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Canada will squeeze even more flying time out of its aging CF-18s, keeping the jets operating for another 15 years.
There had been plans to take the jets out of service shortly after 2025.
But representatives from companies who took part in a Jan. 22 industry day outlining the Liberal government’s program to buy new fighter planes were told the RCAF will now keep the CF-18s operating until 2032.
The jets, first received in 1982, will be retired after 50 years of service.
The remaining Su-35s are expected to be delivered within the next three years. But given the Kremlin’s previous experiences with selling China advanced technology, Moscow has insisted on agreements to secure Russian intellectual property onboard the Su-35. In previous years, the Chinese reverse engineered older versions of the Flanker into the Shenyang J-11, J-15 and J-16 series of aircraft.
Russia informally banned the sale of advanced weaponry to China a little over a decade ago due to mounting concerns over the replication of Russian technology and divergent strategic interests; however, that ban appears to have been lifted as the bilateral relationship between the two powers grows stronger.
originally posted by: Zaphod58
a reply to: MALBOSIA
The Legacy F-18s are going to be extremely hard pressed to operate anywhere near that long. They're already seeing parts shortages for them as parts are no longer made. The only way I see them getting anywhere near 2032 is if they undergo upgrades to C models.
This whole farce has been brought about because the current government said they wouldn't buy the F-35, and then realized they can't legally bar it from a competition, so they're trying to kick the can down the road. And it's going to end up biting the pilots in the ass in the long run.