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Boeing Delivers First F/A-18 Block III Super Hornets to U.S. Navy for Flight Test

Boeing Delivers First F/A-18 Block III Super Hornets to U.S. Navy for Flight Test 17 June, 2020

The first operational Block III jet will be delivered to the Navy in early 2021

Boeing delivered the first two F/A-18 Block III Super Hornets to the U.S. Navy for flight testing. One jet is a single-seat E model, and the other is a two-seat F model.

“The aircraft will be used for carrier suitability and integration testing of all Block III mission system components,” said Steve Wade, Boeing vice president, F/A-18 & EA-18G programs.

The Navy will use the aircraft to familiarize pilots with the advanced cockpit system’s new 10-inch-by-19-inch touchscreen display and test the capabilities delivered with the enhanced network capability.

In addition to these enhancements, the Block III configuration adds capability upgrades that include longer range, reduced radar signature and an enhanced communication system. The fighter’s life also will be extended from 6,000 hours to 10,000 hours.Last year, Boeing was awarded a contract from the Navy for 78 Block III Super Hornets. Boeing and Navy test teams have also flown conformal fuel tank prototypes.

Boeing Delivers First F/A-18 Block III Super Hornets to U.S. Navy for Flight Test

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