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

The twin 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 Number 1 and Number 6 Squadrons at RAAF Base Amberley. They have recently participated in a range of exercises and operations including Exercise Pitch Black in the Northern Territory, Exercise Bersama Shield on the Malaysian Peninsula, and Operation OKRA in the Middle East.

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

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 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 1,960 km/h (Mach 1.6)
Range 2,700 m
Ceiling 50,000 feet
Capacity
  • Mission computers
  • Heads-up Displays
  • Radar and Infrared Sensing and Targeting Systems
  • Electronic Warfare and Infra-Red Self Protection Systems
Weapons
  • AIM-120 Advanced Medium Range Air-to-Air Missile (AMRAAM)
  • AIM-9X "Sidewinder" Short Range AIr-to-Air Missile
  • Joint Direct Attack Munition (JDAM) and Laser JDAM
  • Conventional and Laser-Guided Bombs
  • AGM-154 Joint Stand-Off Weapon (JSOW)
  • AGM-84 Harpoon Anti-Ship Missile
  • M61 Nose-Mounted 20mm Cannon