Officials from Boeing have informed the press that the company will be participating in the bidding process for Canada’s future fighter jet program. The company is seeking to offer the Super Hornet for use in the Royal Canadian Air Force.
The Canadian aerospace and defense industry has raised concerns on whether Boeing would be taking further part in the competition, as fears have increased that the procurement process has been rigged towards the F-35. However, an official from Boeing put all rumors to rest, informing the press, that the company was 100 per cent in.
The aircraft production firm has made submissions to the federal government, giving out essential information on how Boeing will work to meet the numerous security standards, which will allow its competing aircraft to operate within the United States-Canada System.
Boeing had released a statement in July saying that the company was participating in the bidding process, but had not made any final commitments on taking part in the competition, saying: “We look forward to continuing to provide comments, reviewing the final RFP, and determining next steps at that time.”
Strategic Attack and Ground Target Missions Key Focus Point
In 2018, Europe based Dassault informed the Canadian government that it had decided to not compete in the competition, which took the Rafale fighter jet off the table. Later, the Ministry of Defense for the United Kingdom and Airbus Defense and Space announced their withdrawal from the competition, which took the Eurofighter out of the picture in August.
Following the withdrawals, the competition worth USD 19 billion has been hit by numerous allegations, which state that the process has been rigged to favor the F-35 stealth fighter, produced by Lockheed Martin.
According to reports, the competition is seeking a jet which emphasizes on strategic attack operations and specializing in hitting ground targets, suitable for conditions in foreign missions. The federal government of Canada had changed criteria following threats by the U.S. to withdraw the F-35. Further, Saab has also confirmed it participation in the competition, and has offered Canada its Gripen fighter jet variant.