The Royal Australian Air Force F/A-18A/B Hornet is a multi-role fighter designed for both air-to-air and air-to-ground missions. Both the single seat F/A-18A and two seat F/A-18B Hornets are capable of air interception, air combat, close air support of ground troops, and interdiction of enemy supply lines including shipping.
The F/A-18A/B Hornet is operated by:
No 3 Squadron, RAAF Base Williamtown.
No 75 Squadron, RAAF Base Tindal.
No 77 Squadron, RAAF Base Williamtown
No 2 Operational Conversion Unit, RAAF Base Williamtown for pilot training
The Hornet is capable of air-to-air refuelling from the new KC-30A Multi-Role Tanker Transport.
Air Force’s 71 F/A-18A/B Hornets will be replaced with 72 fifth-generation F-35A aircraft from 2018.
The Hornet was developed for the US Navy and Marine Corps and has been a very successful aircraft. It is also used by Canada, Finland, Kuwait, Malaysia, Spain and Switzerland. The fleet has just undergone a major avionics upgrade to ensure effective operations for the next 10 to 15 years.