Ministry of Defence of Australia located in the U.S. order to supply 12 fighter F/A-18E/F Super Hornet and the same number of aircraft electronic warfare E/A-18G Growler, made on the basis of F/A-18.
As reported with reference to the Flightglobal publication Lenta.ru, Office of Military Cooperation (DSCA) has notified the Pentagon, the U.S. Congress about the possible deal. If a contract for the supply of aircraft will be signed, its price will be U.S. $ 3.7 billion
Except the fighter aircraft EW Ministry of Defence of Australia ordered 54 motor F414-GE-402, manufactured by General Electric, 35 radar AN/APG-79, equipment for ground maintenance.
According to the DSCA, the new aircraft will be used by Australia for confrontation regional threats. As expected, the contract for the supply of fighter aircraft and will be signed by the middle of the EW 2013.
In December 2012 the Ministry of Defence of Australia sent to the Office of Military Cooperation Pentagon price request additional batch of 24 fighters F/A-18E/F.
Australian military department wants to buy these aircraft, in order to avoid a lack of fighters in the Air Force, which could be a prerequisite for the prolonged delivery of promising F-35 Lightning II.
The first batch of 24 Super Hornet fighter Australia has received in the period from March 2010 to October 2011. Currently, the military department wants to order 12 of refitting them in electronic warfare planes E/A-18. Price alterations estimated at $ 300 million