Australia to buy 12 Super Hornets fighters
We'll take a dozen, thanks ... A Royal Australian Air Force F/A-18F Super Hornet air-to-air refuels from a United States Air Force tanker aircraft during its flight to Guam.
WASHINGTON: The Pentagon has notified Congress of plans to sell 12 Super Hornet fighter jets and 12 Growler electronic warfare aircraft made by Boeing to Australia for an estimated $US3.7 billion ($3.6 billion).
The pending sale, announced in a posting on a US Defence Department website, comes as the US is increasing its military presence in Australia as part of the Pentagon's pivot towards the Asia Pacific.
The proposed sale, which includes parts, training and logistical support, would benefit Chicago company Boeing, which makes the planes, as well as units of General Electric, Data Link Solutions, BAE Systems, Northrop Grumman, Raytheon, and Visions Systems International.