The Royal Australian Air Force F/A-18F Super Hornet 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 classic model with many detail improvements. The aircraft's increased wing area allows them to carry more stores further on their extra hardpoints. They are easily recognised by their rectangular air intakes.
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.