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21st Century Capability…Affordability…Now
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EXECUTIVE SUMMARY PROVEN TEAM, PROVEN PROGRAM AIRFRAME MISSION SYSTEMS AND SENSORS SUPERFORMANCE MULTI-ROLE FLEXIBILITY SUPPORT AND TRAINING GROWING CAPABILITY SUMMARY AND ACRONYM LIST

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F/A-18E/F F/A 18E/F SUPER HORNET

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A Model Defense Program …
Over the past 25 years complex tactical aviation programs have proven difficult to manage on schedule within budget years, schedule, and according to specifications. Costs spiral, schedules slip in terms of years, and capabilities that have lost relevance are fielded. The F/A-18E/F Super Hornet Program is an outstanding exception to that trend, having consistently delivered on every promise while carefully following established acquisition rules. Through committed program management, the Super Hornet Program has consistently delivered affordable next generation capability to the warfighter. This is a result of a comprehensive concept of design for manufacturing, growth, cost reduction, and operational and support excellence – uncompromised in missions and current in technology. The Super Hornet Program remains ahead of its original, unmodified delivery schedule. Cost reduction and quality initiatives have decreased acquisition cost while new technologies and capabilities are continually added eight or more years ahead of other programs. As a result, the U.S. Navy has realized $1.7 billion in savings while acquiring more than 420 Super Hornets through two five-year multi-year p p g y y procurement contracts. An aircraft with exceptional aerodynamic and systems performance and long-term growth capability, the Super Hornet carries in its design every role a tactical aircraft can perform. It has proven so flexible that the new mission of Airborne Electronic Attack was incorporated without changing the mold line of the airframe or sacrificing multi-role flexibility. In practical terms, the Super Hornet family, the F/A-18E, F/A-18F, and the EA-18G, transcends the current definition of “generation,” redefining an ever-growing capability delivered to the warfighter on a timely basis. g g g g p y g y From its initial deployment in 2002 to the present, the Super Hornet has remained combat-deployed around the world. High availability and high sortie rates attest to the robust support system and reliable airframe and engine, while fleet operational costs have dropped dramatically. The Super Hornet fleet, flying more than 10,000 hours a month, has set records as the safest tactical aircraft in the history of Naval Aviation. It has proven so reliable and capable in its multi-roles that the U.S. Navy accelerated retirement of the F-14A/D and S-3B, is currently replacing the EA-6B with the EA-18G, and replaces F/A-18A-C aircraft as they reach the end of their service life. The Super Hornet Block II, first deployed in 2007, represents a quantum leap in capability, applicability, and survivability on the modern battlefield. In the future, the F-35C will join the carrier air wing as a complement to the Super Hornet, and the two aircraft will operate together for many years to come. In the international arena, the Royal Australian Air Force has chosen 24 Block II F/A-18Fs to replace its aging F-111B aircraft. T l of them will be wired for potential upgrade as airborne electronic attack aircraft, pending a positive i f Twelve f h ill b i df i l d ib l i k i f di ii releasability determination for the AEA capability. Other nations, recognizing the advanced capability and affordability of the Super Hornet, have invited it into competition for the future of their air forces. Superior Performance best sums up the qualities of the Super Hornet Program and aircraft. It translates into the most cost-effective and combat-relevant tactical aviation asset in the hands of the warfighter today . . . and far into the future.
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Unprecedented Multi-Mission
War Fighting Capabilities
Proven safety and survivability All-weather / day / night and long range Fully qualified in all missions and roles Qualified i h Q lifi d with 360 + weapons configurations

Two-seat fl ibili and T flexibility d de-coupled cockpits

Fully fi ld d d integrated F ll fielded and i d AESA radar

Close Air Support

Maritime Strike

Air Superiority

Precision Attack

Tactical Tanker

Reconnaissance

Electronic Attack and SEAD/DEAD
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21st Century Capability Across the Spectrum of Missions
Air defense Air dominance

Electronic attack Tactical aerial refueling

Reconnaissance R i

Non-traditional ISR

Maritime warfare anti-surface

Strike warfare
 All weather attack  Close air support  Tactical air control  Forward air control

Suppression of enemy air defenses

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Demonstrated Multi-Role Capability Long-Term Long Term Combat Viability
 Combat proven, multi-role fighter
– Fl i the full spectrum of t ti l Flying th f ll t f tactical missions of several former aircraft – Operational flexibility to meet diverse mission requirements – Ever-increasing capability with a defined long-term technology insertion plan
Super Hornet Replaces
2000
F-14A/D
Air Superiority/Strike

2010

2020

2030

2040

F/A-18A/C
Attack/Air Superiority

F/A-18E/F F/A 18E/F

EA-6B

EA-18G EA 18G
Electronic Attack

 Key element of U.S. Navy and international force structures
– E Ensured l d long t term support b t beyond d 2035 – Opportunity for joint capability upgrades – M Most advanced tactical asset in the d d i l i h USN fleet – F-35C complements Super Hornet
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S-3B
Airborne Tanker

Replaces remaining F/A-18Cs

F-35C

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Common Technology for Next Generation TACAIR
F-22A F/A 18E/F F/A-18E/F A/F-X ASTOVL CALF MRF Technologies
 AESA radar  Low radar cross section  Modular software  Dual pressure hydraulics y

F-22A F 22A F/A-18E/F JAST

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

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

Joint Warfare
 Connectivity (Link 16, wide band network wave form)  Advanced common weapons

Affordability
 Lean manufacturing practices  Commercial Off The Shelf Systems (COTS) y ( )  Advanced maintenance concept  Multi-mission flexibility y

The Super Hornet design concept incorporates advanced technology and capabilities from the Joint Advanced Strike Technology Program p gy g

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Moving Beyond Numbered Generations
“21st Century Capability”
F-22 F-35

4th
MiG-29 F/A 18A/B F/A-18A/B F-16 F-4 F 104 F-104 MiG-21  Speed and some maneuver  Radar missiles  Air-to-air or g Air-to-ground MiG-23  High maneuverability  Look down/ Shoot down S  Glass cockpit  Computer Technology  Multi-role JAS-39

F/A-18E/F

3rd 1st 2nd
F-86 F 86

 Dominant SA  Net enabled
− Interoperability p y − Targeting

MiG-15

 Designed-in stealth  Technology insertion

 Maneuver  Guns only

 Speed  Tail-aspect IR missiles

Evolving warfighting capabilities and requirements blur generational lines
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Positioned for the Future, Operating Today
Future Supe Hornet utu e Super o et
 Spiral upgrade path to grow apace threats and developing technology

