Canadian fighter competition update

///Canadian fighter competition update

Source: Gladius Defense & Security


The Eurofighter Typhoon is officially out of the Canadian Air Force competition to replace the Boeing CF-18.   Three potential candidates remain, the Lockheed Martin F-35, Boeing’s F/A-18 E/F and Saab Gripen E. In service since 1983, a new air superiority fighter is slated to begin replacing Canada’s Hornet inventory by 2025.  The Canadian Ministry of Defense released an RFI for new combat aircraft on July 23rd.


Primary roles for the new aircraft include airspace defense and air support for Canadian Land Forces during overseas deployments .


Whatever type is selected, integration with US Air Force aircraft responsible for operating under the NORAD area of responsibility is a requirement.  According to the RFP,  bids are due by spring of 2020, with a decision by 2022.


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