Canada Selects The F-35 And Enters Into Negotiations With Lockheed Martin For 88 Stealth Jets

Canada is nearer to switch its CF-188 Hornet with the F-35 stealth plane.

As a part of the Future Fighter Functionality Challenge (FFCP) Canada goals to switch the Royal Canadian Air Power’s fleet of legacy CF-188 Hornets (native designation of the F/A-18) with a brand new plane. And the plane the Authorities has chosen is the Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning fifth technology plane.

“The Authorities of Canada has reached one other milestone within the aggressive course of to buy 88 superior fighter jets for the Royal Canadian Air Power (RCAF), which can guarantee the necessities of the RCAF are met whereas additionally offering worth for Canadians, producing high-value jobs in Canada in addition to additional development for the Canadian aerospace and defence sector for many years to come back,” says an official statement launched on Mar. 28, 2022.

“Following a rigorous analysis of proposals, the Authorities of Canada at the moment introduced it’s going to now enter into the finalization section of the procurement course of with the top-ranked bidder, the USA (US) authorities and Lockheed Martin, for the F-35 fighter jet. This procurement represents probably the most vital funding within the RCAF in additional than 30 years. It’s important for safeguarding the protection and safety of Canadians, it’s going to improve our Arctic sovereignty, it’s going to guarantee we’re geared up to raised defend North America and it’ll assist ensure that we proceed to fulfill our NATO and NORAD obligations effectively into the longer term.”

The Authorities of Canada launched an “open and clear aggressive course of” to accumulate new fighter jets in 2017. A proper request for proposals was launched to eligible suppliers in July 2019. It closed in July 2020. Dassault and Airbus determined to withdraw their Rafale and Eurofighter Storm proposals in 2018 and 2019, respectively, saying that the necessities favored the US bids. Boeing, Lockheed Martin and Saab, proposing the Super Hornet Block III, the F-35A Lightning II and the Gripen E respectively, have been requested to indicate how their bids might meet not solely the navy necessities of the RCAF for missions each at house and overseas, but additionally present advantages for the nationwide business.

In November 2021, it was introduced that the substitute proposal primarily based on the F/A-18E/F Tremendous Hornet, one of many favourite bids thought-about that the RCAF already operates the “legacy” model of the Hornet, was rejected because it didn’t meet the federal authorities’s necessities. Between the 2 remaining contenders, Lockheed Martin and Saab, Canada finally selected the F-35.

“The multi-step evaluation course of took under consideration a variety of things, together with capabilities, value, in addition to financial advantages and impacts. Recognizing that these fighter jets should successfully serve the RCAF and Canadians over the approaching many years, Canada evaluated these plane in opposition to typical situations acquainted to NATO and NORAD allies, which have been additional tailor-made to fulfill the wants of the RCAF, together with Canada’s distinctive northern geography. We’re assured that this aggressive course of will ship the very best outcomes for the Canadian Armed Forces and for Canadians.”

As we defined in a previous article on the Canadian procurement of recent fighter jets:

We should always not neglect that Canada is a companion within the Joint Strike Fighter program, with over CAD 713 million spent since 1997 to take part in this system that led Canadian firms to safe F-35-related contracts for over CAD 2.6 billion. The federal government determined to purchase 65 F-35s in 2010 with out competitors, nevertheless in 2015 the plan was scrapped in favor of an open competitors. Along with this competitors, it was additionally determined to accumulate 18 Tremendous Hornets as short-term resolution till the arrival of the brand new fighter plane. Following the trade dispute between Boeing and Bombardier, which even led to a so-called “Boeing clause” on corporations which have launched commerce disputes with Canada and are looking for a federal contract, the Tremendous Hornet interim plan was cancelled.

The 18 interim jets, nevertheless, have been nonetheless badly wanted and, ultimately, Canada determined to accumulate 18 flyable Hornets from the Royal Australian Air Power, of which 12 single seater F/A-18A and 6 twin seater F/A-18B jets, and as much as seven non flyable plane to be used as spare components and coaching aids. The fighters have been being retired because the RAAF obtained its new F-35s and have been delivered to the RCAF between 2019 and 2021. The “new” plane, that are being upgraded to an ordinary much like the CF-188, will deal with the aptitude hole in order that the Canadian Armed Forces are in a position to concurrently meet each the NORAD and NATO fighter plane commitments.

Along with that, an extra improve often called Hornet Extension Challenge (HEP) has been began for all the fleet of 94 F/A-18s (together with the 18 Australian plane) to fulfill the latest worldwide aviation laws and guarantee interoperability with allies. The improve consists of Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B), Honeywell GPS/INS techniques, new AN/ARC-210 radios, airborne Joint Tactical Radios, upgraded Sniper focusing on pod and enhanced mission computer systems and information switch models.

Following this works, the 36 plane with probably the most remaining operational life will likely be additional upgraded to acquire enhanced fight capabilities for operations in opposition to present threats. As a part of the improve, these jets will obtain the APG-79(V)4 Energetic Electronically Scanned Array (AESA) radar, AIM-9X Block II Sidewinder and AIM-120D AMRAAM air-to-air missiles, AGM-154 Joint StandOff Weapon (JSOW), ADM-141C Improved Tactical Air-Launched Decoys and the Automated Floor Collision Avoidance System (Auto GCAS). The full value of the 2 rounds of upgrades is of about CAD 1.3 billion.

The HEP improve will preserve the Canadian Hornets related till 2032, when the substitute plane is anticipated to take over.

Two CF-188 Hornet jets, 425 Tactical Fighter Squadron, fly in formation with 4 F-16 preventing falcon plane, a hundred and twentieth Fighter Squadron, from Buckley Air Power Base, Colorado, on September 20, 2020, over the skies of Labrador throughout a NORAD Arctic Air Protection Operation being hosted by 5 Wing Newfoundland, Labrador. (Picture credit score: Grasp Corporal Krista Blizzard)

Among the many Fast Details highlighted by Canada’s Authorities of their official assertion, there’s additionally the truth that Allies and safety companions, starting from the US, the UK, Italy and the Netherlands in NATO, to Australia, Japan and South Korea within the Indo-Pacific, use or are within the technique of procuring the F-35. Certainly, the controversial Lightning jet has constantly received all of the competitions it has entered, together with those in Switzerland, Poland and Finland.

In response to the Authorities of Canada, the procurement of the primary plane ought to happen in 2025. Canada is making ready two predominant working bases for its future fighter plane: 4 Wing Chilly Lake and three Wing Bagotville,

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