As part of Operation OKRA, the Australian Air Task Group has deployed six F/A-18A Hornet combat aircraft. The Australian ATG F/A-18A Hornets, as part of the Coalition, continue to conduct close air support and strike operations against the Daesh over Iraq. The F/A-18A Hornet is a Multi-Role Fighter, which means it can be employed in air combat, close air support of ground troops, interdiction of enemy supply lines, and strategic strike in the land and maritime domains.
Based on the Shenyang J-11 airframe, and heavily influenced by Sukhoi Su-30MKK aircraft sold to China in 2000, the J-16 first flew in 2013. A multi-role fighter/bomber, the J-16 also has an improved AESA radar, composites, radar absorbent material (RAM), and additional upgrades. Up to 24 have already been built, according to some reports, with both the People’s Liberation Army Air Force and People’s Liberation Army Navy being seen as potential users of the type.
A U.S. Navy F/A-18 Hornet maneuvers into position for aerial refueling during combat operations in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. The multi-role, carrier-capable fighter entered active service in 1978.