Oz Sells Classic Hornets For Air Combat Training

SHAH ALAM: Oz sells classic Hornets for air combat training. Australia has announced the sale of its remaining fleet of RAAF Classic Hornets, up to 46 aircraft, to a US air combat training company. Two years ago Australia announced the sale of 25 Classic Hornets to Canada.

F/A-18 disposal provides Hunter region jobs
5 March 2020

Workers at RAAF Base Williamtown will service and prepare up to 46 retired F/A-18 Classic Hornet aircraft that will be sold to air combat training company Air USA.

The Classic Hornet aircraft will be used to provide training services to the United States Air Force and will be prepared over the next three to four years.

Minister for Defence Industry, the Hon Melissa Price MP, said the work will provide employment certainty for workers in the NSW Hunter region.

“The work to prepare these aircraft and components for sale will provide 24 direct industry jobs while Air Force transitions from the Classic Hornet to the F‑35 Joint Strike Fighter,” Minister Price said.

“This highlights the strong performance of the region’s defence industry in servicing and maintaining the Classic Hornets over the past 30 years.”

“Apart from the jobs directly supported by the work at RAAF Base Williamtown, more defence industry jobs are expected to be created across Australia through repair and overhaul work on aircraft servicing components.”

The RAAF Classic Hornet fleet is being progressively retired as the F-35A Joint Strike Fighter is introduced into service. The Morrison Government has now taken delivery of 20 Joint Strike Fighters, out of a total order of 72.

No. 77 Squadron F/A-18A Hornet A21-44 comes in to land at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam during Exercise Cope North 20. Australian DOD

With the deal, all of 71 classic Hornets, some of which had been retired from the RAAF will be disposed off, likely leaving not a single aircraft to be preserved in museums or other locations. This also meant that Malaysia will only havbe Kuwaiti Hornets as a potential buy in the near future. It must be noted that RAAF Hornets were never seriously considered for RMAF needs apart as a source of spares.

— Malaysian Defence

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