The IRST21 pod clearly visible underneath the belly of this US Navy Super Hornet (Image © Lockheed Martin)

‘Kuwait to order 28 Super Hornets soon’

Kuwait is likely to sign an order for 28 Boeing F/A-18E/F Super Hornets in the next few weeks, press agency Reuters reports on Wednesday 6 May. The order is worth 3 billion USD and would make Kuwait the second export customer for the advanced Hornet after Australia.

A Kuwaiti order is good news for Boeing, which has been lobbying to keep Super Hornet production in St. Louis going. Currently, F/A-18G Growlers are being produced for the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF). Together with US Navy aircraft still on order, it will keep Boeing busy until 2017. If Kuwait indeed decides to order 28 Super Hornets, it means production will continue until well into 2019.

Kuwait already uses 39 older F/A-18C/D Hornets. Those aircraft were quickly supplied in the earlie nineties to strengthen the Kuwait Air Force after the conclusion of Desert Storm, which forced occupying Iraqi forces out of Kuwait.

© 2015 Airheadsfly.com editor Elmer van Hest
Featured image: A US Navy Super Hornet. (Image ©  Lockheed Martin)

A Kuwait Air Force F/A-18C Hornet, seen in the UK in 1993 during delivery to Kuwait. (Image © Elmer van Hest)
A Kuwait Air Force F/A-18C Hornet, seen in the UK in 1993 during delivery to Kuwait. (Image © Elmer van Hest)