Wednesday, September 13, 2017

US clears F/A-18 sale to Canada

United States has cleared a 5.23 billion dollar deal to supply Boeing F/A-18E/F Super Hornet fighter jets to Canada.

The deal for 18 Super Hornets include 10 single seat E versions and 8 twin seat F fighter/trainer versions, along with support, spares and weapons.

The order is an stopgap measure until a permanent replacement to the present Canadian F/A-18 (locally called CF-18) hornet fighter fleet acquired in the 1980s, following cancellation of acquisition of the Lockheed Martin F-35 stealth fighter by the present Trudeau government.

The aircraft will be equipped with AN/APG-79 Active Electronically Scanned Array (AESA) radars, M61A2 20MM gun systems, AN/ALR-67(V)3 Electronic Warfare Countermeasures Receiving Sets, AN/AAQ-33 Sniper Advanced Targeting Pods, Multifunctional Information Distribution Systems–Joint Tactical Radio System (MIDS-JTRS), Joint Helmet Mounted Cueing Systems (JHMCS), AN/ALQ-214 Integrated Countermeasures Systems, LAU-127E/A and or F/A Guided Missile Launchers, AN/AYK-29 Distributed Targeting System (DTS) and AN/AYK-29 Distributed Targeting Processor (DTP).

Weapons include AIM-9X-2 Sidewinder Block II Tactical Missiles, AIM-9X-2 Sidewinder Block II Captive Air Training Missiles (CATM), AIM-9X-2 Sidewinder Block II Special Air Training Missiles (NATM), AIM-9X-2 Sidewinder Block II Tactical Guidance Units and AIM-9X-2 Sidewinder Block II CATM Guidance Units.

The principal contractors will be:  Boeing Company, St. Louis, MO; Northrop Grumman, Los Angeles, CA; Raytheon, El Segundo, CA; General Electric, Lynn, MA; and Raytheon Missile Systems Company, Tucson, AZ.  Canada will also negotiate offset agreements with key U.S. contractors.