Canada interested in ex-RAAF Hornets

Canada explores options to supplement CF-18 Fleet


On 29 September, Canada submitted an Expression of Interest, formally marking interest in Australia’s Hornets. Picture Credit: Nigel Pittaway

9 October 2017

The following is a statement by Canada’s Public Services and Procurement, which confirms the country’s interest in acquiring a number of RAAF F/A-18A/B Hornets when they retire from service.

“Canada is building a more agile, better-equipped military, while ensuring the utmost care and prudence in the handling of public funds. Getting our women and men in uniform the equipment they need to do their jobs and protect Canadians, is a priority.

In November 2016, the Canadian Government announced a plan to replace the RCAF fighter jet fleet. The Defence Policy: Strong, Secure, Engaged, released in June 2017, reaffirmed the government’s commitment to invest appropriately in the military.

Preparatory work for the competition is already underway. Until an open and transparent competition can be completed to replace legacy CF-18 fleet, the country is exploring options to supplement the current CF-18 fleet and address an existing fighter capability gap.

In late August 2017, the country began discussions with the Australian Government to assess the potential purchase of F/A-18 fighter aircraft and associated parts they plan to sell. On September 29, 2017, Canada submitted an Expression of Interest, formally marking the country’s interest in the Australian equipment.

Canada expects to receive a response by the end of this year that will provide details regarding the availability and cost of the aircraft and associated parts that the country is considering.

Separate discussions with Boeing related to the interim purchase of Super Hornet aircraft remain suspended. The government continues to engage with the US Government as it explores all options moving forward.

The Government of Canada will continue to provide updates and keep Canadians informed of its progress as it moves forward on replacing and supplementing the country’s fighter aircraft.”

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