Canada intends scrapping the plan to buy 18 Boeing super Hornet fighter jets amid a deepening dispute with the U.S. aerospace company. Instead, the Canadian Liberal government will announce next week its intention to acquire a used fleet of older Australia F-18 jets, the same kind of plane Canada currently operates.
In an earlier occasion Boeing has launched a trade challenge against Canadian plane maker Bombardier Inc, which the U.S. giant accuses of dumping airliners on the American market. It also casts into question the future of Boeing’s military sales in Canada. Boeing says its commercial and defense operations in Canada support more than 17,000 Canadian jobs.
One source said that by buying the Australian fleet, Canada would save money as well as avoid the need to train its pilots on a new aircraft or spend money on a new supply chain. Officials had previously said that if the purchase went ahead, some of the Australian aircraft would be used for spare parts.