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UPDATED: Lockheed Martin clinches Canadian fighter replacement win

9th January 2023 - 20:30 GMT | by Elisabeth Gosselin-Malo in Milan

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An F-35 Demo Team pilot performs aerial manoeuvres during the Aero Gatineau-Ottawa Airshow in Quebec in September 2019. (Photo: US DoD)

Yet another new customer is confirmed for the F-35A, as Canada finalises acquisition of the aircraft as a replacement for the CF-18 Hornet.

After more than a decade-long hunt, Lockheed Martin has confirmed to Shephard that Canada has finalised its contract to acquire the F-35A fighter aircraft. This decision comes five years after the country first launched its competition to replace its ageing CF-18 Hornet fleet. Competing against the F-35 was Sweden’s Saab with the Gripen fighter.

Canada is acquiring 88 new aircraft, as part of a deal worth C$19 billion (US$15.14 billion) for the procurement and this includes sustainment set-up and services for the systems, associated equipment and the construction of modern fighter squadron facilities at Bagotville, Quebec and

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Elisabeth Gosselin-Malo

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Elisabeth Gosselin-Malo is a freelance security and defense reporter based in Milan, Italy. She covers …

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