24 May 2018
FlightGlobal reports that as The Boeing Company launches production of the new Block III variant, F/A-18E/F fighters have demonstrated a “sensor fusion capability that combines the data from multiple sensors on both aircraft in near real-time.” While sensor fusion capability is “most often associated” with the F-35, the “F/A-18E/F fleet has been steadily catching up to its stealthy, sister aircraft’s most advanced capabilities.” The Block III upgrade package includes a variety of structural and sensor upgrades, including the ability to “receive and transfer large amounts of sensor data with other Super Hornets and the Northrop Grumman E-2D Advanced Hawkeye.” Block III also adds a “second-generation infrared search and track (IRST) sensor” and a “Rockwell Collins Tactical Targeting Network Technology (TTNT) radio and an advanced processor.” These upgrades allow two or more fighters to share IRST data, according to Boeing F/A-18E/F and EA-18G Programs Business Development Manager Bob Kornegay.  (Image: F/A-18F Super Hornet in transonic flight. Credit: U.S. Navy via Wikipedia)
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