By: David Pugliese, Defence Watch
Feb. 9 was the deadline for companies to apply to the Canadian government to be on the supplier’s list for the new program to provide a fleet of fighter jets.
Being on that list is a requirement to be able to enter the competition to provide Canada with 88 new fighter aircraft.
Public Services and Procurement Canada was looking at having the list formalized by Feb. 12, at which time they would make it public. The reason for the fast turnaround is because it is relatively easy to be included on the list – essentially a manufacturer has to have a fighter jet currently in production.
But the list has yet to be formalized. Procurement Canada said they are still working on the list but offered no explanation about the delay.
But expect the major aircraft manufacturers who have indicated previous interest in the competition. They are:
Lockheed Martin with the F-35, Eurofighter Typhoon, the Dassault Rafale, and Saab’s Gripen.
Sources are also indicating that Boeing will join the competition with Super Hornet….perhaps an Advanced Super Hornet?