Canadian plans put interim Super Hornet deal on hold - FlightGlobal
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Canada's Liberal government has unveiled its new defence policy, proposing 88 new fighters for the Royal Canadian Air Force, but pushing back plans to acquire an interim fleet of 18 Boeng F/A-18E/F Super Hornets amid a rift between Boeing Commercial Aircraft and Bombardier.
At the top of Canada's military aircraft priorities, defence minister Harjit Sajjan outlined the air force's plan to acquire 88 new fighters – an increase from the previous government's plan to purchase 65 jets – and to recapitalise the Lockheed Martin CP-140 Aurora anti-submarine warfare and surveillance fleet.
But the defence policy dodges a previous plan to acquire 18 Super Hornets as an interim solution for solving the service's capability gap.
"At the time of publication, the Government of Canada is continuing to explore the potential acquisition of an interim aircraft to supplement the CF-18 fighter aircraft fleet until the completion of the transition to the permanent replacement aircraft," the policy document states.
Last week, Canadian defence officials said talks with Boeing over the interim deal had dissolved after the US company accused Bombardier of "dumping" its CSeries jet onto the US market. During a defence policy roll-out, officials said the interim deal had been "interrupted and the moment", but that the larger procurement of 88 aircraft would remain an independent and open competition.