The ex-Australian jets will be flown though a constructional ascent that their CF-18 counterparts will receive, that would extent their use life though hopefully give Canada adequate additional warrior ability until a initial of a next-generation fighters are delivered around 2025. Ottowa hopes to accept 88 of a new jets by roughly 2030, during that time a Hornet swift will truly be on a final leg. The Canadian Ministry of Defense has settled that a swift could make it to 2032 with upgrades, though no farther. It’s probable that a Australian Hornets could get a constructional ascent as good if a subsequent era warrior buying timeline moves to a right.
Beyond constructional enhancements indispensable to keep a 40-year-old fighters flying, fight capability upgrades will also expected be needed. The USMC, that is confronting identical age-related issues with a possess worn-down Hornet fleet, will have a Hornet cadre increased by younger jets that will be withdrawal U.S. Navy use underneath a new NAVAIR warrior roadmap.
The Marines are also going to ascent a best 98 F/A-18Cs in a swift with AESA radars that will give a aircraft a massive capability boost. Other smaller upgrades are in a works as well. Canada could, or unequivocally should, do a same with their Hornets, that would concede them to take full advantage of a AIM-120D air-to-air barb that has already been authorized for trade to a country.