Super Hornet Block II
 Advanced pilot vehicle interface Super Hornet  Advanced computing p g Block I systems Long range  Advanced mission  AESA radar computer and Increased  MIDS displays survivability/lethality  ATFLIR  Advanced EW suite Improved  AIM-9X carrier suitability  Advanced weapons  IRST Tanker  Joint Helmet Mounted  Network centric Cueing System Long-term growth  Combat deployed

EA 18G EA-18G
 Electronic Attack  State of the art  Full-spectrum  Self escort capability Self-escort  Network centric

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2002

2006

2009

2015 …

Super Hornet Block II delivers 21st century capability
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Integrated 21st Century Technology
Advanced Computing Architecture
Open architecture, large bandwidth high speed network, High Order Language software provide modern, scalable processing capability Advanced Mission Computer Digital Solid State Recorder

Advanced Cockpits
Large displays for excellent situational awareness and intuitive controls for efficient crew operations

Digital Network Connectivity
Voice, data and imagery via Link 16 Multifunction Information Distribution System (MIDS) and Digital Communication System ( CS) C S (DCS)

Long Range
14,000 lb internal fuel, up to 13,000 lb external fuel, efficient engines and “buddy” tanking allows Super Hornets to reach everywhere

Agility and Flight Performance
Next generation aerodynamics, digital fly-by-wire flight controls and integrated engine control enable “care-free” maneuverability

Joint Helmet Mounted Cueing System (JHMCS)
Rapid air-to-air / air-to-ground target acquisition and engagement

AIM-9X RCS Reduction
Planform shape/alignment edge mating, coatings, embedded antennae, low maintenance with JHMCS and Super Hornet maneuverability, for close-in air combat dominance

Active Electronically Scanned Array (AESA) Radar
Ten years ahead of the rest in range, resolution, reliability, survivability and target tracking capacity. Simultaneous air and ground tracking allows the aircrew to see first, shoot first.

Twin Engine
Reliability, survivability and safety

Advanced Tactical Forward Looking Infrared (ATFLIR)
Electro-optical, infrared, long-range, high resolution and g y g highly integrated with AESA and JHMCS

Large Weapons Payload
Eleven weapon stations provide maximum Reconnaissance flexibility for air-to-air and air-to-ground weapons, reconnaissance Digital Pod pod and tanker pod

IRST
Long range passive air-to-air targeting

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Super Hornet Addresses the Future of Air Warfare
See First, Shoot First
 AESA  IRST  IDECM  Link-16  ATFLIR  AMRAAM  RCS

Fully Integrated Smart Weapons Stations
 Large payload  360+ authorized loads  Flexible missions  Link-16 / MIDS  VMF for CAS

Joint Helmet Mounted Cueing System
 See the target - lock on  Lock on – see the target

Digital Network Connectivity

Superior Situational Awareness
 Integrated information  Integrated sensor suite  Data linked shared knowledge Data-linked  De-coupled cockpits (F/A-18F)

Single-Seat, 2-Seat Options
 Strike/Fighter  Electronic Attack  Trainer  Wider mission flexibility and growth

21st Century Survivability
 Hard to see …  Hard to hit …  Hard to kill …

Superior situational awareness, increased speed of decision, and precision targeting – flying today in Super Hornet p g g y g y p

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Linking the Power of the Network to the Warfighter
AEW&C Maritime Forces F/A-18E/F

Coalition Aircraft Command Center Ground Forces

 Multi functional Information  Digital Communications  Joint Tactical Radio System Multi-functional Distribution System (Link 16) System (VMF) (multiple waveforms)
– – – – – Positive location Situational awareness Coordination Shared targeting Imagery – Target location – Attack coordination – Imagery – – – – – Wide band network Software programmable Internet protocol Ad-hoc networking Interoperability

Total battlespace situational awareness
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Affordable Ownership
 Actual and demonstrated:
– Low acquisition cost – Designed-in growth – Long-life airframe – Low operating cost
 ~$13,200 per flight hour all inclusive*  ~$3,200 per flight hour @ O level $3,200 O-level*

– High reliability
 ~12.5 MMH/FH (O, I, D levels)

– Ease of maintenance – No scheduled in-depot maintenance

F/A-18E/F is fulfilling the expectations of the operators
*USN VAMOSC data average across 2005-2009
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From a Team That Delivers on Promises
      Unprecedented program execution Consistently under budget Ahead of original program schedule Continuous technology insertion Fully certified and operational in all roles and missions Delivering to the warfighter today while growing into tomorrow
F-22A F-35 F/A-18E/F Gripen Rafale Typhoon T h
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7 7 9 (est) 11 10 16 9 15 12 20 12 +

Planned SDD SDD on schedule SDD behind schedule Full rate p production

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Elapsed Years of Program System Design and Development and Production
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Proven Delivery Performance
High confidence, known cost, on-time deliveries, low risk confidence cost deliveries
 Proven program management and production delivery performance ... – Development and test program completed on schedule and within budget per the original contract – Every production delivery on schedule or ahead of schedule to the original contract
 RAAF F/A-18F deliveries three months early

Production Deliveries Early
(3+ months)

On Plan 2% Early 5%
(1 month)

57%

 Internationally recognized for program management excellence … – Collier Trophy – Aviation Week and Space Technology Program Excellence Award

13%

Early
(1 2 months) (1-2

23%

Early
(2-3 months)

Average: 83 calendar days early

100% Delivery Performance

Collier Trophy
Recognized as the most significant achievement in aviation in 2001

Aviation Week & Space Technology Program Excellence Award
Recognized in 2005 as a model Department of Defense acquisition program

100% of Super Hornet deliveries have been on time or early

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PROVEN TEAM TEAM, PROVEN PROGRAM
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Benefiting from the Best of the Best
The Th success of the Super H f th S Hornet Program i th di t result of exemplary program tP is the direct lt f l management and the disciplined teamwork of industry and the U.S. Navy. The Hornet Industry Team (HIT) that built and supports the long-serving F/A-18A-D Hornet is the backbone and infrastructure for the all-new Super Hornet. p The Hornet Industry Team incorporated progressive and innovative principles of design and management during production and more than 30-plus years of support of the F/A-18AD Hornet for the U.S. Navy/Marine Corps and seven international air forces.* In testimony to the th success of th cooperation and support from the HIT and the robust operational f the ti d tf th d th b t ti l capability of the aircraft, all original F/A-18A-D Hornet customers retain their aircraft today, and in some cases seek more. Today, Today Super Hornets in the U.S. Navy and the Royal Australian Air Force benefit not only US from the long tradition of responsive program support, but also from new methods of support and maintenance that next generation design and teamwork provide. Support g pp goes beyond the aircraft and its operation. Most international customers require y p q some form of economic offsets when acquiring military aircraft. The HIT has consistently achieved 100% success in satisfying those requirements. Further, as a globally focused corporation, Boeing seeks excellence in design, manufacture, research and d f t h d development th l t throughout the world by establishing joint centers of h t th ld b t bli hi j i t t f excellence and research across the continents. Excellence breeds excellence…
*The air forces of Australia, Canada, Finland, Kuwait, Malaysia, Spain, and Switzerland
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A Model Defense Program
     Over $1.7B savings:  Cost reduction initiatives  Two consecutive multi-year procurement programs  International customers A hi i all acquisition objectives i iti bj ti Achieving ll Stable and predictable cost, ahead of schedule Delivering planned capability growth and upgrades Meeting the warfighters’ expectations Demonstrating high operational availability

