UPDATE 1-Canada talking to 5 manufacturers about new fighter jets
* Canada initially chose F-35 jets, then backtracked
* Canada says will spend C$9 billion on jets
* Canada talking to Lockheed, Boeing, three European firms
OTTAWA, Jan 25 (Reuters) - Canada is reaching out to five aircraft manufacturers to replace the country's aging fleet of CF-18 jets, renewing an effort that has been drawn-out and troubled.
Canada announced in 2010 it would give a single source contract to Lockheed-Martin Corp for 65 F-35 jets but later reversed course as cost estimates soared.
Ottawa has set aside C$9 billion ($8.9 billion) to buy the new jets.
The public works ministry, confirming earlier leaks from senior government officials, said in a statement on Friday that Ottawa would talk to Lockheed Martin and four other companies:
- Boeing Co, which makes the F-18 Super Hornet
- EADS, which makes the Eurofighter Continued...