The Super Hornet appears on the surface to be merely an upgrade but was actually a new plane. Boeing has delivered the first improved F/A-18 Super Hornet to the US Navy with two more to follow by the end of April. New features include upgraded engines, a modernized cockpit (as seen above), conformal fuel tanks, built in IRST, and enclosed weapon pods. F/A-18 Block III Super Hornet test at the St. Louis International Airport. The combat range of the Super Hornet has been an issue since it entered service. Boeing says that bodes well for the RCAF, which does not operate in a corrosive salt water environment or from carrier decks or catapults. Boeing has delivered the first F/A-18 Block III Super Hornets to the US Navy for flight test ~ the first operational Block III jet will be delivered in early 2021. An Advanced Super Hornet prototype was self-funded by Boeing and Northrop Grumman and its flight tests began on Aug. 5, 2013 and continued … The Block III Super Hornet changes include an advanced cockpit, new computing & advanced data link, conformal fuel tanks, increased airframe life … ~ Press Release, St. Louis, 17 June 2020: Boeing delivered the first two F/A-18 Block III Super Hornets to the US Navy for flight testing. Boeing has flown the first Block III production example of the F/A-18F Super Hornet fighter. With its new Block III configuration, Boeing sees a very bright future for the F/A-18E/F Super Hornet and EA-18G Growler, including additional upgrades and potential foreign sales, through the … Block III Super Hornet CFTs will carry 3,500 pounds of fuel. Boeing Photo. As already reported the first F/A-18F Block III Super Hornet (construction number F287) has been rolled-out from the final assembly on May 8, 2020. Key features of a Block III Super Hornet: F/A-18E Super Hornet VX-23 Salty Dogs, SD100. The June 4 flight, involving aircraft with build number … The Block III Super Hornet will have a 10,000-flight-hour airframe for U.S. Navy operations. Boeing hopes to breath new life into the Super Hornet with its "Block 3" version. This new "Advanced Super Hornet" promises to blur the line even further between it and its 5th generation counterparts. NAVAIR. I can see “Ultra Hornet” with the block 3 improvements but a larger frame with more fuel and ordinance that looks like an upgrade but again a new airframe with better performance.