Boeing’s F/A-18E/F Super Hornet is having a good year. Having notched up its first aerial ‘kill’, the US Navy is standing behind the strike fighter, buying more jets and investing in new capabilities.


An F/A-18F prepares to make the first arrested landing aboard the USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) on July 28, 2017. It also marked the first carrierborne use of the new advanced arresting gear (AAG) system and electromagnetic launch system (EMALS).
US Navy/Erik Hildebrandt

JUNE 2017 WILL surely go down in Boeing history as a good month. In a period of roughly 10 days it was announced that the US Navy will not only buy a minimum of 80 new Super Hornets over the next five years, but that it will also fund a number of the Advanced Super Hornet (ASH) capabilities that Boeing has developed as part of what the Navy calls the Block III upgrade.

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