Super Hornet Will Compete In Canada's Fighter Contest As US Navy Funds Conformal Fuel Tanks
A trade dispute may hurt Boeing's chances of winning, but the project's so fraught with issues Canada has banned competitors from talking about it.
BY JOSEPH TREVITHICK
FEBRUARY 16, 2018
Despite having soured relations with the Canadian government with a major trade dispute, Boeing is reportedly still planning to submit a bid on the contract to replace the Royal Canadian Air Force’s aging CF-18A+ Hornets, almost certainly offering new F/A-18E/F Super Hornets. The Chicago-headquartered plane maker could try to make its submission more attractive by including upgrades its already working on for the Super Hornet, such as the range-extending conformal fuel tanks it is developing for the U.S. Navy.
On Feb. 15, 2018, Reuters, citing unnamed sources, reported that Boeing had formally applied to be a part of Canada’s fighter jet tender, which could be worth an between approximately $12 billion and $15 billion at the time of writing. According to a separate report from the Ottawa Citizen, in the winning company will begin delivering aircraft in 2025 and supply up to 88 planes by 2032.
American firm Lockheed Martin is expected to offer its F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, and possibility a version of its F-16 Viper. European consortium Eurofighter, France’s Dassault, and Sweden’s Saab are also set to submit proposals involving the Typhoon, Rafale, and Gripen E jets respectively......Read rest of article: HERE
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