The federal government told Boeing that its proposal to replace Canada’s aging CF-18s with a new fleet of the US company’s Super Hornet fighter jets did not meet its demands.
Three industry and government sources said the message was delivered on Wednesday as the two other companies competing for the $ 19 billion contract – US defense giant Lockheed Martin and Swedish company Saab – stand together. made it known that they met the requirements of the government.
The companies were ordered to show that their fighter aircraft could meet military requirements for missions at home and abroad, but also that winning the contract would result in substantial economic benefits for Canada.
The news that one of the two US companies vying for the contract has failed to meet one or more of these requirements is the latest turning point in what has already been a long and often unpredictable road to CF replacement. -18 from Canada.
Many observers saw the Super Hornet and the F-35 as the only real competition, especially after two other European companies withdrew from the race.
Although Boeing’s failure to meet the requirements appears to disqualify the Super Hornet from competition, leaving only Lockheed Martin’s F-35 and Saab’s Gripen fighter jet in the running, none of the companies have been notified of the competition. its possible presence or not.