Peraton wins Canada CF-18 fleet support contract extension

9 April 2019 (Last Updated April 9th, 2019 10:00)

Peraton has secured a contract extension for the Canadian Armed Forces and the Royal Canadian Air Force’s (RCAF) CF-18 Avionics Optimized Weapon System Support programme.

Peraton wins Canada CF-18 fleet support contract extension
RCAF CF-188 Hornet flies next to US Air Force KC-135 Stratotanker over Iraq. Credit: USAF / Staff Sgt Perry Aston / RELEASED.

Peraton has secured a contract extension for the Canadian Armed Forces and the Royal Canadian Air Force’s (RCAF) CF-18 Avionics Optimized Weapon System Support programme.

Under the $30m contract, Peraton will continue to provide support for the CF-18 fighter fleet for an additional year.

The company provides maintenance, engineering, and materiel support services for the entire CF-18 avionics suite and associated support equipment.

Services rendered by the company to the fleet include supply chain management, automated test equipment engineering support, maintenance and repair, and proactive obsolescence management.

Peraton defence and homeland security sector president John Coleman said: “For more than three decades, Peraton has partnered with the Canadian Armed Forces and RCAF to provide high-value logistics support on a long succession of avionics programmes.

“Our platform-agnostic sustainment approach is a trusted element of the CF-18 fighter fleet, delivering cost-effective, maximum fleet availability through an integrated product team approach.”

“As a long-term plan, the country is looking to acquire a new fleet of 88 advanced fighter jets to boost its air combat capabilities.”

The company’s headquarters in Calgary comprises warehousing capabilities and training facilities. In addition, the 76,000ft² site includes engineering labs for the design and development of test protocols.

In September, Peraton completed the expansion and modernisation of its Calgary facility operations to offer broader support of Canada’s CF-18 fighter fleet.

Peraton implements a multi-platform compatible, scalable sustainment model to optimise programme performance across air, land, or sea and facilitate cooperative military advancement.

The firm has been supporting the country’s CF-18 fleet for more than 30 years.

The Government of Canada reached an agreement in November to procure 18 used F-18 fighter jets from Australia.

As a long-term plan, the country is looking to acquire a new fleet of 88 advanced fighter jets to boost its air combat capabilities.

The first of the planned fighters is anticipated to be received in 2025. The RCAF expects the fleet to continue operations beyond 2060.