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

The F/A-18F Super Hornet provides Australia with an advanced air combat capability for air-to-air and air-to-ground missions. The two seat F/A-18F Super Hornet can undertake air interception, air combat, close air support of ground troops and interdiction of enemy supply lines including shipping.

The F/A-18F Super Hornets are based at No 1 and No 6 Squadrons at RAAF Base Amberley.

In the last two years, the F/A-18F Super Hornets participation in exercises have included Exercise Cope North in Guam, Exercise Bersama Shield on the Malaysian Peninsula and Exercise Pitch Black in Darwin.

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