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Posted on: December 12th, 2018 by Chris Scott

To support the aircraft testing, staff will be relocating to Ottawa and the existing Alberta military facilities will be shutting down to create the new centre of excellence in Ottawa. The Aerospace Engineering Test Establishment (AETE) has been at Cold Lake, Alberta since 1971 and will be relocated to the international airport in Ottawa and partnered with National Research Council Flight Research Laboratory and Transport Canada Aircraft Services Directorate. Of the 166 military personnel and 22 public servants that are employed there, one-third of the unit will be affected and the remaining two-thirds will be reassigned to other air force functions.

The move will save approx. $14 million a year and free up space for the arrival of more fighter jets at the Cold Lake location. Canada is currently committed to purchasing 88 new jets to replace the existing fleet of CF-18s and in the process of purchasing used fighter aircraft from Australia.

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