14 Dec 2017

Canadian government launch competition to replace fighter fleet

The government of Canada has reinforced its intention to permanently replace the country’s fighter fleet.

In its announcement, the government has reiterated its promise to hold ‘an open and transparent’ competition to replace the ageing aircraft.

As outlined in the Strong, Secure, Engaged defence policy, Canada will purchase 88 advanced fighter aircraft – the most significant investment in the Royal Canadian Air Force in more than 30 years.

The government said any proposals would be subject to a rigorous assessment taking into consideration cost, technical requirements and industrial, technological and economic benefits.

Carla Qualtrough, Minister of Public Services and Procurement, said: “As we promised, our government is launching an open and transparent competition to replace our fighter fleet with 88 advanced jets. We are also supplementing our CF-18 fleet by pursuing the purchase of jets from Australia while we complete this important and complex procurement.

“The announcement is about ensuring that our women and men in uniform continue to have the equipment they need to protect Canadians. At the same time, we will use this procurement to strengthen our aerospace and defence industries, create good middle-class jobs and support our economic interests.”

Until permanent replacement aircraft are in place and fully operational, Canada will pursue the purchase of 18 supplemental jets from the Australian Government as part of efforts to continue to deliver its missions, and meet its international obligations.

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