Air defence procurement projects

The competition to replace Canada’s fighter jets. Purchases and upgrades for maritime helicopters, tactical transports, search and rescue aircraft and airborne intelligence aircraft.

Services and information

Fighter jets

CF-18 fighter jet replacement project.

CF-188 Hornet

Multi-role fighter aircraft used for air defence, ground attack, tactical support, training aerobatic demonstration, and aerospace testing and evaluation.

CC-130J Hercules

Carry passengers, heavy equipment and supplies over long distances to support operations.

CP-140 Aurora

Airborne intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance aircraft.

Current aircraft

The Royal Canadian Air Force’s fleet of aircraft including fighter jets, helicopters and training aircraft.

CH-146 Griffon

A utility tactical transport helicopter used for troop transport, reconnaissance, and escort and surveillance.

Strategic Tanker Transport Capability project

This project will acquire a new fleet of aircraft that will be used for in-flight refuelling, airlift, strategic transport and medical evacuations.

CH-148 Cyclone

Maritime helicopter that conducts anti-submarine and anti-surface warfare.

CH-147F Chinook

Tactical transport for equipment and personnel during domestic or deployed operations.

CC-295 Kingfisher

Will carry out critical search and rescue missions across Canada.

C-177 Globemaster

Rapidly transport oversized cargo over long distances between continents.

Canada Multi-Mission Aircraft (CMMA)

This project will acquire a new fleet of aircraft that will be used for anti-submarine and anti-surface warfare, and will be optimized for command, control, communications and computers and intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance.

Remotely Piloted Aircraft System (RPAS)

This project will acquire a medium altitude and armed Remotely Piloted Aircraft System.

Cormorant Mid-Life Upgrade

This project will extend the estimated life expectancy of the CH-149 Cormorant to at least 2042.

What we are doing


Defence Investment Plan 2018

Read about the Department of National Defence’s procurement plans for the future.

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