The Canadian government has ordered an “open and transparent competition to replace the CH-18 fighter aircraft focusing on options that match Canada's defence needs.”
According to the text of a mandate letter from Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to his defence minister Harjit Sajjan on Friday made public in the Canadian media, the latter has been asked to work with the minister of public services and procurement to go through with the bidding process.
This means Canada has officially scrapped the procurement of the Lockheed Martin F-35 fighters and instead could send out bidding requests to several manufacturers (perhaps including Lockheed Martin).
France has already offered its Rafale aircraft for the Canadian fighter replacement program soon after it became known that the new government in Ottawa was looking for a cheaper alternative to the F-35. Others in the reckoning could be Boeing’s F/A-18 which could stand at an advantage as the existing Canadian CF-18 fighter aircraft were procured from the erstwhile McDonnell Douglas which has since merged with Boeing.
Canada had joined the F-35 stealth fighter program in 1997 to buy 65 aircraft for Can$44.8 billion ($33.6 billion) besides investing US$ 150 million in the program. Canadian companies are included in the parts and equipment eco-system of the F-35 which means they get to supply to other operators of the F-35.
However, what appears to have tilted the balance against the F-35 is the high upfront and life cycle costs besides the delay in developing the aircraft and the expensive fixing of recurring technical issues.
The F-35 Joint Strike Fighters cost will rise by $1 million per plane if Canada withdraws from the multi-nation effort to field a new stealth fighter. The move is likely to open talks about which rest of the F-35 partner nations get Canada's share of manufacturing parts for the plane, US Air Force Lieutenant General Christopher Bogdan told a subcommittee of the House Armed Services Committee, various media reported today
The new Canadian government will dump F-35 stealth fighter jet and will open a fresh competition to replace Canadas ageing fighter jets. The victorious Liberals leader Justin Trudeau had earlier in September during the election campaign had said that if elected, he would scrap F-35 program and would reopen fresh competition for Canadas fighter jet replacement program
The US State Department has approved a possible Foreign Military Sale to Canada of ten F/A-18E Super Hornet aircraft besides weapons, radars and communication systems altogether worth US$5.23 billion
The Canadian Government may sign a bilateral agreement with the US to purchase 18 new Super Hornet aircraft and elements of associated in-service support as soon as the end of 2017 or early 2018. Public Services and Procurement Canada (PSPC) has released an update indicating that the negotiations are proceeding
Canada intends to buy F/A-18E/F Super Hornet fighter jets as an interim measure for replacement of their CF-18s before making a decision on F-35 fighters. Rather than a full replacement of the air forces aging CF-18 fighter fleet, its believed the purchase will be labelled an interim measure to fill what Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan is a pending “gap” in Canadas military capabilities,
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