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Canada Canada Should Buy Australia's Old Fighter Jets, Retired Generals Say

07:00  07 september  2017
07:00  07 september  2017 Source:   huffingtonpost.ca

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OTTAWA — Three retired air force generals say buying used fighter jets from Australia is a much better plan for Canada than purchasing new Super Hornets from Boeing.

Canada ' s plan to shop for used Australian fighter jets rather than buy new Boeing Super Hornets may backfire, according to defence experts, because the U. S . government will ultimately have a say on whether a deal proceeds. Even though the FA-18 Hornets are nearly three decades old

Gen. Tom Lawson on the defensive© CBC Gen. Tom Lawson on the defensive

OTTAWA — Three retired air force generals say buying used fighter jets from Australia is a much better plan for Canada than purchasing new Super Hornets from Boeing.

Tom Lawson, Andre Deschamps and Kenneth Pennie say Australia's old F-18s will need modifications to operate alongside Canada's CF-18s, but that would cost a lot less than brand-new Super Hornets.

Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan's office says Canadian officials recently visited Australia to look at that country's used F-18s, which are being sold and replaced by F-35 stealth fighters.

Revelations of the visit come as the war between the federal government and Super Hornet maker Boeing Co. — over the latter's trade dispute with Montreal-based Bombardier — has reached new levels.

Boeing says it won't drop its complaint to the U.S. Commerce Department that Bombardier sold passenger jets to U.S. airline Delta at an unfairly low price with help from government subsidies.

During a frank phone call Tuesday with the governor of Missouri, where the Super Hornets are built, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in turn accused Boeing of receiving billions in subsidies.

Super Hornets could cost US$5.23B: State Dept .
Super Hornets could cost US$5.23B: State DeptThe price tag includes weapons, spare parts, training, software and other costs associated with putting the jets into service, but not upgrades to hangars or long-term support and maintenance.

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