After evaluating the different fighter jets in the market for several years to replace its McDonnell Douglas F/A-18, a model that has 90 units in service.
After analyzing the request for proposals sent on July 23 by the Canadian government, Airbus Defense & Space and the United Kingdom Ministry of Defense have decided not to respond to it due to some of the requirements included and that have been considered impossible of assuming.
As explained by Airbus, the security requirements demanded by NORAD for platforms (aircraft) whose production and maintenance chains are outside the United States or Canada are too important costs for any supplier; and the new considerations that should be given to the Canadian industry “do not sufficiently value the binding commitments that the Typhoon Canada package was willing to make, and that were one of its main focus points.”
In July 2010, Canada announced the replacement of the CF-188 (local name of the F/A-18) with 65 Lockheed Martin F-35A. The country is a risk partner of the program.
However, two years later it was announced that the purchase was not carried forward due to the costs; and that a new selection process would be opened, to which the F-35 could be presented.
In 2017, the government formed in 2015, which had announced before they did not want the F-35, decided to buy 25 F/A-18 from Australia (seven of them as a source of spare parts) while deciding to buy the new plane of combat, of which 88 units would be purchased.
Following the withdrawal of the Euro Fighter remain as possible options the F.35, the Boeing F/A18E/F and the Saab Gripen E.