The combat-proven F/A-18E/F Super Hornet delivers cutting-edge, next-generation multi-role strike fighter capability that is available today, outdistancing current and emerging threats well into the future. The Super Hornet has the capability, flexibility and performance necessary to modernize the air or naval aviation forces of any country.

With a total of 11 weapons stations, the Super Hornet gives warfighters extraordinary payload flexibility by carrying a mixed load of air-to-air and air-to-ground ordnance. A typical basic loadout for a self-escort strike mission starts with an advanced infrared targeting pod, one AIM-120 AMRAAM, two AIM-9 Sidewinder missiles, a 20mm cannon and an external fuel tank. This leaves six under-wing weapon stations available to carry a variety of weapons and other stores.

A comprehensive spiral development design concept – including the addition of the APG-79 active electronically scanned array (AESA) radar – offers continuously improving overall mission capability and supportability. Integrating the APG-79 AESA radar, Advanced Targeting Forward Looking Infrared (ATFLIR) system, Joint Helmet Mounted Cueing System (JHMCS), Multifunctional Information Distribution System (MIDS), advanced high capacity computer system, and state-of-the-art cockpit provides the warfighter with intuitive situational awareness.

The F/A-18E/F has exceptional combat maneuverability, unlimited angle of attack, high resistance to spins and departures, and ease of handling and training. Its reconfigurable digital flight control system can detect damage to or full loss of a flight control and still allow safe recovery. These and other enhancements ensure the Super Hornet remains combat relevant through the coming decades.

Max takeoff weight 66,000 lb (29,937 kg)
Max catapult payload
34,000 lb (15,422 kg)
Max bringback payload E: 9,900 lb (4,491 kg)
F: 9,000 lb (4,082 kg)
Field landing weight 50,600 lb (22,951 kg)
Speed Mach 1.8+
Combat ceiling 50,000+ ft (15,240+ m)
Design load factor 7.6g


  • Operational in 10 U.S. Navy Carrier Air Wings (19 squadrons)
  • 497 Super Hornets have been delivered as of 2012
  • 258 F-model Super Hornets
  • 215 E-model Super Hornets
  • 24 Royal Australian Air Force F/A-18Fs