The Defense Security Cooperation Agency has notified Congress of a $5.23bn potential sale of F/A-18E/F Super Hornet aircraft with associated support to the Government of Canada.

Canada has requested the delivery of ten F/A-18E and eight F/A-18F Super Hornet aircraft with F414-GE-400 engines, 20 AN/APG-79 active electronically scanned array (AESA) radars, 20 M61A2 20MM gun systems, and 28 AN/ALR-67(V)3 electronic warfare countermeasures receiving sets.

In addition, 15 AN/AAQ-33 Sniper advanced targeting pods, 20 multifunctional information distribution systems-joint tactical radio systems (MIDS-JTRS), 30 joint helmet-mounted cueing systems (JHMCS), and 28 AN/ALQ-214 integrated countermeasures systems will be included in the sale.

The proposed sale will also cover 130 LAU-127E/A and/or F/A-guided missile launchers, 22 AN/AYK-29 distributed targeting systems (DTS), 22 AN/AYK-29 distributed targeting processors (DTP), and 100 AIM-9X-2 Sidewinder Block II tactical missiles.

"Canada will be able to better respond to current and future combat threats, while it will be able to provide superior security for its critical infrastructure."

Boeing Company, Northrop Grumman, Raytheon, General Electric, and Raytheon Missile Systems Company will serve as the principal contractors.

Last November, the Government of Canada revealed plans to launch a competition for procuring Super Hornet aircraft to replace the existing fleet of CF-18 fighter aircraft.

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With the procurement of the F/A-18E/F Super Hornet aircraft, associated weapons and capability, Canada will be able to better respond to current and future combat threats, while it will be able to provide superior security for its critical infrastructure.

Flight test services, site surveys, aircraft ferry, auxiliary fuel tanks, and aircraft spares will be included in the contract.

Storage, preservation, transportation, training, coaching aids, spares and repair parts, in addition to weapon system support and test equipment, will also be provided.