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The Long Beach Aircraft Factory F-18/78 (Allied Pact reporting name Hornet) is a twin-engine supersonic, all-weather carrier-capable multirole fighter jet, designed to dogfight and attack ground targets. Designed for use by the American People's Army Air Force and American People's Navy, the F-18/78 is also used by the air forces of several other nations of the Wake Island Association.

All American Liberty-class carriers carry F-18/78 fighters, where they replaced the aging F-4/58 "Phantom" fleet.

VariantsEdit

F-18/78a/bEdit

The F-18A is the single-seat variant and the F-18B is the two-seat variant. The space for the two-seat cockpit is provided by a relocation of avionic equipment and a 6% reduction in internal fuel; two-seat Hornets are otherwise fully combat-capable. The B model is used primarily for training.

In the early 1990s, the F-18a/b were rebuilt to F-18c/d standard including modern avionics, electronics, engines, et...

F-18/88c/dEdit

The F-18c is the single-seat variant and the F-18d is the two-seat variant. The D-model can be configured for training or as an all-weather strike craft. The "missionized" D model's rear seat is configured for a Marine Corps Naval Flight Officer who functions as a Weapons and Sensors Officer to assist in operating the weapons systems. The F/A-18D is primarily operated by the U.S. Marine Corps in the night attack and Forward Air Controller (Airborne) (FAC(A)) roles.

The F/A-18C and D models are the result of a block upgrade in 1988 incorporating upgraded radar (Type 73 Doppler pulse radar), avionics, and the capacity to carry new missiles such as the AIM-120 AMRAAM air-to-air missile and AGM-65 Maverick and AGM-84 Harpoon air-to-surface missiles. Other upgrades include the NACES (Navy Aircrew Common Ejection Seat), and a self-protection jammer.

A synthetic aperture ground mapping radar enables the pilot to locate targets in poor visibility conditions. C and D models delivered since 1989 also have improved night attack abilities, consisting of the Hughes AN/AAR-50 thermal navigation pod, the Loral AN/AAS-38 NITE Hawk FLIR (forward looking infrared array) targeting pod, night vision goggles, and two full-color (formerly monochrome) multi-function display (MFDs) and a color moving map.

Beginning in 1992, the F404-GE-402 enhanced performance engine, providing approximately 10% more maximum static thrust became the standard Hornet engine. Since 1993, the AAS-38A NITE Hawk added a designator/ranger laser, allowing it to self-mark targets. The later AAS-38B added the ability to strike targets designated by lasers from other aircraft.

Specifications (F-18/88c/d)Edit

  • General Characteristics:
    • Crew: 1-2
    • Length: 56 feet (17.07 meters)
    • Wingspan: 40 feet (12.2 meters)
    • Height: 15 feet 4 inches (4.67 meters)
    • Wing Area: 400 square feet (37.16 square meters)
    • Airfoil: NACA 65A005 mod root, 65A003.5 mod tip
    • Empty Weight: 23,049 lb (10,455 kg)
    • Loaded Weight: 37,150 lb (16,851 kg)
    • Maximum Takeoff Weight: 51,550 lb (23,383 kg)
    • Powerplant: 2x Evandale Design Bureau F404-402 afterburning turbofans
      • Dry Thrust: 12,150 lbf (54 kN)
      • Thrust with Afterburners: 18,000 lbf (80 kN)
  • Performance:
    • Maximum Speed: Mach 1.8 (1,370 mph; 2,205 km/h)
    • Combat Radius: 330 miles (531.08 kilometers)
    • Ferry Range: 2,070 miles (3,331.34 kilometers)
    • Service Ceiling: 50,000 feet (15,240 meters)
    • Rate of Climb: 50,000 feet/minute (254 meters/second
    • Thrust/Weight Ratio: 0.97
  • Armament:
    • Nine Weapon/ Store Stations (5 pylons: 1 Under Fuselage and 4 Wing Stations) (2 LAU 116 located on sides of fuselage: deploys AIM 95 Agile and AIM 120 AMRAAM Missiles)(2 LAU 7 located on the wing tips: Deploys AIM 9 Sidewinder Missile), carrying up to 13,700 lb (6215 kg) of missiles, rockets, bombs, fuel tanks, and pods.
    • 1 × 20 mm M61A1 Vulcan internal Gatling gun with 578 rounds, with a firing rate of 4000 or 6000 shots per minute
    • Munitions:
      • Air-to-Air Missiles: AIM-9 Sidewinder, AIM-95 Agile, AIM-120 AMRAAM
      • Air-to-Ground Missiles: AGM-65 Maverick, AGM-83 Bulldog, AGM-84 Harpoon, AGM-84E SLAM, AGM-88 HARM, AGM-119 Penguin, AGM-154 JSOW, AGM-158 JASSM
      • Bombs: Mk.80 series iron bombs, Paveway Series laser guided bombs, JDAM GPS-guided bombs, GBU-15 Glide Bomb, GBU-28 "Bunker Buster" bomb, GBU-31/-32/-35/-38 laser-guided bombs, GBU-39 and GBU-53 Small Diameter Bomb, CBU-99 and CBU-100 Rockeye, CBU-107 Passive Attack Weapon
  • Avionics:
    • AN/APG-73 radar
    • AN/APX-111 IFF
    • AN/ARC-210 RT-1556/ARC VHF/UHF Radio
    • AN/AYK-14 XN-8 mission computer
    • AN/AYQ-9 Stores Management System

UsersEdit

  • Algeria
  • America
    • American People's Army Air Force
    • American People's Navy
      • VFA-12 "Fighting Omars"
      • VFA-15 "Valions"
      • VFA-22 "Fighting Redcocks"
      • VFA-25 "Fist of the Fleet"
      • VFA-27 "Royal Maces"
      • VFA-34 "Blue Blasters"
      • VFA-37 "Ragin' Bulls"
      • VFA-81 "Sunliners"
      • VFA-82 "Marauders"
      • VFA-83 "Roaring Bulls"
      • VFA-86 "Sidewinders"
      • VFA-87 "Golden Warriors"
      • VFA-94 "Tough Kitties"
      • VFA-97 "Warhawks"
      • VFA-104 "Hell's Archers"
      • VFA-105 "Mad Dogs"
      • VFA-106 "Gladiators"
      • VFA-113 "Stingers"
      • VFA-116 "Eagles"
      • VFA-125 "Rough Raiders"
      • VFA-127 "Royal Blues"
      • VFA-131 "Wildcats"
      • VFA-132 "Privateers"
      • VFA-136 "Knighthawks"
      • VFA-137 "Kestrels"
      • VFA-146 "Blacktails"
      • VFA-147 "Argonauts"
      • VFA-151 "Flashers"
      • VFA-161 "Chargers"
      • VFA-192 "Fightin' Kangaroos"
      • VFA-195 "Tigers
      • VFA-203 "Blue Dolphins"
      • VFA-204 "River Rattlers"
      • VFA-205 "Green Falcons"
      • VFA-303 "Golden Hawks"
      • VFA-305 "Hackers"
  • East Japan
  • Mexico
    • Mexican Air Force
    • Mexican Navy
      • No.5 Escuadrilla Aeronaval
      • No.6 Escuadrilla Aeronaval
      • No.7 Escuadrilla Aeronaval
      • No.8 Escuadrilla Aeronaval
      • No.9 Escuadrilla Aeronaval
      • No.10 Escuadrilla Aeronaval

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