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November 16, 2017 | Local, Aerospace

Australian F-18s being considered by Canada will need overhaul to keep flying

Canada is waiting to hear back from Australia on its offer to purchase F-18s from that country.

The Australian planes would be added to the RCAF's flight line to shore up the existing fleet of CF-18s.

But if that deal does proceed the RCAF expects that structural work will have to be done to extend the lives of the planes.

RCAF commander Lt.-Gen. Michael Hood suggested to Defense News and FlightGlobal that L-3 in Quebec would get any upgrade contract since that firm has done similar work for the airforce on its existing CF-18s.

But Hood told Defense News at the Dubai airshow that even with that work to be done, the RCAF would be able to acquire the Australian aircraft “within the next couple of years” once a decision is made.

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