Two more Super Hornets arrive for RAAF

written by australianaviation.com.au | August 5, 2011
A44-219 taxis in at RAAF Amberley at the end of its delivery flight from the US.
A44-219 taxis in at RAAF Amberley at the end of its delivery flight from the US.

A further two Boeing F/A-18F Super Hornets have arrived for the RAAF, after touching down at Amberley on August 3.

The arrivals of A44-219 and A44-220 now bring total fleet strength to 20 Super Hornets, with another four expected to be delivered by the end of the year from Boeing’s production line in St Louis, Missouri.

“As each new Super Hornet arrives at Amberley, the overall capability of our air force continues to expand,” said GPCAPT Steve Roberton, Officer Commanding 82WG. “The Super Hornet is going to be a true force multiplier for us, with its ability to seamlessly transmit data offboard from its advanced sensors to our classic Hornets. We are extremely excited about the new capabilities the Rhinos are bringing to the fleet.”

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“The Boeing Super Hornet team is working closely with the US Navy and the RAAF to ensure that all the RAAF Super Hornets arrive in Australia ahead of schedule and on budget,” said Carolyn Nichols, Australian Super Hornet program manager for Boeing. “Boeing understands that the men and women of the RAAF rely on the advanced capability of the Super Hornet, and we are honoured to deliver these aircraft, as promised.”

The first 15 Super Hornets became operational with Amberley’s 1SQN in December last year, with a further three jets delivered last month.

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