Thursday, May 07, 2015

DTN News - DEFENSE NEWS: Boeing Marks First International Sale of P-8A Training System

DTN News - DEFENSE NEWS: Boeing Marks First International Sale of P-8A Training System
*US Navy also purchases four new P-8A trainers
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(NSI News Source Info) TORONTO, Canada -  ST. LOUIS, May 7, 2015: Boeing [NYSE: BA] will provide the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) with a complete training system for the P-8A Poseidon maritime patrol aircraft under a contract that also includes the sale of four P-8A training systems for the U.S. Navy. This combined domestic and foreign military sale further strengthens the growing partnership between the U.S. Navy and the RAAF on the P-8 program.

The system utilizes simulators to train pilots and mission crews to operate the aircraft, its sensors, communications and weapons systems without relying on costly live flights.

“Boeing will deliver a seamless and comprehensive training solution for our customers’ pilots and mission crews” said Tom Shadrach, Boeing P-8 program manager on the Training Systems and Government Services team. “It will prepare them to use the world’s most advanced anti-surface and anti-submarine capabilities for any mission, at any time.”

Boeing currently provides P-8A aircrew training devices, electronic classrooms and courseware for the Navy at its 165,000-square-foot Integrated Training Center (ITC) at Naval Air Station Jacksonville, where the goal is to shift majority of the training to the ITC.

In February 2014, the Australian government approved the acquisition of eight P-8As and supporting infrastructure to include training and initial spares and support equipment. Aircraft deliveries are scheduled to begin in 2017, the P8-A training system is expected to be delivered to Australia in 2018.

A unit of The Boeing Company, Defense, Space & Security is one of the world's largest defense, space and security businesses specializing in innovative and capabilities-driven customer solutions, and the world’s largest and most versatile manufacturer of military aircraft. Headquartered in St. Louis, Defense, Space & Security is a $31 billion business with 53,000 employees worldwide. Follow us on Twitter: @BoeingDefense.

Sophisticated Rehearsals, Unmatched Realism


Boeing’s P-8 training system provides comprehensive, realistic, aircrew training at a fraction of the cost of live aircraft training. The goal is to provide combat-ready air, mission and maintenance crews in support of all platform missions, with a combination of equipment, software, courseware, personnel and logistical support. Boeing’s turnkey training solution accurately simulates aircraft and mission systems, permitting sophisticated mission rehearsals with unmatched realism.

An Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Solution


The P-8A Poseidon is an aircraft designed for long-range anti-submarine warfare; anti-surface warfare; and intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance missions. It is capable of broad-area maritime and littoral operations. A derivative of the Next-Generation 737-800, the P-8A, and its variant for India, the P-8I, combine superior performance and reliability with an advanced mission system that ensures maximum interoperability in the future battle space.

Milestones

Jan 092015Boeing Delivered All P-8As to U.S. Navy on Schedule and on Cost in 2014
Nov 252014Boeing Delivers Sixth P-8I Maritime Patrol Aircraft to India
Oct 152014Boeing Delivers 18th P-8A Poseidon to U.S. Navy
Sept 102014Boeing Delivers 5th P-8I Maritime Patrol Aircraft to India
Aug 062014Boeing Delivers 15th Production P-8A Poseidon to U.S. Navy
July 022014Boeing, U.S. Navy Expand P-8A Maritime Patrol Fleet with 14th Delivery
April 072014Boeing to Provide Maintenance Training Devices for US Navy P-8A Poseidon
Feb 252014Boeing Receives $2.4 Billion Contract for 16 P-8A Poseidon Aircraft
Dec 052013Boeing Delivers 13th P-8A Poseidon to US Navy
Nov 222013Boeing Delivers 3rd P-8I to India

Contact:

Justin Gibson
Global Services & Support
Office: +1 314-777-7863
Mobile: +1 314-708-6293
justin.l.gibson@boeing.com  

