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HORNETS ARE HOME
When the first five F/A-18F Super Hornets touched down
at RAAF Amberley it began the era of the ‘Rhino’, taking the
Air Force to a new level of fighter and strike capability that
enables 1 Squadron, and later 6 Squadron, to continue as
formidable air power elements of the ADF.
The Super Hornets, piloted by RAAF aircrews, departed US Naval Air
Station Lemoore in California on March 18 and made scheduled stops in
Hawaii, Pago Pago and New Zealand on the way to Amberley.
Minister for Defence, Senator John Faulkner, welcomed the RAAF Super
Hornets to Australia at a ceremony on the base, saying that the program
had been an outstanding success to date and that it was now up to the
aircrews, maintenance and support personnel to bring the Super Hornets
up to full operational capability.
Australia announced its intent to acquire 24 Super Hornets in March
2007. The remaining 19 aircraft, each equipped with the Raytheon-built
APG-79 Active Electronically Scanned Array (AESA) radar, will arrive in
Australia throughout 2010 and 2011.
“ The on-schedule arrival of the new Australian fighters marks the
beginning of a new generation of air power for the RAAF,” said
Group Captain Steven Roberton, Officer Commanding
the Super Hornet Wing.
“ The multirole Super Hornet is an advanced,
networked weapons system that provides a major
leap in capability for the RAAF.
“We are looking forward to the new operational capability. The Super
Hornet employs advanced networked sensors that provide its two aircrew
with total situational awareness, enabling them to conduct simultaneous
air-to-air and air-to-ground operations.”
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