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National Post: Canada Eyes Super Hornet Procurement to Help Fill Air Combat Capability Gap

National Post: Canada Eyes Super Hornet Procurement to Help Fill Air Combat Capability Gap - top government contractors - best government contracting event

Boeing-F-18-Super-HornetCanada looks to procure Boeing-built F/A-18E Super Hornets as an “interim measure” to address a looming capability gap in the country’s military fighter aircraft fleet, the National Post reported Monday.

Lee Berthiaume and John Ivison write Canada could replace its military’s aging fleet of CF-18 Hornets with Super Hornets before the Canadian government decides on whether to go ahead with acquisition of F-35s built by Lockheed Martin.

“The government is working very hard on this file as it must because today the Canadian Armed Forces are risk-managing a gap between our NATO and NORAD obligations, and the number of planes we can put in the air on any given day,” a Canadian defense official was quoted as saying.

The report said procuring Super Hornets to temporarily fill a capability gap of the Canadian military could be a strategy of Canada’s Liberal government to delay a competitive fighter aircraft procurement without triggering a lawsuit.

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Written by Mary-Louise Hoffman

is a writer of news summaries about executive-level business activity in the government contracting sector. Her reports for ExecutiveBiz are focused on trends and events that drive the GovCon industry to include commercial technologies that private companies are developing for federal government use. She contributes news content to ExecutiveBiz’s sister sites GovCon Wire and ExecutiveGov.

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