James O’Callaghan
Boeing Defence Australia
Office: + 1 61 3305 1266
Mobile: + 1 0423 829 526
james.m.o’callaghan@boeing.com

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Wednesday, May 06, 2015

DTN News - Picture of The Day: Afghanistan Today - May 6, 2015

DTN News - Picture of The Day: Afghanistan Today - May 6, 2015
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(NSI News Source Info) TORONTO, Canada - May 6, 2015A policeman stands in a window of the Hazrat-e-Ali shrine, or Blue Mosque - Mazar-i-Sharif, Afghanistan


Photograph: Farshad Usyan/AFP/Getty Images


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DTN News - Picture of The Day: Israel Today - May 6, 2015

DTN News - Picture of The Day: Israel Today - May 6, 2015
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(NSI News Source Info) TORONTO, Canada - May 6, 2015Ultra-Orthodox Jewish men dance by a giant bonfire during the celebration of Lag BaOmer in commemoration of the death 1800 years ago of the Jewish scholar Bar Yochai.


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Tuesday, May 05, 2015

DTN News - CHINA DEFENSE NEWS: China Still Wants Russia's Deadly Su-35

DTN News - CHINA DEFENSE NEWS: China Still Wants Russia's Deadly Su-35
*Russia To Sell China Su-35 Multirole Fighter Jets
*China to Get Russian Su-35 Jets in 2014 – Rosoboronexport
*All You Need is Su-35: China Should Buy Russian Fighter Jets – Media
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(NSI News Source Info) TORONTO, Canada - May 5, 2015China still wants the Russian-made Sukhoi Su-35 multirole fighter jet despite launching a new fighter jet last week.

As noted last week, China conducted the first test flight of the J-11D on April 29. The plane is an upgraded version of the J-11B fighter jets, which themselves are copies of the Russian-made Sukhoi Su-27. Perhaps most  notable of the J11-D’s upgrades is that it reportedly incorporates the J-16’s advanced Active Electronically Scanned Array (AESA) radar.

As Jeffrey Lin and P.W. Singer have said of the AESA, “The AESA radar allows the J-16 to intercept enemy aircraft at longer ranges than either of its predecessors, and to attack multiple surface targets simultaneously. The AESA radar would also be datalinked to other Chinese platforms, including unmanned vehicles, to increase their situational awareness.”

As I mentioned in last week’s article, some analysts have been comparing the J-11D to Russia’s Su-35.

However, according to Want China Times, which cites an article in the Beijing-based Sina Military Network, China will still look to acquire Russia’s Su-35 even with the new J-11Ds.

“The Su-35 is necessary because it bridges the gap in the People's Liberation Army Air Force prior to the introduction of China's new fifth-generation fighter jets, the [Sina] report said, adding that without Su-35s China would need to figure out how it would go up against Japan's F-35s and India's Su-30MKI and T-50 aircraft,” Want China Times writes.

“Even if the manufacture of the J-11 can be increased to two a month, the numbers would still be insufficient, not to mention it remains unclear whether the J-11 is technically advanced to take on fifth-generation fighters,” the report added.

While based off of the Su-27, the Su-35 offers a number of significant improvements, leading many in Russia to term it a 4++ generation aircraft. Air Force Technology has said the Su-35 “has high manoeuvrability (+9g) with a high angle of attack, and is equipped with high-capability weapon systems that contribute to the new aircraft's exceptional dogfighting capability. The maximum level speed is 2,390km/h or Mach 2.25.”

Besides helping combat adversaries’ high-end aircraft, the Su-35’s high fuel capacity and long range would greatly enhance China’s ability to enforce its claims in the South China Sea. Specifically, Beijing has trouble maintaining a regular presence over the enormous waters, which are roughly 1.4 million square miles (2.25 million square kilometers).  

