Canadian firms could get civil air work from fighter purchase: Boeing

Thu Jun 23, 2016 5:19pm EDT
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By Leah Schnurr

OTTAWA (Reuters) - Planemaker Boeing Co (BA.N: Quote) could include civil aviation work opportunities for Canadian firms if the country were to purchase F/A-18E/F Super Hornets to replace its aging fighter jets, company executives said on Thursday.

The new Liberal government promised during last year's election that it would launch an open competition to replace Canada's CF-18 fighter aircraft and pledged not to buy Lockheed Martin Corp's (LMT.N: Quote) F-35 jets as the previous Conservative government had planned to do.

But the Liberals, who came into power last November, have yet to release details on a competition.

Boeing executives said the company is making the case for both the capabilities and the economic benefits it can offer Canada with its Super Hornets.

"What we bring to the table is an aerospace company that includes both commercial and defense opportunities," said Roger Schallom, senior manager of Boeing's International Strategic Partnerships for the Americas.

"We don't just look at defense. We bring Boeing commercial and Boeing defense opportunities to Canadian industry," he added, though he did not give specifics on what type of work that would include.

Other work Boeing is looking at under a potential program includes in-service support and assistance with exporting, said Schallom.

"All of these (elements) are, I believe, attractive to the government of Canada," said Schallom.   Continued...

The logo of Boeing (BA) is seen in Los Angeles, California, United States, April 22, 2016. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson/File Photo