By: David Pugliese, Defence Watch
Here are some more details on the timing/milestones of the Canadian government’s purchase of 88 new fighter jets. This information comes from the federal government:
A draft request for proposals (RFP) is expected by this fall. Suppliers will have up to two months to submit comments and the RFP will be finalized by early 2019. It will be issued in the spring of 2019.
Suppliers will be given around six months to work on their proposals, with submissions by early 2020.
There will be discussions with suppliers about their proposals and revised proposals could be submitted by the fall of 2020.
A winning bidder is expected to be selected in spring 2021. A contract would be signed in late 2021 or early 2022.
The first aircraft would be delivered sometime in 2025.
The first squadron will reach initial operating capability in 2026. Full operational capability – which will include four operational squadrons, plus training – will be reached in 2031.
The last CF-18 will be retired in 2032.
Initial cadre training by the host nation will begin in 2024/2025 time period. Transition training will take place between 2025 and 2031.