Canada reportedly takes more lenient approach to fighter offsets

13 May 2019

The Canadian government is reportedly considering a more lenient approach to the in-country industrial requirements of its new fighter procurement in an effort to keep the Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) in the running for its fighter replacement competition.

According to Canadian sources quoted by Reuters, the government’s original requirements were too demanding for the Lockheed Martin F-35, and changes have been made in an effort to keep the aircraft in contention for the competition.

Canada’s procurement to replace the Boeing CF-188 Hornet fleet has been ongoing for some time, although the country has maintained its position as a partner within the F-35 development programme.

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