The baseline F404 was originally designed for the U.S. Navy's F/A-18 Hornet and today is one of the Navy's most reliable engines.
It features modern technology materials, innovative diagnostics, conveniently-placed accessories and a modular design that provides durability and low cost of ownership.
The modular design allows for rapid assembly/disassembly, which significantly reduces maintenance time and makes the F404 easy to maintain even aboard ship.
Pilots praise the F404's unrestricted throttle movements, fast response and smooth afterburner light-off, calling it a "pilot's engine." Experienced in combat, the F404 has proven to be rugged, reliable and survivable.