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Defence signs $109m training contract for Growler, Super Hornet at Amberley base


The Australian Defence Force has signed a new $109.7 million training services contract that will see F/A-18F Super Hornet and EA-18G Growler support at Amberley base.

The new five-year contract will employ up to 49 personnel from Raytheon Australia and Australian subcontractor, Milskil with most of the training services delivered from RAAF Amberley.

Air Commodore Leanne Lee says the Growler and Super Hornet are critical to RAAF’s air combat fleet.

“This initial five-year $109.7 million contract will deliver ground-based simulator training support including maintenance and engineering as well as aircrew training services such as instruction, courseware development and force generation tasks,” Air Commodore Lee says.

“This new Electronic Attack Air Combat Training Support contract will ensure our RAAF personnel retain their edge through high-quality F/A-18F Super Hornet and EA-18G Growler training.

“The Electronic Attack Air Combat Training Support contract contains more than 95 percent Australian industry content with direct economic benefit of more than $104 million to the Australian economy.”

The EA-18G Growler is an electronic attack aircraft capable of disrupting, deceiving and denying a broad range of military electronic systems, including radars and communications.

The F/A-18F Super Hornet has been in-service for more than a decade and is a key air combat capability.


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