The Liberal government will “immediately explore” the acquisition of 18 Boeing Super Hornet jet fighters to meet what it deems to be the urgent needs of the air force.
Announcing the plan to replace Canada’s aging fleet of CF-18s, the government said it will also launch, within its current mandate, an “open and transparent competition” to replace the jets.
The government will enter into discussions with the U.S. government and Boeing regarding use of these jets for “an interim period of time,” according to a government release.
The federal government is announcing its plan at a news conference in Ottawa. CBCNews will carry it live.
The decision over whether to replace the current fleet of CF-18s with F-35s has been mired in controversy. Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan held consultations with different industry players in the summer.