There was an article written on Combat Aircraft talking about how the Canadian government is looking for a fighter plane to replace its fleet of CF-188. The new article states:
"This competition will ensure that the Government gets the right aircraft for our women and men in uniform — at the right price – while maximizing economic benefits to Canadians."
Canada is looking to acquire 18 Super Hornets, specifically the 18F/A-18E/F. These will permanently replace the CF-18. There has also been discussion about the US Government and Boeing using these jets for a short period of time.
The new article also includes this:
"Canada’s current fleet is now more than 30 years old and is down from 138 aircraft to 77. As a result, the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) faces a capability gap. We have an obligation to NORAD to have a certain number of fighter jets mission-ready at all times, as well as an obligation to NATO. The number of mission-ready planes we can put in the air today is fewer than our NORAD and NATO obligations combined. The RCAF does a good job risk-managing that gap and has been doing so for a number of years."
Canada plans to purchase more in the next five years as pricing will come down in the future.
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