Boeing Receives Contract to Upgrade Canadian CF-18 Hornets

Apr 23, 2001, 01:00 ET from The Boeing Company

    ST. LOUIS, April 23 /PRNewswire Interactive News Release/ -- The
 government of Canada has awarded a $436 million (USD) contract to The Boeing
 Company for the modernization of 80 Canadian Forces CF-18 strike fighters.
 This upgrade will ensure that CF-18s remain combat ready and interoperable
 with coalition forces well into the 21st century.
     "This upgrade will significantly enhance the capability of the aircraft
 and, with a concurrent structural modification, will extend its life through
 2015," said Tony Parasida, Boeing vice president for the F/A-18 program.  "In
 addition, the planned upgrades ensure that Canadian Forces Hornets can carry
 Advanced Medium Range Air-to-Air Missiles and the full complement of
 GPS-guided air-to-ground weapon systems."
     Under the contract, the CF-18s will be equipped with improved
 communication and navigation capabilities including a new mission computer, an
 APG-73 radar, stores management set, a secure radio system and a Combined
 Interrogator/Transponder system.
     Canadian firm Bombardier Aerospace will perform installations required as
 part of the modernization program.  Under the terms of the agreement,
 Bombardier will complete work at its facilities in Mirabel, Quebec.  A
 validation and verification phase involving one A single-seat model and one B
 two-seat model CF-18 will begin in July 2002.  Modification work on the
 remaining 78 aircraft is scheduled to begin in January 2003.
     The Hornet upgrade program is an example of the innovative products and
 services Boeing offers to military services around the world to enhance
 mission performance and drive lower total ownership costs.  Boeing is involved
 in many complex modernization programs, including the T-38C Avionics Upgrade
 Program for the U.S. Air Force, which recently entered full-rate production.
 The company also provides efficient supply-chain management programs that
 maximize aircraft readiness levels.
     Canada was the first international customer for the Hornet.  The CF-18s
 operate out of Canadian Forces Base Cold Lake and Canadian Forces Base
 Bagotville in Canada.
     The F/A-18 Hornet strike fighter is in service with the air forces of
 seven nations, in addition to the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps.
 
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    ST. LOUIS, April 23 /PRNewswire Interactive News Release/ -- The
 government of Canada has awarded a $436 million (USD) contract to The Boeing
 Company for the modernization of 80 Canadian Forces CF-18 strike fighters.
 This upgrade will ensure that CF-18s remain combat ready and interoperable
 with coalition forces well into the 21st century.
     "This upgrade will significantly enhance the capability of the aircraft
 and, with a concurrent structural modification, will extend its life through
 2015," said Tony Parasida, Boeing vice president for the F/A-18 program.  "In
 addition, the planned upgrades ensure that Canadian Forces Hornets can carry
 Advanced Medium Range Air-to-Air Missiles and the full complement of
 GPS-guided air-to-ground weapon systems."
     Under the contract, the CF-18s will be equipped with improved
 communication and navigation capabilities including a new mission computer, an
 APG-73 radar, stores management set, a secure radio system and a Combined
 Interrogator/Transponder system.
     Canadian firm Bombardier Aerospace will perform installations required as
 part of the modernization program.  Under the terms of the agreement,
 Bombardier will complete work at its facilities in Mirabel, Quebec.  A
 validation and verification phase involving one A single-seat model and one B
 two-seat model CF-18 will begin in July 2002.  Modification work on the
 remaining 78 aircraft is scheduled to begin in January 2003.
     The Hornet upgrade program is an example of the innovative products and
 services Boeing offers to military services around the world to enhance
 mission performance and drive lower total ownership costs.  Boeing is involved
 in many complex modernization programs, including the T-38C Avionics Upgrade
 Program for the U.S. Air Force, which recently entered full-rate production.
 The company also provides efficient supply-chain management programs that
 maximize aircraft readiness levels.
     Canada was the first international customer for the Hornet.  The CF-18s
 operate out of Canadian Forces Base Cold Lake and Canadian Forces Base
 Bagotville in Canada.
     The F/A-18 Hornet strike fighter is in service with the air forces of
 seven nations, in addition to the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps.
 
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