Magellan Aerospace and General Electric Aviation Canada announced signature of an MoU on 8 February to explore how GE Canada could support Magellan in establishing and delivering a Canadian-based sustainment solution for the GE F414-GE-400 engine, which powers Boeing’s F/A-18 Block III SUPER HORNET.

The initiative is in support of Boeing’s proposal to provide the Block III aircraft as a solution for Canada’s Future Fighter Capability Project (FFCP).  Should the aircraft be selected, GE Canada and Magellan would develop an appropriate, competitive sustainment solution for Canada, which would provide all sustainment services for the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) F414 engine fleet. The in-country depot level sustainment support for the engines includes onsite maintenance, repair and overhaul support services, technical services, and engineering support and would be performed in Magellan’s facility in Mississauga, Ontario for the life of the programme.

The two companies have an enduring and mutually successful relationship that has spanned more than five decades. Magellan’s Mississauga facility currently provides engine repair and overhaul and fleet management services for the F404 engine that powers Canada’s existing fleet of CF-18s and is an approved source for F404 and J85 engine repair. Magellan’s North American facilities, including Mississauga and Winnipeg, provide components for new F414 engine manufacture and other GE engine programmes.   Magellan also has a longstanding relationship with Boeing and provides aircraft components to Boeing for all major programmes, including the F/A-18 Block III SUPER HORNET.

Providing engine and fleet maintenance support for the RCAF is part of the DNA of Magellan’s Mississauga facility,” commented Haydn Martin, VP of Business Development, Marketing and Contracts. “Magellan has been the sole provider of RCAF jet fighter engine support since the 1950s and our workforce takes pride in helping Canada’s air force achieve the highest standards of flight and operational readiness.”

The MoU explores a methodology for ensuring all RCAF F414 engine sustainment activities can be effectively and cost-efficiently conducted in Canada. (Photo via Magellan Aerospace)

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