The US Navy received the first deeply modernized Super Hornet carrier-based fighter

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The United States Navy received the first deeply modernized ship-based fighter F / A-18E / F Super Hornet Block III. This is stated in a statement released on Wednesday by the American aerospace corporation Boeing, producing these aircraft.

“Boeing supplied the US Navy with the first two F / A-18E / F Super Hornet fighters of Block III modification, in particular one single F / A-18E and one double F / A-18F. These vehicles will be used for testing,” they said in a corporation.

“Aircraft will be used to test technical compatibility with aircraft carriers and to test the interaction of all on-board fighter systems,” quoted Boeing’s press service as saying the company’s vice president, Steve Wade, is responsible for implementing the F / A-18 program.

During the tests, the Navy will train pilots to interact with the new multifunction display made using touchscreen technology and will test a new network-centric communication system, Boeing noted.

Block III modification differs from the standard F / A-18E / F Super Hornet fighter in increased flight range, reduced radar visibility, and improved communication system. The service life of the upgraded combat aircraft has been increased from 6 to 10 thousand flight hours. In 2019, Boeing and the U.S. Navy signed a contract for the supply of 78 such vehicles.

The F / A-18E / F Super Hornet is the foundation of the U.S. Navy’s combat aircraft fleet. According to the Military Balance 2020 handbook published by the International Institute for Strategic Studies, the U.S. Navy is armed with 310 single F / A-18Es and 274 double F / A-18Fs.


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