More than 350 local Queensland jobs will be secured under a new $600 million contract to sustain and upgrade the F/A-18F Super Hornet and EA-18G Growler fleets for the Royal Australian Air Force.

The five-year contract extension, awarded to Boeing Defense Australia, will see support for the Super Hornet and Growler programs continue until 2030, ensuring the long-term retention of a highly skilled expert workforce at RAAF Base Amberley.

Australians working in the Defense industry will oversee the engineering, maintenance and project management for the sustainment and upgrade of the fleets, with more than 90 per cent of the contract value will be spent in Australia, and primarily in south-east Queensland.

The Air Combat and Electronic Attack Sustainment Contract with Boeing Defense Australia commenced in 2016 for an initial period of 5 years and this is the second contract extension, taking the overall contract value to $1.2 billion.

Operated by No. 6 Squadron at RAAF Base Amberley, the Airborne Electronic Attack capability is comprised of 12 EA-18G Growler aircraft, the ALQ-99 Tactical Jamming System and the AGM-88 series of anti-radiation missiles.

The RAAF operates 24 F/A-18Fs and 12 EA-18Gs and the five-year contract extension, awarded to Boeing Defense Australia, will see support for the Super Hornet and Growler programs continue until 2030.