Boeing announced on 23 September 2010 that it has completed production of the first Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) F/A-18F Super Hornet that has the capability to be converted into an electronic attack aircraft.
Boeing is pre-wiring the RAAF’s second lot of 12 Super Hornets for potential electronic attack capability conversion during production at the company’s facilities in St. Louis.
“Incorporating the ability to introduce an electronic attack capability on 12 RAAF Super Hornets as they are produced in St. Louis provides maximum flexibility for our Air Force in the future,” said RAAF Group Capt. Steve Roberton, Officer Commanding 82 Wing, which includes Super Hornet and F-111 aircraft. “Ultimately, if a decision to incorporate an electronic attack option is pursued, it will further expand the broad capability of an already formidable Super Hornet weapon system.”
The Australian government announced in March 2007 that it would acquire 24 of the advanced Block II versions of the Super Hornet, all of which are equipped with the Raytheon-built APG-79 Active Electronically Scanned Array (AESA) radar. Eleven Super Hornets are now operating at RAAF Base Amberley in Queensland. All 11 aircraft were delivered ahead of schedule and on budget. Boeing will deliver Australia’s 24th Super Hornet in 2011.
“Besides giving the RAAF the potential of introducing electronic attack capability in the future, producing these 12 aircraft with this configuration from the outset also reduces cost when compared with retrofitting at a later date,” said Carolyn Nichols, Australian Super Hornet program manager for Boeing.
The Boeing Super Hornet is a multirole aircraft, able to perform virtually every mission in the tactical spectrum, including air superiority, day/night strike with precision-guided weapons, fighter escort, close air support, suppression of enemy air defenses, maritime strike, reconnaissance, forward air control and tanker missions. Boeing has delivered more than 430 F/A-18E/Fs to the U.S. Navy. Every Super Hornet produced has been delivered on or ahead of schedule and on budget.
Boeing Completes Production of 1st Australian Super Hornet with Provisions for Future Electronic Attack Capability - Defence Aviation
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Three new Super Hornet fighter planes arrive in Australia
AUSTRALIA - 15 JULY 2011
The Australian Minister for Defence Materiel Jason Clare today welcomed three new F/A-18F Super Hornets worth more than $175 million to RAAF Base Amberley in Queensland.
“The Super Hornet is one of the best fighter planes in the world and are being delivered on budget and ahead of schedule,” Mr Clare said.
“They are potent fighting machines that give our Air Force an impressive strike capability.”
This is the fourth batch of Super Hornets the RAAF has received, bringing the current Australian fleet to eighteen.
A further six aircraft will be delivered by the end of the year.
“The Super Hornet is built by Boeing at its production line in St Louis, Missouri. It has been flown by the US Navy since 2001,” Mr Clare said.
“The Super Hornet gives the Royal Australian Air Force the capability to conduct air-to-air combat; to strike targets on land and at sea; to suppress enemy air defences; and to conduct reconnaissance.”
The first 15 Super Hornets became operational on 8 December last year, following the retirement of the iconic F-111.
“The Super Hornets have been delivered on budget and ahead of schedule because of the teamwork of the manufacturer Boeing, the United States Navy, the Royal Australian Air Force and the Defence Materiel Organisation,” Mr Clare said.
“It’s a great example of Defence, Government and Industry working together to deliver results.”
The Super Hornets will ensure Australia’s air combat capability is maintained until the full introduction into service of the Joint Strike Fighter.
Another three F/A-18F Super Hornets have joined the Air Force's fleet having touched down at RAAF Amberley in Queensland on 14 July. The latest arrival of Rhinos brings the Australian fleet to 18 with the remaining aircraft to be delivered by the end of the year. The fleet of Super Hornets reached Initial Operational Capability on 8 December following the retirement of the iconic F-111 last year. The Super Hornet transition project remains on budget and on time, with the fleet making a tremendous addition to the Air Force’s air combat capability. The combined efforts of the Royal Australian Air Force, Defence Material Organisation, United States Navy, Boeing and the Hornet Industry team have contributed to achieving this result. The Super Hornet is a highly capable, battle proven, multi-role aircraft that has already proved its effectiveness in service with the US Navy. Its flexibility will enhance Australia’s air combat capability, through maritime and land strike, suppression of enemy air defence, reconnaissance, air-to-air combat and close air support. The Super Hornets will ensure Australia’s air combat capability is maintained until the full introduction into service of the Joint Strike Fighter.
Source: Australian Department of Defence
RAAF efforts for stop gap measures till the F-35 comes in!!!
The Aussies loved their F-111s......I remember talking to a RAAF pilot in Penang, Malaysia where they had a base in Butterworth some 30 years ago and he was praising that aircraft to the sky.
They kept them flying longer than any other air-force.
Nice. But for all the noise Australians make regarding how unsafe they are (especially Aus Air Power site) considering that they're where they are right now geographically, I cannot even imagine what they'd have been like if they were situated in our location. .
