Canada shortlists future fighter contendors
Canada has released a list of eligible OEMs that will be invited to submit proposals under the competition to replace the Royal Canadian Air Force’s (RCAF’s)fighter fleet with 88 new aircraft. The statement from Canada’s Public Works and Government Services has listed Dassault Aviation (Rafale), Lockheed Martin (F-35A), Boeing (F/A-18E/F), Saab (Gripen E/F) and the UK government/ Airbus Defence and Space (Typhoon). The competition invites eligible suppliers to submit proposals in spring 2018 which will be assessed on cost, technical requirements and economic benefits. A contract award is anticipated in 2021 or 2022, with the first aircraft to be delivered in 2025.