Super Hornet Block II Delivered

Capability

Cost
LRIP MYP I Deliveries MYP II Deliveries USN/Intl CY99 CY00 CY01 CY02 CY03 CY04 CY05 CY06 CY07 CY08 CY09 CY10 CY11 CY12 …

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The Hornet Industry Team
    I d t and th customer f t Industry d the forge th t the team Operations in over 100 countries Over 30 years of teamwork Over $454B in combined revenues

Boeing Northrop G N th Grumman General Electric Raytheon

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Benefiting Industry Around the World
      Boeing and Hornet Industry team operate in more than 100 countries $454B USD in business Creating opportunities with suppliers and the best companies Over 30 years experience 100% success meeting offset requirements More than $31B USD of international work and benefits: – Licensed production – Component manufacture – Life cycle support – Training – aircrew, maintenance and logistics – T h l Technology t transfer f – Joint ventures – Market development – Non-aero work placement (IT) Non aero – Biotechnology – Bio-fuels
Asia  $300B/ 300 suppliers Australia li  $13B/ 1 900 suppliers 1,900
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Europe  $280B/ 600 suppliers Middle East li  $6B/ 60 suppliers

North America  $380B/ 25,000 suppliers South America li  $21B/ 30 suppliers
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International Centers of Excellence
 Investing in research and development  Best of Industry from metallurgy, processes, composites, and aviation design  The world teaches Boeing and the Hornet Industry Team
United Kingdom Germany Netherlands Spain Italy China India Singapore South Africa Australia Russia

Ukraine Uk i

Australia
 Commonwealth Scientific Industry  Research Organization (CSIRO)  Queensland University of Technology

China
     Tongji University Chinese Academy of Sciences Zhejiang University Xian Jiaotong University Beijing Institute of Aeronautical Materials  Shenyang Casting Research Institute  Tsinghua University

Italy
 CIRA  IMAST

Singapore
 Agency for Science Technology and Research

United Kingdom
      University of Sheffield – AMRC The Welding Institute Renault Formula 1 Cranfield University Cambridge University QinetiQ

Netherlands
 KVE Composites Group  Technical University Delft

Germany
    Technical University of Munich Siernens Brotje EOS

Spain
 Boeing Research and Technology Europe

Russia
 Boeing Technology Research Center (BRTE)  International Science and Technology Center (ISTC)

India South Africa
 Council for Science and Industrial Research (CSIR)  Indian Institute of Science  National Aerospace Laboratory  Indian Institute of Technology

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AIRFRAME
F/A-18E/F F/A 18E/F SUPER HORNET

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AIRFRAME

Built With Lean, Efficient Processes
State-of-the-art lean manufacturing facility Responsive to insertion of product enhancements Mixed model, pulsed production line Disciplined management processes guarantee first time quality, on-schedule, on-cost
     Optimized assembly and installation sequences Laser/optical measurement and alignment systems Automated fastener hole drilling and installation Continual R&D investment in manufacturing/quality improvement Digital design facilitates modifications and improvements

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Sized for Performance and Growth
F/A-18E/F
Wing area Weight Empty “E” py Empty “F” Max take off Fuel (JP-5) Internal “E” E Internal “F” External (5) 480 gal. tanks Engines (2) GE F414-GE-400 44,000 lbs Speed 1.6 Mach Combat Ceiling Load Factor 50,000+ft 16,272 lb 186 kN 15,250+ m 16,272 lb 7,381 kg 14,950 14 950 lb 14,008 lb 6,780 6 780 kg 6,354 kg 3 ,08 b 32,082 lb 32,795 lb 66,000 lb 14,552 kg ,55 g 14,876 kg 29,937 kg 500 ft2 46.5 m2

F/A-18E

F/A-18F

* Based on Lot 28 Block II aircraft

9.9 m (32.6 ft) Folded wings 4.9 m (16.0 ft)

18.4 m (60.2 ft)
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Durable, Lightweight, Robust Airframe
Advanced Materials
 Advanced signature reduction coating
– Operation in environmental extremes – Low maintenance

 Damage-tolerant materials
– Peacetime safety – Combat survivability  Extensive use of composites – Corrosion resistance – Longer structural life  Ease of repair – Reduced maintenance costs

 Titanium wing carry-through bulkheads  Enhanced fracture toughness landing g gear steel  High strength materials
– Lightweight structure

 Reduced parts count, manufacturing time, cost, and maintenance requirements  Increased quality, life and reliability
– No scheduled depot level depot-level maintenance
Percent of Structural Weight Aluminum Steel Titanium Carbon epoxy Other 30% 15% 21% 19% 15%
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Durability Combined With Maintainability
Fatigue Lif Remaining fe

 Designed to operate in extremely demanding carrier operations and highly corrosive environments g y  Rugged design allows safe operations in expeditionary environments  No scheduled structural maintenance at a depot required to achieve 9,500 flight hour lif ( fli ht h life (average) projected f ) j t d for land-based usage  Majority of airframe structurally tested to three USN design lives (18,000 hrs)

Super Hornet Fatigue Life Projection
(399 aircraft as of June 2009)
100% 80% 60% 40% 20% 0%

Projected life (average)

9,500 Flight hours Design life
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10

Flight Hours (1,000’s)
Source: Structural Appraisal of Fatigue Effects (SAFE) Report , May 2008 Fatigue life data for a specific Super Hornet

Long structural life, reduced total ownership cost, cost and increased operational availability
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Robust Subsystems
Stores management system g y Hydraulic system
 Independent circuits for safety and survivability  Dual pressure hydraulics allow more compact system  Software driven for enhanced weapon system integration  Compatible with all current and advanced weapons

Flight control system
 Proven handling qualities for safety and combat maneuverability  No angle-of-attack limitations for most combat configurations  Redundant and reconfigurable flight controls for safe emergency recovery

Propulsion system
 Twin engines for safety and survivability  Unrestricted operation  Reliable and maintainable

Environmental control system
 Cooling capacity for all g y environmental extremes  Onboard oxygen generation  Significant growth capacity

Electrical system
 Redundant generators for safety/survivability  Significant growth capacity  Dispersed quad electronics

Fire Suppression
    Active dry bay fire suppression system Void filler foam Engine/AMAD/APU fire extinguishing Wing tank foam / explosion protection

