5 things to know about Boeing's F/A-18 Super Hornet
The Boeing F/A-18 Super Hornet are twin-engine, carrier-capable, multirole fighter aircraft variants based on the McDonnell Douglas F/A-18 Hornet.
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.
The US Navy operates more than 800 Super Hornets and EA-18 Growlers, the electronic attack version of the F/A-18, forming the backbone of its carrier air wing.
Super Hornet F/A-18E weighs 14,552 kg, with a maximum takeoff weight 9,937 kg. It flies at Mach 1.6 speed, which means 65% faster than the speed of sound.
According to Boeing, the two versions of the Super Hornet can conduct day/night strikes with precision-guided weapons, fighter escort, close air support, suppression of enemy air defences, maritime strike, reconnaissance, forward air control and tanker missions.
Apart from the US, Australia and Kuwait are F/A-18 Super Hornet customers.