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Defence contractor keen on 'competitive process' for Canadian fighter jets

Spectators watch as a Boeing F/A-18E/F Super Hornet fighter plane belonging to the Royal Australian Air Force lands during the Australian International Airshow in Melbourne March 2, 2011.

Credits: REUTERS/MICK TSIKAS

DANIEL PROUSSALIDIS | QMI AGENCY

OTTAWA - At least one defence contractor confirms it's ready to give Lockheed Martin a run for its money in Canada's search for new fighter jets.

"Boeing looks forward to participating in the Government of Canada's competitive process to replace the CF-18," said Boeing spokesman Philip Carder in an e-mail.

There's no call for competitive bids, but the feds have backed off support for Lockheed Martin's F-35 stealth fighter as Canada's CF-18 replacement.

So, officials have told five defence contractors they want info on other options, including the F-35 and Boeing's Super Hornet - an updated version of what the air force has used since the A-Team was in its TV heyday.

"The Super Hornet offers unequalled affordability, capability and availability, with a known cost and schedule," said Carder.

The makers of the Eurofighter Typhoon, the French-built Rafale, and Sweden's Gripen will also be asked for info.
They haven't responded to QMI Agency's request for comment.

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