Timeline: Replacing Canada’s CF-18 fighter jets

A timeline of efforts to replace Canada’s CF-18 fighter jetsCF-18s_formation.jpg
By The Canadian Press, Jul 6 2016

2016 highlights:

  • Air Force commander Lt.-Gen. Michael Hood tells a Commons committee Canada has enough fighter jets, and that a decision on a replacement can wait five years.
  • Defence Minister Sajjan says the air force is facing a "capability gap," which he later explains as a shortage of fighter jets to meet its NATO and NORAD commitments.
  • The Liberal government misses a payment to stay in the F-35 program.
  • Postmedia reports the government is looking at scrapping the idea of an open competition in favour of a sole-source purchase of Boeing Super Hornets. The government says no decision has been made.
  • Defence Minister Sajjan announces next round of consultations.

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