Warplanes: July 30, 2000



Canada has selected Boeing to upgrade its CF-18 fighter fleet. The $600 million project includes the ARC-20 Have Quick-II radio, APR-73 radar, APX-111 identification friend or foe system, ARC-210 digital communications, XN-8 mission computers, embedded global positioning navigation, and AYQ-9 stores management system. Four aircraft will be upgraded to test the system, after which the Canadian fleet will be upgraded on an assembly line basis starting in 2003. The Boeing contract is part of a larger plan to upgrade the CF-18 fleet to Hornet-C/D standards, including liquid crystal displays, helmet-mounted missile sights, and a


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