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CF-18 Lifespan Increases

CF-18 Lifespan Increases June 28, 2019

Two-stage modernization will be carried out by 2032 for 76 CF-18 combat aircraft in the Royal Canadian Air Force inventory. The first phase of the development of the CF-18 platform, which has not been modernized since 2008, is scheduled to begin summer 2019. Phase 1 of the project is expected to begin in summer 2019, with upgrades completed by 2025.Phase 1 will provide upgrades to address CF-18 interoperability and regulatory deficiencies to address new and changing standards. Phase 2 will aim to provide combat enhancements to the aircraft that are both operationally effective and technically feasible, through to 2032. In 2032, the CF-18 will be about 50 years old and will have fallen an additional 15 years behind combat technology if no upgrades are made. National Defence stated that it will transfer over 200 technicians to front-line CF-18 squadrons. The process is on track to be completed by December 2020.  Parliament was planning to supply 65 F-35s to replace the CF-18s now the F-35 planes are unclear due to lack of capability.

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