Government of Canada

Government of Canada

April 16, 2013 10:00 ET

Industry Engagement on Replacement of Canada's CF-18s Continues

Industry asked to provide information on cost to inform the evaluation of options

GATINEAU, QUEBEC--(Marketwired - April 16, 2013) - The National Fighter Procurement Secretariat has reached out to industry by issuing a draft questionnaire seeking information on the price of available fighter aircraft. This is a key element of the evaluation of options to replace Canada's CF-18 fleet.

The five companies with available aircraft are asked to provide comments on the form and content of this second draft questionnaire which seeks rough order-of-magnitude price estimates. After feedback from the companies is reviewed and incorporated, a final questionnaire will be sent to the companies for completion, as was done for the first questionnaire on the technical capabilities of available fighter aircraft. A third questionnaire on industrial benefits will be provided later in the process. Engaging with industry is consistent with the Secretariat's commitment to transparency and openness, and integral to a comprehensive evaluation of options.

This questionnaire has benefitted from the oversight and guidance of the Independent Review Panel, which ensures that all of the work supporting the evaluation of options is both rigorous and impartial, and that the results to be made public are comprehensive and understandable.

The evaluation of options to replace Canada's CF-18 fleet is part of the Harper Government's Seven-Point Plan launched in response to Chapter 2, Replacing Canada's Fighter Jets, of the Auditor General's 2012 Spring Report. The Plan was put in place to assist the Government in making the best possible decision on replacing Canada's fleet of CF-18 fighter aircraft. Until the Seven-Point Plan is complete, the Government will not make a decision on the replacement for the CF-18 fighter jets.

For additional information, visit the National Fighter Procurement Secretariat website at http://www.tpsgc-pwgsc.gc.ca/app-acq/stamgp-lamsmp/snac-nfps-eng.html.

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