• Mon. Oct 3rd, 2022

Raytheon wins RAAF Super Hornet and Growler training contract – Australian Aviation

ByJanice K. Merrill

Aug 1, 2022

Growler A46-306 at the 2017 Avalon Airshow. (Paul Sader)

Raytheon has entered into a new five-year, $110 million contract to provide training support services for the RAAF’s Super Hornets and Growlers.

The contract includes the upgrade and expansion of air combat training support at Amberley Base in Queensland through the provision of ground simulator training support.

This should include maintenance and engineering services, as well as aircrew training, such as instructional courseware development and force generation tasks.

“This new Electronic Attack Air Combat Training Support contract will ensure our RAAF personnel maintain their edge through high quality F/A-18F Super Hornet and EA-18G training. Growler,” said the general manager of aerospace combat systems, Air Commodore Leanne Lee.

The job is expected to employ around 49 people from Raytheon Australia and local pilot training provider Milskil.

Australian industry content is estimated to account for more than 95% of the work, with Air Commodore Lee adding that it would generate $104 million for the national economy.

Boeing-built EA-18G Growler and F/A-18F Super Hornet aircraft play a key role in supporting the RAAF’s air combat power.

The EA-18G Growler is an electronic attack aircraft, designed to disrupt, deceive and deny military electronic systems – including radars and communications – in order to limit enemy operations.

The F/A-18F Super Hornet is a versatile strike fighter, deployed for a range of operations, including air superiority, day/night attack with precision-guided weapons, fighter escort, close air support, suppression of enemy air defences, maritime attack, reconnaissance, forward air control and tanker missions.

This is Raytheon’s latest local aircraft support contract, coming less than a week after the global company, Raytheon Intelligence & Space, announced it had been awarded a subcontract from Cobham Special Mission.

The contract is for the integration of the most advanced version of its SeaVue Multi-Role radar into a fleet of Australian Dash 8 fixed-wing aircraft.

The technology is expected to support Australian border protection operations by providing long-range, high-altitude surveillance capabilities to special mission fixed-wing aircraft.