Federal government scraps plan to buy Boeing jets, turns to Australian military instead
The federal government will officially punish Boeing Co. for its trade dispute against Canada’s Bombardier Inc., replacing the planned order of 18 new Boeing jets with the purchase of up to 30 second-hand fighters from the Australian military, sources said.
Government and industry sources said the Australia deal will be announced as early as next week, with the Royal Canadian Air Force needing 28 to 30 used F/A-18 fighter jets to meet its international commitments.
Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan has said Canada cannot meet all of its obligations to the North American Aerospace Defence Command (NORAD) and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) with its current fleet of CF-18s, arguing new fighter jets are needed before the entire fleet is replaced in the next decade.
Sources said that in order to offer the same capabilities as 18 new Boeing Super Hornets, which were the federal government’s first choice, the RCAF will need at least 10 additional second-hand fighter jets. = Globe and Mail
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Think about this. Canada, which is a member of the G7, is buying 30 used jets from Australia, a country that is not a member of the G7. Canada has also purchased second hand submarines from the UK. The Royal Canadian Navy borrows other countries’ naval supply ships for months at a time because the RCN does not have one on either coast.
Update: related CBC article here