U.S. Navy Approves Upgrades To Missouri-Made F/A-18 Super Hornets

The U.S. Navy announced plans to fund Boeing’s fighter division
to upgrade the service’s F/A-18E and F/A-18F Super Hornets to the “Block III” configuration. The new configuration will improve the heads-up display and computing capabilities of the Super Hornet, while also modestly upgrading the stealth and radar cross section.

The U.S. Navy plans to allocate $264.9 million over the next five years to upgrade its Super Hornet fleet with more advanced avionics and sensor capabilities, according to Aviation Week. The Missouri-made EA-18G Growler will also receive upgrades to its avionics systems.

Missouri has a rich history in aerospace, from Charles Lindbergh, to the Mercury space program, to the latest in aerospace innovation. Today, that cutting edge innovation continues with 100 aerospace manufacturing companies across Missouri, including Boeing, leading the way in every aspect of military aviation.

Today, Missouri builds the F/A-18, EA-18 and F-15 fighter jets, along with a huge array of military ordinance. And at Boeing’s manufacturing facility in St. Louis, Missouri, top talent are working on new and exciting ways to ensure the F/A-18 will be ready to meet the future challenges of aerial warfare.

For more on Missouri’s aerospace and defense manufacturing check out our industry page, or contact Steve Johnson, CEO of Missouri Partnership, at 314.725.2688 or via our contact form, for more information on Missouri.

What Next?