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Canada’s new fighters: Boeing, Lockheed and SAAB will fight for the Canadian sky

PANAGYURISHTE, (BM) – Two American and one European company will compete to provide the Royal Canadian Air Force with new fighter jets, he learned BulgarianMilitary.com citing Defense News.

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These are Boeing, Lockheed Martin and the Swedish Saab. According to the terms of the tender, the new fighters should start arriving on Canadian soil in 2025, and three years before [2022 – ed.] the final winner will be chosen.

What is clear is that Lockheed Martin will offer the Canadian government a fifth-generation aircraft, namely the Lockheed Martin F-35 Fc-Strike Fighter. Boeing will try to win the race with its Boeing F / A-18E / F Super Hornet, while the Swedes enter the race with their own Saab’s Gripen E.

“Our government is committed to purchasing an entire fleet of 88 aircraft so that we can meet our obligations to NORAD [North American Aerospace Defense] and NATO at the same time,” Canadian Defense Minister Harjit Sajan said in a statement. “Effective and modern fighters are an integral part of all air forces and we continue to work hard to ensure that we provide members of the Royal Air Force of Canada with the necessary tools to protect Canada, both at home and abroad. abroad.”

Under the terms of the tender, the Canadian government could make it easier to choose a supplier of the new fighters if it decided to leave only two bidders in mid-2021.

However, this is not mandatory and remains the sole discretion of the Canadian authorities, which means that it is possible that in 2022 the three manufacturers will finish together. Canada will then decide which of the three will take on an order for billions of dollars and 88 new fighters.

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What else is Canada looking for in the future deal? In reality, the maple leaves hope that about 20 percent of the value of the deal will be under the guise of industrial incentives. Also, each offer must offer economic benefits to local Canadian subcontractors and contractors. Another main factor is the cost rate of the products offered.

For its proposal, Saab will partner with Canadian defense companies IMP Aerospace & Defense, CAE and Peraton Canada and will offer a competitive package of industrial and technological benefits, the company said.

“Saab’s Gripen fighter is designed to work in harsh conditions and defeat the most advanced global threats. The system meets all of Canada’s specific defense requirements, offering exceptional performance and advanced technical capabilities,” said Jonas Helm, who runs Saab’s air navigation business.

As a partner country of the F-35 program, Canada has provided funding for the development of the Joint Fighter and is involved in the production of the aircraft. In a statement from Lockheed confirming the offer, the company said the F-35 program would support approximately 150,000 jobs in Canada throughout its life cycle.

“The 5th generation F-35 will transform the Royal Canadian Air Force fleet and provide the necessary capabilities to protect Canada’s skies,” said Greg Ulmer, executive vice president of Lockheed’s program. “The F-35’s unique combination of stealth and sensor technology will enable the Royal Canadian Air Force to modernize its contribution to NORAD operations, secure Arctic sovereignty and meet increasingly complex global threats.”

Boeing’s argument for its Super Hornet Block III was simple: the Royal Canadian Air Force is already operating the F / A-18, and purchasing the latest version of the Super Hornet is a proven, affordable option that will allow the service to reuse existing infrastructure and to reduce maintenance costs.

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“We have a partnership with Canada that spans more than 100 years. We do not take this lightly. The response we sent today is based on this great legacy and allows us to continue to bring the best of Boeing to Canada and the best of Canada to Boeing,” said Jim Barnes, Boeing’s director of Boeing sales in Canada. “Our proven, twin-engine design can operate in the harshest conditions and provide support, no matter where the mission receives its pilots. This, combined with Boeing’s 100% guaranteed industrial plan, will also provide long-term and well-paid jobs.”

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