*Sukhoi Su-35 Multirole Fighter Jet - Related Images





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Wednesday, April 22, 2015

DTN News - Earth Day 2015 ~ To All DTN News Friends & Readers Globally

DTN News - Earth Day 2015  ~ To All DTN News Friends & Readers Globally
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(NSI News Source Info) TORONTO, Canada - April 22, 2015People around the world will celebrate the 45th Earth Day,
an annual event designed to pay tribute to the environment and promote ways to protect our home planet. 


More than 1 billion people worldwide are expected to take part in Earth Day this year, with activities that include environmental rallies, tree planting and other service projects. 

Earth Day to mark the occasion, we'd like to share some of our favorite photos of this beautiful world.

God Bless You All for keeping Our Mother Earth save for coming future generations to live with dignity and respect

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Friday, April 17, 2015

DTN News - DEFENSE NEWS: U.S. Navy Names Littoral Combat Ship

DTN News - DEFENSE NEWS: U.S. Navy Names Littoral Combat Ship
Source: DTN News - - This article compiled by K. V. Seth from reliable sources U.S. DoD Release No: NR-133-15 Dated April 17, 2015
(NSI News Source Info) TORONTO, Canada - April 17, 2015Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus announced today that the next Freedom-variant littoral combat ship (LCS) will be named USS St. Louis.

The future USS St. Louis, designated LCS 19, will be the seventh ship to bear the name. The first St. Louis, a sloop of war, was launched in 1828. It spent the majority of its service patrolling the coasts of the Americas to secure interests and trade. In addition, it served as the flagship for the West Indies Squadron working to suppress piracy in the Caribbean Sea, the Antilles and the Gulf of Mexico region.

“The name St. Louis holds a strong naval legacy,” Mabus said. “In this era when our country is faced with similar challenges as our forefathers, it’s important that all who encounter this ship are reminded of the history of our Navy’s bravery and sense of duty.”

The LCS is designed to defeat littoral threats, and provide access and dominance in coastal waters. A fast, agile surface combatant, LCS provides war fighting capabilities and operational flexibility to execute focused missions close to the shore, such as mine warfare, anti-submarine warfare, and surface warfare. 

St. Louis will be built with modular design incorporating mission packages that can be changed out quickly as combat needs demand. These mission packages are supported by detachments that deploy manned and unmanned vehicles, and sensors in support of mine, undersea and surface warfare missions.

The ship will be 388 feet long, have a waterline beam length of 58 feet and make speeds in excess of 40 knots. The construction will be led by a Lockheed Martin industry team in Marinette, Wisconsin.

Additional information about littoral combat ships is available online at: http://www.navy.mil/local/lcsfreedom/

The Lockheed Martin Team
The U.S. Navy’s current Littoral Combat Ships (LCS) are designed to defeat growing littoral threats and provide access and dominance in the coastal water battlespace. A fast, maneuverable surface combatant, the LCS provides warfighting capabilities and operational flexibility for focused missions including mine-clearing, anti-submarine and anti-surface warfare.


A flexible and reconfigurable seaframe, LCS derives combat capability from rapidly interchangeable mission modules and an open architecture command and control system. Modularity maximizes the flexibility of LCS and enables commanders to meet changing warfare needs, while also supporting spiral development and technology refresh.

The Lockheed Martin-led team producing the Freedom-variant LCS includes naval architect Gibbs & Cox and ship builder Marinette Marine Corporation, as well as domestic and international teammates. The team’s design, a proven semi-planing steel monohull, provides outstanding agility and high-speed maneuverability.  Its common combat system provides commonality with the U.S. Navy’s fleet and allows unprecedented interoperability, while making training more cost effective. The ship’s design also provides flexibility – its shallow draft and narrow beam allow greater access to global ports given existing infrastructure, which is essential for this ship’s missions.

The Lockheed Martin team has designed and delivered two ships for this new class, while another six ships are under construction. The first ship, USS Freedom, was delivered to the Navy in 2008 and successfully completed its first deployment in 2010, two years ahead of schedule. Then, the ship deployed to Southeast Asia in 2013, a journey to be followed by USS Fort Worth in 2014.