Secondary power system
 Onboard electrical, hydraulic, pneumatic power and cooling for ground maintenance  Self-contained engine start

Fuel system

 Large internal and external fuel capacity  Self-sealing tanks and feed lines  No fuel over/between engines

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Reliable, Efficient Propulsion System
F414-GE-400 F414 GE 400 Engine
 22,000 pounds (98 kN) of thrust  More than 1.3 million flight hours y  Extreme durability – Time between overhaul
 2,000 hours hot section  4,000 hour cold section

– Unrestricted throttle movement throughout flight envelope th h t fli ht l – Unrestricted afterburner use – Engine life unaffected by throttle use

Inlet
 High flow, shielded inlet  Foreign object damage resistant

Maintainable
 No scheduled maintenance between overhauls  Interchangeable modules  Quick engine change in “shadow” of aircraft with four standard tools  No post-maintenance check flights required i d

Full Authority Digital Electronic Di it l El t i Controller (FADEC)
 Enhanced diagnostics  Optimizes engine performance  Electronic throttle control  Unrestricted throttle movement throughout flight g g envelope

Optimum blend of performance, reliability, and maintainability
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MISSION SYSTEMS AND SENSORS

Integrated Mission Systems
Communication links navigation accuracy links,
Positive Identification System (PIDS) Accurate NAVigation (ANAV) Multifunctional Information Distribution System (MIDS) AESA ATFLIR

Advanced sensors

SHARP Common Data Link (CDL)

Digital Communication Set (DCS)

IRST

SHARP

Processing power

Integrated Defensive Electronic CounterMeasures (IDECM) suite
 Situational awareness (ALR-67(V)3)  RF countermeasures (ALQ-214)  Countermeasures dispenser (ALE-47)  Towed decoy (ALE-50)

Data recording
 SSR (Solid State Recorder) – Video recording  DMD (Digital Memory Device) – Data recording – Mission loading

 Advanced mission computers and displays  High order language  Open system architecture  Fibre channel network (high speed network)

Mission computer

Cockpit Mission displays computer
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Integrated Sensor Suite
Missile warning
(growth)

Off-board sensor data

IRST

APG-79 radar active

ATFLIR Digital Recce pod EO/IR APG-79 radar ground moving targets

IDECM

Linking on-board sensors and off-board sources provides high situational awareness and actionable information to the aircrew and the force
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Advanced Comm/Nav/Interrogator Systems y Accurate NAVigation
ARC-210 radios  UHF/VHF  Voice (clear/secure)  Digital communications System (ANAV)  Integrated GPS/INS

APX-111 C APX 111 Combined bi d Interrogator/ Transponder USQ-140 MIDS (Link 16) • Digital communications APN-194 radar altimeter

21st century situational awareness
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Highly Integrated Cockpits

Joint Helmet Mounted Cueing System

Forward Cockpit
 Integrated HOTAS  Independent digital maps  Large color displays  Dual use display/data entry

Night Vision Goggles

Advanced Aft Cockpit
 8” x 10” center display  Decoupled cockpit allows simultaneous independent sensor operations I d Independent weapons release d t l

 Independent cockpit operation (F/A-18F)

Intuitive operation with advanced display technologies
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Multi Source Integration (MSI)
FLIR CIT Radar Data link RWR Mission planning
Multi Source Integration

IRST

Unknown airborne target

SAM threat ring
3 2

4 99 98

Hostile airborne target Hostile H il airborne targets (2) Own O location

Target T information

B

C D

Friendly aircraft

Improved target detection and tracking

Pilot selects sensors that contribute to the sensor integration algorithm

Multi-source integration refines all inputs for enhanced situational awareness, increased lethality and survivability
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Integrated Defensive Electronic Countermeasures (IDECM)  ALE-47 countermeasure dispenser
– 4 buckets  ALR-67(V)3 radar warning receiver
– High pulse density – Improved emitter ID – Improved sensitivity  120 expendables (flares, chaff, RF) p ( , , )

 ALE-50 towed decoy
– Complement to ALQ-214 ALQ 214 – Increases threat miss distance – Unimpeded maneuverability

 ALQ 214 onboard jammer ALQ-214
– Defeats pulse, pulse doppler, and continuous wave threats

 Missile warning system (growth)

Fully integrated electronic warfare systems enhance situational awareness and survivability against advanced threats y g
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Enhanced Survivability Against Modern Threats

Super Hornet in radar crossp section measurement facility

ALE-50 towed decoy y

F/A-18C in 1990

Hard to see…
 Low radar cross section  Integrated stand-off sensors  Long range precision Long-range weapon delivery

Hard to hit…
 High situational awareness  Integrated internal jamming techniques  Advanced expendables  Highly maneuverable

Hard to kill…
 Twin engines  Damage tolerant structure  Systems Sys e s location/shielding  System redundancy  Fire suppression pp

Allows the aircrew to concentrate on the mission, increases lethality, and reduces the requirements for large escort/support packages
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Active Electronically Scanned Array (AESA APG-79)
Simultaneous Multi-Mission Capabilities p
 Air-to-air and air-to-ground with Selectable search volumes Search while track one search-track mode  Detect / track multiple targets Cued  L Long range search  High resolution Search while track  Resource manager optimizes performance, reduces workload  Connectivity with on-board and off-board sensors  Advanced sensor integration and sensor fusion  High reliability (~1,000 MTBF) Air-to-ground targeting  Operationally mature (100,000+ hrs Sep 09)
Ground moving targets SAR wide-area ground mapping d i Track outside scan volume

Weapon support

Sea surface search Electronic protection

Situational awareness, lethality and connectivity beyond that of a single platform
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AESA High Resolution Synthetic Aperture Radar Imaging

GMTI over SAR SAR 1 SAR 2 Multiple applications p pp  Targeting
– Correlated with FLIR

 Reconnaissance eco a ssa ce  Onboard storage  Pass over data link

SAR 3 SAR 4
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Advanced TFLIR AN/ASQ-228
 Long-range, high resolution EO/IR sensor
– Positive target identification – Accurate targeting with high power laser

 Geo-Point accuracy for self-targeting with precision weapons delivery  High Resolution sensor for non-traditional ISR in support of ground forces  Integrated with AESA Radar JHMCS, MIDS Radar, JHMCS MIDS, and on-board solid state data recorder  Imagery sent to ground
– Aircraft data linked to Rover III – Streaming video – Annotated imagery transfer over Link-16 or digital radio with 9-line brief
I T f Image Transfer L-Band

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Joint Helmet Mounted Cueing System (JHMCS)
 Critical information always in pilot’s field-of-view
– Aircraft parameters p – Weapon system status

 High off-boresight visual cueing of sensors and weapons
– Air and ground targets – Reconnaissance

