The Covid-19 epidemic delays competition for Canada's new fighter plane, and could disrupt large numbers of tenders around the world

For several months already, we have gone back in detail on the upheavals induced by the Covid-19 epidemic on the defense sector, whether by disrupting operational schedules , threatening defense investments , leading to the cancellation of major international fairs or by directly impacting military personnel . But the epidemic also interrupted a good part of the industrial activities of the defense sector, to the point of delaying certain deliveries of equipment, but also the conduct of a certain number of tenders.

Earlier this week, we learned that the Royal Canadian Air Force (Aviation Royale Canadienne) announced that it would postpone for at least one month the start of the competition to replace its CF-188 fighters, local designation of the Boeing F/A-18 Hornet. Initially, the various candidates had until the end of June to submit their proposal as part of the Future Fighter Capability Project. The deadline is now July 31.

In 2018, while approximately 80 CF-188s remained in service, Canada purchased about 18 used F/A-XNUMX Hornets from Australia in order to maintain its operational capacity pending the arrival of a substitute

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