Due to soaring bills for stealth F-35 Lockheed Martin Canada has ordered in 2010, Ottawa announced Friday it would contact all manufacturers fighter to request information on capabilities aircraft available.
Canada is another step in the questioning of its F-35 contract, signed in 2010 with Lockheed Martin without tender. Reopened in December after the door to the possibility of choosing for its air force fighters other than the F-35 stealth aircraft due to soaring costs, the government at the door step of all manufacturers combat aircraft whose production is currently underway and is scheduled.
Replace the CF-18 Boeing
Friday, the Canadian government announced that it would contact Boeing, Dassault Aviation, EADS Eurofighter, Lockheed Martin and Saab to collect detailed information on the capabilities of combat aircraft available. A second questionnaire on the costs and potential benefits for Canadian industry to be developed later. Among similar aircraft on the market are such, in addition to F-35 and the Dassault Rafale, Super Hornet Boeing and Eurofighter Typhoon (EADS, BAE Systems and Finmeccanica) and Saab Gripen. Canada wants to replace its aging fleet of CF-18 (Boeing).
Earlier this year, the new CEO of Dassault Aviation Eric Trappier expressed confidence earlier this year in the Rafale's chances against rivals U.S. if Canada decided to launch a tender. "There's a stab. Potentially Canada is the first country that could challenge the F-35. We can not fail to accompany," he had told Les Echos.