Magellan secures RCAF’s CF-188 Hornet F404 engine maintenance contract


Magellan Aerospace has secured an engine maintenance contract from Public Services and Procurement Canada (PSPC) for the F404 engine.

Under the contract, the company will provide repair and overhaul services, engineering and field support services, technical and publication management services, and supply chain management services for the F404-GE-400 engines that power Royal Canadian Air Force's (RCAF) fleet of CF-188 Hornet aircraft.

The contract also tasks the company with providing maintenance services for CF-18A/B secondary power systems.

Magellan Aerospace president and CEO Phil Underwood said: "Magellan Aerospace is an approved source for F404 and J85 engine repair and has been the RCAF's choice for F404 engine R&O service for 35 years.

“We are pleased to continue this relationship with Canada's air force, which demonstrates confidence in Magellan's world class technical experience and value in terms of competitive pricing.”

The engine's servicing will be carried out at the company's facility in Mississauga, Ontario and at the RCAF's bases located in Bagotville, Quebec, and Cold Lake, Alberta, until the end of March 2021.

"The contract also tasks the company with providing maintenance services for CF-18A/B secondary power systems."

According to the company, a preliminary funding of C$45m ($34.5m) has been approved to launch the contract, which has options to extend the duration of the agreement beyond 2021.

Nearly 4,000 F404 engines are currently in service in 15 countries around the world.

Powered by two engines, the CF-188 aircraft has been designed to engage both ground and aerial targets.


Image: A F404 turbofan being tested on-board an aircraft carrier. Photo: courtesy of Jeremie M. Yoder for US Navy.