Until recently, it appeared quite possible that Canada would be replacing its aging CF-18 fighter jets with new Boeing Super Hornets (a modernized version of the F-18).
However, The Star reports that Boeing’s decision to press a trade dispute may have derailed any such potential deal. Boeing has complained that Canadadian jet manufacturer Bombardier is able to sell cheaper jets due to Canadian government subsidies. As a result, the U.S. government has threatened a 220 percent tariff on some jet sales, which in turn prompted Canadian Prime Minister Trudeau to state that his government would not purchase from a company that is “trying to sue us and put our aerospace workers out of business.”
Thus, rather than buying from Boeing, Canada is reportedly considering the purchase of second-hand fighter jets being sold off by the Royal Australian Air Force.
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