C4iSR: Joint & Common Equipment

Block 2 IRST flies on Super Hornet

15 January 2020

The Block 2 IRST centerline pod will enable the Super Hornet to identify and track aircraft from their thermal signature. Source: Boeing

The US Navy (USN) and Boeing have flown the new Block 2 infrared search and track (IRST) long-range passive targeting pod on the F/A-18E/F Super Hornet combat aircraft.

The flight, which was announced by Boeing on 15 January, took place in late 2019. The IRST is currently in its risk-reduction phase of development; the flights on the Super Hornet allow the USN and Boeing to collect data on the system before delivery to the navy in 2021.

The USN's Super Hornets already field an IRST in the guise of the podded AN/ASG-34.

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