Tuesday, June 07, 2016

Canada Will buy F/A-18E Super Hornets as a Stop gap before Fighter Competition

The Canadian government wants to acquire the Super Hornet to fill its fighter-jet capability gap on an interim basis, a move that would also take the pressure off the country’s prime minister on the thorny political issue of the F-35.

Liberal Party Prime Minister Justin Trudeau had promised during last year’s election campaign his government would never buy the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, but that plane is still favored by Canada’s air force. Any decision to exclude the F-35 from a competition to acquire new jets could also spark a messy legal battle.

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