USS Fort Worth, the team’s second LCS, was delivered two months early and incorporates improvements from lessons learned on USS Freedom. These includedifferent air compressors, fixes to cooling systems, a 15 percent increase in fuel capacity, and cosmetic changes.

The team’s third LCS, the future USS Milwaukee, was launched and christened in 2013 into the Menominee River at Marinette Marine Corporation (MMC), followed by Detroit (LCS 7) in 2014. The Freedom-variant LCS industry team continues to produce ships at MMC.

Designs provided by the Lockheed Martin industry team are based on configurations marketed to navies around the globe. These configurations, known as the Multi-Mission Combat Ship and Surface Combat Ship, are adaptable and can include proven  capabilities such as the Aegis combat system with the SPY-1F (V) radar and the MK 41 Vertical Launching System.

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Thursday, April 16, 2015

DTN News - INDIA NEWS: Narendra Modi ~ India’s Reformer-In-Chief

DTN News - INDIA NEWS: Narendra Modi ~ India’s Reformer-In-Chief
*The 100 Most Influential People - Times
Source: DTN News - - This article compiled by K. V. Seth from reliable sources By Barack Obama is the 44th President of the United States
(NSI News Source Info) TORONTO, Canada - April 16, 2015As a boy, Narendra Modi helped his father sell tea to support their family. Today, he’s the leader of the world’s largest democracy, and his life story—from poverty to Prime Minister—reflects the dynamism and potential of India’s rise.


Determined to help more Indians follow in his path, he’s laid out an ambitious vision to reduce extreme poverty, improve education, empower women and girls and unleash India’s true economic potential while confronting climate change. Like India, he transcends the ancient and the modern—a devotee of yoga who connects with Indian citizens on Twitter and imagines a “digital India.”

When he came to Washington, Narendra and I visited the memorial to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. We reflected on the teachings of King and Gandhi and how the diversity of backgrounds and faiths in our countries is a strength we have to protect. Prime Minister Modi recognizes that more than 1 billion Indians living and succeeding together can be an inspiring model for the world.

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Saturday, March 28, 2015

DTN News - U.S. DOD: Naval Air Systems Command Awarded Contract To Raytheon Missile Systems For 300 Lot 15 AIM-9X Missiles For The Navy And Air Force

DTN News - U.S. DOD: Naval Air Systems Command Awarded Contract To Raytheon Missile Systems For 300 Lot 15 AIM-9X Missiles For The Navy And Air Force
Source: DTN News + U.S. DoD No: CR-056-15 Dated March 26, 2015
(NSI News Source Info) TORONTO, Canada - March 28, 2015: Raytheon Missile Systems, Tucson, Arizona, is being awarded a $26,000,000 ceiling-priced undefinitized contract action for critical missile subassemblies and supporting components for 300 Lot 15 AIM-9X missiles for the Navy and Air Force. 

Work will be performed in Keyser, West Virginia (42.3 percent); Santa Clarita, California (34.6 percent); and Hillsboro, Oregon (23.1 percent), and is expected to be completed in December 2017. 

Fiscal 2015 missile procurement (Air Force) and weapons procurement (Navy) funds in the amount of $11,404,620 are being obligated on this award, none of which will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. 

This contract was not competitively procured pursuant to 10 U.S.C 2304(c)(1). This contract combines purchases for the Air Force ($16,755,556; 64.44 percent) and Navy $9,244,444; 35.56 percent). 

The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Maryland, is the contracting activity.

AIM-9X Sidewinder Air-to-Air Missile, United States of America
The AIM-9X is the newest member in the family of AIM-9 Sidewinder short-range missiles produced by Raytheon. It is an infrared air-to-air missile primarily developed for the US Air Force and the US Navy. The AIM-9X is currently in service with over 40 countries across the world.

