A US Navy missile carrier is headed for Syria with a massive load of ten 1,000-pound bombs.
The aircraft, called the F/A-18F, will be carrying GBU-32 JDAMs, two 88-lb AIM-9X Sidewinders – a short-range air-to-air missile – and several other weapons.
From The Daily Mail
It is so powerful that a pilot can attack ten different large battle-ground areas in one mission.
But there are still renovations underway for the aircraft as well as others in the navy.
This sect of the armed forces has decided to upgrade the missile carriers, manufactured by Boeing, because of an increased budget and will put it to use in war-torn countries like Syria in 2019.
Boeing first pitched this upgrade in 2008, the Aviation Week reported, but it has not become a reality until now because President Trump’s administration has allocated $639 billion – $56 billion dollars more than Barack Obama’s budgeted – for the defense team.
The manufacturing giant Boeing said that the reconstruction of the Super Hornet – the fleet the F/A-18F is a part of – was to create ‘a balanced approach to survivability, including electronic warfare and self-protection.’
These renovations are happening so the US army can compete at a time when there is international unrest over weapon-use.
A high-tech computer called the Distributed Targeting Processor Network as well as new display for the pilots will be installed in the fighter jet.
Boeing also hopes to maximize the speed of the jets by installing Conformal Fuel Tanks, which are designed to make the jets even more aerodynamic.
The pilot flying the jet will also be able to see oncoming threats faster and easier because of a long-range infrared sensor that will be added to the jets.
Other jets which will be used during battle are the EA-18s and the F-35Cs. The electronic improvements on all the jets will allow the pilots to communicate better to create an accurate picture of the battle field.
‘You can have an F-35 in its very stealthy way doing a deep-strike mission with Super Hornet providing air superiority at that same range, or you can have Super Hornet carrying large standoff weapons that F-35 cannot carry, with F-35 providing some air cover,’ Dan Gillian, program manager at Boeing, told Aviation Week.