Tuesday, May 30, 2023

Ottawa plans to purchase 16 P-8 Neptune reconnaissance aircraft

The federal Department of Supply says Canada has sent a letter to the United States requesting more information, including price, for the possible purchase of up to 16 P-8 Neptune aircraft and related equipment.

The department’s request follows discussions with industry and related partners about potential replacements for the Canadian Air Force’s aging Aurora CP-140.

The Department of Defense plans to replace 14 of its aging Aurora CP-140 aircraft. (story photo)

Photo: The Canadian Press/Ryan Remiorz

The department says these consultations lead to the design of the Neptune as the only aircraft that meet Canada’s requirements for the new aircraft category.

The government claims that this request does not allow Canada to purchase equipment built in the United States.

“The final decision will be based on the capacity, availability, rates and benefits offered to the Canadian industry. »

– A statement from The Department of Supply in an unsigned statement released on Monday

Nevertheless, the federal government has announced an uninterrupted series of military purchases.

Earlier this month, Defense Minister Anita Anand notably announced that Canada would accelerate the purchase of new tanks, anti-aircraft and anti-drone military weapons.

The Bombardier-based aircraft manufacturer, which filed a trade dispute against Boeing five years ago, has expressed interest in its own aircraft as a potential replacement for the Aurora.

This involved a meeting with Ms. Anand and with the Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry, Francois-Philippe Champagne.

“Canada has the ability to leverage its aerospace industry to deliver multi-mission aircraft that will be the standard for export at home and abroad for decades.”

– Quote from Marco Masluch, Bombardier spokesperson

Bombardier spoke with Ministers Anand and Champagne and looks forward to a response on when and how we can present an offer and solution Canadians will be proud of for decades to come.

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