Minister for Defence Materiel and Science, Greg Combet, announced yesterday the completion of a major phase of the F/A-18 Classic Hornet Upgrade Program.
Under contract to the Defence Materiel Organisation (DMO), L-3 Communications MAS Canada and BAE Systems Australia have completed the F/A-18 Classic Hornet fleet Centre Barrel Replacement Program.
Under Phase 3.2 of the Classic Hornet Upgrade program select Classic Hornet aircraft were identified as requiring replacement of the centre barrel.
The centre barrel is the major structural element of the aircraft fuselage to which the wings and main undercarriage are attached.
„I am pleased to announce the successful completion of the Classic Hornet Centre Barrel Replacement Program,“ said Mr Combet.
„The completion of this program will ensure that the Hornet fleet safely achieves the planned withdrawal date of 2020,“ said Mr Combet.
„The success of this program is a reflection of the strong relationships formed between the DMO and its‘ Industry Partners, in delivering quality products to the Defence Services.“
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