Government of Canada receives proposals to replace CF-188 Hornet fleet

The Government of Canada is committed to providing members of the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) with the aircraft they need to do their jobs, while ensuring the best possible value for Canadians.

The federal government said the initial evaluation of proposals will be completed by spring 2021. Mike Reyno Photo

July 31 marked a significant milestone in the process to replace Canada’s fleet of CF-188 Hornets. In response to the formal Request for Proposals released last summer, the following eligible suppliers have submitted proposals:

  • Saab Gripen E — Swedish Government — Saab AB — Aeronautics with Diehl Defence GmbH & Co. KG, MBDA UK Ltd., and RAFAEL Advanced Defence Systems Ltd.
  • F-35A Lightning II — United States Government — Lockheed Martin Corporation (Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company) with Pratt & Whitney.
  • Boeing F/A-18E/F Super Hornet — United States Government — The Boeing Company with Peraton Canada Corp., CAE Inc., L3 Technologies MAS Inc., GE Canada and Raytheon Canada Limited Services and Support Division.

The proposals will be rigorously evaluated on elements of capability (60 per cent), cost (20 per cent) and economic benefits (20 per cent).

During the evaluation, a phased bid compliance process will be used to ensure that bidders have an opportunity to address non-compliance related to mandatory criteria in their proposals.

The initial evaluation of proposals is anticipated to be completed by spring 2021, at which point Canada may choose to enter into dialogue with two or more compliant bidders and request revised proposals.

Canada will finalize terms with the preferred bidder prior to the contract award, which is anticipated in 2022. Delivery of the first aircraft is expected as early as 2025.


“I am extremely proud of the hard work and dedication in reaching this important milestone in the fighter fleet procurement process. I am confident that we will deliver on the government’s commitment to provide the Royal Canadian Air Force with the right fighter jet, at the right price, with the right social and economic benefits for Canadians,” said Anita Anand, minister of Public Services and Procurement.

“Through our fully costed and funded defence policy, Strong, Secure, Engaged, our government committed to purchasing a full fleet of 88 aircraft to be able to meet our NORAD and NATO obligations simultaneously. Efficient and modern fighter jets are an integral part of any air force and we continue to work diligently to make sure that we provide the members of the Royal Canadian Air Force the tools they need to protect Canada, both at home and abroad,” said Harjit S. Sajjan, minister of National Defence.

“This project represents a once-in-a-generation opportunity to support the competitiveness and growth of Canada’s aerospace and defence industries. Our government will evaluate each of these proposals based on their plans to invest in Canada’s economy and to support high-value Canadian jobs,” added Navdeep Bains, minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development.

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