    

Cues aircrew to “eyes on” Data-linked capability cues other aircrews Lightweight, ejection safe Night vision gogg e co pa b e g s o goggle compatible Helmet camera (real world video with symbology)  Front and rear cockpits

Significantly enhanced situational awareness in air-to-ground or air combat

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Digital Reconnaissance Pod
O Operates t
– Day, night – Multi-spectral (EO/IR) – Onboard viewing

 Sensor suite
– Medium altitude EO and IR – Pod installation time < 1 hr 25,000 ft GL

 Data recording
– All digital g – EO and IR simultaneously

 Data link
– Near real time – Common data link

 Ground station
– Compatible with Distributed Common Ground System (DCGS)

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Combat-Proven Networked Performance
MIDS Link 16
FAC(A)
 F/A-18F FAC(A) acquires/ designates target via sensors (JHMCS / ATFLIR) JHMCS  FAC(A) sends target designation to CAS striker(s) via Link16 ATFLIR
N G T OF F S E N S R D A Y MAP DCL SCL MK1DCN TR /4 0 TR 3 20 A 0.7 N 20 0.7 6 10 33 8 E LA D 30 14 12 B W 15 B R T OF F S E N S R

Benefits
 Machine-to-machine  No voice required  Decreased time in target area  Shortened kill chain
N G T D A Y MAP DCL SCL MK1DCN TR /4 0 TR 3 20 0.7 A N 20 0.7 6 10 33 8 E LA D 30 14 12 B W 15

AU T W Y P T 1

W P D S G AIC 2 S 09 E 1 /A 8 24 F -1 F0911 2/ M S V09/ 7 Q BL0 1 2 17 1 1 21 010. 2 2 16 0° 0 P SG O EXP STE MEN TXD AUT C U O N T

AU T W Y P T 1

B R T

W P D S G S AIC 2 09 1 /A 8 24 F -1 F0911 E 2/ M S V09/ 7 Q BL0 1 217 1 1 21 010. 2 2 16 0° 0 EXP STE MEN TXD AUT C P U SG O O N T

Target Designation received by CAS strike aircraft via Link 16  FAC(A) controls CAS strikers sensors (JHMCS / ATFLIR) on ingress MIDS

Early acq isition  Earl target acquisition  First pass weapon delivery  No loitering

Networked capability developed using combat experience
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AESA / JDAM / LINK 16
Demonstrated Precision Strike Capability Over the Network
N G T
POS/INS MK2 UPDT SCL/20 SMS HSI RDR FLR HSI 3 T C N N 6

D A Y
DATA NFL 030°/5.2 :00:48 T G T E

OFF

AUT

AESA SAR map and aircrewdesignated targets

I L S M O D E V E C A C L

33

47 30 265T 260G 12

A data-linked Super Hornet provides:
 AESA capability to the linked force – a virtual upgrade and force multiplier i l d df l i li  Precision self-targeting with AESA thru the weather in a network enabled environment  Integrated weapon system

W

15 S E Q L

HSEL 080° SENSORS

24 21 MENU

S

2.3S CSEL 090° AUTO

TIME UFC

B R T

C O N T
MDTSS XX DCS-189

Non-AESA aircraft receive target designation via L16
N G T
UPDT SCL/ 20 MK2 POS/ INS SMS HSI RDR FLR HSI 3 T C N I L S M O D E V E C A C L 33 N 6

D A Y
DATA NFL 030°/5. 2 :0 0:48 T G T E

OFF

AUT

47 30 265T 260G 12

W

15 S E Q L

HSEL 080° SENSORS

24 21 MENU

S

2.3S CSEL 090° AU TO

TIME UFC

B R T

C O N T
MDTSS XX DCS-189

N G T
UPDT SCL/20 MK2 POS/ INS SMS HSI RDR FLR HSI 3 T C N I L S M O D E V E C A C L 33 N 6

D A Y
DATA NFL 030°/5.2 :00 :48 T G T E

OFF

AUT

47 30 265T 260G 12

W

15 S E Q L

HSEL 080° SEN SORS

24 21 MENU

S

2. 3S CSEL 090° AUTO

TIME UFC

B R T

C O N T
MDTSS XX DCS-189

 Targeting coordinates sent over MIDS from AESA aircraft to non-AESA strike aircraft  Machine-to-machine targeting g g  Multiple targets attacked in a single pass
All MK-84 JDAM hit targets
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SUPERFORMANCE
F/A-18E/F F/A 18E/F SUPER HORNET

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Designed for Safe Operations
 768,000+ flight hours (Aug 2010)
 High operations tempo – Super Hornet fleet flies ~10,000 hours per month p , p – Deployed in combat since 2003 with no combat losses
 First USN TACAIR aircraft to fly 100,000+ mishap free hours in a year  Holds 3 of the 4 all-time yearly safety records* for Naval Aviation all time  No Super Hornet has been lost due to system failure or design fault

*Safety records:
 FY 2006: 102,000 hours – (1 Class A mishap)  FY 2007: 116 441 hours - mishap free 116,441
– A Super Hornet squadron surpassed 90,000 accident-free hours

 FY 2008: 119,990 hours (1 Class A mishap)

Safest tactical naval aircraft in U.S. history
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Takeoff Performance
 Excellent short field takeoff performance  Rugged landing gear enables austere operations

TOGW = 22,200 kg / 48,942 lb

AIM-9 AIM-120 AIM-120

AIM-9

440 m / 1,443 ft TOGW = 29,550 kg / 65,146 lb

 Maximum thrust  Sea level  Standard day  Half flaps  No wind

AIM-9 GBU-10

AIM-120 ATFLIR Fuel F l Fuel

AIM-9 GBU-10

Fuel F l

1,060 m / 3,477 ft
GBU-10: 975 kg Laser Guided Bomb

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Landing Performance
 Slow approach speed and short landing distance  High cross-wind and sink rate capability  Automated landing system
Ground Roll
     Sea level Standard day Full flaps Full anti-skid braking No wind

Dry runway

780 m / 2,559 ft

Wet runway
AIM-9 AIM-120 AIM-120 AIM-9

Weight = 15,850 kg / 34,943 lb

1,280 m / 4,200 ft

Icy runway

2,030 m / 6,660 ft
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Agility and Maneuverability
Care-free h dli C f handling characteristics:
 Low pilot work load p  Enhanced training and safety  Increased combat capability  Digital aerodynamic control authority throughout the flight envelope
– No angle-of-attack limitations in any angle of attack symmetric configurations

 High agility and high departure resistance  Full envelope maneuvering capability
– – – – Superior “nose pointing” capability Pitch rates in excess of 50°/sec Automatic over-G protection Pilot can override protection

