Attempts to replace 3-decade-old CF-18s began in 2010.
Saab, Airbus, Boeing and Lockheed Martin all are in the running, respectively offering the Gripen, Eurofighter, F/A-18E/F, and F-35A. The manufacturers will have until the end of 2019 to submit bids
For its part, Boeing is striving to offer the Super Hornet Block III to Canada and support the government’s capability and industrial requirements, pointing that it continuing to invest in the Canadian economy.
on May 12, 2019, During Sea-Air-Space 2019, the largest maritime exposition in the U.S Boeing has unveiled the concept of future F/A-18 Block III Super Hornet fighter aircraft
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As to the Super Hornet Block III, the company’s presentation noted the is the world’s most proven and affordable multi-role fighter.
The Super Hornet Block III offers Canada world-class, multi-mission capabilities and is uniquely suited for challenging operating environments. It offers predictable and affordable acquisition and life-cycle cost, which is critically important for a platform that will be in service for at least 30 years and is designed to stay ahead of future threats for decades to come.
The Super Hornet Block III, while fully meeting Canadian military requirements, is the minimum risk and maximum return on investment solution for Canada.
Boeing will be delivering Super Hornets to the U.S. Navy through at least 2033, while the development of next-generation Block III capabilities remains on schedule to deliver by the end of 2020. International interest remains high and includes Finland, Switzerland, India, and Germany, who recently down selected the Super Hornet over the competition.
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