Australian F / A-18A / B Hornet sold to an American private company

Australian F / A-18A / B Hornet sold to an American private company

The Australian Air Force continues to dispose of McDonnell Douglas F / A-18A / B Hornet retired fighters. According to Australian media reports, 46 Hornet fighters were sold to an American private company.


The Australian Air Force sold 46 F / A-18A / B Hornet fighter aircraft to the US private company Air USA; currently, the aircraft are concentrated at the Australian air base, Williamtown, where they undergo necessary repairs. The transfer will take place within three to four years.

The American company Air USA, founded in 1994 and based at Quincy Airport (Illinois), specializes in providing combat training services to the US military and other government services. aviation and training, including simulating enemy aircraft during exercises.

The company offers two training programs. The first, denoted by Red Air, is to provide aircraft to simulate the enemy in training air battles with air force fighters. The second, known as Blue Air, is to train advanced ground-based aircraft gunners, with the allocation of aircraft that mimic attack aircraft.

Currently, the company’s fleet has a nominal number of 67 jet aircraft, mainly Hawk, Alpha Jet, L-59 and L-39 combat trainers, and only four “real” MiG-29UB combat trainers ( two planes each from Ukraine and Kyrgyzstan). At the same time, only 16 aircraft are in good condition, including 11 former South Korean Hawk Mk 67, four L-39ZA and one L-39C.

According to Air USA, the acquisition of 46 former Australian F / A-18A / B will significantly expand the company's potential.

In turn, the F / A-18A / B Hornet fighter aircraft being withdrawn from service by the Australian Air Force are being replaced by fifth-generation F-35A fighters. To date, 20 new aircraft out of 72 ordered have already been received.
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  1. Mytholog 7 March 2020 16: 50 New
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    Not too much, will it be for a training company?
    46 cars?
    Yes, and they are not cheap ...
    1. Voltsky 7 March 2020 18: 41 New
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      Eric Prince and the like have big plans :) because the world is big and you can earn money all over the world, the main thing is to transfer money from country to country from time to time so that accounts for suspicious activity would not be blocked.
      1. Thunderbolt 7 March 2020 20: 32 New
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        Quote: Mytholog
        46 cars?
        Yes, and they are not cheap ...

        If you look closely at the activities of PMCs, without agitation, but with a purely cold gaze --- a soldier on whose eye will now drop US munitions, then what difference does it //.../ wait for the sacristy, maktub ///.
        At the same time, American so-called PMCs have shown their high efficiency in terms of the ratio of damage to the difference in unavoidable losses. The efficiency factor of these units is just 1.2, purely military, without this stunning furious rhetoric --- when the posts are written, Marshals are mostly, and most importantly, NOT ON TOPIC they write articles, but just to clog them. You constantly have to “wade” through the marshal platitudes to a really sensible and worthwhile commentary on THEME. This ratio determines the factor of staff professionalism multiplied by a better one techno-logistic approach, eat in the army, the air force or somewhere else .... in the american infection under the shameful name usa
    2. Grigory_45 8 March 2020 10: 05 New
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      Quote: Mytholog
      Not too much, will it be for a training company?
      46 cars?

      the answer is hidden in the article itself:
      Now The company’s fleet has a nominal number of 67 jets, mainly Hawk, Alpha Jet, L-59 and L-39 combat trainers, and only four "real" combat training fighter MiG-29UB (two aircraft from Ukraine and Kyrgyzstan). However, only 16 aircraft are in good condition
      those. the company has more than fifty units of flightless trash, which they want to replace with fully combat-ready (at least decently meeting the assigned tasks) planes.

      Quote: Mytholog
      Yes, and they are not cheap ..

      The Hornets themselves will sell at a bargain price. I think that there will be enough money for repairs and a decent appearance, considering how many similar companies are shearing from their customers (the same US Air Force)
  2. nPuBaTuP 7 March 2020 16: 50 New
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    Of the 67 available, 16 are in operation.
    How many Australian aircraft will be in operation?
    Even after repairs to be made at the Australian airbase
    1. voyaka uh 7 March 2020 21: 55 New
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      They have aging rubbish in this private company. All sorts of combat training.
      And replaced by a relatively modern combat, attack aircraft.
  3. Tuzik 7 March 2020 16: 59 New
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    A gift to Ukraine, weak? )
    1. Tuzik 8 March 2020 02: 47 New
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      Interestingly, those who minus me believe that Australia is not weak to give 46 F / A-18A / B fighters to Ukraine? )) Or think that they are not needed by Ukraine and what for?
      1. Jack O'Neill 8 March 2020 11: 25 New
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        The question is, what Ukraine Hornets are behind? They type machines MiG-29 / F-16 for the eyes.
        Like yes, they don’t look in the teeth for a gift horse, but the Hornets will eat money, and the same MiG-29 / F-16 in Ukraine is no worse, or even better.
        They simply do not have any profit from such a "gift".
        PS I did not put cons.
        1. Tuzik 8 March 2020 16: 02 New
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          [quote = Jack O'Neill] The question is, what Ukraine Hornets are behind? They type machines MiG-29 / F-16 for the eyes. / Quote]
          Thanks Jack for responding. For f-16 where infa? If not difficult. I can’t believe that my Nenko found money for them. )))
          1. Jack O'Neill 8 March 2020 17: 26 New
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            Thanks Jack for responding. For f-16 where infa? If not difficult. I can’t believe that my Nenko found money for them. )))

