Anticipating potential delays and uncertainty about the future of theA, the n Defence has requested to buy up to 24 Super Hornet fighters – 12 Super Hornet aircraft and 12 EA-18G Growler Electronic Attack aircraft from the USA, at an estimated cost of $3.7 billion, the Defense Security Cooperation Agency notified the US Congress.
“We placed a letter of request [LOR] with the United States authorities to enable us to investigate the potential purchase of up to 24 more Super Hornets.” Aviation Week wrote.n Defense Minister Stephen Smith said, adding that the “has been subject to very serious scheduling delays and that’s what’s causing us to risk a gap in capability…. “We’re now looking not just to the Super Hornets covering a gap in capability, but whether into the longer term it makes sense for Australia to have a mixed fleet — a mixed fleet of Super Hornets, Growlers and Joint Strike Fighters, which is what you essentially see the United States Navy embarking upon.”
Canada is also considering the CBC News reports. According to data released by , Canada could save about C$23 billion over the 42 year lifespan of the aircraft. claims its Super Hornet would cost about half the cost of the F-35.as an alternative to the ,