2019

 
 

The tender process for the next generation RCAF jet fighter restarts in May.


The latest attempt to replace Canada’s aging CF-18s will see tenders from Saab (Sweden), Airbus Defence and Space (UK), Boeing and Lockheed Martin (USA).


Saab will most likely pitch its JAS 39 Gripen; Airbus has its Eurofighter Typhoon; Boeing will promote its F/A-18 Super Hornet as a way to save Canada some money; Lockheed Martin will lead again with its F-35 Lightning II.


Until new planes are procured, a set of used Australian F-18s have been purchased for conversion to CF-18s by the end of 2021. But an auditor general’s report highlights an ongoing pilot and maintenance crew shortage that would ground these fighters before they are ready for deployment.


https://ottawacitizen.com/news/canada/government-expects-to-award-contract-for-new-fighter-jet-fleet-in-2022-but-admits-it-could-face-delays/wcm/a34c8b83-3838-4ff9-87ac-1741fd434059


https://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/fighter-jet-saab-airbus-boeing-lockheed-martin-1.5096811


https://saabgroup.com/media/stories/long-read/a-future-proof-fighter-jet/


https://www.airbus.com/defence/eurofighter.html


http://www.boeing.com/defense/fa-18-super-hornet/


https://www.lockheedmartin.com/en-us/products/f-35.html