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Trudeau Snubs Boeing, Unveils Plan to Buy Used Australian Jets

  • Canada officially scraps purchase of 18 new Super Hornets
  • Country will launch bidding for full fleet replacement in 2019
F/A-18F Super Hornet fighter jets, manufactured by Boeing Co.

F/A-18F Super Hornet fighter jets, manufactured by Boeing Co.

Photographer: Carla Gottgens/Bloomberg
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The Trudeau government is escalating a trade fight with Boeing Co., ditching plans to buy 18 Super Hornets while launching a search for new fighter jets under parameters that could hamper future bids from the U.S. plane maker.

Canada said Tuesday it would instead pursue plans to buy 18 used Australian F-18 fighter jets to supplement its aging fleet, and launched the process to buy 88 new jets as a long-term replacement. Officials didn’t specify a purchase price or maintenance cost for the Australian jets. The purchase needs approval from the U.S. government.