Companies Highlight Jobs, Offsets as Canadian Fighter- Competition Closes

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Companies Highlight Jobs, Economic Spinoffs As Canadian Fighter-Jet Competition Closes (excerpt)

OTTAWA — Fighter-jet makers are lead­ing with promis­es of jobs and other eco­nom­ic spin­offs as they make their final pitch­es for why Canada should buy their planes to replace the mil­i­tary’s aging CF-18 fleet.

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)

Click here for the full story, on the Chronicle-Journal web­site.

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