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      F/A-18 A/B C/D E/F JET ENGINES



      F/A-18A/B & C/D HORNET

      F404

      Description: The performance and reliability of F404 engines have set the standard for modern fighter engines. The engine family powers multiple aircraft performing a broad spectrum of missions from low-level attack to high-altitude interceptors.

      The combat-proven F404 has accumulated more than eight million engine flight hours serving the U.S. Navy, Marines and Air Force, as well as the military forces of Australia, Canada, Finland, Kuwait, Malaysia, Singapore, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland. The list of countries operating the engine will expand in the next decade to include South Korea and South Africa.

      F404 Cross-section




      F404 Reliability Features
      F404

      Designed-In Reliability and Safety

      • Overspeed/Overtemp Protection
      • Corrosion Resistance
      • Rotor Containment
      • Pressure and Fire Tested

      F404 Maintenance Features

      F404
    1. 6 Modules, Fully Interchangeable
    2. No Engine TBO
    3. On-Condition Maintenance
    4. No Engine Trim
    5. 13 Borescope Ports




    6. F/A-18 A/B HORNET

      ENGINE MODELS: F404-GE-400

      Description: The baseline F404 was originally designed for the U.S. Navy's F/A-18 Hornet and today is the Navy's most reliable engine. It features modern technology materials, innovative diagnostics, conveniently-placed accessories and a modular design that provides durability and low cost of ownership. The modular design allows for rapid assembly/disassembly, which significantly reduces maintenance time and makes the F404 easy to maintain even aboard ship. Pilots praise the F404's unrestricted throttle movements, fast response and smooth afterburner light-off, calling it a "pilot's engine." Experienced in combat, the F404 has proven to be rugged, reliable and survivable.

      F404-GE-400
        English SI
      Thrust 16,000 lb 71.2 kN
      Airflow 142 lb/sec 64 kg/sec
      Weight 2,185 lb 991 kg
      Length 154 in 391 cm
      Inlet Diameter 31 in 79 cm
      Maximum Diameter 35 in 89 cm
      Pressure Ratio 25 to 1 25 to 1

      Boeing F/A-18 A/B Hornet
      Boeing F/A-18 A/B Hornet




      F/A-18 C/D HORNET

      ENGINE MODELS: F404-GE-402

      Description: The F404-GE-402 Enhanced Performance Engine (EPE) provides higher power, improved fuel efficiency and increased mission capability for the F/A-18C/D Hornet. It retains the proven design characteristics of the baseline F404, while achieving increased performance through improved thermodynamic cycle and increased temperature. These performance improvements with no loss in durability were made possible by applying the latest technology and materials to the turbine and afterburner sections of the engine.

      F404-GE-402
        English SI
      Thrust 17,700 lb 78.7 kN
      Airflow 146 lb/sec 66 kg/sec
      Weight 2,282 lb 1,035 kg
      Length 154 in 391 cm
      Inlet Diameter 31 in 79 cm
      Maximum Diameter 35 in 89 cm
      Pressure Ratio 26 to 1 26 to 1

      Boeing F/A-18 C/D Hornet
      Boeing F/A-18 C/D Hornet




      International F/A-18 Fleet     F404-GE-400 and -402 Engines
      International F/A-18 Fleet     F404-GE-400 and -402 Engines



      F/A-18 E/F SUPER HORNET

      F414

      Description: The F414-GE-400 is the U.S. Navy's newest and most advanced technology production fighter engine. It incorporates advanced technology with the proven design base of its F404 predecessor to provide the Boeing F/A-18E/F Super Hornet with a durable, reliable and easy to maintain engine.

      The engine entered production in late 1998 after a highly successful Engineering and Manufacturing Development program that was completed on time and on budget. F/A-18E/F Super Hornet production deliveries to the U.S. Navy are in process and are planned to continue through 2012. The F414-GE-400 has been highly reliable during initial field service.

      F414 Cross-section




      Boeing F/A-18 E/F Super Hornet



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