F/A-18C/D Hornet

Operator: Kuwait
Status: In Service
Number: 35-40 (32 x C models; 8 x D models)
Cost: $1.9 billion
Acquired: 1991-1993
General Specs
Country of origin: United States
Role: Multirole fighter
Manufacturer: McDonnell Douglas/Northrop Grumman
Introduced: 1987
Power plant: 2 x F404-GE-402 enhanced performance turbofan engines
Thrust: 17,700 lbs per engine
Wingspan: 40 ft 5 in (13.5 meters)
Length: 56 ft (16.8 meters)
Height: 15 ft 4 in (4.6 meters)
Weight (empty): 23,000 lbs
Maximum takeoff weight: 51,900 lbs
Fuel Capacity: 10,860 lbs
Speed: 1,370+ mph (Mach 1.8)
Ceiling: 50,000+ ft
Range: Ferry: 1,777.9 miles (including 3 x 330 gallon external tanks); Combat: 1,242.4 miles
Crew: 1 (C model); 2 (D model)
Armament: 8 hardpoints or up to 13,700 pounds
Guns 1 x internally mounted M61 Vulcan 20mm 6-barrel rotary cannon (520 rounds)
Air-to-air AIM-9L/M Sidewinder missile
AIM-9X Sidewinder missile
AIM-7F Sparrow missile
AIM-120 AMRAAM missile
Air-to-ground AGM-65E Maverick air-to-surface missile
AGM-84 Harpoon anti-ship missile
AGM-84E SLAM cruise missile
AGM-84H SLAM-ER cruise missile
AGM-88A HARM anti-radiation missile
Taurus KEPD 350 cruise missile
MK82 bomb
CBU-87 cluster bomb
CBU-89 GATOR mines
GBU-12 Paveway II laser-guided bomb
GBU-24 Paveway III laser-guided bomb
GBU-31 JDAM INS/GPS-guided bomb
GBU-32 JDAM INS/GPS-guided bomb
GBU-38 JDAM INS/GPS-guided bomb
Radar/Sensors: AN/APG-73
Countermeasures/Defenses:
Misc Systems: Joint Helmet Mounted Cueing System
Avionics upgrade (2013)
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Boeing Awarded $7.6 Million to Provide F/A-18 Support Services to Kuwait, Canada, Others

The Boeing Co., St. Louis, Missouri, is being awarded a $7,587,814 for modification P00014 to a previously awarded cost-plus-fixed-fee, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract (N00019-14-D-0012) for program management, logistics, and engineering services for the governments of Switzerland, Finland, Malaysia, Kuwait, Australia, Canada, and Spain in support of F/A-18 A-D aircraft.  Work will be performed in St. Louis, Missouri, […]

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State Department Approves $110 Million Sale of AMRAAM Missiles to Kuwait

The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to Kuwait for AIM-120C-7 Advanced Medium Range Air-to-Air Missiles (AMRAAM). The estimated cost is $110 million. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale today. The Government of Kuwait has requested a possible sale of […]

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Kay and Associates Awarded $63 Million to Support Kuwaiti F/A-18C/D Fighters

Kay and Associates Inc., Buffalo Grove, Illinois, is being awarded a $63,016,210 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract to provide contractor maintenance and support services in support of F/A-18 C/D aircraft for the government of Kuwait under the Foreign Military Sales program.  Work will be performed in Kuwait, and is expected to be complete by January 2018.  Foreign military […]

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Kay and Associates Awarded $26 Million to Support Kuwaiti F/A-18s

Kay and Associates Inc., Buffalo Glove, Illinois, is being awarded $25,741,015 for modification P00022 to a previously awarded cost-plus-fixed-fee contract (N00421-11-C-1044).  This modification exercises an option for extension of a period of 6 months contractor maintenance and support services for the Government of Kuwait in support of F/A-18 C/D aircraft.  Work will be performed in […]

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Boeing Awarded $34 Million to Provide F/A-18 Support and Sustainment Services to Kuwait, Australia, Others

The Boeing Co., St. Louis, Missouri, is being awarded a $33,863,858 firm-fixed-price, cost-plus-fixed-fee task order (0006) against a previously awarded basic ordering agreement (N00019-16-G-0001) for integrated logistics support and sustaining engineering services in support of F/A-18 A-F and EA-18G aircraft for the Navy and the governments of Australia, Finland, Kuwait, Malaysia; Switzerland, Canada, and Spain.  […]

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Exelis Inc. Awarded $12 Million to Provide F/A-18 Defensive System Support to Kuwait, Australia, Others

Exelis Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Harris Corp., Clifton, New Jersey, is being awarded a $12,321,567 cost-plus-fixed-fee, cost-reimbursable, indefinite-delivery/indefinite quantity contract for engineering services and software support equipment products for the Advanced Self-Protection Jammer AN/ALQ-165, the Integrated Defensive Electronic Countermeasures AN/ALQ-214, Aircraft Self Protection Optimization and the Software Improvement Project. Services will also include […]

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State Department Approves $420 Million Package to Support Kuwaiti F/A-18 Fighters

The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to Kuwait for F/A-18 C/D services and support. The estimated cost is $420 million. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale on May 24, 2016. The Government of Kuwait has requested a possible sale […]

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Boeing Awarded $14 Million to Provide Aircraft Flaps to Kuwait, Australia, and Spain

The Boeing Co., St. Louis, Missouri, has been awarded a maximum $14,468,300 firm-fixed-price delivery order (THSH) against basic ordering agreement SPE4A1-14-G-0007 for aircraft trailing edge flaps. This was a sole-source acquisition using justification 10 U.S. Code 2304 (c)(1). Location of performance is Missouri, with a Jan. 30, 2022, performance completion date. Using service is Navy […]

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Boeing Awarded $9 Million to Provide F/A-18 Logistics and Engineering to Kuwait, Australia, Others

The Boeing Co., St. Louis, Missouri, is being awarded $9,316,518 for modification P00012 to a previously awarded cost-plus-fixed-fee, indefinite-delivery/ indefinite-quantity contract (N00019-14-D-0012) for calendar year 2016 program management, logistics, and engineering services for the governments of Switzerland, Finland, Kuwait, Malaysia, Australia, Canada, and Spain in support of F/A-18 A-F aircraft.  Work will be performed in […]

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GE Aviation Awarded $7 Million to Provide F/A-18 Engine Improvement Support to the U.S., Kuwait, Others

General Electric Aviation, Lynn, Massachusetts, is being awarded $7,305,925 for cost-plus-fixed-fee delivery order 0010 against a previously issued basic ordering agreement (N00421-14-G-0001) for the F404 Engine Component Improvement Program, including engineering and engine system improvement support for the U.S. Navy and the governments of Kuwait, Sweden, Spain, Canada, Malaysia, Korea, Australia, Finland, Switzerland, and Indonesia.  […]