The Government of Canada has published a list of eligible suppliers that will be invited to submit proposals under the competition to replace the country’s fighter fleet.
The move is seen as a progression towards creating a highly capable, flexible military with the ability to operate closely with allies and partners.
The suppliers consist of foreign governments and fighter aircraft manufacturers that will be invited to participate in formal engagement activities over the coming months.
The competition was launched in December 2017 and the activities will continue until spring 2019, when the Government of Canada will invite eligible suppliers to submit proposals. Only those suppliers on the list published today will be eligible to submit proposals.
This procurement project represents the most significant investment in the Royal Canadian Air Force in more than 30 years.
Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development, commented: “The Government of Canada is leveraging procurement to create jobs, drive innovation and grow small businesses. Thanks to the Industrial and Technological Benefits Policy, winning suppliers will make investments in Canada equal to the value of the contract.
“This is a once-in-a-generation opportunity to drive investment in innovation and research across all sectors of our economy, including with post-secondary institutions.”
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