Canada will receive the first two of 18 used Australian F-18 fighter jets in 2019.
The first two used Australian F-18s to be delivered in 2019, Canadian procurement minister Carla Qualtrough was quoted as saying by Ottawa Citizen at the CANSEC military equipment trade show last week.
The final cost for the procurement is still not known although the government has set aside $500 million to buy 18 fighter jets.
Pat Finn, the Department of National Defence’s assistant deputy minister of materiel, recently noted that the Canadian government has received what’s called a letter of cost proposal on the proposed sale. He expects that a deal will be in place by the end of the year with deliveries to begin in the summer of 2019.
The Liberal government originally planned for the arrival of the first used aircraft in January 2019.
Australia needs the approval of the U.S. State Department to transfer the aircraft to Canada. Approval is needed because the F-18s were built in the U.S. with American technology.
The federal government has confirmed that the Australian aircraft will be operating alongside the RACF’s other CF-18s at Bagotville, Que., and Cold Lake, Alberta. “The aircraft will be employed at 3 Wing Bagotville and 4 Wing Cold Lake,” the government noted earlier this year. “DND is currently reviewing infrastructure requirements to accommodate the additional aircraft. Any modifications are expected to be minimal as the supplemental jets are of similar age and design to the CF-18.”
The US State Department has approved a $140 million sale of Raytheon-made AIM-120D Advanced Medium Range Air-to-Air Missiles (AMRAAM) for use on Canadian F/A-18 aircraft. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale on October 30, 2017
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
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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,
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Alion Science and Technology Corp (ASTC), one of the losing bidders in the Canadian navy's next generation of warships design competition has asked the Federal Court to overturn the recent decision to award the $60 billion contract to group of companies led by Lockheed Martin Canada. The Federal government decided to select Lockheed Martin Canada that offered BAE Systems designed Type 26 frigate as their preferred bidder
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