Eurofighter vs Super Hornet

Eurofighter Typhoon vs F/A-18EF Super Hornet

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1. Why is it that the Western Alliances DONT give full credit to the awesome French Rafale Fighter Jet (4+ Gen) ? Expert and Pilots along around the world know for a facts that nothing right now beats the Rafale on a general battle field… except for a 1% advantage… the Raptor 22 has a very slight advantage over the Rafale but a four time it’s cost…

F-35 Will died on it’s merit (unfortunately) and the SH F-18 is “depasse” technologie. The USAF has to re-invent itself… they need a Fighter Jet like a …SUPER RAFALE… cheap to manufacture and to maintain…has a super Multi-Role Plane that does it all…with power to ratio of at least 1.15 WtR, fly at least Mach 2.4 and can travel to over 2000 NM, on its own fuel tank.

2. Super Hornet with APG-79 radar advantage is marginal (with 73 its practically blind) and that is cancelled out by SH’s bigger area/return, Eurofighter will have 30% radar advantage, and Pirate give’s the EF lock at 50 mile’s out radar cold. Super Hornet cant out-run, out-turn, out-climb or out-range Eurofighter. Super Hornet can only win if it can draws Eurofighter into a low speed turning fight, and its the best navy bird on the market.

EUROFIGHTER infographicF18 Super Hornet

Eurofighter vs F-18E Flight Cost Per Hour

PER HOUR - EUROFIGHTERPER HOUR - F-18E

Overall and BVR ratings

CATEGORY EUROFIGHTER TYPHOON F/A-18E/F SUPER HORNET
BVR Rating 91% 83%
Armament 8.5/10 7.9/10
Technology 8.8/10 8.9/10
Avionics 8.6/10 9.0/10
Maneuverability 9.5/10 7.8/10
Rate of Climb max. 315 m/s – 65k ft/min max. 228 m/s – 44k ft/min
Thrust/Weight 1.15 1.03
Service Ceiling 20 km – 65k ft 15 km – 50k ft
Speed 2.35 Mach 1.80 Mach
Fuel Economy 0.68 km/l – 1.60 NM/gallon 0.60 km/l – 1.21 NM/gallon
Unit Cost 175.000.000 USD 80.000.000 USD
Overall Rating excellent very good

BVR (Beyond Visual Range) Ratings

CATEGORY EUROFIGHTER TYPHOON F/A-18E/F SUPER HORNET
BVR AAM missile MBDA Meteor AIM-120 AMRAAM
AAM origin NATO USA
Year in 2013 in 1997
Range (mile) 62 45
Range (km) 100 75
Speed (mph) 2640 2640
Speed (km/h) 4248 4248
Radar Euroradar CAPTOR AN/APG-79
Radar overall rating excellent excellent
BVR Technology 87% 83%
BVR Def. Tech. 85% 80%
RCS – Radar Cross Section 0.5-2.0 1.0-2.5

Dogfight (close to medium range) Ratings

CATEGORY EUROFIGHTER TYPHOON F/A-18E/F SUPER HORNET
Cannon Mauser BK-27 M61A1 Vulcan
Caliber (mm) 27 mm 20 mm
Rate of Fire (rpm) 1700 rpm 6000 rpm
Muzzle Velocity 1025 m/s 1050 m/s
Size Point 10%-30% 20% 20%
Maneuverability 9,5 7,8
Thrust/Weight Ratio 1,15 1.03
AAM (first) AIM-132 ASRAAM AIM-7 Sparrow
Operational range 0.3 – 50 km 0.2 – 50 km
AAM (second) IRIS-T AIM-9 Sidewinder
Operational range 0.5 – 30 km 0.5 – 30 km
Dogfight Rating 75% 57%

Size Comparison

CATEGORY EUROFIGHTER TYPHOON F/A-18E/F SUPER HORNET
Length 15.95 m – 52 ft 4 in 18.4 m – 60.1 ft
Wingspan 10.95 m – 35 ft 9 in 13.65 m – 45 ft 0 in
Wing area 51.2 m² (551 sq ft) 46.5 m² – 500 sq ft
Height 5.30 m – 17 ft 3 in 4.88 m – 16.0 ft
Weight 11,150 kg – 24,6k lb 14,500 kg – 32,0k lb
Power 2 x 89 kN 20k lbf 2 x 97 kN – 22k lbf

 

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