The Boeing Company (NYSE:BA) announced today that they have delivered four F/A-18F Super Hornets to the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) not only ahead of schedule, but on budget as well.
Preemptive-delivery of Super Hornets to the RAAF is not unheard of, in fact, a portion of the RAAF’s fleet of 24 Super Hornets have been delivered by Boeing ahead of schedule and all on budget.
Upon arrival at the RAAF’s base at Amberley, Australia, a fly-over of the four Super Hornets in conjunction with 16 other F/A-18F’s were performed for a ceremonious airborne display which caps off the fifth and final contractual delivery of Super Hornets from Boeing to the RAAF.
The RAAF released the following statement regarding the delivery, “The Super Hornet provides a major advancement in capability for the RAAF and the entire Australian Defence Force. The F/A-18F employs the world’s most advanced combat radar, ensuring our forces have a clear advantage in both technology and capability, whether conducting air, ground or maritime operations,” said RAAF Group Capt. Steve Roberton, Officer Commanding 82 Wing.
“The Super Hornet’s ability to collect and seamlessly distribute information to our other platforms is proving to be invaluable as a true force multiplier,” Roberton added.
Boeing released the following statement regarding delivery, “Boeing made a commitment to the Royal Australian Air Force, and to the citizens and government of Australia, promising that these advanced Super Hornets would be ready to join the RAAF fleet on time and on budget,” said Dennis Muilenburg, president and CEO of Boeing Defense, Space & Security. “The men and women of Boeing are incredibly proud to have delivered on that promise.”
The contract between the Australian government with Boeing to take delivery of Super Hornets dates back to March, 2007, which has been fulfilled.