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Eurofighter Typhoon vs Boeing F/A-18 Super Hornet

If you’re looking for an American fighter jet that can stand side by side with a European fighter jet, look no further than the Boeing F/A-18 Super Hornet and the Eurofighter Typhoon. These two beauties are products of the late 20th century and are renowned for their powerful engines and speed, among other features.

Aircraft: Eurofighter Typhoon T1 Boeing F/A-18 Super Hornet
Eurofighter Typhoon RIAT 2016
Boeing FA 18E Super Hornet
Country: Germany United States
Manufactured: from: 2003 to: Present from: 1995 to: Present
ICAO: - FA18
Price: $90 million $67.4 million
Avionics: BAE Systems Tranche 2 avionics AN/APG-79 AESA, AN/ASQ-228 ATFLIR
Engine: 2x Eurojet EJ200 afterburning turbofan 2x General Electric F414-GE-400
Engine Type: Turbofan Turbofan
Power: 13,500 pound-force 22,000 pound-force
Max Cruise Speed: 1147 knots
2,124 Km/h
1032 knots
1,911 Km/h
Approach Speed (Vref): - 134 knots
Travel Range: 2,047 Nautical Miles
3,791 Kilometers
1,275 Nautical Miles
2,361 Kilometers
Fuel Economy: - -
Service Ceiling: 65,000 feet 50,000 feet
Rate of Climb: 62600 feet / minute
318.01metre / second
44890 feet / minute
228.04metre / second
Take Off Distance: 91 metre
298.55 feet
300 metre
984.24 feet
Landing Distance: 213 metre
698.81 feet
300 metre
984.24 feet
Max Take Off Weight: 23,500 Kg
51,808 lbs
29,937 Kg
65,999 lbs
Max Landing Weight: - -
Max Payload: 6,486 Kg
14,299 lbs
8,050 Kg
17,747 lbs
Fuel Tank Capacity: 1,642 gallon
6,216 litre
1,761 gallon
6,666 litre
Baggage Volume: - -
Seats - Economy: 2 seats 2 seats
Seats - Business Class: - -
Seats - First Class: - -
Cabin Height: - -
Cabin Width: - -
Cabin Length: - -
Exterior Length: 4.71 metre
15.45 feet
18.31 metre
60.07 feet
Tail Height: - 4.88 metre - 16.01 feet
Fuselage Diameter: - 1 metre
3.28 feet
Wing Span / Rotor Diameter: 5.28 metre
17.32 feet
13.62 metre
44.68 feet
Wing Tips: No Winglets No Winglets
More Info: Eurofighter Typhoon T1 Boeing F/A-18 Super Hornet
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The Eurofighter Typhoon

Eurofighter Typhoon at RIAT 2019
airwolfhound Eurofighter Typhoon at RIAT 2019

Designed originally as a fighter, the Eurofighter Typhoon is a multi-national, multi-role, twin-engine aircraft manufactured by Eurofighter Jagdflugzeug GmbH. Although its development began in 1983, the plane didn’t fly until 27th March 1994 due to disagreements between the shareholders Germany, France, Italy, Spain, and the UK.

The Eurofighter Typhoon earned its multi-role or swing-role name thanks to its dynamic abilities and employment in air policing, high-intensity conflict, and peace support. 

It also possesses a high missile storage capacity – it can carry up to six bombs, six missiles, a cannon, and a targeting pod, while still providing bomb in-flight targeting and missile in-flight support. Arguably the best feature of the Typhoon is its ability to be upgraded and extended easily.

These upgrades include the control infrastructure, navigation technologies, and weapon systems, making this beast a worthwhile investment. Weighing slightly over 11 tonnes, the Eurofighter Typhoon is constructed with strong, lightweight, composite materials such as carbon fiber, different metals, and plastics. 

These lightweight materials provide the aircraft with a low radar profile and strong airframe. With metals taking up only 15% of the surface materials used, the Eurofighter Typhoon can perform impressive maneuvers at subsonic speeds while supporting various combat scenarios.  

The Boeing F/A-18 Super Hornet

Boeing FA 18EF Super Hornet
Editorial Team Boeing FA 18EF Super Hornet

Although the F/A-18 Super Hornet made its first debut in November 1995, its predecessor (Hornet) had set the precedence in air-to-air combats and air-to-ground combats, as proven in the 1991 Persian Gulf War. Similar to the Eurofighter Typhoon, this American beast is also a multi-role fighter with a twin-engine aircraft. 

