Canada to Scrap Plan to Buy Boeing Jets, Turns to Australian Military Instead

Canada will reportedly replace the planned order of 18 new Boeing jets with the purchase of up to 30 second-hand fighters from the Australian military. Government and industry sources said the Australia deal will be announced as early as next week, with the Royal Canadian Air Force needing 28 to 30 used F/A-18 fighter jets to meet its international commitments. Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan has said Canada cannot meet all of its obligations to the North American Aerospace Defence Command (NORAD) and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) with its current fleet of CF-18s, arguing new fighter jets are needed before the entire fleet is replaced in the next decade.

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