Powered by MOMENTUM MEDIA
Powered by MOMENTUM MEDIA

Website Notifications

Get notifications in real-time for staying up to date with content that matters to you.

Foreign military increases interest in Aus F/A-18s

raaf fa   hornet
A Royal Australian Air Force F/A-18 Hornet conducts a Close Air fly over. Image via Commonwealth of Australia, Department of Defence.

An Australian ally has officially expressed its interest in acquiring Australia’s Boeing F/A-18 fighter aircraft.

An Australian ally has officially expressed its interest in acquiring Australia’s Boeing F/A-18 fighter aircraft.

In late August this year, the Australian government and Canada began discussions to assess the potential purchase of F/A-18 fighter aircraft and associated parts the government plans to sell.

Advertisement
Advertisement

The Canadian government has now confirmed that on 29 September it submitted an expression of interest, formally marking Canada’s interest in the Australian equipment.

"Canada expects to receive a response by the end of this year that will provide details regarding the availability and cost of the aircraft and associated parts that Canada is considering," the Canadian government said in a statement.

Australia is replacing its fleet of 71 F/A-18A/B Hornets with 72 fifth-generation F-35A Lightning II aircraft from 2018 onwards.

SPONSORED CONTENT

 

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, accusing the company of dumping its jet into the US market and claiming the company received unfair subsidies from the Canadian government.

Relations between Boeing and the Canadian government are unlikely to thaw anytime soon, with the US Commerce Department recently levying a 219 per cent tariff on Bombardier’s CS100 sale to Delta Air Lines. 

 

Foreign military increases interest in Aus F/A-18s
RAAF-FA-18-Hornet-.jpg
lawyersweekly logo

more from defence connect

Jan 28 2020
Federal government urged to prepare nation for virus outbreak
It may seem like something out of a Hollywood blockbuster, but the Royal Australian College of GPs h...
Jan 28 2020
Blood in the water: Professor identifies limits of US power
New Delhi-based Professor Brahma Chellaney has reinforced the growing concerns about the tactical an...
Jan 28 2020
US Navy CNO meets with New Zealand Chief of Navy
US Chief of Naval Operations, Admiral Mike Gilday, hosted Chief of the Royal New Zealand Navy, Rear ...
FROM THE WEB
Recommended by Spike Native Network