Boeing's Super Hornet leaves Canadian competition through the back door

For ten years, Lockheed-Martin's F-35 Lighting II has imposed itself in all the competitions in which it has participated. If the conditions of these victories are often subject to discussion, it is nonetheless true that the American apparatus, despite its weaknesses and its many faults, has always managed to convince the officials in charge of choosing, for their respective countries, the aircraft that will be the spearhead of their air force for the next 50 years. Canada will probably be no exception to the rule, since after the withdrawal of Dassault Aviation and its Rafale, then Airbus…

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Canada could modernize CF-18 Hornets until replacement by new fighters

Like Finland and Switzerland, Canada should very soon choose the new fighter plane that will replace its fleet of F/A-18 Hornets, locally redesignated CF-188 or CF-18A+. If the date for submitting application files has been postponed by a few months due to the Covid-19 epidemic, the 88 new Canadian fighter planes are still expected by 2025, with an end of deliveries in 2035. This schedule, however, means that the current CF-18 Hornets will have to play the extensions at least until 2030, and very probably beyond, the time that the new aircraft are not only received but also fully...

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