The US Air Force requires 5,080 Sidewinder missiles, while the US Navy plans to buy 5,000 missiles. The AIM-9X is also being supplied to Nato member countries and other US allied nations.

In October 2012, the Netherlands requested 28 AIM-9X-2 Sidewinder Block II missiles.

In July 2012, Morocco and the US exercised a letter of offer and acceptance (LOA) for AIM-9X Block II missiles.

AIM-9X Sidewinder development
The AIM-9X was developed under a joint US Navy and UASF programme.

The AIM-9X was developed under a joint US Navy and UASF programme. The AIM-9X acquisition programme is focused on fulfilling the urgent requirements of aircraft and troops by providing a next-generation Sidewinder to replace the AIM-9M missile.

The first AIM-9X missile was successfully launched in March 1999. Between 1999-2000 13 separation and control test launches and 12 guided launches were made from the US Navy's F/A-18 and USAF F-15 aircraft.

The first low-rate initial production contract for AIM-9X was awarded in November 2000. Initial Operational Capability (IOC) was accomplished in November 2003 and full-rate production was approved in May 2004.

The AIM-9X Block II completed its first test firing in November 2008. Also known as AIM-9X-2, the missile is an upgraded variant with a lock-on-after-launch feature. The AIM-9X Block II is also equipped with redesigned fuse and a unidirectional forward-quarter data-link.

Design features of AIM-9X Sidewinder
The AIM-9X incorporates an agile thrust vector controlled airframe. It uses a high-performance staring focal plane array sensor and integrates components such as rocket motor, warhead and fuse of AIM-9M. The digital design architecture of the missile can adapt enhancements for future requirements.

The missile has a length of 3m, diameter of 12.7cm, a fin span of 44.4cm and a wing span of 35.3cm. It weighs approximately 85kg. It can carry a 9.36kg annular blast fragmentation warhead to a range of more than ten miles.

The AIM-9X can be integrated with wide range of aircraft including F/A-18C/D, F-15C, F/A-18E/F, F-15E, F-16, and F-22 aircraft. The missile can be launched by the LAU-7 and LAU-12X series launchers.

Guidance and navigation
The missile has a length of 3m, a diameter of 12.7cm, a fin span of 44.4cm and a wing span of 35.3cm.

The infrared (IR) homing guidance section performs the tracking and guidance functions. The AIM-9X is a system-guided missile employing a mid-wave IR FPA seeker. The seeker, equipped with High Off-Boresight (HOBS), can be used with a helmet-mounted sight for wider attack envelope. It uses passive infrared (IR) energy for target acquisition and tracking. After the launch, the seeker follows the heat signature from the engines of the hostile aircraft.

The IR homing ensures the launch of the missile during day/night and in electronic countermeasure (ECM) environment. The missile can engage targets in the near beyond visual range (NBVR) and within visual range (WVR) areas.

Propulsion
The propulsion for the AIM-9X is provided by Mk 36 rocket motor integrating a thrust vector control package. The solid propulsion motor uses a reduced-smoke hydroxyl-terminated polybutadiene (HTPB) propellant. The cylindrical grain form and integrated control actuation system enhance the range and manoeuvrability of the missile.

AIM-9X orders and deliveries
In March 2012, Raytheon received a $97m modification contract for the Lot 12 low rate initial production of 19 and 120 AIM-9X Block II missiles for South Korea and Saudi Arabia respectively.

As of September 2012, Kuwait, Malaysia, Oman and Poland also made requests for the acquisition of AIM-9X-2 Sidewinder Block II missiles.


In December 2004, Raytheon received a $158m contract from US Naval Air Systems Command for the production of 443 all-up-round AIM-9X missiles, 153 AIM-9X training missiles and associated equipment.

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DTN News - U.S. DOD: BAE Systems Is Being Awarded Contract $16,771,463 For USS San Diego (LPD 22) To Improve The Ship's Military And Technical Capabilities.

