A Brief Note on IRST & F/A-18
An IRST is a technique for detecting and tracking objects, which give off infrared radiation such as jet aircraft and helicopters. Starting 1980s, IRST systems resurfaced on modern designs with the introduction of 2-D sensors that cued both horizontal and vertical angle. Enhanced sensitivities lead to better resolution and range.
Boeing’s F/A-18 Super Hornet – a twin-engine, supersonic, all weather multirole fighter jet – is the U.S. Navy’s primary strike and air superiority aircraft. It is capable of landing and taking off from an aircraft carrier. F/A 18E is a single-seat variant of the Super Hornet, which is about 25% larger than its predecessor, the F/A-18C/D, but contains 42% lesser structural parts.
Notably, the F/A-18 IRST system incorporates Lockheed Martin Corp.’s LMT IRST21 sensor, GE Electronics Company’s GE FPU-13 Fuel Tank Assembly and the Meggitt Defense Industry Environmental Control unit. Source nasdaq.com
For details of IRST system see F-18 details……..
F/A-18E/F & Block III Super Hornet: Details