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A Boeing-led team has demonstrated that a group of EA-18G Growler electronic attack aircraft, connected by a prototype data link, can track a moving ship accurately enough to guide a missile to it, without the help of radar.

In follow-on tests, proposed for next year, the Growlers would be linked to an F/A-18E/F Super Hornet fighter carrying an infrared search-and-track (IRST) system for long-range detection and tracking of airborne targets.


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Boeing illustrerà oggi alla stampa lo "Advanced Super Hornet" .... del quale vengono ora rilasciate nuove immagini ....


New Pics: Advanced Super Hornet in Flight .... http://www.aviationweek.com/Blogs.aspx?plckBlogId=Blog:27ec4a53-dcc8-42d0-bd3a-01329aef79a7&plckPostId=Blog:27ec4a53-dcc8-42d0-bd3a-01329aef79a7Post:e254e9d9-2cd7-4810-88e3-6aa01dc446f6

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Intanto .... Boeing non sta con le mani in mano ....


Boeing to demonstrate advanced multi-aircraft data fusion in 2014 ....


Boeing, in co-operation with the US Navy, is hoping to demonstrate seamlessly fusing data from multiple, different aircraft using multiple, different sensors in real time in the air in 2014, a senior company official says.


Fonte .... http://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/boeing-to-demonstrate-advanced-multi-aircraft-data-fusion-in-2014-389902/

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Come annunciato ieri .... Boeing ha presentato il nuovo dimostratore "semi-stealth" Advanced Super Hornet ....


Boeing shows off advanced Super Hornet demonstrator ....


Boeing has unveiled an F/A-18F Super Hornet demonstrator aircraft fitted with a number of enhancements designed to improve its stealth capability and range.

Shown at its factory in St Louis, Missouri, the modifications to the baseline aircraft include the addition of prototype conformal fuel tanks (CFT), an enclosed weapons pod and new radar cross-section treatments.


Fonte .... http://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/boeing-shows-off-advanced-super-hornet-demonstrator-389930/

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Le mosse di Boeing per indurre la Marina ad adottare la nuova versione dello F-18 quale eventuale "tappabuchi" in attesa dell'ancor lontana entrata in servizio dello F-35C ....


Un approfondimento di Amy Butler (AW&ST) ....


Boeing Targeting U.S. Navy For Super Hornet Upgrades ....


By Amy Butler

Source: Aerospace Daily & Defense Report - August 29, 2013


ST. LOUIS — With 25 hr. of flight time on new, stealthy F/A-18 fuel tanks and more trials planned, Boeing is now focusing its demonstration and marketing efforts for a host of Super Hornet upgrades toward the U.S. Navy customer, a major reversal.

“This is no longer something we consider to be just an international play,” says Paul Summers, Boeing’s F/A-18 and EA-18G director.

The upgrades “fit the domestic market better right now,” says Mark Gammon, program manager for Super Hornet and Growler advanced capabilities.

The upgrade project began under the nebulous F/A-18E/F “International Roadmap” moniker, with a 2010 rollout of a menu of improvements for the twin-engine fighter.

The company briefed the capabilities with foreign customers, showcased them at air shows abroad and also kept the Navy in the loop — as a courtesy, officials say.

Until now, Boeing officials have been quick to correct anyone suggesting the Super Hornet improvements were ultimately trained on its largest Super Hornet customer, the Pentagon.

Despite funding pressure in the Defense Department, the Navy appears to be on board with the concept, though funding has yet to emerge.

The service is allowing Boeing to lease one of its new Super Hornets for demonstration flights and requesting some specific design tweaks — such as improved fuel load in stealthy fuel tanks. Industry officials on the Super Hornet industry team suggest funding could come as early as the 2016 budget, which will be crafted next summer.

The Navy’s interest comes as the service continues its cautious support of the F-35C project.

While the Marine Corps plans to declare initial operational capability (IOC) by December 2015 and the Air Force plans for it a year later, the Navy is more measured with its intention for an IOC in 2019.

Boeing officials stopped short of suggesting the Advanced Super Hornet — with its operational engine upgrade, frontal-aspect stealth improvements and situational awareness adds — could be an alternative to its rival made by Lockheed Martin.

Summers notes, however, that the upgrades are designed to address the predicted threat environment in 2030 and beyond.

