Public Services and Procurement Canada has just issued a press release regarding the replacement of the CF-188s. The text confirms that there are only two competitors left: the Lockheed Martin F-35 and the SAAB Gripen E. The press release makes no reference to Boeing’s offer and its rejection. Canada has an obligation to notify the US government and Boeing of the rejection of the Super Hornet and the justifications. I imagine that is what he did during the day before issuing the press release.
Going forward, the press release states:
“Over the coming weeks, Canada will finalize next steps for the process, which, based on further analysis of the 2 remaining bids, could involve proceeding to final negotiations with the top-ranked bidder or entering into a competitive dialogue, whereby the 2 remaining bidders would be provided with an opportunity to improve their proposals.”
If there was no irregularity in the process, the winner could be known before the end of winter 2022. But for some reason I don’t know, I find it hard to believe.>>> Follow us on Facebook and Twitter