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Canada Seeking New Wings

Canada Seeking New Wings 29 July, 2019

For the replacement of CF188 aircraft in service in the Royal Canadian Air Force, the Canadian government has issued a Request for Proposal (RfP) to suppliers. Suppliers have until the spring of 2020 to submit their first offers to Canada. The government, which plans the first deliveries by 2025, foresees that the selection process for the supplier company will continue until the second quarter of 2022. The platforms that are issued with RfP are; SAAB Jas39 Gripen/Sweden, Airbus Eurofighter Typhoon/United Kingdom, Boeing F/A-18E/F Super Hornet/USA, Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II/USA. In addition, the Rafale platform of the French company Dassault was withdrawn from the competition in November.

 

The Air Force acquired 25 ex-Australian F/A-18 platforms as stop-gap measure. The first pair of vehicles purchased from Australia was deployed to the Canadian Forces Cold Lake base at the end of May.

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