E Excellent l ll t low speed h dli d handling  Unrestricted throttle movement and quick engine response  Rapid acceleration in combat turning arena
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Super Hornet – A Force Multiplier by Design
The key to a successful multi-role aircraft design is to integrate the most capable sensors into the multi role weapons system and provide a simple and intuitive pilot-vehicle interface (PVI) that allows the solo or dual aircrew to train to and execute all missions flawlessly. The key to enhancing force effectiveness is to network all the aircraft and other assets in the battle group so they can share information without overloading the aircrews, controllers, ground forces, or the network. The network must effectively ensure everyone has the same common operating picture and support fast, accurate decisions. A naval aircraft operates near enemy strongholds, far away from home support bases and have limited p pp p space onboard the aircraft carrier for support infrastructure or spare aircraft. Therefore it must be multirole, survivable, able to generate high sortie rates, and have high operational availability with minimal support. This "survivability" was intentionally designed into Super Hornet using a balanced approach centered around reduced radar signatures, long-range standoff weapons, integrated electronic warfare suites, enhanced situational awareness to see the threat and what it is doing, and a robust airframe that can withstand combat damage yet requires little maintenance. The Super Hornet Block II meets all these requirements with state-of-the-art integrated sensors: AESA radar, ATFLIR, IRST, an integrated DECM system and MIDS (Multi-function Information Distribution System) / Link-16. The sensors are integrated so that information can be correlated to produce simple, intuitive displays to minimize pilot workload, reduce decision time, and increase the probability that aircrews will make the right decisions with the right information at the right place and time. To ensure the Super Hornet Block II stays ahead of the threat, its design incorporates an open mission systems architecture that allows easy integration of new weapons and sensors as the technology matures. The forward-looking, coordinated and aggressive technology roadmap ("Flight Plan") anticipates future threat system development and tactical requirements and rationally, practically, and affordably incorporates those technologies into the aircraft allowing users to take advantage of force-multiplying technology technolog sooner than other platforms platforms. 177929-052.ppt

Large Payload and Flexibility
Stations 1 & 11
• Air-to-air weapons • 136 kg/300 lb class

Stations 2 & 10
• Air-to-air or Air to air air-to-surface weapons • 522 kg/1,150 lb class 11 10 9 8 7 6 5 JSOW SLAM-ER AIM-120 series AIM-9 series Harpoon p Maverick HARM GBU-12 / 16 LGB GBU-24 GBU 24 LGB MK-82 / 83 MK-84 / GBU-31 GBU-32 / 38 JDAM Fuel Tanks 4 3 2 1

Stations 3 & 9
• Air-to-air or air-to-surface weapons • Fuel tank • 1,134 kg/2,500 lb class

Stations 4 & 8
• Air to air or Air-to-air • air-to-surface weapons • Fuel tank • 1,304 kg/2,875 lb class

Stations 5 & 7
• ATFLIR (Station 5) • Air-to-air weapons • 317 kg/700 lb class

Station 6
• Sensors • Air-to-surface weapons • Aerial refueling store • Fuel tank • 1,125 kg/2,700 lb class
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Software-driven weapons integration … Mil-Std 1760 weapons stations
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Super Hornet is currently q p y qualified for 360+ weapons configurations p g

Air Dominance

 Offensive counter air  Defensive counter air  Combat air patrol  Fighter escort  Advanced capabilities
– Highly integrated sensors, data link, and targeting data – AESA / FLIR / IRST / IDECM, and joint helmet mounted cueing system – On-board and off-board information – Multiple target tracking – Large and flexible payload of BVR / WVR missiles i il

Benefits to the warfighter
 24 / 7 all-weather capability  Persistence - long endurance, range, large payload and high sortie rate: endurance range maximizes presence and effect of the force  High situational awareness and high survivability  Enhanced first look, first shot with high probability of multiple kills  Data linked cooperative targeting expands capability of existing air assets

– Low radar cross section – Dual cockpit option – Long range or loiter time – High maneuverability and nose-pointing capability – Extremely effective close-in weapons system (JHMCS, HOBS missile, radar ACM mode)

AIM-9 series Sidewinder

AIM-120 series AMRAAM

M61A2
Gun
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Precision Strike and Close Air Support
    SEAD / DEAD S Long-range interdiction Close air support Advanced / optimized Ad d ti i d capabilities
– Long range AESA / FLIR precision sensors – Joint helmet mounted cueing system – Multiple and moving targets tracking – Dual cockpit option – Large, flexible payload – Precision standoff weapons – Long range or loiter time – Direct data link to FAC – FAC and pilot confirm desired target / effect through digital exchange of imagery and communication – Recordable targeting and damage assessment
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Benefits to the warfighter
     High situational awareness Reduced fratricide and inadvertent collateral damage 24 / 7 all-weather precision strike capability Full range of large and small accurate weapons enhance desired effects Large payload and long endurance provides persistence on the battlefield

GBU-24B/B

AGM-65

JDAM
Series

M61A2
Gun

JSOW

ARGM

SLAM-ER

Digital CAS
Link 16 Link-16 and Variable Message Format Imagery
MIDS (Link-16) DCS (VMF)
Super Hornet  Imagery  Annotations  Digital 9-line

Bomb damage g assessment Funneling situational awareness Command and control JTAC

Faster response and increased accuracy in support of ground forces
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Tactical Maritime Operations
 Maritime strike anti-piracy strike, anti piracy, surface search  Advanced / optimized capabilities
– Data-linked, net-enabled operations for optimum coordination – Sensors optimized for over water operations – L Large variety of weapons i t f – Long range / loiter – High sortie rates, short turnaround time

 Benefits to the warfighter g
– 24 / 7 all-weather ISR / precision strike capability – Organic aerial refueling capability adds flexibility and autonomy – Persistence / enhanced area coverage – Dual cockpit (“F”) enhances air-air and air-sea multi-tasking
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GBU-24B/B

AGM-65

JDAM
Series

M61A2
Gun

SLAM-ER

Harpoon

Reconnaissance/ISR
 Long range and endurance
– 3.0+ hours – 1,200 NM (2,000 km)

 Day/night operations  FLIR (EO / IR imaging)  AESA (SAR)  Digital reconnaissance pod  Onboard viewing/editing  Data link of imagery

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Advanced and Non-Traditional ISR
Streaming Video to Ground Forces Mission Coordination with Ground Forces Annotation on images and digital 9-line ATFLIR Ground controller Sharing of Imagery, Data, and Voice Sharing of AESA Radar Maps with Other Aircraft

Link 16 High-resolution synthetic aperture radar mapping p g p y platforms - Improving the capability of other p

“Can we get some additional ISR capability into theater, and what can we get quickly?” U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, Navy Times, Dec 07, 2008
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Tactical Tanker – Force Projection
 Every Super Hornet is a tanker
– No modification necessary – NATO-standard probe and drogue

