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L3Harris Technologies Delivers 2 F/A-18 Hornet Aircraft to NASA

L3Harris Technologies recently delivered two F/A-18 Hornet aircraft to NASA after successfully completing depot-level modifications and repair work.

Vertex Aerospace LLC selected L3Harris to work on the NASA F/A-18 Hornet aircraft in 2018. “The NASA delivery extends our 30-plus-year legacy of providing professional and quality service from our skilled and experienced workforce,” said Ugo Paniconi, General Manager, MAS, L3Harris.

As part of the scheduled maintenance work, L3Harris has addressed structural modifications, while maximizing the availability of the aircraft for operational use.

L3Harris is a world leader in developing and implementing F/A-18 structural modification and life extension solutions, having already successfully completed major structural programs for the Royal Canadian Air Force and the Royal Australian Air Force, and assisting other F/A-18 users, including the Swiss Air Force, the Finnish Air Force, and the U.S. Navy.


  • Depot level work on NASA F/A-18 Hornet aircraft began in June 2018
  • Work involved structural modifications to eliminate flight and landing restrictions
  • The two aircraft were recently delivered to NASA by L3Harris Canadian Fighter Center of Excellence

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