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. It provides more information on how the purchase of the interim Super Hornets will unfold, Ottawa Citizen reported Thursday.
The department noted that it has been meeting regularly with the United States government and Boeing to discuss the proposed purchase and how it would proceed through the U.S. Foreign Military Sales program.
Earlier today (Friday), Jeff Babione, Lockheed Martin's F-35 programme leader, urged Canada to speed up a decision about whether it would buy the F-35s or Boeing Co's (BA.N) Super Hornets instead.
Babione told reporters at the on-going Avalon Airshow in Australia.
The PSPC statement said, “a letter of offer and acceptance is expected as early as fall 2017, which is a response from the U.S. government outlining how it would meet Canada’s requirements. Prior to signing any agreement, we will review and finalize side agreements with potential U.S. government contractors to ensure they maximize economic benefits for Canadian industry”.
Canada government has started to negotiate with USA about sole-source purchase of F/AQ-18 Super Hornet fighters.
The move, intended as a stopgap solution to ease pressure on the air force's aging fleet of CF-18s, could cost taxpayers between $5 billion and $7 billion over the lifetime of the aircraft, according to data circulating within the Department of National Defence
The decision to buy 18 warplanes in a sole-source deal, originally announced last fall, is meant to address what the Liberal government calls as an urgent "capability gap."
The Canadian government has already signalled it would like to see the first aircraft arrive in 2019.
The Canadian government has committed to spending another $36 million for the development of the F-35 fighter jet. Canada intends to continue in the F-35 program to draw out benefits for Canadian companies, while at the same time buying a rival firms aircraft, the Boeing Super Hornet
Boeing contributes more than US$3 billion annually to Canadas economic growth and development, according to a study commissioned by the company. The study will support Boeings development of a tailored industrial engagement plan, through Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada, related to its offering of the F/A-18 Super Hornet fighter jet to Canada, the company said in a statement Thursday
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,
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
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
Boeing has promised to spend $18 billion in Canadian aerospace industry over the next decade if the contract is awarded. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is scheduled to discuss the five-month old dispute between Boeing and Bombardier with his British counterpart Theresa May on Monday
Canada has paid $30 million to develop its version of the F-35 fighter jet that could become insurance in the trade dispute between US's Boeing and Canada's Bombardier. The annual payment was made to the US military at the end of April, the Department of National Defence said in the Canadian Press Friday
Canada has cautioned Thursday of cancelling a planned US$2 billion purchase of 18 Super Hornet fighter jets in the wake of anti-dumping investigations initiated by US Department of Commerce against Bombardier. Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland issued the threat about Boeing's complaint against Bombardier
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The Indian Navy is likely to buy several Sea King helicopters that have been declared surplus by Canada. Indian officials are likely to discuss the purchase during an official visit by Canadas defence minister, Harjit Sajjan later this month, Financial Express quoted unnamed source as saying
US Super Hornet Strike Fighter and F-35 Lightning II aircraft will be featured at Canadas Airshow London, which will be held on September 22, 23, and 24. The US Navy F/A-18 Super Hornets and US Air Force F-35 Lightning II are among the lineup performers in addition to the previously announced RCAF CF-18 Hornet and the Snowbirds - Canada's military aerobatics demonstration team, both of which are decked out with a new Canada 150 design,
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