Companies Highlight Jobs, Offsets as Canadian Fighter- Competition Closes
Companies Highlight Jobs, Economic Spinoffs As Canadian Fighter-Jet Competition Closes (excerpt)
Friday marks the deadline for U.S. aerospace companies Lockheed Martin and Boeing, as well as Swedish firm Saab, to submit their bids in the current fighter-jet competition, which will see Canada spend up to $19 billion on 88 new planes.
The closing of the competition marks a major milestone in Canada’s decade-long effort to buy new fighter jets for the Royal Canadian Air Force, which has been plagued by government mismanagement and political controversy.
While the combat capability of each of the three competing planes — Lockheed Martin’s F‑35, Boeing’s Super Hornet and Saab’s Gripen — will be the main focus as the government evaluates each bid, there will also be a lot of focus on the economic benefits of buying each plane. (end of excerpt)
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