Super Hornet Training Support Services Contract

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Minister for Defence Personnel, Materiel and Science


Federal Member for Blair 

Friday, 19 February 2010




Greg Combet, Minister for Defence Personnel, Materiel and Science,

announced today that Raytheon Australia has been awarded the Training

Support Services Contract to support Super Hornet training systems at Royal

Australian Air Force (RAAF) Base Amberley.

“The signing of the Super Hornet Training Support Services Contract is worth

approximately $21.5 million over three years, and secures about 25 jobs at

RAAF Base Amberley for that period,” Mr Combet said.

“The contract is vital for effective support of the Air Force’s fleet of Super

Hornets when they begin arriving at RAAF Base Amberley this year.” 

“Raytheon Australia will provide maintenance, logistics, and training services

to support the Super Hornet flight simulators, visual environment maintenance

trainers and electronic classrooms.”

“Australia is acquiring 24 F/A-18F Super Hornets to aid the transition to a

mature Joint Strike Fighter capability, and allow Air Force to retire the F-111

fleet in December 2010.”

“The Super Hornet project is on budget and running ahead of schedule.  The

first Australian Super Hornets will arrive in late March 2010.  The remaining

aircraft will be progressively introduced throughout the remainder of 2010 and

2011,” Mr Combet said. 

Shayne Neumann, the Federal Member for Blair, said that the contract signing

further strengthens the partnership between the RAAF, industry and the

Ipswich area community.

“I am very pleased that this contract will support local jobs and help maintain

our air combat capability.” Mr Neumann said. 

Media contacts:

Rod Hilton (Greg Combet)

02 6277 7620 or 0458 276 619

Jessica Hill (Shayne Neumann) 

07 3201 5300 or 0488 076 420

Defence Media Liaison:

02 6265 3343 or 0408 498 664

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