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AUSTRALIA'S new Super Hor-
nets are testing their deployment ca-
pabilities as 1SQN conducts its first
live weapon trials at the Woomera Test
Range, north of Adelaide.
Five F/A-18F Super Hornets and
about 100 aircrew, maintenance and
support personnel from 1SQN are
operating from RAAF Base Edinburgh
during the squadron's first major
deployment away from its main oper-
ating base of RAAF Base Amberley.
The deployment to South
Australia will include the trial of the
Super Hornet's air-to-ground weap-
ons techniques, tactics and proce-
dures for the first time since being
accepted into service in March this
The weapons being trialled on
the Super Hornet include the Joint
Standoff Weapon (JSOW), Laser
Guided Bombs (LGBs), Joint Direct
Attack Munition (JDAM) and the
The JSOW is an air-to-ground
glide weapon with range of up to 70
nautical miles or 130kms providing
a stand-off precision strike capability
against hardened targets.
CO 1SQN WGCDR Glen Braz
praised the excellent facilities at both
Edinburgh and the Woomera Test
"The weapon trials and deploy-
ment to Adelaide will assist 1SQN
Rhinos are on target
in achieving Initial Operational
Capability by December," he said.
This will result in Australia's first
operational air combat capable Super
Hornet squadron with a complement
of 12 aircraft, associated trained per-
sonnel, weapons and logistics support.
Through extensive training in
Australia, the 24 Super Hornet air-
craft, personnel and logistics support
will mature to realise the final opera-
tional capability of the squadron by
The Super Hornet weapons trials,
that started on August 30, are due to
end on September 15.
See the next edition for more coverage. '
HERE COMES THE SUN: Above, a 1SQN F/A-18F Super
Hornet flies over the Woomera Test Range as CAF AIRMSHL
Mark Binskin (right) and other spectators watch on from below.
Photos: LAC Glynn Jones
ON SHOW: Below, CO 1SQN WGCDR
Glen Braz talks to the Adelaide media
about the arrival of the Super Hornets to
RAAF Base Edinburgh.
Photo: LACW Shannon McCarthy
The weapon trials and deployment to
Adelaide will assist 1SQN in achieving
Initial Operational Capability by
-- CO 1SQN WGCDR Glen Braz
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