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Interim Fighter Capability Project

Project Type

Project New


The objective of the Interim Fighter Capability Project (IFCP) is to acquire 18 surplus Australian F/A-18A/B aircraft, spares and equipment to supplement Canada’s existing CF-18 fleet to address the fighter capability gap. A secondary objective includes relocation of the Aerospace Engineering Test Establishment from Cold Lake to the Ottawa Airport, including hangar renovations in Ottawa and the relocation of current occupants.


Procure 18 operational F/A-18A/B aircraft and spares from Australia and conduct necessary inspections and modifications to introduce these aircraft into operational service with the RCAF. Additionally project will be funding relocation of AETE to increase infrastructure flexibility at 4 Wing.

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Funding Range

$250 million to $499 million

Anticipated Timeline (Fiscal Year)

Options Analysis Phase
Definition Phase
Implementation Phase
In Progress
Initial Delivery
Not applicable
Final Delivery

Defence Capability Areas

Defence Capability Investment Areas

Key Industrial Capabilities

Not applicable.

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