Kuwait seeks continued support for F/A-18 fighters

Kuwait passes muster with the State Department to procure continued U.S. support for its F/A-18 fleet.
By Richard Tomkins   |   May 27, 2016 at 10:45 AM

WASHINGTON, May 27 (UPI) — Kuwait has gained U.S. State Department approval to purchase continued technical support and services for its F/A-18 C/D fighter aircraft.

The support and services would be provided by U.S. contractor personnel through the U.S. Foreign Military Sales program and is worth an estimated $420 million.

The U.S. Defense Security Cooperation Agency, which manages the FMS program, said the proposed package would cover F/A-18 avionics software upgrades, engine component improvements, ground support equipment, engine and aircraft spares and repair parts.

“The proposed sale of support services will enable the Kuwait Air Force to ensure the reliability and performance of its F/A-18 C/D aircraft,” DSCA said in its required notification to Congress.

“This proposed sale will contribute to the foreign policy and national security of the United States by helping to improve the security of a friendly country that has been, and continues to be, an important force for political stability and economic progress in the Middle East.”

The principal contractors would be Kay and Associates, Boeing, Industrial Acoustics Corporation, General Electric, and Sigmatech. Implementation of the proposed sale will require 275 contractor support representatives to travel to Kuwait for a period of three years.




External Dimensions

Wing span 11.43 m
Wing span over missiles 12.31 m
Wing chord (at root) 4.04 m
Wing chord (at tip) 1.68 m
Wing aspect ratio 3.52
Width, wings folded 8.38 m
Length overall 17.07 m
Height overall 4.66 m
Tailplane span 6.58 m
Distance between fin tips 3.60 m
Wheel track 3.11 m
Wheelbase 5.42 m

Weights and Loadings

Weight empty 10,810 kg
Maximum fuel weight:  
Internal (JP5) 4,926 kg
External: F/A-18 (JP5) 3,053 kg
CF-18 (JP4) 4,245 kg
Maximum external stores load 7,031 kg
Take off weight:  
Fighter mission 16,651 kg
Attack mission Approx 23,541 kg
Maximum Approx 25,401 kg
Maximum wing loading (attack mission) 156,80 kg/kN

Performance (At Maximum Takeoff Weight)

Max level speed More than Mach 1.8
Max speed, intermediate power More than Mach 1.0
Approach speed 134 knots
Acceleration from 460 knots to 920 knots at 10,670 m under 2 min
Combat ceiling approx 15,240 m
T-O run Less than 427 m
Minimum wind over deck:  
Launching 35 knots
Recovery 19 knots
Combat radius, interdiction, hi-lo-lo-hi 290 nm
Combat endurance, CAP 150 nm from aircraft carrier 1 h 45 min
Ferry range, unrefueled More than 1,800 nm



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