Canada changes fighter jet rules to allow F-35 bid
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May 9, 2019 - by DAVID PUGLIESE for ottawacitizen.com
The Canadian government will allow a "flexible approach" in determining industrial benefits for the new fighter jet program, making way for Lockheed Martin and the U.S. government to bid on the project.
Suppliers are being informed of the new approach that comes in the wake of a threat from the Trump administration to pull the F-35 from the competition to replace the Royal Canadian Air Force's CF-18 jets.
If Canada insisted that industrial and technological benefits must be linked to the outlay of $19 billion for a new fighter jet fleet then Lockheed Martin's F-35 stealth jet was out of the race, the U.S. government noted in letters sent to Canadian procurement officials.