NITPICK: SUPER HORNET IRST
[Welcome to "NITPICK"! For the next few weeks I will be examining a single aspect of the potential fighters that just drives me nuts. These are not dealbreakers, or even major flaws. They are simply one aspect of the aircraft THAT COULD HAVE BEEN DONE BETTER.]
Something has been bugging me about the Super Hornet Block III.
In the grand scheme of things, it is pretty minor. For most intents and purposes, it is all but insignificant.
But it DOES bug me. (Pardon the pun)
The Super Hornet Block III adds multitude of improvements over the "vanilla" Super Hornet. Better avionics and cockpit displays, conformal fuel tanks, and an IRST option. All-in-all, a fantastic upgrade.
Look at this picture of an early Block III demonstrator: