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    Canada to purchase F-35 jets

    The Government of Canada has announced that, following the completion of the Future Fighter Capability Project competition, it will be procuring Lockheed Martin’s 5th Generation F-35 Lightning II aircraft for the Royal Canadian Air Force.

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    This procurement includes 88 F-35A multirole stealth fighters, a sustainment solution tailored to meet Canada’s sovereign requirements, and a comprehensive training programme.

    “Canada is our friend and a close ally. Their decision to procure almost 90 jets underscores the value of the incredible F-35 Lightning II,” said U.S. Air Force Lt. Gen. Mike Schmidt, program executive officer, F-35 Joint Program Office.

    “The F-35 is the best in the world, providing unmatched interoperability to America, Canada and the additional 15 nations that have selected the fighter. It is a global game-changer. Through power-projection, the F-35 is at the tip of the spear for deterrence. Its forward presence will continue to ensure that potential adversaries choose diplomacy over armed conflict.”

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    “We are honored the Government of Canada has selected the F-35, and we look forward to continuing our partnership with the Royal Canadian Air Force and the Canadian defence industry to deliver and sustain the aircraft,” said Bridget Lauderdale, Lockheed Martin’s vice president and general manager of the F-35 programme.

    “The selection of F-35 strengthens allied airpower in Canada, North America and around the world.”

    To date, the F-35 operates from 27 bases worldwide, with nine nations operating F-35s on their home soil. There are more than 890 F-35s in service today, with more than 1,870 pilots and 13,500 maintainers trained on the aircraft.

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