posted on Mar, 28 2013 @ 05:15 AM
I looked up the (real) range of the Super hornet:
- 4x AIM-120, 2x AIM-9, 1x external fuel tank, combat radius is 229 nm with 2.3 hour loiter.
- 4x AIM-120, 2x AIM-9, 3x external fuel tank, combat radius is 805 nm
- 2x AIM-120, 2x AIM-9, 2x AGM-84, 3x external fuel tank, combat radius is 810 nm.
- 2x AIM-120, 2xAIM-9, 2x LGB, 2x JDAM, 1 external fuel tank, radius is 400 nm
The Super Hornet actually has a similar weight, external load, and fuel capacity as the F-15C. Of course it's more draggy especially since the pylons
are canted 4 degrees outward (Aside: I believe this is caused by a weapons separation test with an exotic loadout) and if I recall correctly its SFC
is a little bit higher due to lower bypass ratio engines, but overall it's impossible for its combat radius to be significantly different. And it
Note that those radius figures are not significantly different to either the F-14 or Eurofighter, which means its range isn't even close to being the
least of any 4th generation allied fighter.
It might be one of the worst aerodynamically, but luckily it has the best avionics of almost any operational 4th gen fighter (equal with Tranche 3
Typhoon, Rafale with AESA). Wouldn't mind Australia flying them a bit longer if we got CFT's and upgraded engines.
edit on 28/3/13 by C0bzz
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