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McDonnel Douglas / Boeing F/A-18 Hornet fighter-attacker

 

F/A-18A Hornet

 

Modification Purpose Deliveries Number of commissioned Discarding Differences from the previous modification
F/A-18A Hornet fighter-attacker 1/1983 - 1985 371 --- 1 seat, 2 General Electric F404-GE-400 engines (2 x 7258 kgf), 1 sixtuple 20-mm gun, 7031 kg of combat load on 2 wing-edge, 4 wing, 1 hull ad 2 hull-sides points (2 Sidewinder or AMRAAM (from 1993) AAM on wing-edge points; 4 Sparrow or 4 AMRAAM (from 1993) or 4 Sidewinder AAM or 4 HARM ARM or 4 Harpoon or  SLAM or  Skipper ASM or Shrike ARM or Walleye guided bombs or JDAM guided bombs or JSOW bomb cassettes or Paveway guided bombs or 227-kg bombs or 454-kg bombs or 907-kg bombs or Rockeye bomb cassettes or mines or rockets on other points), APG-65 radar
F/A-18B training fighter - attacker 1983 - 1985 39 --- 2 seats
F/A-18C fighter - attacker 1986 - 1988 620 --- 1 seat, 2 F404-GE-402 engines (2 x 7982 kgf), 1 sixtuple 20-mm gun, 7031 kg of combat load on 2 wing-edge, 4 wing, 1 hull ad 2 hull-sides points (2 Sidewinder or AMRAAM (from 1993) AAM on wing-edge points; 4 Sparrow or 4 AMRAAM (from 1993) or 4 Sidewinder AAM or 4 Maverick ASM or 4 HARM ARM or 4 Harpoon or  SLAM or  Skipper ASM or Shrike ARM or Walleye guided bombs or JDAM guided bombs or JSOW bomb cassettes or Paveway guided bombs or 227-kg bombs or 454-kg bombs or 907-kg bombs or Rockeye bomb cassettes or mines or rockets on other points)
F/A-18C Night Attack 1988 - 1995 --- APG-73 radar
F/A-18D training fighter - attacker 1986 - 1988 68 --- 2 seats, APG-65 radar
F/A-18D Night Attack fighter - attacker 1988 - 1995 --- APG-73 radar
F/A-18D (RC) fighter - attacker - recon 1990s 31 modified from F/A-18D --- 7031 kg of combat load on 2 wing-edge, 4 wing, 1 hull ad 2 hull-sides points (2 Sidewinder or AMRAAM (from 1993) AAM on wing-edge points; 4 Sparrow or 4 AMRAAM (from 1993) or 4 Sidewinder AAM or 4 Maverick ASM or 4 HARM ARM or 4 Harpoon or  SLAM or  Skipper ASM or Shrike ARM or Walleye guided bombs or JDAM guided bombs or JSOW bomb cassettes or Paveway guided bombs or 227-kg bombs or 454-kg bombs or 907-kg bombs or Rockeye bomb cassettes or mines or rockets on other points), APG-65 radar
F/A-18E Super Hornet fighter - attacker 2001 - 548 (planned) --- 1 seat, 2 F414-GE-400 engines (2 x 9980 kgf), 1 sixtuple 20-mm gun, 8051 kg of combat load on 2 wing-edge, 6 wing, 1 hull ad 2 hull-sides points (2 Sidewinder or AMRAAM AAM on wing-edge points; 4 Sparrow or 4 AMRAAM or 4 Sidewinder AAM or 4 Maverick ASM or 4 HARM ARM or 4 Harpoon or  SLAM or  Skipper ASM or Shrike ARM or Walleye guided bombs or JDAM guided bombs or JSOW bomb cassettes or Paveway guided bombs or 227-kg bombs or 454-kg bombs or 907-kg bombs or Rockeye bomb cassettes or mines or rockets on other points), APG-73 radar
F/A-18F training fighter - attacker 2001 - --- 2 seats

 

Modification F/A-18C F/A-18E

Wing span, m

12.31 13.62

Length, m

17.07 18.31

Height, m

4.66 4.88

Wings area, m2

37.16 46.45

Empty mass, kg

10810 13864

Full flying-off mass, kg

25401 29937
Engine 2 General Electric F404-GE-402 2 General Electric F414-GE-400

Force, kgf

2 x 7982 2 x 9980
Maximal speed, km/h 1915 1915
Cruise speed, km/h    
Flying range, km 3333 3333
Vertical speed, m/s    
Maximal altitude, m 15240 15240
Complement 1 1
Armament 1 sixtuple 20-mm gun, 7031 kg of combat load on 2 wing-edge, 4 wing, 1 hull ad 2 hull-sides points (2 Sidewinder or AMRAAM (from 1993) AAM on wing-edge points; 4 Sparrow or 4 AMRAAM (from 1993) or 4 Sidewinder AAM or 4 Maverick ASM or 4 HARM ARM or 4 Harpoon or  SLAM or  Skipper ASM or Shrike ARM or Walleye guided bombs or JDAM guided bombs or JSOW bomb cassettes or Paveway guided bombs or 227-kg bombs or 454-kg bombs or 907-kg bombs or Rockeye bomb cassettes or mines or rockets on other points) 1 sixtuple 20-mm gun, 8051 kg of combat load on 2 wing-edge, 6 wing, 1 hull ad 2 hull-sides points (2 Sidewinder or AMRAAM AAM on wing-edge points; 4 Sparrow or 4 AMRAAM or 4 Sidewinder AAM or 4 Maverick ASM or 4 HARM ARM or 4 Harpoon or  SLAM or  Skipper ASM or Shrike ARM or Walleye guided bombs or JDAM guided bombs or JSOW bomb cassettes or Paveway guided bombs or 227-kg bombs or 454-kg bombs or 907-kg bombs or Rockeye bomb cassettes or mines or rockets on other points)

F/A-18A Hornet

F/A-18C Hornet

 

Ivan Gogin, 2008