Canada receives its first CF-18 Phase II
The Boeing Company and industry partner L-3 Communications MAS, Inc., delivered on Monday the first modernized Phase II CF-18 fighter to the Canadian Department of Defense.
Phase II of the CF-18 modernization program adds a data link system, a helmet-mounted sight system, new color cockpit displays and a new chaff- and flare-dispensing electronic warfare system to 79 CF-18 Hornets.
The program is expected to be completed in March 2010. Phase I, completed in August 2006, upgraded the Canadian Hornet fleet s avionics, radio and weapons capabilities.
This part of the modernization project is valued at USD $150 million.
With this upgrade, he canadian CF-18, will increase interoperability between Canadian and allied forces. Also with the new the chaff- and flare-dispensing system and the helmet-mounted sight system the Hornets will increase their suvivability and effectivenes in the battlefield.
Boein will do the fisrt 2 aircrafts modernization meanwhile the following 77 will be modernized in L-3 facility in Mirabel (Montreal), Quebec.