Australia — More Super Hornets touch down in Australia

Air Force’s tran­si­tion to next-gen­er­a­tion air com­bat capa­bil­i­ty has advanced fur­ther with today’s arrival of anoth­er six F/A‑18F Super Hor­nets at RAAF Base Amber­ley, Min­is­ter for Defence Sen­a­tor John Faulkn­er announced.

Today’s touch down fol­lowed a four-day jour­ney from Naval Air Sta­tion Lemoore in Cal­i­for­nia.

“The Super Hor­net acqui­si­tion project con­tin­ues to be a major suc­cess. It is deliv­er­ing a quan­tum leap in air com­bat capa­bil­i­ty to Air Force, on-time and on-bud­get,” Sen­a­tor Faulkn­er said.

“This project is a great exam­ple of what can be achieved through a strong Defence and Indus­try part­ner­ship.”

“This is the cul­mi­na­tion of the hard work and ded­i­ca­tion of the Roy­al Aus­tralian Air Force, Defence Materiel Organ­i­sa­tion, Unit­ed States Navy, The Boe­ing Com­pa­ny and their indus­try part­ners, Raytheon, Gen­er­al Elec­tric and Northrop Grum­man,” Sen­a­tor Faulkn­er said.

“No. 1 Squadron’s tran­si­tion from oper­at­ing the ven­er­a­ble F‑111 to the high­ly sophis­ti­cat­ed Super Hor­net has deliv­ered a new and potent air com­bat capa­bil­i­ty that will serve Aus­tralia for many years to come”.

Twelve of the RAAF Super Hor­nets have now been deliv­ered by Boe­ing. The first Super Hor­net deliv­ered, A44-201, remains in the Unit­ed States con­duct­ing ongo­ing advanced soft­ware devel­op­ment tri­als with the Unit­ed States Navy. It is antic­i­pat­ed that this devel­op­ment activ­i­ty will be com­plet­ed lat­er this year and the air­craft will be fer­ried to Aus­tralia before Decem­ber to bring our in-ser­vice com­ple­ment to twelve air­craft.

The Boe­ing Com­pa­ny is con­tin­u­ing to assem­ble Australia’s F/A‑18F Super Hor­nets at its St Louis pro­duc­tion facil­i­ty.

No. 1 Squadron is work­ing with the Aus­tralian Super Hor­net project team, the Air Com­bat Tran­si­tion Office and Air Com­bat Group to achieve Ini­tial Oper­at­ing Capa­bil­i­ty at the end of this year.

Media con­tacts:
Col­in Camp­bell (John Faulkn­er) 02 6277 7800 or 0407 787 181
Defence Media Liai­son 02 6127 1999 or 0408 498 664

Press release
Min­is­te­r­i­al Sup­port and Pub­lic Affairs,
Depart­ment of Defence,
Can­ber­ra, Aus­tralia