COLD LAKE, ALTA. – EllisDon Construction Services in Edmonton has been awarded a $9.2-million contract to design a new fighter jet facility at 4 Wing Cold Lake.
The facility will be one of two main operating bases for Canada’s future fighter aircraft. The government noted it plans to award the contract for the second facility, 3 Wing Bagotville.
Together, the facilities will support the long-term maintenance and operation of 88 new aircraft being procured for the Royal Canadian Air Force through the Future Fighter Capability Project.
According to officials, the contract is a key development in preparing Cold Lake for the future planes, and it takes the nation a step closer to delivering the infrastructure military pilots need.
The infrastructure projects also will provide major opportunities for the construction sector as well as the Cold Lake and Bagotville communities, the release stated. Ottawa anticipates over 900 jobs will be expected during the facilities’ design and construction process.
The Cold Lake facility will be home to two tactical fighter squadrons and will cover approximately
19,300 square metres, providing room for daily operations, maintenance, administration, mission planning and simulator training. It will also house operational and support training squadrons and their training facilities.
“We invest in this modern infrastructure to house our future fighter aircraft because we know it is critical to ensuring the safety and security of Canadians, as well as meeting Canada’s international obligations to NORAD and NATO,” said Harjit Sajjan, minister of national defence, in a statement. “A modern fighter jet fleet is essential for the defence of our country and its sovereignty, and these facilities are vital to enabling these operations.”