 Extends tactical forces’ range, endurance, or time on station ,
– 5-tank configuration: <13,000 lbs (5,900 kg) giveaway

Extended-range missions
F/A-18E attack aircraft Attack range with tanking Attack range unrefueled

 Paces the st e package aces t e strike pac age  Enhances safety for recovery, diverts, emergencies  Tactical tanker capability for small air forces without big-wing tankers
– Shuttle fuel into combat area from big-wing tanker – Augment big-wing tanker to make more “hoses” available

F/A-18E Tanker refuels striker

F/A-18E attack aircraft

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Tactical Tanker – Force Multiplier

“5-wet” tanker configured Super Hornet
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Fighter Escort

AIM-9

AIM-120 Fuel AIM-120 Fuel Fuel

AIM-120

AIM-9

AIM-120

Combat Three 4g turns at 0.85M/10K ft

805 NM (1,490 km) or 2.9 hours loiter @ 130 NM (240 km)

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Maritime Attack/Air Policing

AIM-9 AGM-84 Harpoon Fuel AIM-120 Fuel AGM-84 Harpoon Fuel AIM-120

AIM-9

Combat C b t ½ IRT turn at 0.8M/30K ft

810 NM (1,500 km) or 2.9 hours loiter @ 130 NM (240 km)
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Interdiction/Close Air Support

AIM-9

LGB JDAM Fuel AIM-120

JDAM LGB AIM-120

AIM-9

Combat Direct attack

400 NM (740 km) range or 1 hour loiter @ 150 NM (278 km)

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Combat Air Patrol
 Hi h endurance combat air patrol High d b t i t l use organic tanking to increase endurance

AIM-9

AIM-120

AIM-120 AIM 120 Fuel

AIM-120 AIM 120

AIM-120

AIM-9

Combat Three 4g turns at 0.85M/10K ft

2.3 hours loiter @ 229 NM (370 km) Combat Air Patrol Mission
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Designed for Expeditionary Operations
 Reliable rugged airframe self diagnosing systems Reliable, airframe,  Hi-performance aerodynamics – Very slow approach speed – Steep glide slope / precise touchdown – Rugged landing gear – Excellent ground handling g g  Deployable maintenance with a small footprint and self support – Exceptional reliability – Maintenance friendly – Integrated electronic technical manuals – Multi function auxiliary power unit Multi-function – Self-contained ladder – No liquid oxygen  Portable mission planning  Organic aerial refueling as a tanker or receiver to extend range, autonomy, increase safety
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The Naval Design Enhances Deployability
Aircraft Design Feature
Rugged landing gear and structure • Withstands severe demands of aircraft carrier catapults and arrested landings Corrosion resistant structure and paints • Enhances resistance to harsh humid and salt air environment Low approach speed and precision landing • Ensures safe and easy carrier landings, especially at night and in adverse weather High efficiency Environmental Control System • Required for hot, humid, maritime environment Wing fold  Fits in limited space aboard aircraft carriers Integral boarding ladder and Auxiliary Power Unit • Minimizes support equipment on the flight deck and hangar Twin engines • Ensures safe operations over open sea and hostile environments Auxiliary power unit • Cooling, electrical power, hydraulic power, self-start for autonomous operation

Benefit
• Long structural life with minimal maintenance • Austere field operations with reduced ground roll • Long structural life with no scheduled depot-level maintenance requirement to achieve full structural life • Operation in tropical extremes • Easy and safe to land in all weather conditions • Excellent short field operations at secondary airfields • Plenty of cool, dry air for crew and avionics in extreme weather conditions; significant capacity for growth • Improved flight ramp, hangar space, and small, austere field parking • Reduced support equipment and deployment logistics requirements • Increased survivability, safety, reduced attrition • On-board power generation to provide ECS, electrical, fuel, d h d li f l and hydraulic power without running main engines ith t i i i or need for additional ground support equipment • Enhanced deployability

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Aircraft Servicing
Radar liquid coolant (Left side) External electrical power External cooling air Oil, arresting hook damper

Fuel (Right side)

Nitrogen arresting hook damper

Oil, engines Nose wheel well DDI Chaff dispenser Ch ff di (Left and right doors) Oil, APU Oil APU, and AMAD External hydraulic power doors Hydraulic systems H d li t (Left and right doors)

External pneumatic starting power (Within right main wheel well)

Designed to maintain, designed to operate
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Minimal Ground Support Equipment (GSE)
 S lf Self-contained A ili t i d Auxiliary Power Unit P U it
– – – – Starting Electrical power Cooling C li Hydraulic power for autonomous maintenance operations
Door 301 Door 52

Door 302

 Ground cooling fans for maintenance without the need for a cooling cart  Integral cockpit boarding ladder M More th 1 000 system functions monitored b than 1,000 t f ti it d by BIT
– Detect and isolate failures in avionics, engines, airframe subsystems flight controls subsystems, – Failures isolated to a specific parts

Auxiliary Power Unit (APU)

 BIT functionality is self-contained within the on-board on board systems
– No GSE required for BIT – Virtually eliminates avionics support equipment on the flight line
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Engine Change
 Engine change in less than 60 minutes, in the shadow of the aircraft  Engines are interchangeable  No quick engine change kit required (seals, grommets, etc.)  N engine t i No i trim  Full Authority Digital Electronic Controller (FADEC)  In-flight Engine Condition Monitoring System (IECMS)  No functional check flight required following engine change (ground run only)

Quick and simple engine change reduces manpower requirements, improves readiness and reduces ownership costs q , p p

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Minimal Functional Check Flights (FCF)
 Most FCFs replaced by ground checks performed by maintenance personnel  FCFs are not required following engine related maintenance
– All engine functional checks performed on the ground (low/high power turn, MIL power test, leak checks, etc.)

