Boeing F/A-18 E/F Super Hornet General Specifications.

The Boeing F/A-18E and F/A-18F Super Hornet are twin-engine, carrier-capable, multirole fighter aircraft variants based on the McDonnell Douglas F/A-18 Hornet. The F/A-18 was backbone of U.S Navy. It’s perfect for all weather. This multirole combat aircraft, designed for air to air and air to ground attack superiority missions. The F/A-18E single-seat and F/A-18F tandem-seat variants are larger and more advanced derivatives of the F/A-18C and D Hornet.

Boeing F/A-18 Super Hornet

General Specifications

RoleCarrier-Base Multirole fighter
Top speed 1, 915 km/h
Range3,330 km
CrewF/A-18E: 1 (pilot), F/A-18F: 2 (pilot and weapon systems officer)
Length60 ft 1¼ in (18.31 m)
Wingspan44 ft 8½ in (13.62 m)
Weight21,320 kg
Height16 ft (4.88 m)
Wing area500 ft2 (46.5 m2)
Empty weight32,081 lb (14,552 kg)
Loaded weight47,000 lb (21,320 kg (in fighter configuration))
Max. takeoff weight66,000 lb (29,937 kg)
Internal fuel capacityF/A-18E: 14,700 lb (6,667 kg), F/A-18F: 13,760 lb (6,241 kg)
External fuel capacity Up to 4 × 480 gal tanks, totaling 13,040 lb (5,914 kg)
Engine type General Electric F414
ManufactureMcDonnell Douglas, Boeing Defense, Space & security.
Unit cost$70.5M USD (2017 flyaway cost)
Program costTotal procurement US$48.09 billion USD (through FY-2011)
Number built600 as of October
First flight29 November 1995
Introduction2001 (IOC)
StatusIn service
Primary userUnited States Navy, Royal Australian Air force
Ferry Range1,800 nmi (2,070 mi, 3,330 km)
Combat Radius390 nmi (449 mi, 722 km) for interdiction mission
Variant Boeing EA-18G Growler
Developed fromMcDonnell Douglas F/A-18 Hornet
Wing Loading 94.0 lb/ft2 (459 kg/m2)
Thrust/weight0.93 (1.1 with loaded weight & 50% internal fuel)
Design load factor7.6 g
Powerplant 2 × General Electric F414 -GE-400 turbofan
Dry thrust13,000 lbf (62.3 kN) each
Thrust with afterburner 22,000 lbf (97.9 kN) each
National Origin United States


Guns1× 20 mm (0.787 in)  M61A2 Vulcan  nose-mounted rotary cannon, 412 rounds
Hardpoints 11 total: 2× wingtips, 6× under-wing, and 3× under-fuselage with a capacity of 17,750 lb (8,050 kg) external fuel and ordnance


Air-to-air missiles

4× AIM-9 Sidewinder
4×AIM-7 Sparrow

Air to surface Missile:

6× AGM-65 E/F Maverick
4× AGM-84H/K Standoff Land Attack Missile Expanded Range (SLAM-ER)
6× AGM-88 HARM Anti-radiation missiles (ARM)
4× AGM-154 Joint Standoff Weapon (JSOW)
AGM-158 Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missile (JASSM)

Anti-ship missile:

2× AGM-84 Harpoon
Long Range Anti-Ship Missile (LRASM), in the future


JDAM,  Up to 10× GBU-32/35/38/54 or 4× GBU-31
Paveway series of laser-guided bombs
Mk 80 series of unguided iron bombs
CBU-78 Gator
Mk 20 Rockeye II
Mk-62/63/65 Quick Strike Naval mine

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