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F/A-18 Super Hornet

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.

Perfectly suited to meet mission needs

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.

  • Combat proven, multi-role capability
  • More than 400 weapons configurations
  • Two seat flexibility and de-coupled crew states for tactical air control and forward air control close air support, trainer and wider mission flexibility and growth
  • Operational flexibility to meet diverse missions affordably
  • All weather, day-night and long-range attack
  • Fully certified in all missions and roles
  • Joint warfare through battle tested connectivity

Predictable support and sustainment

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.

Presence now and into the future

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.

Super Hornet Characteristics

The Super Hornet’s versatility applies to its weapon stations and payload types:

  • 11 weapon stations
  • Supports a full complement of smart weapons, including laser-guided bombs
  • Carries a full spectrum mix of air-to-air and air-to-ground ordnance

The Super Hornet is powered by two General Electric F414-GE-400 engines:

  • Distinctively shaped inlet to provide increased airflow
  • 22,000 pounds (98 Kn) of thrust per engine, 44,000 pounds (196 Kn) per aircraft

The Super Hornet’s flight qualities include:

  • Highly departure resistant through its operational flight envelope.
  • Unlimited angle-of-attack and carefree flying qualities for highly effective combat capability and ease of training.
  • Reconfigurable digital flight-control system detects and corrects for battle damage.

Long-term, designed-in versatility ensures the Super Hornet’s investment value.

  • Active electronically scanned array (AESA) radar
  • Advanced targeting forward-looking infrared (ATFLIR) system
  • Currently flying Joint-helmet mounted cueing system (JHMCS), future technologies planned
  • Current (Link 16) and future data link capable
  • Advanced aft crew station
  • Fibre channel switch for increased data processing capability
  • Fully integrated weapons systems and sensors for reduced crew workload and increased capability

Advanced Super Hornet

The Advanced Super Hornet offers Canada a menu of next-generation capabilities, allowing Super Hornets to outpace future threats in an affordable manner. The capabilities can be retrofitted onto Super Hornets or can be included on a new build aircraft. The Super Hornet is built for growth and the Advanced Super Hornet capabilities offer the RCAF an affordable, low-risk option as they prepare for future mission requirements.
Advanced options include:
  • Conformal fuel tanks
  • Enclosed weapons pod
  • Next-generation cockpit
  • Enhanced engine
The Super Hornet is built by a team that includes Boeing, Northrop Grumman, GE Aviation, and Raytheon. For more information, visit the Super Hornet page on Boeing’s website.
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