4 May 2012

Vancouver Island, B.C.

Canada's 2012 Demo Hornet soars over the Strait of Georgia and Vancouver Island's coastline piloted by Captain Patrick "Paco" Gobeil, 4 May 2012.

Prior to the start of the air show season, the CF's air demonstration teams visit the west coast to fine-tune their aerobatic routines. 19 Wing Comox provides the ideal location, where the demo teams can benefit from the opportunity to train over land and water.

This year, the CF-18 Demonstration Team's theme is "The True North, Strong and Free" and is dedicated to Canada's North and to the Canadian resolve to demonstrate a visible presence and to have the capacity to defend our Arctic territory.

CF Photo by Sergeant Robert Bottrill, 19 Wing Imaging.

© 2012, DND-MDN Canada

Canada talks to bidders to map out fighter jet competition


Fri Jul 8, 2016 7:03pm EDT

By Tim Hepher and Andrea Shalal

RAF FAIRFORD, England (Reuters) – Canada talked to potential bidders on Thursday to map out next steps in a protracted effort to replace an aging fleet of CF-18 fighter jets built by Boeing, industry and government officials said on Friday.

Defense ministry spokesman Evan Koronewski said Ottawa would assess its options over the summer, in part to determine if Canada needed to purchase all 65 jets it initially planned.

Representatives of Boeing, Eurofighter, Lockheed Martin and Saab took part in a conference call with Canadian agencies on Thursday, a second government spokesman said.

France’s Dassault did not take part but expressed interest in meeting with Canadian officials next week at the Farnborough International Airshow outside London, he said.

Koronewski said the government would consider issues such as cost, delivery times, readiness, interoperability with North American Aerospace Defense Command and economic benefits.

Boeing wants Canada to buy its F/A-18E/F Super Hornet, which is nearing the end of production, instead of the Lockheed F-35 fighter that was backed by the previous Conservative government.

Canada paid to help develop the F-35, and many Canadian firms produce parts for the plane, but those orders could disappear if Ottawa opts for a rival, since countries that order jets are entitled to industrial participation in the program.

Canada’s ruling Liberals government vowed during the 2015 election campaign to ban the F-35 from a new competition, though officials have since softened their stance. Lockheed has said it could shift nearly $1 billion in orders from Canadian firms if Ottawa quit the program.

Lockheed, which is showcasing the F-35 at two British air shows this month, welcomed Thursday’s call.

“We believe this is a positive first step to an open competition and Lockheed Martin remains confident that the F-35 is the best and most affordable solution,” said Lockheed spokesman Joe LaMarca.

Lockheed says it believes the plane could win in an open competition given its stealthy characteristics and a drop in costs since bids were initially submitted.

Lockheed officials say the F-35 will cost around $85 million, including an engine, in 2019.

Boeing argues its Super Hornets would cost less, and is also offering Canadian firms work on its commercial jets if Ottawa decides to buy the F/A-18E/F.

“Boeing stands ready to support the government of Canada’s consultation process,” said a spokeswoman.

Boeing has over the past five years awarded Canadian companies $6 billion in direct contracts, the spokesman added.

(Editing by Elaine Hardcastle and Cynthia Osterman)


I think LM will get it at this rate they have US government’s backing

“Lockheed officials say the F-35 will cost around $85 million, including an engine, in 2019”

BIG BS regarding price per unit!

My pick would be 

  • Rafale

  • Saab Gripen E

  • Typhoon

In that order regarding best platform for multirole fighter

Related post:

Fourth-generation Super Hornets just can’t do the job in the Arctic, retired U.S. Air Force general insists

Boeing has thrown in a sweetener for Canada to pick F-18E/F

Pressure Mounts to Approve Sale of Super Hornets to Kuwait

Boeing confident of extending Super Hornet and Growler production

Liberals planning to buy Super Hornet fighter jets before making final decision on F-35s, sources say

Boeing F-18 Super Hornet: Details


Saab Gripen E: Details


Eurofighter Typhoon: Details


F-35 Lightning II: Details


Dassault Rafale: Details


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