Boeing F/A-18E/F Super Hornet

I’m curious how that would have worked…
The aircraft was on the ground, so it was a launch to GPS co-ordinates and MMW terminal seek.

Does AARGM have a datalink? It was mentioned in here as an expanded capability.

If so you could theoretically cue the missile with the launch aircraft radar and provide a mid-course update and then leave the MMW seeker to do the final bit. Probably very difficult to jam too, since not many aircraft have jamming in the MMW band.
 
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Here are photos I took of a flight demonstration of the FA-18F Super Hornet in 2016. Nikon DSLR 24.5 Pixel with 70- 300 mm zoom.
 

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I thought only the legacy hornets are getting GaN TRM based radars?
The AN/APG-79 radar systems will be supplied to F/A-18E/F Super Hornets as part of the Super Hornet program Block II upgrade. The US Navy’s EA-18G Electronic Attack aircraft will also be equipped with the APG-79 AESA radar system.

View: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D3uamsXfzIE
Featuring the F-18's RCS reduction measures, the new IRST pod, and Gallium Nitride or GaN radar, the Block III Super Hornet does it all.
 
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Are you sure? I looked before I posted and came across several articles stating the -79(v)4 is the first GaN based radar for US fighters. Obviously the standard -79 is GaA based. I couldn't come across any articles on Block III behind low observability, TTNT, IRST/center line tank, comms.... thanks in advance
 
I believe the APG-79(V)4 is intended solely for the remaining legacy F/A-18s. I don't think the USN is still flying any of those, but the USMC still is. I'd have to assume since the USMC does more land-based operations that their airframes weren't all worn out like the USN ones must have been when retired. The array on the (V)4 is physically smaller than the "full-size" APG-79s used in the Super Hornet in order to fit in the smaller aircraft.

It seems odd that the first operational GaN fighter radar for the US would be for a relatively small fleet of fighters. I can only assume a GaN-based upgrade for the Super Hornet is in the works, but I haven't read any news about it.

I'm left wondering what are the (V)1 through (V)3 variants of the APG-79, there doesn't seem many details. It's quite a big skip to (V)4.
 
Are you sure? I looked before I posted and came across several articles stating the -79(v)4 is the first GaN based radar for US fighters. Obviously the standard -79 is GaA based. I couldn't come across any articles on Block III behind low observability, TTNT, IRST/center line tank, comms.... thanks in advance
Just going by what I'm reading. Maybe the SH version is a bigger one with the GaN radars?? It kind of seems like a sensible move since it's the aircraft that would benefit the most from GaN, especially given the new super-SAM.
 
I believe the APG-79(V)4 is intended solely for the remaining legacy F/A-18s. I don't think the USN is still flying any of those, but the USMC still is. I'd have to assume since the USMC does more land-based operations that their airframes weren't all worn out like the USN ones must have been when retired. The array on the (V)4 is physically smaller than the "full-size" APG-79s used in the Super Hornet in order to fit in the smaller aircraft.

It seems odd that the first operational GaN fighter radar for the US would be for a relatively small fleet of fighters. I can only assume a GaN-based upgrade for the Super Hornet is in the works, but I haven't read any news about it.

I'm left wondering what are the (V)1 through (V)3 variants of the APG-79, there doesn't seem many details. It's quite a big skip to (V)4.

Just going by what I'm reading. Maybe the SH version is a bigger one with the GaN radars?? It kind of seems like a sensible move since it's the aircraft that would benefit the most from GaN, especially given the new super-SAM.
The first 135 or so Super Hornets (Block I, delivered from 1999)* had the same AN/APG-73 radar as the F/A-18C/Ds (because the AN/APG-79 was not ready).

Block II Super Hornets (including all EA-18Gs) have a modified forward fuselage for the larger APG-79 - a small number of Block II airframes were fitted initially with APG-73s because the APG-79 was STILL not ready (deliveries of APG-79 equipped Block IIs began in 2005), they have since been refitted with APG-79s.

All Block IIIs have the APG-79.

Most of those 135 Block I F/A-18E/Fs will also receive the APG-79(V)4s along with the USMC's remaining F/A-18C/Ds.


* The Super Hornets the Blue Angels received over a year ago are Block I airframes.
 

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