An Update on Replacing Canada's CF-18 Fleet


July 6, 2016 – Ottawa – National Defence / Canadian Armed Forces

The Government of Canada remains committed to building a more agile, better-equipped military, while ensuring best value for Canadians, and leveraging defence procurement to create jobs and economic growth for Canada.

Over the summer, government officials from National Defence, Public Services and Procurement Canada, and Innovation, Science and Economic Development, will be consulting all interested aircraft suppliers in order to gather the most current, up-to-date, and accurate information on the various aircraft options available to meet Canada’s defence needs. All interested potential suppliers are welcome to participate in the consultation process in order to present the best information on available fighter aircraft to support the Government of Canada in making its decision on various options for the replacement of Canada’s fleet of CF-18s.

Conducting an early consultation at the front-end of a procurement process will also provide the Government with the information necessary to assess risks and analyze options for the replacement of Canada’s fleet of CF-18s.

The Government will be seeking information on issues such as costs, delivery times, interoperability with NORAD, readiness, and the potential benefits for the Canadian economy. Specific information being sought includes up-to-date information on:

  • Capabilities
  • Readiness
  • Availability
  • Infrastructure compatibility
  • Acquisition costs
  • Sustainment/maintenance
  • Life-cycle costs
  • Economic benefits

In addition, officials will be meeting with allies regarding their user experiences with aircraft options and their capabilities, experience with potential aircraft suppliers, and lessons learned through recent replacement process and/or decisions. Canada anticipates being able to use these discussions to further validate information received from industry.

The Government of Canada will consult allied Governments and interested potential suppliers in a number of ways including one-on-one meetings, questionnaires, and site-visits. The first formal consultations will take place starting next week when officials meet with suppliers and government representatives at the Farnborough Airshow in the United Kingdom between July 11 and 14, 2016. The information received will be integral to shaping Canada’s way forward on this file.

Following an analysis of the up-to-date information obtained as a result of the consultation process, the Government of Canada will assess the available options for the replacement of the CF-18s as soon as possible.

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Jordan Owens
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of National Defence
(613) 996-3100

Media Relations
Department of National Defence
Phone: 613-996-2353
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