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09 July 2009
First RAAF FA-18F Super Hornet completed

Australia is acquiring 24 Super Hornets to maintain its regional air combat capability edge and de-risk the transition to a mature JSF force.

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Senator John Faulkner, Minister for Defence, and the Hon. Greg Combet, Minister for Defence Personnel, Materiel and Science today announced that Australia’s first Block II F/A-18F Super Hornet has rolled off the Boeing assembly line in St Louis, USA.

Senator Faulkner said that Australia’s Super Hornets will significantly enhance the Royal Australian Air Force’s air combat capabilities.

“The Super Hornet is a true multi-role fighter that spans the air combat spectrum, including maritime strike which is so vital for Australia,” Senator Faulkner said.

“The Super Hornet’s low radar signature and high technology targeting radar make this aircraft one of the world’s most advanced fighters that will maintain our air combat capability edge.”

“The Government’s decision last year to pre-wire 12 of the planned 24 aircraft for potential conversion to an electronic attack variant will add extra sting and capability to our Super Hornets,” Senator Faulkner said.

Greg Combet, Minister for Defence Personnel, Materiel and Science said that Australia’s Super Hornet project is on schedule and on budget.

“I would like to congratulate everyone involved for their hard work in bringing the project to this point,” Mr Combet said.

“The performance of the project is due to the great team effort between the Defence Materiel Organisation, the Royal Australian Air Force, United States Navy, The Boeing Company and its industry partners General Electric, Northrop Grumman and Raytheon”.

“The F/A-18F Super Hornets are being based at RAAF Amberley and will aid the transition to a mature Joint Strike Fighter capability while allowing the Air Force to retire the F-111 fleet.”

“The first formation of Super Hornets is expected to arrive at RAAF Amberley in March-April 2010.”

“The total program investment is approximately $6 billion over 10 years, which includes acquisition and all support costs including facilities, training and personnel,” Mr Combet said.