New Fast Jets for Canada

As per the previously announced schedule, the formal requests for proposals for new fighter jets went out today.
www.cbc.ca/news/politics/ottawa-cf-18-replacement-jets-rfp-1.5221610?cmp=rss
There are four companies currently in the running, Saab (Gripen NG), Airbus (Typhoon), Boeing (Super Hornet), and Lockheed Martin (F35A).

Proposals are due in next spring. A decision is scheduled two years later, and delivery is to start in 2025. I should note that everything that I've seen has said that the delivery date is notional and it is possible that delivery may start sooner (later would be considered unacceptable).

Most of the story is just a recap of previous reports and probably not worth reading.

Airbus, LM, and Boeing issued statements which I will quote below. It's all just the usual PR waffle though. There's nothing announced by Saab yet.
Lockheed Martin said Tuesday it looks forward to participating in the competition, calling the F-35 the "the most capable, best-value fighter, with significant, long-term industrial opportunities."

"As the competitive process continues, we are excited to share more about the F-35's ability to strengthen defence, enhance ally partnerships and drive economic growth in Canada," a spokesperson for the company said.
Simon Jacques, the president of Airbus Defence & Space Canada, said his company was carefully reviewing the request for proposals.

The Airbus-backed Eurofighter Typhoon is being used already by the Royal Air Force in the United Kingdom and by other NATO allies.

"We are proud of our history as a longstanding partner to Canada, serving the country's aerospace priorities for over three decades. We welcome the new opportunities to support the Canadian Armed Forces, to provide skilled aerospace jobs across our country and to help safeguard Canadian sovereignty," Jacques said.
A spokesperson for Boeing said it believes "the Super Hornet is the best choice for Canada's defence and aerospace industry."
Here's the DND project page. The only new item is a two sentence announcement that the RFP has been released to suppliers.
Future fighter capability project - Canada.ca
July 23, 2019

Canada released the formal Request for Proposal (RFP) to eligible Suppliers. Suppliers will have until early 2020 to submit their proposals.
 
The trade rag Canadian Defence Review has a few tit bits of information that I haven't seen elsewhere. Canada Releases RFP for Future Fighter Competition - Canadian Defence Review | Canadian Defence Review

Each bidder will have up to two goes at submitting an offer covering security and interoperability requirements. If their first attempt is deficient in some way they will be given a chance to resubmit it following feedback with corrections. The security offer is due this autumn. If there is a problem with that they can revise it and resubmit it in the spring. It's not entirely clear what "security" means. Based on previous reports I suspect it means the ability to conduct secure communications with other Canadian forces equipment.
Canada will provide two opportunities for all bidders to demonstrate that they can present a plan to meet Canada's security and interoperability requirements. The security offer is due in fall 2019, and following feedback from Canada, bidders may revise and resubmit that offer as part of the initial proposal in spring 2020.
They also get two tries at other mandatory criteria and can resubmit after getting feedback. This approach has been successfully used by Canada before. I suspect they are referring to the frigate project (which was won by the T26 design).
Bidders will also have an opportunity to address deficiencies in their proposals related to mandatory criteria. Rather than being rejected immediately for not meeting mandatory requirements, bidders will receive feedback from Canada so that they can address non-compliance. This approach has already been used for other large federal procurements and has proven to be successful in maintaining a high level of competition.
Bids will be evaluated according to 60% for technical merit, 20% for cost, and 20% for economic benefits. When it comes to economic benefits, the highest points will only be awarded to suppliers who provide contractual guarantees. This would seem to mean that LM will be marked down on this aspect.
All bidders will be subject to the same evaluation criteria, and proposals will be rigorously assessed on elements of technical merit (60%), cost (20%) and economic benefits (20%). This procurement attributes one of the highest weightings to economic benefits for Canada in its history. All suppliers will be required to provide a plan for economic benefits equal to the value of their proposed contract, with maximum points only being awarded to suppliers who provide contractual guarantees.
 
So, after all the kabuki theatre, will Canada just order F-18 Super Hornets which in reality are nothing to do with their current F/A-18 Hornets and are F-15 class planes in size abd capability.
 

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