Replacement of CF-18s: Ottawa launches call for tenders

The federal government is officially asking four companies to bid for 88 “advanced fighters” for the Royal Air Force to replace the aging CF-18 fighter aircraft that have been in service for more than 35 years.
At almost years of paralysis and resumption of the process to replace the CF-18, based in Bagotville, for example, the Liberal government has been working for nearly three years on the details of the acquisition of new fighters for the Air Force .

According to the Department of Public Services and Procurement, Saab, Airbus, Lockheed Martin and Boeing have until this fall to demonstrate that they can meet Canada’s safety and “interoperability” requirements with Canada. the armed forces of the allied countries.

Following the Government’s comments, bidders will be able to modify and resubmit their offer in the spring of 2020 as part of an “Initial Proposal”.

In announcing the call for tenders on Tuesday, the government noted that “all suppliers will be required to submit a benefit plan (in Canada) that reflects the value of the proposed contract”.

Proposals will be evaluated based on technical merit requirements (60 percent), costs (20 percent) and economic benefits for Canada (20 percent).

The company that wins the contract will be chosen “early in 2022” and the first aircraft should be delivered “from 2025,” says the release of the Ministry.

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