5 More Boeing Super Hornets Arrive at RAAF Base Amberley
4 AUGUST 2011
ST. LOUIS --- Five new Boeing F/A-18F Super Hornets have arrived at Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Base Amberley, expanding the RAAF's fleet of the advanced multirole fighters to 20. Three aircraft landed at the base on July 14 and were joined by two additional Super Hornets on Aug. 3.
"As each new Super Hornet arrives at Amberley, the overall capability of our air force continues to expand," said RAAF Group Capt. Steve Roberton, Officer Commanding 82 Wing. "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."
The RAAF is acquiring 24 Super Hornets under the current delivery contract. Twelve of the aircraft -- including the five delivered in July and this month -- are prewired during production at Boeing facilities in St. Louis for potential conversion to electronic attack capability.
"The Boeing Super Hornet team is working closely with the U.S. 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 honored to deliver these aircraft, as promised."
Every Super Hornet produced for the U.S. Navy and the RAAF has been delivered ahead of schedule and on budget.
The Australian government announced in March 2007 that it would acquire 24 of the advanced Block II versions of the Super Hornet, all of which are equipped with the Raytheon-built APG-79 Active Electronically Scanned Array (AESA) radar.
The Boeing Super Hornet is a multirole aircraft, able to perform virtually every mission in the tactical spectrum, including air superiority, day/night strike with precision-guided weapons, fighter escort, close air support, suppression of enemy air defenses, maritime strike, reconnaissance, forward air control and tanker missions.
F/A-18E/F Super Hornet
Both the Super Hornet single seat E and two-seat F models convert quickly from one mission type to the next with the flip of a switch to provide consistent air dominance:
*Day/night strikes with precision-guided weapons
*Close air support
*Suppression of enemy air defense
*Forward air control
The Super Hornet's versatility applies to its weapon stations and payload types:
*11 weapon stations
*Supports a full complement of smart weapons, including laser-guided bombs
*Carries a full spectrum mix of air-to-air and air-to-ground ordnance
The Super Hornet is powered by two General Electric F414-GE-400 engines:
*Distinctive caret-shaped inlet to provide increased airflow and reduced
*22,000 pounds (98 Kn) of thrust per engine, 44,000 pounds (196 Kn) per
*Highly departure resistant through its operational flight envelope.
*Unlimited angle-of-attack and carefree flying qualities for highly effective
combat capability and ease of training.
*Reconfigurable digital flight-control system detects and corrects for battle
*Long-term designed in versatility ensures the Super Hornet's investment
Current upgrades delivered in the Block Two configuration include:
*Active electronically scanned array (AESA) radar
*Advanced targeting forward-looking infrared (ATFLIR) system
*Joint-helmet mounted cueing system (JHMCS)
*Multifunctional information distribution system (MIDS)
*Advanced aft crew station
*Fibre channel switch for increased data processing capability
*Fully integrated weapons systems and sensors for reduced crew workload
and increased capability.
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Australia Buying 24 Super Hornets As Interim Gap-Fillers .
May 10, 2012 13:17 EDT
Australia’s Super Hornet purchase began life in a storm. Australia’s involvement in the F-35 Lightning II program have been mired in controversy, amid criticisms that the F-35A will (1) be unable to compete with proliferating SU-30 family fighters in the region, (2) lack the range or response time that Australia requires, and (3) be both late and very expensive during early production years. The accelerated retirement of Australia’s 22 long-range F-111s in 2010 sharpened the timing debate, by creating a serious gap between the F-111’s retirement and the F-35’s likely arrival.
In December 2006, therefore, The Australian reported that Defence Minister Brendan Nelson was discussing an A$ 3 billion (about $2.36 billion) purchase of 24 F/A-18F Block II Super Hornet aircraft to fill the fighter gap. The move came as “a surprise to senior defence officials on Russell Hill”; but quickly became an official purchase as requests and contracts were hurriedly submitted. Australia’s new Labor government’s later decided to keep the Super Hornet purchase, rather than pay cancellation fees, but added an interesting option to convert 12 into electronic warfare planes. Ministerial statements place the program’s final figure at A$ 6.6 – 7.0 billion, which includes basing, training, and other ancillary costs.
This DID Spotlight article describes the model chosen, links to coverage of the key controversies, and offers a history of contracts and key event’s from the program’s first official DSCA requests to the present day.
AN/APG-79 AESA Radar
May 10/12 : Need a HUG? In the wake of budget plans that would slash defense spending, and move further F-35A buys back 2 years due to delays in the program, Australia is considering its bridging options. Minister for Defence Stephen Smith:
“The Budget effect of [our F-35A delay] is that it takes out of the forward estimates for this year’s budget about $1.6 billion…. In the meantime, I will not allow, and the Government will not allow, a gap in our air combat capability…. Government will also consider whether any alternative options need to be implemented to supplement and ensure our air combat capability in the light of Joint Strike Fighter delays.
An obvious option is the [F/A-18F]... However, other alternatives will be examined before any decision is taken. This includes considering the life of our existing 71 ‘classic’ F/A-18 Hornets [via the HUG program].”
