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Eurofighter vs F-18

Published on June 4, 2012,

McDonnell Douglas’ F/A-18 can vault from a carrier deck, bomb a target, and stay to dogfight the enemy’s top guns. The US Navy is delighted with this versatile warplane, its first jet intended for double duty against air and ground enemies. Marines and overseas operators also love the Hornet. The F/A-18E/F Super Hornet is a bigger, more robust version of this superb fighter for carrier squadrons in the 21st century.

Being an F/A-18 Hornet pilot is perhaps the ultimate aviation job flying a single-seat high-performance jet from a carrier, tasked with both air-to-air combat and dropping bombs.

The Hornet had the first truly modern cockpit aboard a carrier jet, designed around large TV-style screens and a head-up display.

The Hornet is one of the world’s most capable and versatile warplanes, and yet it still finds room to combine its talents with the demanding requirements of operating from the carrier deck.

Armed with Sparrow and Sidewinder missiles, and with an internal cannon, the F/A-18 can fight and win against the world’s best air-to-air combatants.

This magnificent fighting jet from McDonnell Douglas has established a place as the backbone of US Navy and Marine aviation; sailors and marines wanted the F/A-18 Hornet so badly they relinquished other aircraft to get it. Their faith is justified: the F/A-18 performed superbly in raids on Libya and in Operation Desert Storm.


Eurofighter Typhoon versus F-18E/F Super Hornet

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Eurofighter Typhoon

F-18E/F Super Hornet

Unit cost in USD millions

80-125

65-72

Fuel economy in km/l

0,84

0,37

Fuel economy in NM/g

1,97

0,87

Fuel tank capacity in litres

4500

6300

Fuel tank capacity in gallon

1188

1663

Range on internal fuel in km

3800

2350

Range on internal fuel in miles

2356

1457

Range on internal fuel in NM

2052

1269

Powerplant/Engines

2 × Eurojet EJ200

2 x General Electric F414-GE-400

Dry thrust in kN

2 x 60

2 x 63

Dry thrust in lbf

2 x 13500

2 x 14000

Afterburner in kN

2 x 89

2 x 98

Afterburner in lbf

2 x 20000

2 x 22000

Max. Speed in Mach

2,00

1,80

Max. Speed in km/h

2450

2205

Max. Speed in mph

1522

1370

Minimal thrust/weight ratio

0,78

0,67

Normal thrust/weight ratio

1,18

0,94

Maximal thrust/weight ratio

1,67

1,44

Overall length in meters

15,96

18,32

Overall length in ft

52,35

60,09

Wingspan in meters

10,95

13,63

Wingspan in ft

35,92

44,71

Height in meters

5,28

4,88

Height in ft

17,32

16,01

Wing area in sq meters

51,20

46,50

Wing area in sq ft

550,91

500,34

Empty weight in kg

11150

13900

Empty weight in lb

24530

30580

Maximal take-off weight in kg

23500

30000

Maximal take-off weight in lb

51700

66000

Minimal wing-loading in kg/m2

220

298

Normal wing-loading in kg/m2

310

459

Maximal wing-loading in kg/m2

471

644

Rate of climb in m/sec

315

254

Rate of climb in ft/min

62024

50013

First flight

1994

1995

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