Two more Hornets for Australia

Materiel Jason Clare, Minister for Defence announced Thursday the arrival of two new F/A-18F Super Hornets to RAAF Base Amberley in Queensland. A further three Super Hornets were delivered to Amberley last month.

This brings the current Australian fleet to 20 with a further four aircraft to be delivered by the end of the year.

“The Super Hornet is one of the best fighter planes in the world. It has an advanced multi-mode AESA (actively electronically scanned array) radar and ‘low observability’ characteristics that make it significantly better than any fourth generation fighter,” Mr. Clare said.

These Super Hornets give the Royal Australian Air Force the capability to conduct air-to-air combat; strike targets on land and at sea; suppress enemy air defences; and conduct reconnaissance. The Super Hornet can carry about one-third more fuel and weapons payload than the F/A-18A or F/A-18B Classic Hornet aircraft, while maintaining the same speed and handling characteristics in combat configurations.

The first 15 Australian Super Hornets became operational in December last year – following the retirement of the iconic F-111.

 

Source: ASD News

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