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Super Hornet

The Key to Long-Term Relevance

Kory Mathews
Vice President F/A-18 & EA-18G Programs Boeing Military Aircraft
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E/F Super Hornet Design Goals

Focus on global capability Long range Large payload Enhanced survivability / lethality Designed in / planned for growth

Long-term combat relevance

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Sourcing the State of the Art

Joint Advanced Strike Technology (JAST)
AESA radar Low radar cross section Modular software Dual pressure hydraulics Advanced precision weapons

Joint Warfare
Connectivity (Link 16, wide band network wave form) Interoperability

F-22A F/A-18E/F JSF

F-22A F/A-18E/F F-35

Lean manufacturing COTS Advanced maintainability Multi-mission flexibility

Super Hornet design and growth plan incorporates JAST technologies

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Delivering the Block I

11 weapons stations, high gross weight, and fuel
Range More weapons Increased time on station Greater per sortie Greater flexibility in weapons on board RCS reduction Fly by wire

Enhanced Systems
Improved safety Increased survivability Flexible missions Effective and lethal Long-life, low maintenance engines

Advanced production line

4 versions Incorporates changes in line Reduced parts count Reduced costs

Large flow capacity intakes

High growth margin for services

Cooling Electrical generation Rack space

Affordable O&S Costs

Lower maintenance man hours per flight hour Lower cost per flight hour
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Block II, the Next Plateau

State of the art sensors and sensor integration
Tracking moving targets High targeting accuracy Multi-spectral correlation of data Improved targeting, reaction time, and precision Reduced fratricide and collateral damage Functions as a battle management platform

High capacity COTS computers Higher Order Language Fibre Channel Switch Enhanced RCS reduction AESA Radar Advanced cockpits Airborne Electronic Attack Increased Gross weight

New integrated forebody

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Enhanced Performance Options

Conformal Fuel Tanks Next Generation Cockpit Enclosed Weapons Pod Spherical Missile/Laser Warning Internal IRST Enhanced Performance Engines

Increased survivability, situational awareness, performance and compelling value proposition

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The Warfighters Long-Term Asset

Block I 2002 Block II 2007

Operating at the state of the art Long term combat relevancy Affordable capability and availability Adapting to and driving an evolving environment
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International Roadmap

The Story Continues

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Conformal Fuel Tanks

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Next Gen Cockpit: Large Area Display

Large Area Display
40% - 150% increase in display surface area Reduced clutter Improved ability to find, ID, track & strike time critical targets Embedded touch screen provisions Significantly enhanced Situational Awareness Decreased tasking Increased lethality

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Enclosed Weapons Pod

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Missile/Laser Warning Internal IRST

Missile/Laser Warning

Internal IRST

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GE 414 EPE (Enhanced Performance Engine)

Form/Fit with 414-400 engine No airframe changes 20% Additional thrust X2 Combat acceleration improvement Significant air dominance capability increase Offensive and defensive Improved fuel burn
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F414 Enhanced Performance Engine (EPE)

Aircraft interfaces remain identical Based on a core demonstrated in multiple engine tests 20% increase in thrust 1% reduction in fuel burn
Advanced fan Improved efficiency 3D Aero design Higher airflow fan Advanced high pressure turbine Improved efficiency 3D Aero design Improved coatings and cooling

Advanced compressor Improved 3D Aero design for efficiency and operability

Advanced core technology demonstrated through multiple engine tests

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EPE Engine Development Status

GE /US Govt developing key component technology for last 10 years

$80M investment by GE and US Government Two demonstrator engine tests in 2004 & 2006 third test in 2010 Fan 6 High Pressure CombustorEPE Pressure Low Pressure Turbine & Control Validation of F414 High technologies is System Compressor TRL = 6 Turbine Afterburner TRL = TRL = 9 TRL = TRL = 6 TRL = 9 complete6

Technology Readiness Level (TRL)

TRL 6 = Successful Prototype Test TRL 9 = In Production / Operation

17 new / derivative GE engines with same technology maturity delivered on schedule

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F404 / F414 Family

Anticipating future customer needs
Thrust, Pounds 28,000 26,000 24,000 22,000 20,000 18,000

New Applications New Applications Developed Developed from from Science & Science & Technology Technology Demonstrator Demonstrator Programs Programs

Future Growth


F414 INS6

F414 EPE Performance


F414 EDE - Durability

16,000 14,000 12,000 10,000 1980 1990

F404-GE-F1D2 F404-GE-100D



Multi-Generation Product Plan




Continual Technology Infusion and Growth

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