CF-18 Replacement

Project summary

The Government of Canada is launching an open and transparent competition to replace the aging fleet of CF-18 fighter aircraft. This competition will ensure that the government gets the right aircraft for our women and men in uniform – at the right price – while maximizing economic benefits to Canadians.

Canada is also exploring the purchase of 18 new Super Hornet aircraft to supplement the CF-18s until the permanent replacement arrives. The Government of Canada is in discussions with the U.S. Government and Boeing about the use of these jets.

Canada requires a military that is flexible, agile, and capable of responding to a variety of unforeseen situations.A modern fighter jet fleet is essential for defending Canada and Canadian sovereignty – especially in our northern skies. The current CF-18 fighter fleet is now more than 30 years old and is down from 138 aircraft to 76.

Project phases

Currently in Phase 2: Options analysis

 

1. Identification

1. Identification

  • January 2010
2. Options analysis

2. Options analysis

  • Currently being done
3. Definition

3. Definition

  • TBD
4. Implementation

4. Implementation

  • TBD
5. Close-out

5. Close-out

  • TBD

 

Additional information

Project updates

Project updates

2017
The Government has started discussions with the U.S. Government and Boeing on the potential purchase and in-service support for 18 Super Hornet aircraft. These aircraft would be used to supplement the current fleet until the transition to a permanent replacement.

November 2016
The Government of Canada is launching an open and transparent competition to replace the legacy fleet of CF-18 fighter aircraft.

Note: For updates on the procurement process, please visit PSPC’s Replacing and supplementing Canada’s CF-18 fleet.

Benefiting Canadian industry

Benefiting Canadian industry

The Industrial and Technological Benefits Policy will apply to the potential interim acquisition of 18 Super Hornets and will require the supplier to place investments with Canadian industry equal to the value of the contract. This project represents an important opportunity to create high-value jobs and support Canadian innovation across the country.

Technical information

Technical information

The requirements will be guided by the Defence Policy Review. They will be provided in procurement documentation and given to industry once the bid solicitation process begins.

Project costs

Project costs

Details on the permanent fleet size and the anticipated costs will be guided by the Defence Policy Review and Budget 2017 decisions.

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