Low cost. Next-generation capabilities. Combat proven. The F/A-18E/F Super Hornet is a combat-proven strike fighter with built-in versatility and growth. The Super Hornet's suite of integrated and networked systems provides enhanced interoperability and total force support for the combatant commander and for the troops on the ground.
The Super Hornet is optimally designed to protect Canadian sovereignty, defend North America and contribute to the security of our allies and to allied and coalition operations abroad, while meeting all NORAD and NATO commitments.
The Super Hornet offers a wide range of capabilities that meet RCAF mission needs now and for decades to come.
The Super Hornet is the most cost-effective aircraft in the U.S. tactical aviation fleet costing less per flight hour to operate than any other tactical aircraft in U.S. forces inventory. The aircraft offers Canada the most efficient and affordable means of transitioning operations from existing CF-18s to a new platform. Even though the Super Hornet is a brand-new aircraft with the most advanced technologies, it allows the RCAF to leverage existing CF-18 physical and intellectual infrastructure, significantly reducing aircrew and maintenance training requirements, thereby resulting in a low-risk transition to operation of Canada’s newest fighter.
Acquisition of the Super Hornet brings with it an in-country service support plan that minimizes reliance on non-Canadian sources thereby providing the RCAF new levels in their logistical operations autonomy while also providing significant opportunities for Canadian industry.
The Super Hornet is at the core of the USN’s tactical warfighting capability and is expected to dominate the Navy’s carrier air wings through 2040. Boeing, in partnership with the U.S. Navy, is working on a robust service life extension plan and continually inserting new capabilities to keep the aircraft relevant for decades to come. This will ensure the Super Hornet continues to outpace future threats while meeting specific country’s mission and affordability requirements.
The Super Hornet’s versatility applies to its weapon stations and payload types:
The Super Hornet is powered by two General Electric F414-GE-400 engines:
The Super Hornet’s flight qualities include:
Long-term, designed-in versatility ensures the Super Hornet’s investment value.