Sealed & Delivered: Canada RFP Response Submitted
On July 31, the United States Government submitted its request for proposal response to the Canadian government for the Future Fighter Capability Project. In 2018, Canada officially began their competitive process to replace the Royal Canadian Air Force fleet of CF-18 aircraft. The Canadian government plans to procure 88 jets to replace its CF-18 fleet. We anticipate the Canadian government will make their fighter selection in this competitive process in early 2021.
Canada has been a partner since the inception of the Joint Strike Fighter competition in 1997. In 2006, Canada joined, the United States, United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Denmark, Australia, Turkey, Italy and Norway in a memorandum of understanding for the “Production, Sustainment and Follow-On Development” of the F-35.
The strength of the F-35 Program stems from our partners. More than 100 Canadian companies have supported the development and production of the F-35, which has helped nearly 10,000 Canadian jobs. If selected, the F-35 Program will support approximately 150,000 jobs through the life of the program.
“I am proud of the F-35’s partnership with Canada. Over the last few decades, Canada has been an integral role in the F-35’s development. The F-35 will provide exceptional capabilities and strength to the Royal Canadian Air Force. Today, it is an honor for the men and women of Lockheed Martin to submit our proposal to the Canadian government. I look forward to their decision,” said Greg Ulmer, Vice President and General Manager of the F-35 Lightning II.
The F-35 will transform the Royal Canadian Air Force fleet and provide the capabilities necessary to safeguard Canadian skies. The unique mix of stealth and sensor technology will enable the Royal Canadian Air Force to modernize its contribution to NORAD operations, ensure arctic sovereignty and meet increasingly sophisticated global threats.