The aircraft has two different seating capacities depending on the variation, i.e., F/A – 18E (single-seat) and F/A – 18F (tandem-seat). The initials ‘F/A’ stand for fighter and attacker. Over 600 Super Hornets have been built to date, and they continue to serve alongside their resilient Hornet sibling. 

Weighing about 14.5 tonnes, the Super Hornet can carry air-to-air missiles and air-to-surface weapons. It can also carry up to five external fuel tanks and can be configured to become an airborne tanker. 

The F-18 Super Hornet is still operational to date and forms the US Navy carrier air wing’s backbone. It can perform all missions set to it, such as day and night strikes, maritime strikes, reconnaissance, forward air control, and tanker missions. 

These remarkable features of the Super Hornet are a clear upgrade from World War II’s previous fighter aircraft. Several countries like Australia and Canada have acknowledged its superb performance and are now upgrading to this aircraft.

Differences Between the Eurofighter Typhoon and F-18 Super Hornet

Super Hornets are carrier-based, multi-role fighters, with a seating capacity of 1 or 2 depending on the aircraft model, i.e., F/A – 18E and F/A – 18F. On the other hand, Eurofighter Typhoons are multi-role fighter aircraft that can only accommodate one crew member at a time. 

Over 600 Super Hornet units have been manufactured to date, while their nemesis falls slightly short at about 565 units. The Eurofighter fetches a pretty sum of $95 million, while Super Hornets cost approximately $60.9 million per unit.


When it comes to their physical characteristics, Super Hornets are more prolonged and broader than Eurofighter Typhoons. The former measures 18.31 m long and 13.62 m wide, while their nemesis stands at 15.96 m long and 10.95 m wide.  

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Since they are larger in comparison, Super Hornets have an empty weight of about 14.5 tonnes, while the Eurofighter Typhoon weighs slightly over 11 tonnes. 


Although they both have two engine sets, the Super Hornet’s engines (General Electric F414-GE-400) can develop 9979 kg (22,000 lb) of thrust. On the other hand, each of the Eurofighter Typhoon’s engines (Eurojet EJ200) provide a 9185 kg (20,250 lb) thrust.  


When it comes to speed, Eurofighter Typhoons trump Super Hornets, flying at 2,124 km/h while the latter falls short at 1,915 km/h. The Typhoon’s service ceiling is also much better than the Super Hornet’s – 65,000 feet versus 50,000 feet. 

However, when it comes to weapon-launching, Super Hornets thwart Eurofighters with an incomparable 6000 rounds per minute versus 1700 rpm, respectively.

Similarities Between Eurofighter Typhoons and Super Hornets

There are several features that these two aircraft have in common. Some of them include:

  • According to research, they both have an excellent performance when it comes to the overall radar rating.
  • They are both multi-role fighter planes.
  • They are also incredibly loud, producing noise decibels as high as a rock concert.
  • At a flight altitude of 150, they share a similar climbing rate of 30,000 feet per minute.
  • Their thrust to weight ratios are not too far from each other – 1.15 for Eurofighters and 1.03 for Super Hornets.

What Makes Eurofighter Typhoons So Popular?

In every industry, people will often have varied interests and preferences. Below are some of the reasons why the Eurofighter Typhoon is so popular:

  • Despite their small size, Eurofighters can work up a storm with their incredible speeds and extensive weapon inventory. 
  • Unlike most planes, Eurofighters can fly at supersonic speeds without the help of afterburners.
  • They are also designed to make upgrades and extensions much more manageable, thus, possessing a tremendously high shelf life.
  • They can switch between air-to-air and air-to-surface operations within the same mission, making them fit for numerous functions.
  • Compared to most military aircraft, Eurofighter Typhoons have an excellent safety record – they are designed to keep their pilots safe.
  • Last but not least, Eurofighters are agile planes with enhanced maneuverability. 

What Makes Super Hornets So Popular?

Super Hornet enthusiasts cannot be convinced otherwise about their beloved aircraft. Here’s why:

  • Compared to the Eurofighter, Super Hornets are significantly cheaper to purchase and maintain.
  • Super hornets excel at both day and night operations.
  • They can perform numerous operations, such as reconnaissance, tanker missions, and maritime strikes.
  • Super Hornets can carry up to five extra fuel tanks, thus increasing the mission range.
  • They are also loved for their fighting and attacking capabilities.


When it comes to speed and overall performance, the Eurofighter Typhoon and F-18 are almost neck-a-neck. Where one fails, the other prevails. The two planes’ winner is subject to individual interpretations based on the mission, financial constraints, and personal preferences. 

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