Work Progresses on Harper Government's Evaluation of Options to Replace Canada's CF-18s

Work Progresses on Harper Government's Evaluation of Options to Replace 
Canada's CF-18s 
Industry engaged to advance evaluation of options to replace Canada's
CF-18 fleet 
GATINEAU, QUEBEC -- (Marketwire) -- 03/03/13 -- The National Fighter
Procurement Secretariat today released the questionnaire to industry
in order to obtain detailed information on the technical capability
of available fighter aircraft. The information gathered through the
questionnaire will support a rigorous examination of available
fighter aircraft options on the market and how they could accomplish
the missions outlined in the Canada First Defence Strategy.  
This questionnaire has benefitted from the oversight and guidance of
the Independent Review Panel, which is ensuring that all of the work
supporting the evaluation of options is both rigorous and impartial,
and that the results to be made public are comprehensive and
understandable. The evaluation of options work will be completed as
expeditiously as possible and will culminate in a final report that
captures the full analysis of the capabilities, costs and risks of
each option.   
Engaging with industry is consistent with the Secretariat's
commitment to transparency and openness, and integral to a
comprehensive market analysis-a key part of the evaluation of
options. Five identified companies with aircraft in production-The
Boeing Company, Dassault Aviation, EADS Eurofighter, Lockheed Martin
and Saab Group-were previously sent a draft of the questionnaire on
January 25, 2013, for comment. The National Fighter Procurement
Secretariat received input from all five companies and their feedback
is reflected in the final questionnaire, which the companies are
being asked to complete within six weeks. A second questionnaire to
obtain information on costs will be sent in draft form to the five
companies for comment at a later date.  
The evaluation of options to replace Canada's CF-18 fleet is part of
the Harper Government's Seven-Point Plan launched in response to
Chapter 2, Replacing Canada's Fighter Jets, of the Auditor General of
Canada's 2012 Spring Report. The Plan was put in place to assist the
Government in making the best possible decision on replacing Canada's
fleet of CF-18 fighter aircraft. The Harper Government is committed
to examining
 all options and has made significant progress. Until the
Seven-Point Plan is complete, the Government will not make a decision
on the replacement for the CF-18 fighter jets and all options remain
on the table.  
For additional information, visit the National Fighter Procurement
Secretariat website at:
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