OTTAWA, Ontario, Canada, Nov. 28, 2016– Boeing [NYSE: BA] today announced a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with L-3 MAS under which the companies will collaborate on production and support of the F/A-18 Super Hornet should the Government of Canada move forward with the acquisition of 18 new Super Hornet fighter aircraft. The announcement comes soon after L-3 MAS’ 30th anniversary of providing Integrated Technical Support for the CF-18 Hornet.
“Boeing has a long-term commitment to Canada, and as we prepare for the potential procurement of Super Hornets, we aim to continue to bring meaningful and beneficial work opportunities to companies throughout the country,” said Jim Barnes, Boeing director of Global Marketing for Canada. “Our work with L-3 MAS is just one example of how we leverage the breadth and depth of Canadian industry to support the country’s air force.”
L-3 MAS is one of more than 560 Boeing suppliers across Canada that support its commercial and defence platforms. On Oct. 31, 1986, L-3 MAS was awarded an Integrated Technical Support contract for the CF-18 Hornet, a platform that was first produced by McDonnell Douglas before the company merged with Boeing in 1996. Currently, L-3 MAS also provides technical publications and support test equipment for the Medium-to-Heavy Lift Helicopter program.
“Over the past 30 years, L-3 MAS has demonstrated that it has the experience and capabilities needed to support the Super Hornet platform,” said Jack House, vice president, Boeing Defense, Space & Security Supplier Management. “We’re confident that this MOU will help us to identify key areas of collaboration and further establish the Canada-based supply team who will provide support to the greater Super Hornet Industry Team.”
Canada is home to one of the largest international supplier bases for Boeing. Boeing and its subsidiaries operate from 13 locations throughout the country and employ approximately 2,000 highly skilled Canadian workers. Boeing contributes more than US$3 billion annually to Canada’s economic growth and development, and supports more than 17,000 direct and indirect jobs. Additionally, Boeing has successfully completed more than US$6.7 billion of projects in Canada with another US$2.9 billion in high-value programs currently under way through the Industrial and Regional, and Industrial and Technological Benefits programs.