Murray Brewster, writing for CBC News, in an article datelined 15 Apr 19, says that “The politically charged competition to replace Canada’s aging fleet of fighter jets will rocket forward at the end of May as the federal government releases a long-anticipated, full-fledged tender call … [and, he reminds us] … There are four companies in the running: Saab of Sweden, Airbus Defence and Space out of Britain, and the American firms Boeing and Lockheed Martin … [and] … Once the request for proposals is released, the manufacturers will have until the end of the year to submit bids, defence and industry sources told CBC News.“
Most of Mr Brewster’s report is about the Swedish (Saab AB) JAS-39E Gripen fighter which is being offered …
… but as he notes, “The competition among manufacturers for Canada’s fighter jet business is expected to be intense … [and, in addition to Saab] … Lockheed Martin will again pitch its F-35 stealth fighter. Boeing is in line to offer the Super Hornet — a larger, more advanced version of the F-18. Airbus Military plans to offer its Eurofighter Typhoon.” I hope he will report on those bids, too, as they are made public.
As I have explained before, I am none of a fighter pilot, an aeronautical engineer or a defence procurement insider, so I, just like Harjit Sajjan and Justin Trudeau, have no idea which aircraft is best for Canada. I trust that the competition will be fair and open and I hope that, despite an academic study about which Murray Brewster reported back in January which says that Canada can afford new warships or new fighter plane, but not both at the same time, that we will find a way to afford more than a dozen new, first-rate warships and 88 new fighter jets, too.