The Royal Australian Air Force’s (RAAF) first squadron of F/A-18F Super Hornet fighter jets has achieved initial operational capability.

The achievement follows the arrival of four new aircraft at RAAF Base Amberley and takes Australia’s capability to the next generation of fighter plane.

The Super Hornets will ensure that Australia’s air combat capability is maintained until the full introduction into service of the joint strike fighter.

The fleet includes the first three of Australia’s Super Hornets to be configured to accommodate the Growler electronic attack system.

The Boeing F/A-18E/F Super Hornet is a twin-engine 4.5 generation carrier-based multirole fighter aircraft.