BOE­ING PLANS FOR F/A-18 UP­GRADE

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Boe­ing is plan­ning fu­ture up­grades for the F/A-18 Super Hor­net that will keep the fight­ers fly­ing into the 2040s. If approved, the plan will see con­tin­ued de­vel­op­ment of the air­craft af­ter the cur­rent Block 3 en­hance­ment planned for the E/F vari­ant of the Super Hor­net which en­ters pro­duc­tion in 2020. Speak­ing on the plan, Larry Burt, Di­rec­tor of Global Sales & Mar­ket­ing for the Global Strike divi­sion, said that there “could well be lots of new ca­pa­bil­i­ties added af­ter Block 3. The Block 3 is built around a new pro­ces­sor that is a hun­dred times more pow­er­ful than to­day’s. This pro­ces­sor re­sides out­side of the air­craft’s Oper­a­tional Flight Pro­gramme [com­puter], and so is not tied to its five-year soft­ware de­vel­op­ment cy­cle. It is truly open ar­chi­tec­ture that allows for plug-and-play of weapons, sen­sors and sys­tems.”

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