Canada RFP new fighter jet
Canada releases draft RFP for new fighter.

On October 26, 2018, Canada achieved yet another milestone toward replacing nation’s Boeing CF-18A/B Hornet fleet, with the release of the draft Request for Proposals to eligible Suppliers for their review and feedback. Suppliers will have about eight weeks to provide feedback. This feedback will be used to refine and finalize the formal Request for Proposals (RFP).

The list of eligible Suppliers includes the following teams:

- France: Dassault Aviation (with Thales DMS France SAS, Thales Canada Inc., and Safran Aircraft Engines)
- Sweden: SAAB AB (publ) - Aeronautics
- United Kingdom and Northern Ireland: Airbus Defense and Space GmbH
- United States: Lockheed Martin Corporation (Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company) (with Pratt and Whitney)
- United States: The Boeing Company

Only the above aerospace companies will be invited to participate in subsequent formal engagement activities and to submit proposals in the competition for the future fighter capability. 

The Canadian Government plans to purchase 88 advanced fighter aircraft by awarding a contract worth between 12 and 15 billion U.S. dollars.

Suppliers must provide initial proposals to Canada during the winter of 2019-2020, then the nation will proceed to evaluate and negotiate them over the period 2020-2021. Canada plans to award a contract between 2021 and 2022 to receive the first aircraft in 2025.

Written by Matteo Sanzani
Image: Mike Reyno

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