The entire menu of upgrades could be developed for less than $1 billion, says Mike Gibbons, vice president of the Super Hornet and Growler programs for Boeing.

If the service were to buy new F/A-18s with the upgrades, the cost would be roughly about $56 million, or 10% higher than the most recent flyaway cost in the third multiyear buy cited by the company of $51 million (this price includes the aircraft, both engines and electronic warfare gear).

Though not discussed by Boeing officials, the company is likely to heavily incentivize the Navy’s interest in new build aircraft in an effort to get the service to pursue the strategy used by the Australian Air Force of delaying F-35 purchases in favor of an F/A-18E/F gapfiller.

But the capabilities also can be retrofitted into existing Super Hornets with relatively little destructive work needed on the aircraft.

Likely the most substantial addition would be new plumbing needed for the CFTs.

“We didn’t chase this specific set of technologies because of the F-35,” Gibbons told reporters during an Advanced Super Hornet briefing here.

“Affordability is the key differentiator for us.”

The first upgrades to be flight tested are the aerodynamic qualities and radar-cross section performance of two conformal, top-mounted fuel tanks as well as a low-observable, centerline mounted internal carriage weapons pod.

Boeing has leased a U.S. Navy Super Hornet fresh off the production line for these trials.

The demonstrator aircraft includes about 100 lb. of radar-absorbing or scattering coatings at specific locations on the platform as well as the dummy CFTs and weapons pod.

The upgrades designed for low observability — including the CFTs, weapons pod and a redesigned radar blocker for the engine inlet — will deliver a 50% improvement over the current Super Hornet’s frontal aspect low observability, Gibbons says.


Link .... http://www.aviationweek.com/Article.aspx?id=/article-xml/asd_08_29_2013_p01-01-611097.xml#

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Rifornimento in volo con un V-22:





Un convertiplano Bell/Boeing V-22 Osprey ha rifornito in volo due caccia F/A-18C e F/A-18D usando il sistema a sonda flessibile della US Navy. La prova, annunciata dai costruttori alcune settimane dopo lo svolgimento della prova nei cieli del Texas, mirava a dimostrare la versatilità dell’Osprey in vista del possibile ampliamento dei suoi impieghi operativi.

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Gli F-18 dei Marines e le loro mimetiche.




The cool “Splinter” paint scheme was inadvertently invented for U.S. Marine Corps F/A-18 Hornets
Sep 13 2013 - Splinter-F-18.jpg

“Splinter” paint schemes have become a distinguishing feature of U.S. Air Force Aggressors and later appeared on Iranian F-14s (under the name of Asian Minor II camouflage).

The “splinter” pattern is used to make the fighter jet to which it is applied similar to a Russian 4th and 5th generation aircraft.

Noteworthy, we have recently received an email from Gregory Slusher, a reader of The Aviationist, who explained in a really interesting email how the color scheme was “inadvertently invented” for U.S. Marine Corps F/A-18 Hornets.

“As a young U.S. Marine Sergent, me and my fellow corrosion control techs inadvertently invented the paint design,” Slusher explains.

“The squadron in question is F/A-18 squadron VMFAT-101 out of Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, California. The unit is a pilot training squadron and as such features quite a bit of air-to-air training. With the standard grey paint scheme, rookie Hornet pilots could not distinguish their targets from “friendlies.” My CO tasked our corrosion shop with creating and aggressive paint scheme that would help to aid the young pilots in target ID. It took us a few attempts, but we settled on a randomly placed collection of geometric shapes.”

So, the “splinter” color scheme was not introduced to make the jets similar to their Russian adversaries, just to make them more visible.

Tail number 26 was our prototype, and is obviously not as angular. We were not completely satisfied. Tail number 34 was when we had really hit upon a formula that we and the command enjoyed. Tail number 12 was a desert variant and our favorite of the jets we painted. Initially we did not paint the radome since they are swapped frequently. Later, the shop gained the approval to paint them.”


Image credit: Gregory Slusher

If you “google” VMFAT-101, you would see much of their work, as it has been photographed quite extensively at air shows, well before other services decided to apply a similar paint scheme to their planes.

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Interessante anche questo passaggio.




The U.S. Air Force and Marine Corps are planning on developing an electronic warfare version of the new F-35, or use a UAV, if the EA-18Gs are not plentiful or powerful enough to provide all the electronic protection needed in future wars.


a me sembra piu' una "dichiarazione di indipendenza" dalla navy, per avere questo tipo di assetto (fondamentale).

