Canada likely to choose from Lockheed Martin F-35 and Boeing Superhornet over Eurofighter Typhoon and Dassualt Rafale for its new fleet of jet fighters, Reuters reported quoting an unnamed source.
F-35 stealth fighter and F-18 E/F Super Hornet were deemed more suitable for the variety of tasks the military has laid out; Reuters quoted an unnamed source as saying.
While the F-35 had scored well on the various tests laid out by the military, the Super Hornet was almost as capable and had the advantage of being cheaper, the source added.
The choice would mean the elimination of Dassault Aviation SA's Rafale and the Eurofighter Typhoon, jointly made by BAE Systems PLC, Finmeccanica SpA and Airbus Group NV.
The fighter selection has proven enormously problematic for Canada's Conservative government, which in 2012 scrapped a sole-sourced plan to buy 65 F-35s for $8.3 billion after a parliamentary watchdog savaged the decision.
Ottawa is deciding whether to hold a competition or go ahead with the initial plan to buy F-35s, which could prompt accusations that it was acting in bad faith.
“Further delays in a Canadian decision could push any possible order beyond the order window that Boeing would need to maintain the Super Hornet line, now slated to close in 2017. Even if you choose not to decide, you have still made a choice,” Richard Aboulafia, analyst with Virginia-based Teal Group told Reuters.
The Government of Canada announced that it awarded Sikorsky a contract for the acquisition and maintenance of 28 CH-148 Cyclone helicopters for the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF). The amended acquisition will ensure the delivery of helicopters with operational capability to begin retirement of the Sea Kings in 2015, and a program to enhance those capabilities culminating in a fully capable CH-148 maritime helicopter beginning in 2018
A decision on Canadas F-35 purchase is expected next week, if local media reports are to be believed. The Conservative government is expected to make a final decision as soon as next Tuesday, followed soon after by an announcement that will put an end to the debate about whether to hold a competition to buy new fighter planes or to renew the $45-billion plan to sole-source the purchase of F-35s, according to CBC News
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The Canadian Department of National Defence (CDND) is upgrading Lockheed CP-140 Aurora maritime patrol aircraft with ViaSat VR-12 airborne satellite communication systems, the Shephard News reported Monday. The upgradation of aircraft is in cooperation with L-3 Electronic System Services, an L-3 Aviation Products division
The UK MoD is developing an anti-collision system that can be fitted to Typhoon fighter jets to avoid mid-air crashes, BBC reported Wednesday. The Military Aviation Authority (MAA) had warned the MoD that a crash between a typhoon and a commercial jet could cause substantial loss of life, the report said
Canada has decided to extend the service life of its aging fleet of CF-18 Hornet fighters affecting the prospects of Lockheed Martin and Boeing selling their latest fighters such as the F-35 and F/A-18 in jeopardy. Canada said in September that it would extend the life of its fighters to 2025 from the previous 2020 end-date
Harris Corporation announced today that it has won a 4-year, C$180 million (USD160 million) ceiling contract to supply the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) with Harris Falcon III tactical radios. Under National Individual Standing Offer (NISO), Harris will supply secure tactical radio systems including the AN/PRC-152A wideband handheld radio, AN/PRC-117G wideband manpack radio, as well as the RF-7800H high-frequency manpack radio to the Department of National Defence in support of modernization programs
The French Air Force evaluated a new version of the Dassault Rafale fighter designated as the F3.4 plus with improved software and safety features
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