posted on Jan, 24 2018 @ 06:17 PM
In a huge surprise no one could have seen coming (and you can take that as sarcasm or not, it's completely up to you), Boeing was noticeably absent
from the industry day held by the Canadian government for their new fighter purchase. As many as 200 participants from seven countries were there,
representing 108 companies, plus military organizations (the US Navy was present).
Canada plans to buy up to 88 fighters, with the RFP expected in the spring of 2019, and final selection in 2021-2022 (so the current government can
say thru didn't go back on their word). Boeing is currently locked in a trade dispute with Bombardier over the CSeries sale to Delta Airlines. The
dispute resulted in Canada canceling the planned purchase of interim Super Hornets from Boeing, and making the announcement that companies that hurt
Canadian industry will be penalized in the upcoming fighter competition. Boeing has yet to announce if they'll make an offer.