18A."
name"CF-18 Hornet"
notes"CF-18A: Single-seat fighter/attack version for the Royal Canadian Air Force. The official Canadian designation is CF-188A Hornet. CF-18B: Two-seat training and combat version for the Royal Canadian Air Force. The official Canadian designation is CF-188B Hornet."
name"EF-18 Hornet"
notes"EF-18A: Single-seat fighter/attack version for the Spanish Air Force. The Spanish Air Force designation is C.15. They were first upgraded to the EF-18A+ version in 1992 and from 2003 to 2004 to 2013 they were locally upgraded by EADS CASA and Indra Sistemas with better avionics, TPAC, data presentation, navigation, software and ECM suit. The AN/APG-65 radar was upgraded to the V3 version and the aircraft also received the AL-400 Radar Warning Receiver and the ASQ-600 emission detector and were certified to operate with Iris-T, Meteor, GBU-48 and Taurus . This version is locally known as EF-18M/C.15M. EF-18B: Two-seat training version for the Spanish Air Force. The Spanish Air Force designation is CE.15. They were first upgraded to the EF-18B+ version in 1992."
name"KAF-18 Hornet"
notes"KAF-18C: Single-seat fighter/attack version for the Kuwait Air Force. KAF-18D: Two-seat training version for the Kuwait Air Force["
name"F-18C/D Hornet"
notes"The Finnish Air Force uses F/A-18C/D Hornets, with a Finland-specific mid-life update. The first seven Hornets (D models) were produced by McDonnell Douglas. The 57 single-seat F-18C model units were assembled by Patria in Finland. These variants were delivered without air-to-ground capability so the letter A was dropped from the name. They were later upgraded to carry air-to-ground weaponry."
name"F-18C/D Hornet"
notes"Switzerland uses F-18C/D, later Swiss specific mid-life update. The Swiss F-18s had no ground attack capability originally, until hardware was retrofitted"
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