Canada and Australia reached a final agreement on Canada’s purchase of 25 used F/A-18 Hornets in November but news of the formal deal didn’t leak out until last week
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January 5, 2018
Canada and Australia reached a final agreement on Canada's purchase of 25 used F/A-18 Hornets in November but news of the formal deal didn't leak out until last week.
The first planes should be added to the RCAF inventory in the spring of 2019 and the rest will follow through the year. Only 18 will join squadrons in Cold Lake and Bagotville. The other seven will be used for testing and spare parts.
The 18 flying aircraft will bring the total number of flyable fighters to about 94, although at any one time a dozen or more are down for maintenance.
The used airplane purchase is a...