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In vista ulteriori acquisti di F/A-18 Hornet ....



US Navy considers extending F/A-18 procurement into fiscal year 2015 ....

The US Navy is considering ordering additional Boeing F/A-18E/F Super Hornet aircraft in fiscal 2015, despite current plans to cease procurement in the current 2014 fiscal year, which ends on 30 September.
In a pre-solicitation notice posted on FedBizOpps.gov, the Naval Air Systems Command says it “intends to solicit and negotiate a fixed-price” contract with Boeing for up to 36 F/A-18E/F Super Hornet and E/A-18G Growler aircraft in FY2015.


Fonte .... http://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/us-navy-considers-extending-fa-18-procurement-into-fiscal-year-2015-392306/

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Certo Flight Global sottolinea come questo ulteriore acquisto non sia per niente definitivo, ma ci sia semplicemente un preliminare per mantenere aperta la linea di produzione per un altro anno, opzione di acquisto che non sarebbe automaticamente esercitata dalla US Navy.


Però, faccio una prima considerazione personale, al termine dell’attuale procurement US Navy, non ci satebbe già l’ordine di ulteriori 12 Growler australiani che manterrebbe comunque la linea aperta per un altro anno ancora?


Nell’articolo linkato ci sono diversi riferimenti alle conseguenze di questa possibile scelta di ulteriori acquisti di F-18 (scelta non definitiva) rispetto al procurement dell’F-35, sia per l’acquisizione dei 260 C previsti da parte della US Navy, che per eventuali conseguenze (leggasi aumenti dei costi per tutti gli altri visto il probabile slittamento dell’acquisto degli F-35C da parte della marina USA).





Foreign buyers of the F-35 will likely take note of the navy’s interest in more F/A-18s, but not because it signals lack of faith in the F-35, Harrison adds.....


“A lot of foreign customers are worried the [production] schedule will slip,” Harrison says, and fewer orders from the US Navy could drive up unit costs.



OK ne prendiamo atto. La Navy ufficialmente non manca di fede nell’F-35C, sta semplicemente probabilmente rimandando in parte gli acquisti degli F-35C, dotandosi di ulteriori velivoli nuovi nel caso ci sia bisogno di più tempo del previsto per l’operatività degli F-35.


Anche l’USAF sta aggiornando una parte dei suoi F-16 (e probabilmente di una parte degli F-15C; gli F-15E USAF conviveranno con gli F-35, fino all’introduzione del caccia di sesta generazione) rendendoli "gold" con principalmente l’integraziione di nuovi radar/avionica.


Ma a differenza dell’USAF, la Navy è già dotata di un buon numero di F-18 E/F/G nuovi di pacca. Perché considerare nel 2013 l’acquisto di altri 36 che verrebbero consegnati quando l’F-35 dovrebbe essere maturo? Nello stesso tempo i Mariens, il corpo USA che spinge di più per implementare quanto prima i Lighting II, si doterà presto oltre che di 353 F-35B anche di 67 F-35C che andranno a sostituire i suoi legacy Hornet sulle super carrier, aiutando a sostenere che la componente imbarcata di queste ultime sia comunque allo stato dell’arte.


Insomma, mia finale considerazione personale, viste anche le prove dell’X-47B sulla USS Bush, mentre l’F-35C ancora non viene provato su una carrier per i ben noti problemi del gancio, credo che la Navy abbia qualche perplessità sull’F-35, al di la della rinnovata apparente fiducia al programma oppure non riesca a vedere appieno il salto qualitativo che garantirebbe un tale mezzo rispetto alle versioni E/F/G dell’F-18.


Questa la mia percezione. Forse ci sono più problemi per la versione C dell’F-35 (ipotesi più probabile), ma c’è anche la possibilità che la US Navy sia ancora troppo legata alla tradizione e al passato, con un apparato burocratico elefantiaco, come leggo da qualche altra parte, incapace di cogliere appieno le possibilità dell’F-35.

