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Airbus SE and Boeing Co. may pull out of a bidding process to supply Canada with new fighter jets because they say the contest is unfairly tilted toward Lockheed Martin Corp., two sources with direct knowledge of the situation said on Monday.
The three companies competing with Lockheed Martin’s F-35 jet have already complained about the way the contest is being run, and expressed concern some of the specifications clearly favour the U.S. firm, industry sources have said in recent weeks.
Next week the government is due to release the so-called request for proposals – the final list of requirements – for the 88 new planes it wants to buy. The contract is worth between $15-billion and $19-billion and the planes are due to be delivered between 2025 and the early 2030s.
The two are the same thing. An F-22 is a first strike plane that works great as a defensive asset.
originally posted by: thebozeian
a reply to: Fools
The F-15EX costs roughly the same as an F-35 and is probably only marginally cheaper in CPFH, which is the real money pit when operating fighters. I actually think a buy of Gripen E/F's of between 75-100 would make more sense and give them a lot of advanced capabilities and flexibility that a fleet of larger and more expensive to operate jets wont as easily or within a smaller budget. Gripen N is probably the best compromise currently on the market between 4th and 5th Gen aircraft that can be afforded and operated. They are also well set up for cold weather operations.