Boeing today announced the unveiling of the first F/A-18F Block II Super Hornet for the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF). The aircraft will be delivered later this month.
Back in March 2007, the Australian government placed the order of 24 F/A-18F multirole fighters, making that country the first international Super Hornet customer. The remaining 23 Super Hornets, each equipped with the Raytheon-built APG-79 Active Electronically Scanned Array (AESA) radar, will be delivered to the RAAF throughout 2010 and 2011.
The Block II F/A-18E/F Super Hornet is a multirole aircraft, able to perform virtually every mission in the tactical spectrum, including air superiority, day/night strike with precision-guided weapons, fighter escort, close air support, suppression of enemy air defenses, maritime strike, reconnaissance, forward air control and tanker missions. Boeing has delivered more than 395 F/A-18E/Fs to the U.S. Navy.