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F/A-18E/F Super Hornet STOBAR testing

Wyvern

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Hello all,

Not sure if a thread already exists about this, nor whether this fits with the other threads existing about F/A-18E/F upgrades, if it does, I do ask the moderators to merge this with another thread if necessary.

It seems that Boeing has gone forward with STOBAR testing of the F/A-18E/F Super Hornet, specifically the Block III variant, in a move to win orders from the Indian Navy, who have become increasingly displeased with the MiG-29K after three incidents. The Super Hornet faces two competitors, the Rafale M and the MiG-29K. The latter seems not to be on the cards right now, for the reasons mentioned previously. This leaves only the Rafale M. The Super Hornet does come with some advantages, the main one being that it comes in both single-seat and twin-seat variants.

 

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Amazing... Will Marines manned or Germany's SH deploy one day on the QE class?
 

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on a random but related note..
I really do miss the old F-18 Prototype and its colors. really nice. didnt they have a red one too?
and also did a ski jump test

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Memory lane . The one is the left was a USMC prototype :).
 

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Amazing... Will Marines manned or Germany's SH deploy one day on the QE class?
Unless the need arises, the QE class probably won't use an arrestor cable. That is, unless UK defence policy changes massively in the upcoming years, but it doesn't seem that that will happen. Even if she does get an arrestor cable, the Royal Navy would probably opt for something stealth, like the F-35C. The Royal Navy is satisfied with the STOVL F-35B as it is.
 

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Memory lane . The one is the left was a USMC prototype :).
I've looked for that Tomcat one many times over the years. Saw it in a book way back in the day and was starting to think I'd imagined it.
 
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