Key milestone announced in the process to replace Canada’s fighter jets


The Government of Canada announced Wednesday that two bidders remain eligible under the Future Fighter Capability Project competitive procurement process for the procurement of 88 advanced fighter jets for the Royal Canadian Air Force. (Photo – Royal Canadian Air Force)

Following evaluation of the proposals submitted, 2 bidders – the Swedish Government—SAAB AB (publ)—Aeronautics with Diehl Defence GmbH & Co. KG, MBDA UK Ltd., and RAFAEL Advanced Defence Systems Ltd., and United States Government—Lockheed Martin Corporation (Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company) with Pratt and Whitney, remain eligible under the procurement process, the Public Services and Procurement Canada said.

“Over the coming weeks, Canada will finalize next steps for the process, which, based on further analysis of the 2 remaining bids, could involve proceeding to final negotiations with the top-ranked bidder or entering into a competitive dialogue, whereby the 2 remaining bidders would be provided with an opportunity to improve their proposals,” the department said in a statement.

The statement further added that the Government of Canada continues to work towards a contract award in 2022, with delivery of aircraft as early as 2025.

The Government of Canada launched an open and transparent competitive process to acquire new fighter jets in 2017.

The procurement of 88 advanced fighter jets is the most significant investment in the Royal Canadian Air Force in more than 30 years and is essential for protecting the safety and security of Canadians and meeting international obligations.



  1. If we buy anything but a 5th generation fighter, we might as well throw it in the garbage. The Americans are already deep into a 6th generation fighter. A 4th generation fighter might as well be a Spitfire.


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