Mon, Aug 27, 2007
Phase II Improvements Include Helmet-Mounted Sighting, Data
Boeing Integrated Defense Systems (IDS) and partner L-3
Communications MAS, Inc. tell ANN the companies recently delivered
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.
The new data link will increase interoperability between
Canadian and allied forces. The Canadian fighters also will have
improved survivability with the upgraded chaff- and
flare-dispensing system, increased weapons effectiveness with the
helmet-mounted sight system and enhanced situational awareness with
the upgraded displays. Phase II of the modernization project is
valued at USD $150 million.
Boeing previously completed two prototype aircraft, while L-3
provided installation services for the program's remaining 77
aircraft. The Phase II work is done at the L-3 facility in Mirabel
"This modernization program is essential to keeping Canadian
forces interoperable with American and allied nations today and in
the future," said Paul Niewald, Boeing CF-18 program manager. "The
increased capabilities of the CF-18s will keep the fleet an
integral part of Canadian defenses for years to come."
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