 FCFs are not required following most flight control surface replacement or maintenance actions  FCFs are required for acceptance q p flights, return to flight status, or trainer (rear-seat controls) reconfiguration

Higher a a ab y, lower life cyc e cos s g e availability, o e e cycle costs
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High Sustained Combat Sortie Generation
Q i kt Quick turnaround with no weapons d ith loading
– Requirement: Not to exceed 15 minutes (2 maintenance personnel)

 Fighter escort mission with weapons g p loading
– Requirement: Not to exceed 35 minutes (7 maintenance personnel)

 Interdiction mission with weapons loading
– Requirement: Not to exceed 45 minutes (7 maintenance personnel)

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Customized Support
U.S. Navy (F/A-18C/D) U.S. Navy (F/A 18E/F) (F/A-18E/F)
USN U.S. Industry

USN Country’s Military Country’s Industry USN and U.S. Industry Indigenous Capability Country’s Military y y

U.S. Industry y

• Traditional 3-level support system • Performance Based Logistics

International Customer A (F/A-18C/D)

International Customer B (F/A-18C/D) International Customer C (F/A-18C/D)
Country’s Military

Country’s Industry Indigenous Capability

USN and U.S. Industry

Country’s Industry Indigenous Capability g p y

USN and U.S. Industry

The Super Hornet support system is tailored to the needs of the customer
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Training System
Aircrew and Maintenance
Academics Flight Simulation Flight Training

Aircrew Training Maintenance Training
Hands-on Training Academics Combat Ready

Aircrew and maintenance training tailored to meet customer requirements

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GROWING CAPABILITY
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GROWING CAPABILITY

Constant Improvement and Growth
The “Flight Plan” was developed in close coordination between the U.S. Navy F/A 18 Flight Plan US F/A-18 Program Office, international customers, and Boeing. The customer analyzes the future threat and mission requirements while Boeing and industry partners develop the solutions to those capability requirements as technology matures. The current Flight Plan is focused on four main areas for capability growth: 1. Distributed Targeting (both air-to-air and air-to-surface) which gives the ability to target at longer stand-off ranges 2. 2 Sensor Integration – improving the ability to fuse information from various onboard and off-board sensors

 APG-79 AESA radar will be augmented with the Infrared Search and Track (IRST) system for long range passive search and track capability  The ability to correlate radar imagery to an onboard data base for more accurate stand-off y g y targeting, while improving the information processing from these sensors to get the best range and accuracy results

3. Airborne Networking – improving the bandwidth and data rate of our information sharing systems
 Integrate broadband, m lti f nction radios for better data rates and more flexibility broadband multi-function fle ibilit  Improvements to stand-off weapons for greater range and better accuracy 4. New and more effective air-to-air and air-to-ground weapons AMRAAM, JDAM, Small Diameter Bomb, SLAM-ER, dual-role weapons, etc.

Finally, product and process improvements are funded, designed, and incorporated to continue to improve maintainability, longevity, and availability
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Capabilities-Based Roadmap
Distributed Targeting
Image Exploitation Sensor Upgrades IRST Counter EA

Information Superiority on the Battlefield Collateral
d damage ring Friendly personnel safety ring

No Hit zone

Sensor Integration
Sensor Upgrades AESA MSI / Adv Fusion
Real-time Information in and out of the cockpit

Airborne Networking / Battle Management
Advanced IFF Advanced Nav Data Link Upgrades EW Battle Mgmt Cockpit Upgrades Strike Battle Mgmt

Airborne Electronic Attack (G)
NGJ Integration Simultaneous AEA/AESA Ops Comm & Radar Jamming Upgrades Geo-location Upgrades

A/A and A/G Weapons Integration
Additional Weapons Updated Loadouts UAV Carriage

A technology insertion road map ensures long-term combat viability
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GROWING CAPABILITY

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GROWING CAPABILITY

Infrared Search and Track (IRST)
 Long range passive detection and tracking of multiple targets  Extremely accurate angular tracking of targets
– Passive ranging of tracked targets (Laser range finder not required) – Passive detection and tracking of closely spaced targets

 IRST performance unaffected by dense jamming environment, target maneuvers, or target radar cross section  Radar performance enhanced via cued target search

380 gal (1435 l) of fuel IRST sensor package

Multi-function IRST Pod
(Centerline sensor station)
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Image Correlation Targeting
 Onboard geo-registration geo registration provides precise target coordinates thru the weather  R l ti Real-time reactive t ti targeting at ti t maximum weapon delivery range  Multiple moving targeting solutions using ATFLIR or AESA  Blue Force situational awareness  Combat ID

“JDAM-quality” target coordinates at maximum sensor ranges g generated in 10 to 15 seconds
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Potential Enhanced Capabilities
Next Generation Cockpit
Low Profile Head-up Display (HUD)

F414 Enhanced Performance Engine (EPE)

Large Area Liquid Crystal Display (Touch Sensitive)

 18-20% increase in thrust  Current engine life retained  3-5% improvement in fuel consumption  Low risk integration of existing engine materials and aerodynamics technologies  No structural changes to the aircraft

 Advanced information fusion  Enhanced situational awareness  Increased speed of decision making  Higher capability at reduced unit cost

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SUMMARY
F/A-18E/F F/A 18E/F SUPER HORNET

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SUMMARY AND ACRONYM LIST

The F/A-18E/F Super Hornet
N Next generation capability today, at l i bili d lower cost  Every mission is included – no costly upgrades required  Leading the network enabled revolution  High availability, low maintenance low-risk  Stable, low risk program in a mature airframe  Long term U.S. Government and international support

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Acronyms and Abbreviations
AEA – Airborne Electronic Attack AESA – Active Electronic Scanned Array AEW&C – Airborne Early Warning & Control AMAD – Airframe Mounted Accessory Drive AMRAAM – Advance Medium Range Air to Air Missile ANAV – Accurate Navigation APU – Auxiliary Power Unit BIT – Built In Test CAS – Close Air Support CIT – Combined Interrogator Transponder CNI – Communications Navigation Interrogation COTS – Commercial Off the Shelf DCS – Digital Communication System DDI – Digital Display indicator EA – Electronic Attack EO/IR – Electro-Optical / Infra Red Electro Optical Infra-Red FAC(A) – Forward Air Controller (Airborne) FADEC – Full Authority Digital Electronic Controller FCF – Functional Check Flight FLIR – For ard Looking Infra-Red Forward Infra Red GMTI – Ground Moving Target Indicator GPS – Global Positioning System GSE – Ground Support Equipment HOTAS – Hands On Throttle & Stick
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IDECM – Integrated Defensive Electronic Countermeasures INS – Inertial Navigation System IRST – Infra-Red Search & Track ISR – Intelligence, Surveillance, Reconnaissance JDAM – Joint Direct Attack Munition JTAC – Joint Tactical Air Controller JTRS – Joint Tactical Radio System JHMCS – Joint Helmet Mounted Cueing System MIDS – Multi-functional Information Distribution System MSI – Multi-Source Integration MTBF – Mean Time Between Failure MYP – Multi-Year Program R&D - Research & Development RCS – Radar Cross Section RECCE – Reconnaissance ROVER - Remotely Operated Vehicle for Emplacement and Reconnaissance RWR – Radar Warning Receiver SAM – Surface to Air Missile SAR – Synthetic Aperture Radar TFLIR – Targeting Forward Looking Infra-Red TOGW – Take Off Gross Weight UAV – Unmanned Aerial Vehicle VMF – Variable Message Format
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SUMMARY AND ACRONYM LIST

F/A-18E/F SUPER HORNET

Cost

Super Hornet Block II delivered

Capability

Value Aff d bilit V l = Affordability + Capability C bilit
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