Edited by Scagnetti

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Io credo che l'F-18 si stia dimostrando un'ottima piattaforma. Ma la IOC dell'F-35C e' fissata per il 2019. E le consegne saranno graduali. L'eta' media della componente aerea della Navy non e' elevatissima, ma comunque per spingersi oltre il 2019 (aspettando tutte le consegne) serve un gap filler. Sempre che la IOC dell'F-35C arrivi nel 2019.. insomma: meglio prevenire che curare..

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Ci hanno ripensato .... :woot:



US Navy cancels Super Hornet pre-solicitation order ....

The US Navy has backpedaled on its intention of acquiring more Boeing F/A-18E/F aircraft in fiscal year 2015, cancelling a 17 October pre-solicitation order for up to 36 of the aircraft.
The navy issued a cancellation notice on the federal procurement website FedBizOpps.gov today, putting the brakes on the earlier notice, which was for both F/A-18E/F Super Hornet and E/A-18G Growler aircraft.
The navy also cancelled a 17 October pre-solicitation notice to procure up to 84 General Electric F414 engines, which power both the Super Hornet and Growler, according to FedBizOpps.gov.


Fonte .... http://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/us-navy-cancels-super-hornet-pre-solicitation-order-392426/

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Il Brasile e la NSA .. non è che sia molto completo ed esaustivo ma comunque:




(AGI) - Brasilia, 25 ott. - L'Nsagate, che ha visto finora come vittima piu' illustre il presidente brasiliano Dilma Rouseff, spiata dagli 007 Usa, potrebbe costare caro a Washington.
Brasilia sta infatti ripensando, scrive El Pais, al contratto da 4 miliardi di dollari, per la fornitura di 36 nuovi caccia-bombardieri F-18. Una commessa in cui sono in gara oltre ai jet della Boeing, i Rafale della francese Dassault e i Grippen della svedese Saab. Pe gli Usa si tratterebbe della prima ripercussione cocnreta dell'ira del presidente Roussef che a settembre cancello' una visita in programma da tempo alla Casa Bianca.



E in Svizzera ne hanno perso uno:




Svizzera: cade F-18 biposto

Un caccia McDonnell Douglas F/A-18D svizzero si è schiantato contro una montagna ieri nei pressi di Alpnachstad, nel cantone Obwald. L’annuncio è stato dato dal Dipartimento federale della difesa, della protezione della popolazione e dello sport, senza dettagli sulla sorte dei due membri dell’equipaggio. Il caccia, decollato da Memmingen in coppia con un altro, è il secondo F-18 perduto in Svizzera.

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Se decidete di guardarlo e avete uno schermo ad alta risoluzione, impostate la qualità massima, anche se ci mette 2 pleniluni a caricarlo. Ve lo godrete.


Il video in questione è questo:




Il risultato per me è stato non dissimile da questo:







Vi anticipo un immagine a parer mio molto bella che sono riuscito a catturare mentre lo guardavo sul telefono:





Edited by fabio-22raptor

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Riguardo l'incidente in svizzera che ha coinvolto l' F-18:




Crash F/A-18, rapporto finale al più presto tra sei mesi



ALPNACHSTAD - Il rapporto finale sulle cause dello schianto di un F/A-18 contro un montagna nel canton Obvaldo, il 23 ottobre scorso, sarà pubblicato al più presto tra sei mesi. Lo ha indicato oggi all'ats la portavoce della Giustizia militare Martina Hugentobler. Attualmente si stanno esaminando i dati della scatola nera.

Nel frattempo il giudice istruttore incaricato del caso, il maggiore Alexander Pfister, ha richiesto tre perizie, per determinare se l'incidente - in cui hanno perso la vita il pilota e un medico dell'Istituto di medicina aeronautica delle Forze aeree - sia stato provocato da un problema tecnico, di volo o medico, oppure una combinazione di questi fattori.

Se le perizie non permetteranno di giungere a una conclusione chiara, saranno necessari ulteriori accertamenti, ad esempio con la ricostruzione del cacciabombardiere caduto, ha spiegato la Hugentobler, ciò che ritarderà la pubblicazione del rapporto finale. Non saranno diffusi rapporti intermedi.

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Fantastico video. Spettacolari soprattutto le immagini da dentro il cockpit :o!!!!

Edited by tomcatMaic98

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Bella questa integrazione fra lanci spaziali, ed F-18 grazie al lavoro delle NASA, trasformando l'Hornet in una "Virtual Machine".

Edited by -{-Legolas-}-

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