I might be jumping the gun on this one, but I’ll throw it out there anyway. I think Australia is just about to announce buying another batch of F/A-18E/Fs, and maybe even some (F-22-killing – ha!) EA-18Gs.
This email just popped into my inbox. It’s a press release from the office of Australian Minister of Defense Joel Fitzgibbon. The press conference starts in 15 minutes. Stay tuned for updates.
THE HON JOEL FITZGIBBON MP
Minister for Defence
Friday, 27 February 2009 023/2008
DEFENCE MINISTER TO MAKE MAJOR CAPABILITY ANNOUNCEMENT IN RELATION TO AUSTRALIA’S FUTURE AIR COMBAT CAPABILITY
Who: The Hon Joel Fitzgibbon MP, Minister for Defence.
What: Defence Minister will a make major capability announcement, whilst welcoming the Boeing and United States Navy Super Hornet team, visiting Australia for the Australian International Air Show.
Where: RAAF Base Williamtown, Medowie Road, Williamtown.
When: Today, 27 February 2009.
Time: 7:30am. Media should gather at the security gate for pass issue.
The Minister will meet the Super Hornet team, which is in Australia for the Australian International Airshow at Avalon, Victoria, on 10-15 March 2009.
A United States Navy early model Block I F/A-18F Super Hornet and one of the Royal Australian Air Force’s classic F/A-18 Hornet aircraft will be on display.
Media must present current photo identification from their organisation.
Jack Smith (Joel Fitzgibbon): 02 6277 7800 or 0408 116 423
Defence Media Liaison (Danielle Kuhn): 02 9359 2787 or 0405 310 176