The Canadian government will announce its intention to buy a used fleet of older Australian F-18 fighter jets scrapping the plan to buy 18 new Super Hornets from Boeing.
The decision comes amidst growing dispute with the US aerospace company, CNBC reported quoting unnamed sources as saying Tuesday.
The Canadian government has already submitted an expression of interest to buy used Boeing F/A-18 Hornet fighter jets from Australia.
Canada expects to receive a response by the end of this year that will provide details regarding the availability and cost of the aircraft and associated parts that Canada is considering," the Canadian government said in October this year.
Last year, Canada announced plans to buy 18 Super Hornets as an interim solution for replacing a subset of the CF-18 Hornet fleet due for retirement within five years, but talks with Boeing over the planned acquisition were suspended by Canada after Boeing accused Bombardier in April of dumping its jet into the US market after receiving unfair subsidies from the Canadian government.
Matters worsened in recent months with the US Commerce Department recently levying a 219 per cent tariff on Bombardier’s CS100 sale to Delta Air Lines.
Earlier, Canada pulled out from a planned F-35 fighter jet purchase citing budgetary issues. A section of Canadian politicians have voiced against overspending on military acquisitions since the country does not face any direct threats.
The Canadian government has submitted an expression of interest to buy used Boeing F/A-18 Hornet fighter jets from Australia amidst a trade dispute with the United States. "Canada expects to receive a response by the end of this year that will provide details regarding the availability and cost of the aircraft and associated parts that Canada is considering," the Canadian government said in a statement yesterday
The Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Monday that Canada would not do business with a company that is busy trying to sue them. Trudeau said that Boeing can forget about selling fighter jets to Canada as long as its trade complaint is ongoing against Bombardier
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
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 is looking at buying second-hand fighter jets from Australia instead of buying a new fleet of 18 Super Hornets from Boeing. The government is refusing to sign a planned multibillion-dollar contract for Super Hornets as long as Boeing pursues its complaint against Bombardier at the International Trade Commission in the US,
Canada has planned to install its own software onto the used F-18 multirole combat aircraft it procured from Australia last year. The jets will also be installed with new ejection seats and lighting system which are currently being used on the Royal Canadian Air Forces CF-18s,
Boeing will perform inspections, modifications and repair work on United States Navy 18E/F Super Hornets and EA-18G Growlers under a $204 million contract which is intended to extend the service life of the aircraft. About 28 aircraft are expected to be inducted for maintenance and modifications during the first year of the contract
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