Boeing plans new Super Hornet capabilities

04 December 2017

Key Points

  • Boeing is planning new Super Hornet capability enhancements
  • These include a new IRST sensor, conformal fuel tanks, and a computing processor

Boeing plans to fully incorporate a number of improvements to the F/A-18 Super Hornet multirole fighter by the end of 2020, according to a company executive.

Dan Gillian, vice-president of Super Hornet and the EA-18G Growler electronic warfare aircraft, told Jane’s on 30 November that the company will extend the life of all Super Hornets from 6,000 hours to 9,000 hours starting in 2018. The first aircraft with the extended lifespan, he said, will be tested in April.

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