CF-18 Service Life Extension Contract Awarded

CF-18 Hornet cockpit.

Arcfield Canada Corp. of Calgary has been awarded a $211.6-million contract by the Department of National Defence to provide ongoing avionics support for the RCAF’s fleet of 89 CF-18s. Sub-contractors include Raytheon Canada, L3 Harris, software company Palitronica and Terranova Defense. The contract continues on from an expiring contract initially awarded to an Arcfield predecessor company in October 2010 for fleet sustainment. The new contract is for five years plus five one-year extension options, to carry through until the RCAF’s new fleet of 88 F-35s becomes operational.

“Our proven track record in delivering operational readiness and industry-leading sustainment solutions, and the collective expertise of our team members, offers unparalleled support in maintaining fleet availability and ensure mission readiness of Canada’s CF-18 fleet until the aircraft’s anticipated retirement,” said Arcfield’s vice-president of operations Jacques Comtois.

RCAF Lieutenant-General E.J. Kenny added, “An integral component of Canada’s defence, the CF-18 has provided outstanding service at home and abroad for decades, relying upon dedicated RCAF maintenance technicians and sustainment provided by our essential industry partners. This foundational sustainment will now continue with the award of this contract to a trusted partner, Arcfield Canada.”

Arcfield, with origins dating back to 1957, was at various times part of GE Aerospace, Lockheed Martin, Harris Corp and Veritas Capital among others. Its current name was adopted in 2021. It has 1,550 employees of whom 84 percent are security-cleared. The company serves military and intelligence agencies in the United States, Canada and internationally.