The Canadian Department of National Defence (CDND) and Boeing have signed a
contract for the second phase of the Canadian CF-18 aircraft modernization
program valued at CAD$117 million ($97 million). Boeing will act as the prime
contractor for the upgrade program.
signing ceremony for phase two of the project took place at Mirabel
International Airport, Quebec. This is follow-on contract to CAD$880 million
($732 million) phase 1 contract which was awarded to Boeing in April 2001. Phase
1 contract will conclude in 2006.
CF-18 modernization project Phase 1 included improved communications and
navigation systems. The APG-73 radar system, a weapon stores management system
and a combined interrogator/transponder system were provided to Canadian Air
Force's CF-18s under phase 1. L3Com Canada at Mirabel installed these items on
CF-18s sub-contracted by Boeing.
Under phase 2 Canadian CF-18s will receive a new data link system, a
helmet-mounted sight system, new color cockpit displays and a new chaff and
flare dispensing electronic warfare system. Boeing will provide program
managements services, installation kits and color displays. Current plans
foreseen phase 2 beginning in 2006 and concluding in 2009.
The aim of CF-18 modernization project is to bring the fleet of 80 CF-18s into
fully interoperability with the aircraft of key allies and to extend the service
life of the CF-18 airframe until 2017. The project has been split in two to
allow Canadian Air Force to access and use its CF-18 fleet at any time from 2001
through 2009 when the project is expected to conclude.
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