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Integrating Australian Jets into the Current Royal Canadian Air Force Fighter Fleet

CF-18 Hornet aircraft during an Air to Air refueling exercise.

Canada recently announced its decision to purchase Australian F-18 aircraft to supplement the current fleet of fighter aircraft. These aircraft are of similar age and design to Canada’s CF-18 fleet and can be integrated quickly with minimal modifications, training and infrastructure changes.

In order to integrate these aircraft into Royal Canadian Air Force’s (RCAF) operations, the following steps will be taken. Once complete, the aircraft purchased from Australia will integrate seamlessly with the current CF-18 fleet.


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