Boeing, US Navy Plan to Develop New Missile for F/A-18 Super Hornet Written 21 October 2020


Two U.S. Navy F/A-18E Super Hornets fly a combat patrol over Afghanistan in 2008. | Staff Sgt. Aaron Allmon; U.S. Air Force; Wikipedia; public domain

FlightGlobal reports that The Boeing Company and the US Navy (USN) “plan to co-develop a supersonic land and sea strike missile to be carried aboard the F/A-18 Super Hornet fighter.” Boeing announced Tuesday that it “has been awarded $30 million to develop the Supersonic Propulsion Enabled Advanced Ramjet (SPEAR) flight demonstrator with the USN’s Air Warfare Center Weapons Division.” Boeing SPEAR program manager Steve Mercer said that the “SPEAR flight demonstrator will provide the F/A-18 Super Hornet and carrier strike group with significant improvements in range and survivability against advanced threat defensive systems.”
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