U.S. aerospace juggernaut Boeing declared on 8 May that first F/A-18 Block III Super Hornet test jetliner has come out of the final assembly.
The F/A-18 Block III Tremendous Hornet is the newest highly capable, affordable and available tactical plane in U.S. Navy inventory. The Super Hornet is the spine of the U.S. Navy provider air wing now and for decades to come.
The combat-proven Super Hornet delivers innovative, next-generation multi-role strike fighter capability, outdistancing current and rising threats for the long run. The Super Hornet has the potential, flexibility and efficiency necessary to modernize the air or naval aviation forces of any nation.
Two versions of the Super Hornet – the single-seat E model and the two-seat F model – are in a position to perform every mission in the tactical spectrum, along with air superiority, day/night strike with precision-guided weapons, fighter escort, shut air assist, suppression of enemy air defences, maritime strike, reconnaissance, forward air control and tanker missions.
Boeing is anticipated to deliver the Block III test jets to the Navy as early as late spring, where subsequent testing will begin at both NAS Patuxent River and Naval Air Weapons Station (NAWS) China Lake.
This newest model of the Super Hornet contains an advanced cockpit system; superior network infrastructure; reduced radar cross-section and a 10,000-flight hour lifespan.