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Friday, August 5, 2011

The Royal Australian Air Force F/A-18 Hornet

F/A-18 Hornet Image
The Royal Australian Air Force F/A-18 Hornet is a multi-role fighter designed for both air-to-air and air-to-ground missions. It is capable of air interception, air combat, close air support of ground troops, and interdiction of enemy supply lines including shipping.

The Hornet is operated by:

Hornet weapons include:

  • 20mm nose-mounted cannon
  • wide range of air-to air and air-to-surface missiles
  • laser-guided and conventional bombs.
The Hornet is capable of air-to-air refuelling from our old Boeing B-707 aircraft and the new KC-30A Multi-Role Tanker Transports .
F/A-18 Hornet on white background The Hornet was developed for the US Navy and Marine Corps and has been a very successful aircraft. It is also used by Canada, Finland, Kuwait, Malaysia, Spain and Switzerland. The fleet has just undergone a major avionics upgrade to ensure effective operations for the next 10 to 15 years.
Air Force will obtain 24 Boeing F/A-18F Super Hornets by 2010 to ensure Australia's air combat capability edge is maintained until the full introduction into service of the F-35 Lightning Joint Strike Fighter.

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Boeing F/A-18 Hornet technical specifications
Manufacturer Boeing (originally McDonnell-Douglas)
Role Multi-role fighter
Crew One or two
Engine Two low-bypass F404-GE-400 turbofans (7,258kg thrust each)
Airframe Length: 17.1m, height: 4.7m
Wingspan 12.4m
Weight 10,660kg basic, 20,412kg maximum
Speed Mach 1.8 (2,200km/h)
Range
  • Ferrying 2,700km (without refuelling)
  • Interdiction over 1,000km
  • Combat radius 740km
Ceiling Above 45,000 feet
Weapons
  • AIM-120 AMRAAM active radar guided missiles
  • AIM-7 Sparrow radar-guided long-range missiles
  • AIM-9 Sidewinder infra-red seeking missiles
  • Harpoon anti-ship missiles
  • conventional and laser-guided bombs
  • M61 20mm nose-mounted cannon
Avionics
  • Hughes APG73 multi-mode radar
  • GPS
  • inertial navigation system
  • VHF omni-directional range/instrument landing system
  • two mission computers
  • head-up cockpit display
  • multi-functional cathode ray tube displays 
SOURSCE :http://www.airforce.gov.au/Aircraft/hornet.aspx

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