Royal Australian Air Force Aircraft
F/A-18F Super Hornet

The Royal Australian Air Force F/A-18F Super Hornet fleet gives Australia an upgraded air combat capability for both air-to-air and air-to-ground mission until the full introduction into service of the F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter (JSF).

The F/A-18F Super Hornets are larger than the F/A-18A/B Hornets. The aircraft's increased wing area allows them to carry more stores further on their extra hardpoints.

Air Force has 24 F/A-18F Super Hornets, which will ensure that Australia's air combat capability edge is maintained until the full introduction into service of the planned F-35A (Joint Strike Fighter).

The F/A-18F Super Hornet achieved Final Operational Capability in December 2012.

The Super Hornet is operated by

  • No. 1 Squadron, RAAF Base Amberley, Queensland
  • No. 6 Squadron, RAAF Base Amberley, Queensland

 Super Hornet flying operations and noise information at RAAF Base Amberley.

Weapons
  • AIM-120 Advanced Medium Range Air-to-Air Missile (AMRAAM)
  • AIM-9X Sidewinder missile
  • Global Positioning System (GPS) - guided Joint Direct Attack Munition (JDAM)
  • Air to Ground Missile (AGM)-84 Harpoon anti-ship missiles
  • AGM-154C Joint Stand-off Weapon (JSOW)
  • Joint Direct Attack Munitions (JDAM)
  • Guided Bomb Unit (GBU)-54 Laser JDAM
  • M61A2 20 mm nose-mounted cannon

 

Manufacturer Boeing
Role Multi-role fighter
Crew Pilot, Air Combat Officer
Engine Two low-bypass F414-GE-400 turbofans (9,800 kg thrust each)
Airframe Length: 18.3 m, height: 4.9 m
Wingspan 13.6 m
Weight 13,387 kg basic, 29,900 kg maximum take-off weight
Speed Mach 1.6 (1,960 km/h)
Range
  • Ferrying 2,700km (without refuelling)
  • Interdiction over 1,000km
  • Combat radius 740km
Ceiling 50,000 feet
Weapons
  • AIM-120 Advanced Medium Range Air-to-Air Missile (AMRAAM)
  • AIM-9X Sidewinder missile
  • Global Positioning System (GPS) - guided Joint Direct Attack Munition (JDAM)
  • Air to Ground Missile (AGM)-84 Harpoon anti-ship missiles
  • AGM-154C Joint Stand-off Weapon (JSOW)
  • Joint Direct Attack Munitions (JDAM)
  • Guided Bomb Unit (GBU)-54 Laser JDAM
  • M61A2 20 mm nose-mounted cannon
Avionics
  • Hughes APG-79 multi-mode radar
  • GPS
  • Inertial navigation system
  • VHF omni-directional range/instrument landing system
  • Two mission computers
  • Heads up cockpit display
  • Multi-functional cathode ray tube displays