Aero India: Guided tour of the souped-up Super Hornet [VIDEO]

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10 Responses to Aero India: Guided tour of the souped-up Super Hornet [VIDEO]

  1. Rene Rosales 8 February, 2011 at 5:59 pm #

    I couldn’t imagine the US Navy not incorporating some of these features especially into the 2010 “stop-gap” buy of 124 Super Hornets. Or is this like Block 60 Vipers – too expensive to justify for the US, DoD preferring instead to save the money for JSF?

    Wonder what the cost per airframe woudl be to add the CFT’s and EPE’s ? The additional range and performance would be a huge benefit for fleet defense. The chin IRST pod would take that even further with more airframes available that could be hunting J-20′s in 20 years.

    It’s already said that the circle of influence of CVBG’s is shrinking due to improving defenses in potentially hostile countries. Can’t imagine not putting these add-ons to existing Super Hornets as well as the new purchase to help restore that.

    Rene Rosales

  2. Stephen Trimble 8 February, 2011 at 10:06 pm #

    I know the USN funded the IRST and the EPE. For the USN, the latter is not a thrust improvement, but a durability upgrade (EPE allows you to burn the engine hotter or burn it at longer the same temperature). Assault DIRCM is not in the USN’s plan at the moment, nor is the podded weapons bay. Not sure about CFTs, but I’ll ask.

  3. Andrew McLaughlin 8 February, 2011 at 11:09 pm #

    So Ricardo’s back on Super Hornet? I thought he’d moved over to P-8???

  4. Solomon 9 February, 2011 at 1:03 am #

    awesome find Stephen.

  5. Andrew McLaughlin 9 February, 2011 at 2:53 am #

    The USN funded IRST is the centreline tank mounted model, not the one shown here on the gun bay door.

    In fact, I thought the reason they went to the tank mounted IRST was because of a lack of avionics space in the forward fuselage, but obviously not!

  6. Rene Rosales 9 February, 2011 at 3:05 am #

    Thanks for the reply, Stephen. Good to hear bout IRST/EPE (especially your explanation on the latter). A lot of people worried when the F-14 retired and its replacement for outer rim defense, the Super Hornet, had much shorter legs. I know the Rhino brings a lot to the table that the Tomcat couldn’t, but the added range of the CFT’s could make up for one very serious shortcoming in the Hornet platform, in my humble opinion.

    Rene Rosales

  7. Marauder 9 February, 2011 at 9:30 am #

    Very cool configuration. Hope to see it on a CVN soon. On a related note, it looks like Boeing’s prospects in the Brazilian competition have markedly improved:

    http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/02/08/brazil-jets-idUSN088439020110208?pageNumber=1

    Any idea which configuration(s) were proposed there?

  8. William C. 9 February, 2011 at 5:32 pm #

    Very nice. I don’t see much utility in that weapons pod however. It’s not going to make enough of a RCS difference to make the Super Hornet a VLO aircraft and it really cuts back on payload.

    Everything else I like. I think it would be a smart move for the Navy to upgrade some of the SH fleet to this standard.

  9. mike j 9 February, 2011 at 7:39 pm #

    I’m gonna nitpick that statement he makes at the end; “…supersonic speed would be improved greatly with that thrust.” Vmo in high performance jets is usually limited by factors that have little to do with thrust, i.e. FTIT, inlet geometry, structure, stability, etc. So what did he mean?

  10. Amicus Curiae 12 February, 2011 at 5:01 pm #

    I love sales pitches for their entertainment value. All the new features have no drag penalty, have no trouble fitting into the available space, and can be accommodated by available cooling/power/structure. We can offer you more thrust, but you don’t really need it. Never mind that one aperture under the nose for the “sensor suite” blows the rcs budget for the entire aircraft. We can still talk about an LO weapons pod. We can accomplish this because the other guys are idiots, and we are geniuses. We can get away with this hyperbole because those other guys are gilding their own lily too. The price to engineer these things is a pittance, the time required is only a clock tick, and the result will be a real deal. Sign here, here, and here. Initial here and here. Voila!

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