DTN News - U.S. DOD: BAE Systems Is Being Awarded Contract $16,771,463 For USS San Diego (LPD 22) To Improve The Ship's Military And Technical Capabilities. 
Source: DTN News + U.S. DoD No: CR-056-15 Dated March 26, 2015
(NSI News Source Info) TORONTO, Canada - March 28, 2015: BAE Systems San Diego Ship Repair, San Diego, California, is being awarded a $16,771,463 modification to previously awarded cost-plus-award-fee/incentive-fee contract (N00024-10-C-4407) for USS San Diego (LPD 22) fiscal 2015 selected restricted availability. 

A select restricted availability includes the planning and execution of depot-level maintenance, alterations, and modifications that will update and improve the ship's military and technical capabilities. 

This modification includes options which, if exercised, would bring the cumulative value to $18,796,615. 

Work will be performed in San Diego, California, and is expected to be completed by November 2015. 

Fiscal 2015 operations and maintenance (Navy) funding in the amount of $16,771,463 will be obligated at time of award and will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. 


The Southwest Regional Maintenance Center, San Diego, California, is the contracting activity.

*USS San Diego (LPD 22)
The future USS San Diego (LPD 22) was launched May 7, 2010 from Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding’s Ingalls shipyard in Pascagoula, Miss. 

The launch of the 684-foot ship into the Gulf of Mexico marks an important milestone in the ship’s construction process. 

“As the sixth ship of the class, this launch is a considerable achievement in the program.” said Jay Stefany, LPD 17 program manager for the Navy’s Program Executive Office (PEO) Ships. “The ship was more than 75 percent complete prior to launch, more complete than any other ship of the class at this point in construction. We continue to work with the shipbuilders to identify production improvements and a consistent build plan that will lead to lower costs and predictable schedules. San Diego is the first ship of the LPD 17 class that started construction after Hurricane Katrina hit the Gulf Coast, and is testament to the spirit of the Northrop Grumman workers as they and the shipyard continue their return to normalcy. 

The ship’s keel was laid May 23, 2007. Named for the city of San Diego and her future homeport, the ship’s next major milestone will be christening, scheduled for June. The future USS San Diego is expected to be delivered to the Navy in 2011. 

The principal mission of LPD 17 class amphibious transport dock ships is to transport and deploy the necessary combat and support elements of Marine Expeditionary Units and Brigades. The ship will carry approximately 720 troops and have the capability of transporting and debarking air cushion (LCAC) or conventional landing craft and Expeditionary Fighting Vehicles (EFV), augmented by helicopters or vertical take off and landing aircraft (MV 22). These ships will support amphibious assault, special operations and expeditionary warfare missions through the first half of the 21st century. 

As one of the Defense Department’s largest acquisition organizations, PEO Ships is responsible for executing the development and procurement of all major surface combatants, amphibious ships, special mission and support ships, and special warfare craft. Currently, the majority of shipbuilding programs managed by PEO Ships are benefiting from serial production efficiencies, which are critical to delivering ships on cost and schedule. 

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Friday, March 27, 2015

DTN News - U.S. DOD: Raytheon Co., Was Awarded Contract By Naval Air Systems Command To Procure AN/APG-79 Related In Support of The F/A-18 E/F Aircraft

DTN News - U.S. DOD: Raytheon Co., Was Awarded Contract By Naval Air Systems Command To Procure AN/APG-79 Related In Support of The F/A-18 E/F Aircraft
Source: DTN News + U.S. DoD No: CR-056-15 Dated March 26, 2015
(NSI News Source Info) TORONTO, Canada - March 27, 2015: Raytheon Co., El Segundo, California, is being awarded $16,380,000 for firm-fixed-price delivery order 0062 against a previously issued basic ordering agreement (N00019-10-G-0006) for the procurement of six AN/APG-79 Active Electronically Scanned Array radar systems in support of the F/A-18 E/F aircraft. 

