Australia to sell retired F/A-18 Hornets to a company in US to play enemy aircraft during training
A Private Military Contracting company is about to get some much-needed near-peer teeth for their OPFOR training operation- and it comes in the form of some ex-Aussie “killer bees.”
The Australian Air Force is selling around 46 of their aging F/A-18A and F/A-18B Hornets to Air USA, a PMC that specializes in training US military fighter pilots by acting as aggressor aircraft.
Generally outfitted with older planes such as the L-59 Super Albatross and the venerable but short-legged MiG-29 Fulcrum, the addition of the F/A-18s will be a welcome arrival.
The Aussies are pretty glad to be getting rid of the F/A-18s, in order to make room for the F-35.
“The work to prepare these aircraft and components for sale will provide 24 direct industry jobs while Air Force transitions from the Classic Hornet to the F‑35 Joint Strike Fighter,” Melissa Price, Australia’s present Minister for Defence Industry, said in a statement. “Apart from the jobs directly supported by the work at RAAF Base Williamtown, more defense industry jobs are expected to be created across Australia through repair and overhaul work on aircraft servicing components.”
The announcement to mail to Air USA came earlier today, and was sure to pay proper tribute to the “Classic Hornet” that kept the island nation safe for generations.
Air USA is just one of several “civilian air forces,” that help train America’s pilots to go toe-to-toe with aerial threats around the world.
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