The federal government announced today it will explore purchase of Boeing F/A 18 E/F fighters (shown) as an interim measure while it plans for *open* bidding to replace the entire CF-18 fleet. Photo Credit: Boeing
CBC: Liberals to buy 18 Boeing Super Hornet fighter jets to fill 'capability gap'
Competition to replace fleet could take up to 5 years
The Liberal government says it will begin the process of buying 18 Boeing Super Hornet jet fighters to meet what it deems to be the urgent needs of the air force, but was unable to say Tuesday when the aircraft will be purchased and how much they will cost.
In addition, Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan announced the Trudeau government will launch a full-fledged replacement program for the entire existing fleet of CF-18s before the end of the end of its term in three or four years.
He promised an "open and transparent competition" to replace the aging fighters — purchased in the 1980s — and said the decision must be guided by the country's defence needs, which are still being formulated.
"The competition for a permanent fleet will be informed by the outcomes of the defence policy review next year," Sajjan said.
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