Competition for Canadian Air Force dollar heats up

A Royal Australian Air Force F/A-18 Hornet, takes of from RAAF Base Tindal. Image via Commonwealth of Australia, Department of Defence.

While Canada is considering purchasing Australia’s F/A-18 classic Hornets, the US State Department has approved a potential sale of Boeing F/A-18E/F Super Hornets to their northern neighbours.

The proposed sale would include 10 single-seat F/A-18Es and eight two-seat F/A-18F Super Hornet aircraft, along with a host of equipment including 100 Raytheon AIM-9X Sidewinder Block II missiles, according to the State Department notice.

Canada is looking to bolster its own fleet of CF-18A/B Hornets until it decides on a permanent replacement, and recently confirmed representatives met with Australia to inquire about the aircraft, Canada's Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan's office said in a statement.

"In light of Australia recently notifying all allies about their intent to dispose of their F-18 fleet, Canada visited them to inquire about the state of their equipment and spare parts," the statement said.

"It is too early to provide detailed information about other options."

Last year, Canada announced plans to buy 18 Super Hornets as an interim solution for replacing a subset of the CF-18 Hornet fleet due for retirement within five years, but talks with Boeing over the planned acquisition were suspended by Canada after Boeing launched a trade challenge against Canadian plane-maker Bombardier in April.

The proposed sale and US support of the equipment puts Canada under no obligation to purchase the aircraft.

Austraia's 71 F/A-18A/B Hornets will be replaced with 72 fifth-generation F-35A Lightning II aircraft from 2018.

Competition for Canadian Air Force dollar heats up
lawyersweekly logo
Promoted Content
Recommended by Spike Native Network

more from defence connect

01:00
World less peaceful than any other time in the last decade: IEP
The 2018 Global Peace Index (GPI), produced by international think tank the Institute for Economics ...
Jun 20 2018
Hamel virtual reality experience launched at AWM
The Australian War Memorial has launched the Battle of Hamel virtual reality experience to deliver a...
Jun 20 2018
IAI partners with industry for Canadian project
L3 MAS, a division of L3 Technologies, has partnered with Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) to form ...