Canada’s Defence Minister Bill Blair explained that the urgent need to address global security threats led to the government’s decision to buy new surveillance planes from Boeing. The deal is worth over $10 billion and includes the purchase of up to 16 Boeing P-8A Poseidon planes to replace the aging CP-140 Aurora fleet.
Blair emphasized the importance of addressing the needs of the Armed Forces and highlighted the growing danger in the world. The government received criticism for not holding an open competition for the contract, with Bombardier pushing to pitch a plan. However, Blair defended the decision, stating that the P-8A Poseidon is the only aircraft currently meeting operational requirements and is used by Canada’s allies.
The first of the Boeing P-8A planes is expected to be delivered in 2026, with all aircraft to be delivered by 2027. The government is replacing the CP-140 Aurora fleet, which is set to retire in 2030 after nearly 50 years in service. With a focus on national security, the new planes will provide enhanced surveillance capabilities and economic benefits to Canada.
Boeing has agreed to invest $5.4 billion in the Canadian economy, which is expected to create thousands of jobs and boost the aerospace industry, as well as benefit hundreds of Canadian companies as suppliers. Industry Minister François-Philippe Champagne emphasized the positive economic impact of the deal on Canada.
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