Australia Buying 24 Super Hornets As Interim Gap-Fillers
Rock45(RIP mate) and Sailor. How nostalgic!!!
Thanks to necroposter for reminding me of these people.
What is about necroposter here ?
on topic , Australia just decided or may be they will buy more 24 SH-18 , (previous 24 + another 24 more) total 48 new SH-18 and date of the article is May 10, 2012 .
Latest updates : More Super Hornets, or more HUGs?
May 10, 2012.
Necroposting can be taken in a good way too.
If so , then my turn to say thanks .
Last edited by Casper; 13-05-12 at 04:08 AM.
Dave Majumdar : Analysts are questioning Super Hornet's usefulness in the Pentagon’s Air Sea battle concept to fight in an anti-access / area denial environment.
The US Navy is upgrading its fleet of Boeing F/A-18E/F fighters with new capabilities, but analysts question the Super Hornet's utility against emerging anti-access/area denial (A2/AD) threats.
"Upgrading the F/A-18 family is a good idea, and it could extend their service lives," says analyst Mark Gunzinger of the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments (CSBA). "That being said, F/A-18-based platforms are short-range, lack unrefueled persistence, and are best suited for operations in relatively uncontested airspace."
But in the future, uncontested airspace is unlikely to remain the norm as potential adversaries develop means to deny US forces access to a region, US Department of Defense (DoD) officials and analysts say. Many future conflict zones are likely to be heavily defended by new surface-to-air systems, advanced aircraft and other weapons such as anti-ship cruise missiles and ballistic missiles.
The DoD is developing a concept called AirSea battle, which calls for the USN and US Air Force to work together to an unprecedented degree to overcome those challenges.
The problem is most acute in the Pacific theatre, where the USN's aircraft carrier fleet would be the tip of the spear. The mainstay of the carrier decks is the F/A-18 fleet, but those aircraft might not be up to the task.
"They are not well-suited for AirSea battle-like operations against a highly capable enemy equipped with advanced anti-access/area denial systems," Gunzinger says. New surface-to-air weapons and emerging airborne threats pose a lethal threat to non-stealthy aircraft.
"This isn't just a navy issue of course, the same can be said about the air force's F-15 and F-16 fleet," Gunzinger says. "All three legacy fighter platforms would be outmatched in a fight against the [Chinese Chengdu] J-20 or [Russian Sukhoi] PAK-FA."
Analyst Jan Van Tol, also of the CSBA, says that the USN needs ask itself just how much effort it should expend in trying to upgrade its Super Hornet fleet. It also needs to ask itself just how useful those legacy aircraft are and over what time period. It also needs to ask itself what role those aircraft might still play in the emerging battlespace.
"How long before the sustained high-end A2/AD threat becomes really formidable and flying such aircraft becomes like flying Brewster Buffaloes in 1942?" he asks.
Gunzinger says that the in the western Pacific, the A2AD threat is already formidable enough that it poses a lethal problem for fourth-generation fighters. Iran could also pose similar challenges by about 2020, he says.
But, moreover, the carrier itself might be challenged in certain theatres as it nears the enemy's coast.
"Regardless of aircraft survivability, you still need to get the carriers close enough-tough to do early in a fight against [anti-ship cruise missiles] and [anti-ship ballistic missiles]," Gunzinger says.
One potential solution is to increase the distance the carrier might stay offshore, but that would require longer ranged stealth aircraft.
Current USN plans call for the F/A-18E/F to remain in service well into the 2030s before they are eventually replaced by an F/A-XX. The FA-XX, should it become a reality, is expected to be stealthy, have increased kinematic performance and offer significantly longer range compared to existing naval aircraft.
Meanwhile, later this decade, the stealthy Lockheed Martin F-35C will join the Super Hornet on the carrier deck, but the older aircraft will dominate the air wing for the foreseeable future. Even so, the F-35C probably does not have the kind of range the USN really needs.
With the US strategic shift towards the Pacific theatre, the problem of conducting operations inside A2AD environments has become a much more pertinent topic within the halls of the Pentagon.
When asked about plans for the future of naval aviation operating inside those environments, the USN leadership declined to comment. But in a separate interview about the service's plans for the Super Hornet fleet, Captain Frank Morley, the USN's programme manager for the F/A-18E/F and EA-18G Growler, says that the Super Hornet can and will play a role fighting in emerging A2AD environments.
The Super Hornet is designed for "balanced survivability," Morley says.
It will use a combination of signature management, stand-off weapons, counter-measures and jamming support from its EA-18G sibling to survive in heavily defended areas.
Morley says that the USN will not rely on any one weapon to fight in those complex environments but rather it will bring a host of capabilities to bear to defeat those threats.
"It an environment that the US Navy has to deal with," Morely says.
Boeing Super Hornet faces emerging anti-access challenges
Australia To Buy Growler Technology From U.S.
Aug. 23, 2012 - 10:46AM |
By NIGEL PITTAWAY
Australia To Buy Growler Technology From U.S. | Defense News | defensenews.com
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