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The AESA radar will provide Super Hornets with significantly improved reliability, situational awareness, target detection and tracking range.
"AESA will revolutionize the Super Hornet's warfighting capability," said Capt. Donald "BD" Gaddis, the F/A-18/EA-18G program manager for the U.S. Navy. "This will dramatically enhance the force commander's ability to prosecute targets, support our troops and protect our facilities and ships."
Featuring a fixed array with an agile beam that scans near the speed of light, the AESA will, for the first time, enable aircrews to conduct simultaneous air-to-air and air-to-surface operations with independent dual-cockpit operation. In air-to-air mode, the radar allows targets to be engaged at very long ranges, permitting weapons launch at maximum range and enhancing warfighter survivability and lethality. The system also offers high-resolution ground mapping at long standoff ranges for air-to-surface tracking.
As a matter of fact, it has, heeding the assessment of Air Headquarters, virtually decided against buying F-18s. The Air Force brass found the aircraft to be on the heavier side and not quite in step with their requirements.
Originally posted by Seekerof
Daedalus3. no it is not the same configured F/A-18.
The reason India turned the F/A-18 down was because of weight.
Seems those 'light-weight' Indian aircraft carriers cannot handle the added weight of F/A-18s on their flightdecks.
[edit on 22-4-2005 by Seekerof]
Originally posted by Taishyou
Radars and avionics aside, the raw performance of this fighter is pretty weak. Its wings create too much drag. Its top speed is worse than the F/A-18C/D. The drag really hurts its fuel efficiency too. You'll need speed, climb rate, and acceleration in BVR fights to give missiles a good boost in speed and altitude, and also to evade incoming missiles. Nevertheless, if the US will only be going after cave dwelling rebels out in the desert from now until JSF deployment, I guess it's more than enough.
Originally posted by WestPoint23
Avionics and Radars aside? So you judge a fighter by their top speed and maneuverability?
In BVR you really don't need to be that maneuverable is when it comes to dog-fighting that maneuverability counts.
Considering that most engagements happen at above mach 1
Taishyou, the Superhornet is plenty of an aircraft to take on most any aircraft out there. With these new avionics enhancements, that pretty much seals the deal. The maneuvering of the aircraft is excellent as well, though the media will tell you otherwise. But don't follow those leads.
Originally posted by Lucretius
Without the computer a B2 would fall out of the sky...
likewise the typhoon, and any other naturally unstable aircraft