is Australia's air combat fighter, acquired to provide an air
superiority aircraft to replace the Mirage IIIO series. When acquired
was the most capable fighter in the region. It has since been joined by
two understrength squadrons of F/A-18F Super Hornets.
The acquisition of Russian designed Sukhoi Su-27SK and Su-30MK series
fighters by most regional nations now presents an environment where the
F/A-18A/B/F is outclassed in all key performance parameters by widely
available fighters. With the
remaining fatigue life in Australia's F/A-18A fleet to expire over the
next decade, a costly program to replace fuselage centre barrels has
been initiated to stretch the life of these aircraft. Radar, electronic
warfare, guided weapon and missile upgrades are now in progress.
This website will post a selection of relevant articles, submissions
and papers covering F/A-18A-D Hornet and F/A-18E-G Super Hornet
3 SQN RAAF F/A-18A then flown by
then WGCDR Dave Pietsch (© 1995 C Kopp / M645/1000S/Sekor C 80 mm f2.8).