Australia’s leap into the future of air combat and electronic warfare just hit a new stride, mates.

We’re talking about a whopping AU$600 million ($401 million), five-year contract extension with Boeing, stretching out till 2030.

This isn’t just a handshake and a pat on the back; it’s a full-on embrace with the big guns of defense, reinforcing the Royal Australian Air Force’s (RAAF) F/A-18F Super Hornets and EA-18G Growlers.

This move isn’t just about keeping up with the Joneses; it’s about outpacing them.

A Billion-Dollar Partnership: Securing the Skies

Pat Conroy, Australia’s Minister for Defence Industry, dropped the bomb on this one, saying:

“The Albanese Government knows the most valuable Defence asset we have are our people. That’s why we’re investing in over 350 highly skilled local jobs and delivering on our commitment to ensure Australia has a robust Defence industry.”

The Aussies are now looking at an A$1.2 billion ($804 million) deal with Boeing, and that’s just the cherry on top.

The specifics? Well, they’re still in hush-hush, but we know it’s all about beefing up these flying beasts.