F/A-18F Super Hornet
Air Force has 24 F/A-18F Super Hornets, which ensure that Australia's air combat capability edge is maintained until the full introduction of the F-35A Lightning II.
The F/A-18F Super Hornets are based at Number 1 Squadron at RAAF Base Amberley.
After achieving Final Operational Capability in December 2012, they have 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.
About the Aircraft
The F/A-18F Super Hornet is larger than the F/A-18A/B Hornet. The aircraft's increased wing area allows it to carry more stores (mounted devices) on its additional hardpoints.
The twin seat F/A-18F Super Hornet can undertake:
- air interception;
- air combat;
- close air support of ground troops; and
- interception of enemy supply lines including shipping.
For more information about aircraft noise related to the F/A-18F Super Hornets, visit Defence Aircraft Noise.
|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|
|Weight||13,387 kg basic, 29,900 kg maximum take-off weight|
|Speed||1,960 km/h (Mach 1.6)|