Work will be performed in Forest, Mississippi (50 percent); Andover, Massachusetts (30 percent); and El Segundo, California (20 percent), and is expected to be completed in March 2017. 

Fiscal 2013 aircraft procurement (Navy) funds in the amount of $16,380,000 are being obligated on this award, all of which will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. 

The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Maryland, is the contracting activity.

The US Navy F/A-18 E and F Super Hornet maritime strike attack aircraft, manufactured by Boeing, flew for the first time on November 29 1995. The Super Hornet is about 25% larger than its predecessor, the F/A-18C/D, but contains 42% fewer structural parts. The single-seat F/A-18/E and the two-seat F/A-18/F fly greater ranges with heavier payloads, have more powerful engines and provide greater survivability.

F/A-18 Super Hornet orders and deliveries
The first low-rate initial production aircraft was delivered in December 1998, and all 12 of the first batch were delivered by November 1999.

In February 1999, the US Navy placed an order for 30 Super Hornets, in addition to the 12 already ordered. Following successful completion of operational evaluation, in June 2000 the USN ordered 222 fighters to be produced over five years.

The Super Hornet is a maritime strike attack aircraft.
The first full-rate production aircraft was delivered in September 2001.

A second multi-year contract was signed in January 2004 for 42 aircraft to be purchased between 2005 and 2009. Total requirement was for at least 545 aircraft. Over 500 aircraft had been delivered by April 2011.

In July 2002, the F/A-18E/F began its maiden operational deployment on board USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72). In November 2002, the aircraft made its combat entry, striking air defence sites in Southern Iraq with Joint Direct Attack Munitions (JDAM). The aircraft was also deployed as part of Operation Iraqi Freedom in March 2003.

Improvements scheduled for Block 2 aircraft include a redesigned forward fuselage which has fewer parts and changes to the aircraft's nose to accommodate the Raytheon APG-79 Active Electronically Scanned Array (AESA) radar. The first aircraft was delivered in September 2003.

The aircraft is fitted with new mission computers, fibre-optic network, Raytheon AN/ASQ-228 ATFLIR targeting pod, Boeing joint helmet-mounted cueing system and Raytheon AIM-9X next generation Sidewinder air-to-air missile.

In April 2007, Boeing announced that it had been asked by the US Navy to provide an Infrared Search and Track (IRST) system for the F/A-18E/F. Boeing has selected Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control to supply the system. In November 2011, the US Navy awarded a $135m contract for engineering and manufacturing development of the IRST sensor system. The IRST system is expected to achieve initial operating capability by 2016.

In February 2007, Australia requested the FMS of 24 F/A-18F Block 2 aircraft. The contract was placed in May 2007. The first five aircraft were delivered in March 2010 and and rest of them were delivered by October 2011. The F/A-18F Block 2 aircraft cover the capability gap between the retirement of the F-111s in December 2010 and the delivery of the first F-35 Joint Strike Fighter to Australia in 2013.

The US Navy has approved System Development & Demonstration (SD&D) for an electronic attack version of the Super Hornet, the EA-18G, to replace the EA-6B Prowler. The EA-18G incorporates the Improved Capability III (ICAP III) suite developed for the Prowler. Two SDD aircraft were delivered. First flight of the EA-18G was in August 2006.

In May 2009, Boeing received a contract worth $48.9m for the development of Distributed Targeting (DT) system for super hornet aircraft.

In November 2011, the US Navy awarded a $48m contract to develop the Type 4 Advanced Mission Computer (AMC) for F/A-18E/F Super Hornet, which will replace the Type 3 AMC currently in use. It is expected to be completed by 2012.

In September 2011, Boeing and the US Navy proposed to offer F/A-18E Super Hornet Block II version aircraft to the Japan Air Self Defence Force (JASDF).


In September 2011, the US Navy awarded a $5.297bn contract that includes delivery of 66 Super Hornet aircraft between 2012 and 2015.

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