Boeing Still in Running to Build Canadian Fighter Jets Despite Trade Dispute

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CBJ — Boeing has been approved to participate in an upcoming competition to replace Canada’s CF-18s, though the U.S. aerospace giant says it still hasn’t decided whether it will actually bid.

Public Services and Procurement Canada says Boeing, which makes the Super Hornet jet, is one of five companies approved as potential bidders in the multibillion-dollar competition to deliver 88 new aircraft.

Boeing had remained on the fence when asked whether it would throw its hat in the ring, saying it was waiting to see how the government would run the competition, which will formally kick off next year.

The firms eligible to take part are:Lockheed-Martin, which makes the F-35 stealth fighter;Boeing, which makes the F-18 Super Hornet; Airbus, which makes the Eurofighter; Saab AB, which makes the Gripen; and Dassault Aviation, which makes the Rafale.