After Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) has released several close-up photos of the US Navy’s aircraft carrier USS Nimitz and ships from its strike group, which entered the Persian Gulf last week.
A U.S. Navy F-18E Super Hornet assigned to Carrier Air Wing 17, deployed aboard the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68), gets refueled over The United States Central Command area of responsibility by a U.S. Air Force KC-135 Stratotanker.
The Boeing F/A-18E and F/A-18F Super Hornet are twin-engine, carrier-capable, multirole fighter aircraft variants based on the McDonnell Douglas F/A-18 Hornet. The F/A-18E single-seat and F/A-18F tandem-seat variants are larger and more advanced derivatives of the F/A-18C and D Hornet.
Top speed: 1,915 km/h
Range: 3,330 km
Unit cost: 66,900,000–66,900,000 USD (2012)
Program cost: Total procurement: US$48.09 billion (through FY2011)
Variants: Boeing EA-18G Growler
Manufacturers: Boeing, Northrop Grumman, McDonnell Douglas, Boeing Defense, Space & Security