Future Fighter Capability Project engages five supplier teams

CF-18 fighter jet
The CF-18 replacement offers a once-in-a-generation opportunity for the Canadian aerospace and defence industry. Photo: Corporal Pierre Habib, 3 Wing Bagotville.

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As outlined in Canada’s defence policy, Strong, Secure, Engaged, Canada will purchase 88 advanced fighter aircraft to contribute to the safety and security of Canadians and to meet Canada’s international obligations. A modern fighter jet fleet is essential for defending Canada and Canadian sovereignty and contribute to our NORAD and NATO commitments, now and in the future.

On March 26, Future Fighter Capability Project (FFCP) representatives began formal supplier engagement with five supplier teams.

Each supplier team consists of a foreign government and a fighter aircraft manufacturer who have demonstrated their ability to meet Canada’s needs as defined in the Suppliers List Invitation issued in December 2017. A Notice of Solicitation was issued in February identifying the participating teams who will be invited to submit proposals in the competition for the future fighter capability.

This formal engagement phase allows the FFCP team and eligible suppliers to discuss various topics including the procurement approach, industrial and technological benefits, and sustainment, infrastructure, aircraft and system requirements.

Meanwhile, Canada is continuing to consult Canadian industry stakeholders to share information related to the procurement to ensure the Canadian aerospace and defence industries are well-positioned to participate.

Formal engagement with the five eligible suppliers will be followed by the release of formal solicitation documents to these suppliers in 2019. A contract award is anticipated in the 2021-2022 fiscal year, and the first replacement aircraft is anticipated by 2025.

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