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Canada seeks to buy Boeing jets as interim defense measure

Staff Writer | November 23, 2016
Canada unveiled plans to buy 18 Boeing Corp Super Hornets as a stop-gap measure while it prepared an open five-year competition to replace its aging fleet of fighter jets.
Harjit Sajjan
Aircraft   Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan
Procurement Minister Judy Foote told a news conference the government would launch immediate talks with Boeing for the Super Hornets, in a victory for the U.S. plane maker if the order goes ahead.

One defense contractor said the choice could be interpreted as giving Boeing a long-term advantage but Foote, speaking in a phone interview, later said Ottawa would run "a real, open, transparent competition" where any firm could compete.

Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan said the CF-18s could no longer meet Canada's international military commitments.

"Because they were not replaced, we now have a capability gap ... we need additional planes as soon as possible for an interim period," he told the news conference.