The Government of Canada has released a list of eligible suppliers who would be invited to submit proposals for the country’s future fighter aircraft fleet competition.

The Royal Canadian Air Force intends to acquire a total of 88 advanced fighter jets that would replace its existing CF-18 aircraft fleet, which has been serving for more than 30 years.

This will enable the country to set up a highly capable, flexible military with the ability to operate in close collaboration with allies and partners and to protect the safety and security of the natives.

The suppliers shortlisted to submit proposals comprise foreign governments and fighter aircraft manufacturing companies.

Names of the entities forming the suppliers are Dassault Aviation (with Thales DMS France SAS and Safran Aircraft Engines), the US Government – Lockheed Martin Corporation (Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company), and The Boeing Company.

The Swedish Government – Saab Aeronautics, the Government of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland – Airbus Defense and Space are also included in the list.

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Canada Innovation, Science and Economic Development Minister Navdeep Bains said: “The Government of Canada is leveraging procurement to create jobs, drive innovation, and grow small businesses.

“This is a once-in-a-generation opportunity to drive investment in innovation and research across all sectors of our economy, including with post-secondary institutions.”

“Thanks to the Industrial and Technological Benefits Policy, winning suppliers will make investments in Canada equal to the value of the contract.

“This is a once-in-a-generation opportunity to drive investment in innovation and research across all sectors of our economy, including with post-secondary institutions.”

Launched in December last year, the Industrial and Technological Benefits Policy involves the participation of the suppliers in formal engagement activities, which will continue until the beginning of Q2 next year.

Before selecting the winning supplier, the proposals will be evaluated based on cost, technical requirements, and economic benefits.

The contract for the aircraft development programme is expected to be awarded in 2021 or 2022.

In 2025, the first new fighter jet is expected to be delivered to the Royal Canadian Air Force.