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. That could be bad news for Boeing, which is seeking orders to keep its F/A-18 production line running past 2017.
Canada announced a contract for 65 F-35s in 2010 but changed its mind in 2012 after a parliamentary watchdog savaged the decision. It is now mulling whether to hold an open competition or confirm the original decision to buy the F-35s.
Although in the short term Boeing will get the CF-18 modernization in the long term it could lose a chance to sell Canada the Super Hornet as a replacement for the CF-18.
“We’re disappointed with the extension of the existing Hornets. We think that pushes the decision (on a replacement) off a little bit,” Dan Gillian, Boeing’s vice-president in charge of the F/A-18 was quoted as saying by Reuters
“If you don’t replace your aging fighters, they get more expensive and they get to be a challenge to maintain, and they become less relevant,” he added.
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A team of Lockheed Martin and Kaman unmanned aircraft successfully demonstrated its ability to aid in firefighting operations, the company announced Tuesday. During the demonstration, the Indago quad rotor effectively identified hot spots, and provided data to an operator who directed the unmanned K-MAX helicopter to autonomously extinguish the flames
Boeing has proven its new anti-jamming communications technology is capable of operating as either a ground-based user terminal or satellite-based networking hub, enabling the military to send and receive secure communications at a significantly lower cost by using existing terminals and satellites. The anti-jam technology uses a protected tactical waveform, which shields signals from interference by adversaries or cyber-terrorists
Boeing and six Danish defense companies signed agreements to jointly pursue a range of business opportunities in defense and aerospace-related manufacturing, maintenance, software and simulation integration, and other areas Friday. The agreements with Danish Aerotech, Falck Schmidt Defence Systems, IFAD, Multicut, Systematic and Terma are key elements of Boeings industrial plan related to its F/A-18 Super Hornet offering to Denmark
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Canadian officials will meet with potential suppliers of fighter aircraft and government representatives at the Farnborough Airshow next as the first step in finding a modern fighter aircraft for the countrys air force. Over the summer, the Government of Canada will consult allied Governments and interested potential suppliers in a number of ways including one-on-one meetings, questionnaires, and site-visits
Canadas Federal government researchers will be testing a small drone to see if such unmanned aircraft could eventually be used to hunt for submarines and ships, Local media reported Wednesday. It is the first time that an unmanned air vehicle built in Canada will be tested in this role
Bell Helicopter announced today that it has signed a $123 million (CAN$155 million) contract to supply seven Bell 412EPI helicopters to the Canadian Coast Guard (CCG). The contract was signed with Public Works and Government Services Canada (PWGSC)
The US military is planning to ask permission from Canada for installation of missile sensors in the Arctic that would be capable to track various incoming missiles. A senior US defence official said in CTV report on Tuesday that the request is being made to the US policy leaders as well as the Canadian government
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