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Subject: New F/A-18F Super Hornet jets put us on war footing
Volkodav    3/26/2010 8:13:23 PM
Jared Owens From: The Australian March 27, 2010 12:00AM AUSTRALIAN air power has taken "a quantum leap forward" with the delivery of five F/A-18F Super Hornets yesterday. The five jets - the first of 24 - will tide the air force over until the arrival of the stealthy, fifth-generation F-35 joint strike fighter. They are the first new Royal Australian Air Force jets since 1985 and will be based at the Amberley air base, west of Brisbane. Speaking at the Super Hornets' official arrival yesterday, US Navy Rear Admiral Mark Skinner said the jets delivered new levels of "range, payload, lethality and survivability". He said Australia now had the same war-fighting capability as the US Navy, the world's fourth-largest air force. Defence Minister John Faulkner yesterday said the aircraft was "a superb dog fighter" and "will test any modern air defence system". "It can detect and track multiple targets with longer range and improved resolution," he said. "The crew can conduct simultaneous and independent operations to prosecute air and ground targets, manage early warning systems, transfer data to joint users and co-ordinate joint functions in the battle space." The $50 million Super Hornet - which can reach speeds of up to 1900km/h - boasts an array of state-of-the-art weaponry, including Sidewinder air-to-air missiles and Harpoon anti-ship missiles. The jet is also fitted with an anti-radiation missile and laser-guided bombs. But Wing Commander Glen Braz, who has trained in the new aircraft, said its "heart" was in its advanced sensors and communications systems. "I have flown in the original Hornet, and I'm simply blown away by what the Super Hornet brings," he said. "In a nutshell, we are now truly multi-role." The Super Hornets will replace the RAAF's ageing F-111 strike bombers, which were ordered in 1963 and will be retired this year. But federal MP and former defence scientist Dennis Jensen said the Super Hornet was actually a backward step in Australia's capability, lacking the manoeuvrability of the F-111. "You can be tens of kilometres apart," Dr Jensen said yesterday. "(In an F-111) you still have the option to engage if the conditions are favourable or disengage if the conditions aren't favourable." He said the Super Hornet also failed to match comparable aircraft - such as the Russian-built Sukhoi Flanker - for speed, since it could not cruise at supersonic speed without using its afterburn.
 
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Aussiegunneragain       3/26/2010 10:44:28 PM
"But federal MP and former defence scientist Dennis Jensen said the Super Hornet was actually a backward step in Australia's capability, lacking the manoeuvrability of the F-111.

"You can be tens of kilometres apart," Dr Jensen said yesterday.

"(In an F-111) you still have the option to engage if the conditions are favourable or disengage if the conditions aren't favourable."

He said the Super Hornet also failed to match comparable aircraft - such as the Russian-built Sukhoi Flanker - for speed, since it could not cruise at supersonic speed without using its afterburn."

Since when is the F-111 going to be engaging anything? Wanker.
 
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Aussie Diggermark 2       3/26/2010 11:46:14 PM
Absolutely right, he IS a wanker. What does he expect, that F-111 will be making frontal assaults on Sukhoi fighters with it's AIM-9M's and then simply running away if this tactic doesn't work???
 
The sooner he is recognised in his own electorate for the crank he is, the better...
 
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Volkodav       3/27/2010 1:42:01 AM
He is also a climate change sceptic, surprise, surprise.
 
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SCisback       3/27/2010 2:11:38 AM

He is also a climate change sceptic,

Well at least he has some redeeming qualities.

 
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gf0012-aust       3/27/2010 4:36:35 AM
Its a pity that they don't bother to check out his Defence Scientist credentials.

He never dealt with weapons systems, he never dealt with combat platforms.

which meant that he could have done things like human factors, the tensile strength of polymers or re4search into the spatial awareness of a mayfly :)

combat systems relevant expertise?  not on this planet and not this century 
 
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Volkodav       3/27/2010 5:29:48 AM
 
Its a pity that they don't bother to check out his Defence Scientist credentials.

He never dealt with weapons systems, he never dealt with combat platforms.

which meant that he could have done things like human factors, the tensile strength of polymers or re4search into the spatial awareness of a mayfly :)

combat systems relevant expertise?  not on this planet and not this century 
 
On that line I could probably set myself up and a mobile phone network or health system expert.
 
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Volkodav       3/27/2010 5:33:09 AM



He is also a climate change sceptic,




Well at least he has some redeeming qualities.





Well I don't know there whys or hows, but it is pretty obvious that things are changing.

 
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gf0012-aust       4/6/2010 9:56:15 PM
4 page spread in Air Force (RAAF internal newspetter) for those with access
 
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