That'll show 'em!
Canada is scrapping a plan to buy 18 Boeing Super Hornet fighter jets amid a deepening dispute with the U.S. aerospace company, three sources familiar with the matter said on Tuesday.
Instead, the Liberal government will announce next week it intends to acquire a used fleet of older Australia F-18 jets, the same kind of plane Canada currently operates, said the sources, who asked not to be identified because of the sensitivity of the situation.
The move underlines Ottawa’s anger at a decision by Boeing to launch a trade challenge against Canadian planemaker Bombardier Inc., which the U.S. giant accuses of dumping airliners on the domestic American market.
Canada is due to officially announce the requirements for its new fighter fleet in early 2019, kicking off an open competition.
One potential contender is Lockheed Martin Corp’s F-35 fighter, which Trudeau initially said he would not buy because it was too expensive. The government has since softened its line, saying the plane would be allowed to compete.*
http://nationalpost.com/news/politics/c ... ts-sources
* India just announced plans to procure 200 new fighters, the U.S. is purchasing 2,400 new F35s, even Argentina is purchasing 60 new aircraft ... I'm sure Canada's multi-year process to buy two dozen planes will spur a very intense competition. All the companies will send their best and brightest interns to manage their proposals. Trudeau's self-esteem is hilarious.