The Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) will receive three additional Super Hornet fighter jets by the end of 2010.

The new Super Hornets will add to the 11 such aircraft already in service with the RAAF.

Minister for Defence Materiel Jason Clare said they would add to the fire power of the air force, taking the country’s air capability to the next generation of fighter plane.

The Super Hornets conducted two firings of the air-to-ground joint stand-off weapon (JSOW C) at the Woomera test range against two separate hardened concrete targets.

Clare said the glide weapon has a range of up to 100km and provides a precision strike capability against hardened targets, such as bunkers.

The RAAF will use the Super Hornets to replace its F-111 squadron after four decades of service.