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Oxygen upgrade approved for Australian Super Hornets

A Royal Australian Air Force F/A-18F Super Hornet aircraft takes off from RAAF Base Tindal in the Northern Territory during Exercise Crimson Dawn 2023. Photo: SGT Pete Gammie.

Australian F/A-18F multi-role fighter jets will receive upgraded oxygen systems as part of a US Department of Defense contract worth US$12 million.

Australian F/A-18F multi-role fighter jets will receive upgraded oxygen systems as part of a US Department of Defense contract worth US$12 million.

American aerospace company Mission Systems Davenport will provide a redesign and upgrade of the existing On-Board Oxygen System GGU-12+ oxygen concentrator for the Australia F/A-18F program, according to a US DOD contract announcement made on 5 July.

The Royal Australian Air Force has 24 F/A-18F Super Hornet twin seat multi-role aircraft, which are used in conjunction with F-35A Lightning IIs and EA-18G Growlers to ensure the nation’s air combat capability.

The aircraft are based at No. 1 Squadron at RAAF Base Amberley and used for air interception, air combat, close air support of ground troops, and interception of enemy supply lines including shipping.

Australian F/A-18F aircraft can carry armaments such as AIM-120 advanced medium range air-to-air missile, AIM-9X “Sidewinder” short-range air-to-air missiles, joint direct attack munitions, conventional and laser-guided bombs, AGM-154 joint stand-off weapons, AGM-84 harpoon anti-ship missiles as well as an M61A2 20mm nose-mounted gun.

Work for the non-recurring engineering support contract will be performed in Davenport, Iowa and is expected to be completed in November 2026.

Naval Air Warfare Center Maryland is the contracting organisation and foreign military sales customer funds of $12,065,976 will be obligated at the time of award.

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