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Australia will buy 24 F-18 Super Hornet fighter jets, made by Boeing Co., and related equipment in a deal worth up to A$6 billion ($4.6 billion), the government said on Tuesday.
Canberra has been in negotiations with Boeing for the purchase of the F/A-18E/F aircraft, radar systems and weapons countermeasures as an interim combat system before the arrival of up to 100 F-35 Joint Strike Fighters (JSF), worth more than A$15 billion.
"Australia remains fully committed to the JSF. But the government is not prepared to accept any risk to air combat and strike capability during the transition to the JSF," Defense Minister Brendan Nelson told reporters.
Originally posted by SteveR
Humor me this.
What does Australia need with dedicated bombers?
Originally posted by wtftrauma
How they think this will be a temp replacement for the F-111 which is being grounded in 2010 I do not know.
There's been much speculation by defence analysts in the local media about how rushed the deal was, perhaps being done without due considertion.