Australia To Sell Retired F/A-18 Hornet Fighters To Private Aggressor Firm Air USA
The adversary support contractor could get up to 46 of the surplus fighters, giving them one of the most capable private air forces in the world
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March 5, 2020 - by JOSEPH TREVITHICK AND TYLER ROGOWAY for thedrive.com
Air USA, a private contractor that offers "red air" adversary support, is buying up to 46 soon-to-be-retired F/A-18A/B Hornets from the Royal Australian Air Force.
Last year, the U.S. Air Force hired the company, along with six others, under a massive multi-billion dollar training support contract.
The Australian Department of Defense announced the "disposal" of the jets on Mar. 5, 2020.
Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) personnel at RAAF Base Williamtown will be responsible for preparing the aircraft for their transfer to Air USA.
Williamtown, which is situated just north of the city of Newcastle, is home to three of the four remaining Australian F/A-18A/B units, No. 3 and No. 77 Squadrons and No. 2 Operational Conversion Unit, the latter of which is responsible for training pilots on the type.
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