U.S. Navy tested upgraded fighter SUPER HORNET

U.S. Navy tested upgraded fighter SUPER HORNET

U.S. Navy conducted tests upgraded version of the fighter F/A-18E/F Super Hornet, reports Flightglobal. Aircraft developed by South American aircraft manufacturing concern Boeing, received the title of Advanced Super Hornet. Military acknowledged tests held successful fighter. According to the manager of the project in the U.S. Navy F/A-18 Captain Frank Morley, acquired data will allow senators to determine with increasing orders for aircraft of the F/A-18E/F.

Currently, the U.S. Congress and the Senate are considering growing demands for Super Hornet fighter aircraft and electronic warfare E/A-18G Growler within the defense budget for 2015 money year (starts October 1, 2014). By the time the true purchase of new aircraft in the budget was not included, but the U.S. Navy has already announced intention to purchase 22 additional aircraft Growler.

According to Boeing, more essential elements of modernization F/A-18E/F are conformal fuel tanks and containers mounted weapons, allowing to lower somewhat the effective scattering area of ​​combat aircraft and combat radius of its increment. In addition, improved installed on fighter engines, avionics and radar with active phased array antenna.

Avdanced Super Hornet (ASH) and armed with an infrared search and tracking system, which can detect and classify different types of goals on their thermal radiation. According to the group Boeing, ASH designation will be granted not only advanced Super Hornet fighter planes newest construction, and upgraded aircraft such type from the U.S. Navy.

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