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October 20, 2011

RAAF to receive four additional Super Hornets

The Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) will receive four additional Super Hornets at RAAF Base Amberley on 21 October, defence minister Stephen Smith and defence materiel minister Jason Clare confirmed.

The Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) will receive four additional Super Hornets at RAAF Base Amberley on 21 October, defence minister Stephen Smith and defence materiel minister Jason Clare confirmed.

The delivery will mark two complete squadrons of 24 Boeing-built Super Hornet fighter jets for the RAAF.

The Super Hornet enables the RAAF to conduct air-to-air combat, reconnaissance, strike targets on land and at sea, as well as suppress enemy air defences until the arrival of the Joint Strike Fighter.

The Australian Government is planning to convert 12 of the aircraft into Growlers able to jam electronics systems of enemy aircraft and land-based radars and communications systems.

The country is the first to fly the Hornet outside the US.

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