October 18, 2010 / 1:26 AM / in 7 years

Canada awards Harris C$273 million CF-18 contract

TORONTO (Reuters) - Canada has awarded Harris Corp a nine-year C$273 million ($270.3 million) contract to help service its fleet of CF-18 fighter jets, the communications and information technology company said on Sunday.

The Florida-based company said the contract is for a six-year period plus three additional option years.

Harris said its Canadian unit will provide repair and overhaul, engineering support, program management, life cycle support and obsolescence and material management services to support the avionics systems on the jets.

Separately, the Canadian government said over 40 full-time positions will be maintained in Calgary, Alberta on an annual basis for the length of the contract.

Canada last month extended a C$467 million maintenance contract for its CF-18 fleet with a division of L-3 Communications Holdings Inc.

The CF-18s are due to reach the end of their working lives in about 2020.

Ottawa earlier this year said it would replace them with 65 new F-35 jets from Lockheed Martin Corp for C$9 billion, a deal that has been criticized by opposition politicians.

Reporting by Jeffrey Hodgson

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