US believes that the MiG-29K and Su-33 are far behind the F/A-18E/F

According to National Interest, with state-of-the-art equipment, the F / A-18E / F possesses superior strength compared to Russia’s MiG-29K and Su-33 battleships.

The article was published by National Interest magazine when talking about the F/A-18E/F power its equipped with the AN/APG-79 active phase network radar system.


Despite its long history, the US newspaper said that the F/A-18E/F Super Hornet is still considered one of the five most formidable US fighters in the world because of its excellent combat capabilities.

This can be seen as the second generation of the F/A-18 Hornet fighter line developed by the US from the 1970s-1980s. Compared with the old generation, the F / A-18E / F has been drastically improved in the body frame, engine, and avionics system to provide outstanding combat capabilities.

The F/A-18E F fighter is almost the best aircraft carrier fighter in the world today, far ahead of the Russian Su-33, MiG-29K.

The F/A-18E / F fighter inherits the old version’s flexibility, combined with the avionics upgrades that allow for a new level of combat power.

Equipped with AN/APG-79 radar brings many advantages in air-to-ground combat and modern electronic warfare systems for the F/A-18E/F. The ability to carry weapons of this fighter is extremely impressive, with 8 tons of bombs of all kinds.

Specifically, the F / A-18E / F is equipped with the most modern weapons, such as the mid-range AIM-120 AMRAAM air-to-air missile, the Paveway laser-guided bomb, the AGM-88 Harm anti-radiation missile, the bullet. Public out of range of air defense points AGM-154, AGM-158.


The F/A-18E/F has a combat radius of more than 1,000 km and can be increased by aerial refueling. The aircraft had a top speed of over Mach 1.8 (1,915 km / h), making it an effective tool for the US Navy’s aerial power deployment.

The published National Interest parameters on the F/A-18E/F are extremely impressive, showing that the American fighter line is superior to the Su-33.

Specifically, unlike fighters on US carriers such as the F-14 Tomcat, the Su-33 is designed to use a ski-jump runway instead of a catapult when taking off from an aircraft carrier.

This model offers many advantages: at takeoff, it will not put pressure on the airframe and pilot, allowing the lighter weight of the aircraft because less need to strengthen the frame structure and prevent loss of perception due to the G force.

At the same time, with a jump, the aircraft can get full thrust with the rear combustion sooner, as it is held back by the stopper rather than by the catapult hook pins.

The wings of the Su-33 were shortened to shorten the takeoff distance and improve maneuverability, but also required a redesign of the extended front edge. The nose wing balances the downforce generated by the main and rear wings, reducing landing speed by 1.5 times.

It also plays a role in providing eye stability while flying at supersonic speeds by reducing steep cutting drag. The wing area has also been increased, although the wingspan remains the same size.

Su-33 Carrier-based Fighter
Su-33 Carrier-based Fighter

The main wing can be electrically folded, and the shorter tail allows the aircraft to be stored in a normally very crowded aircraft cabin.

The tail end has also been shortened and modified to accommodate a hook at the tail. The infrared target detection and navigation system (IRST) has been swapped for better down-sight, and a retractable L-shaped aerial refueling tube is added to increase the range.

The guided missiles that the Su-33 can carry are the KH-25MP, Kh-31, and H-41. The aircraft can be used both day and night at sea.

It can be operated under the control center’s help onboard or in coordination with the Kamov Ka-31 airborne warning helicopter (a version of the Ka-27). The R-27EM provides the Su-33 with the ability to intercept anti-ship missiles.

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