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IRST Block II pod flies on F/A-18 Super Hornet

16th January 2020 - 11:30 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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Boeing and the US Navy have flown an F/A-18 Super Hornet equipped with an Infrared Search & Track (IRST) Block II pod for the first time.

IRST Block II, a critical component of the Block III Super Hornet, is a passive, long-range sensor incorporating infrared and other sensor technologies for highly accurate targeting.

The Block III conversion will bring the aircraft enhanced network capability, longer range with conformal fuel tanks, an advanced cockpit system, signature improvements and an enhanced communication system.

Currently in the risk reduction phase of development, IRST Block II flights on the Super Hornet are enabling Boeing and the navy to collect data on the system before deployment to the fleet.

The Block II variant will be delivered to the navy in 2021.

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