Canada to ac­quire ex-Aus­tralian Hor­nets?

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The Cana­dian Gov­ern­ment is con­sid­er­ing the pos­si­ble pur­chase of sec­ond-hand F/A-18A Hor­nets from Aus­tralia rather than procur­ing 18 new F/A-18E/F Su­per Hor­nets from Boe­ing. Cana­dian of­fi­cials have re­port­edly been to Aus­tralia to dis­cuss the po­ten­tial pur­chase of the Hor­nets. Aus­tralia plans to start re­tir­ing its F/A-18A/Bs in late 2018 when No 3 Squadron be­gins its tran­si­tion to the F-35A. Aus­tralia’s re­main­ing Hor­net squadrons will also con­vert to the Light­ning II by 2022, with No 2 Op­er­a­tional Con­ver­sion Unit (OCU), No 77 Squadron and No 75 Squadron fol­low­ing at some one-year in­ter­vals. The Cana­dian Armed Forces had re­ceived 138 CF-188A/Bs be­gin­ning in 1982, of which some 30 re­main in ser­vice.

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