Will an Airbus alliance with Bombardier pave the way for Canada to purchase Eurofighter?
Airbus officials made a pitch yesterday at a Quebec aerospace forum for a Canadian purchase of the Eurofighter Typhoon.
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Airbus Canada President Simon Jacques, like his counterparts at Lockheed Martin Canada, called for an open and fair competition for the fighter replacement.
"We have a very good plane," he said, referring to the Typhoon. "If the tender comes out with criteria that are fair to everyone – that is to say that no matter the company – it's open and fair, if it's a real competition, absolutely we have a chance to win."
Airbus currently has the contract to provide the RCAF with a fleet of new search and rescue aircraft. Jacques has noted that Airbus is associated with a number of Canadian firms, such as CAE. A Canadian team would be designed to offer the Typhoon to the RCAF, he added.
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