            Which infa?
            PS poked you likes, just like that.)
            1. Tuzik 8 March 2020 17: 35 New
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              About the F-16. I have not met. Thanks )
              1. Jack O'Neill 8 March 2020 17: 39 New
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                About the F-16. I have not met. Thanks )

                No, Ukrainians are not going to hack an F-16. It would just be more logical than F / A-18.
    2. Grigory_45 8 March 2020 14: 47 New
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      Quote: Tuzik
      A gift to Ukraine, weak? )

      What is the reason for the Australians to give something to Ukraine?
      1. Tuzik 8 March 2020 16: 09 New
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        So they seem to be striped too! )))
        1. Grigory_45 8 March 2020 16: 14 New
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          Quote: Tuzik
          So they seem to be striped too!

          and where is the logical connection? Yes, Australia is de facto a US military ally. Does this mean that any of Washington’s military allies must give something to Ukraine?

          By the way, how many planes did the Americans themselves give to Kiev?
          1. Tuzik 8 March 2020 16: 26 New
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            Quote: Gregory_45
            and where is the logical connection? Yes, Australia is de facto a US military ally

            That's the connection! Ships are not cheap either! In fact, do not take it seriously, I just drew attention to the thin wallet of my power. I’m starting to become a troll)) I need to read less comments here probably))
  4. RVAPatriot 7 March 2020 17: 06 New
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    That’s the reserve for the forces that somewhere lose the plane ... And it’s ridiculous to think that such a quantity can be pulled by a private company ... not all countries can hold, but here private traders
    1. eklmn 7 March 2020 17: 36 New
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      Example by car. In the USA, the inspection rules are to ensure traffic safety - brakes / turns / all lights / horn / muffler / mudguards are checked. And that’s it !!!! No first-aid kit / shock absorbers / heating / air conditioning. have no relation to safety, “go” as you wish ...!
      A couple of decades ago, the Americans sold a decommissioned aircraft carrier for $ 1 so that they themselves did not drag it to a landfill. And the buyer was found!
      These aircraft require flight safety, and this is 1/3 of all equipment, the rest may not work. And they fly without weapons. Those. they are inexpensive.
    2. Blackmokona 7 March 2020 18: 04 New
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      Many private companies are richer than most states
  5. Sarmat Sanych 7 March 2020 17: 18 New
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    Meanwhile, in Norway, at least 8 soldiers who take part in NATO exercises are infected with caronavirus. Local activists are demanding an interruption of the exercises, but the Norwegian Armed Forces command turns a blind eye to the epidemic and so far refuses to cancel them.
  6. Ros 56 7 March 2020 18: 56 New
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    How many hoh lamas will they sell? Greens probably came out with saliva.
  7. knn54 7 March 2020 19: 25 New
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    Recently, Australia has developed very warm relations with Japan., Which worries China. And both states are not disposed towards Russia the way they would like. Impressive is the increase in the cost of modern weapons on the green continent (Doryl Soryu, F-35 ...). It is worth paying attention to this "tandem."
  8. Whalebone 7 March 2020 20: 59 New
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    Good business. To receive from the budget - places of any businessman.
  9. Black Colonel 8 March 2020 13: 03 New
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    F-18 and already in junk? Something did not last long, given the fact that the F-16 is still in service and is even being upgraded.
    And this private airline does not lease or lease PMCs like Black Water?
    1. Grigory_45 8 March 2020 14: 44 New
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      Quote: Black Colonel
      F-18 and already in junk?

      Only Australian Hornets are removed from service (McDonnell Douglas F / A-18 Hornet).
      And although the Hornets, which began flying in 1983, are not of the first freshness, the United States itself, for example, is not in a hurry to remove them from service - they are transferred to the National Guard or kept in reserve.

      Well, the Super Hornets (Boeing F / A-18E / F Super Hornet) both flew and will fly - at least another 15-20 years. Because it’s the only U.S. carrier-based bomber

      Quote: Black Colonel
      F-16 is still many in the ranks and even modernized.

      F-16 F-16 strife. The current Falcons of the last blocks, in addition to appearance, do not much resemble the cars of the first series.
  10. lvov_aleksey 9 March 2020 16: 55 New
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    so fast it's cool ...