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Pointing to five new agreements tied to the Future Fighter Capability Project (FFCP), Boeing stated on 27 October that the global aerospace company and its Canadian aerospace partners are preparing to deliver C$61 billion (€39 billion) and nearly 250,000 jobs to the Canadian economy.

Canada is one of Boeing’s most enduring partners and has continuously demonstrated that they have a robust and capable industry supporting both our commercial and defence businesses,” commented Charles Sullivan, Boeing Canada Managing Director. “The large scale and scope of these Canadian projects reinforces Boeing’s commitment to Canada and gives us an opportunity to build on our motto of promises made, promises kept.”

According to new data and projections from Ottawa-based Doyletech, the total economic benefits to Canada for the acquisition of the F/A-18 Block III SUPER HORNET will last for at least 40 years and benefit all regions, thanks to billions of dollars in economic growth. A SUPER HORNET selection for FFCP is also expected to deliver hundreds of thousands of high-paying jobs critical to the country’s economic recovery.

At a time when Canada is working toward recovery efforts coming out of the pandemic, a SUPER HORNET selection would provide exactly the boost that we need,” declared Rick Clayton, an economist at Doyletech. “Boeing and its SUPER HORNET industry partners have a long track record of delivering economic growth to Canada, which gave us the confidence that our data and detailed projections are extremely accurate.”

The announcement includes partnerships with five of Canada’s largest aerospace companies, outlining how they would benefit from a Block III SUPER HORNET selection for FFCP:

CAE: Boeing and CAE’s MoU outlines implementation of a comprehensive training solution for the Block III aircraft, based in Canada and under full control of the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF). This includes full mission simulators and part task training devices for pilot and maintenance technician training, courseware, and contractor logistics support, training support services, and facilities services to support RCAF training;

L3Harris Technologies: The MoU includes a wide range of sustainment services, including depot and base maintenance, engineering and publications support for the RCAF fleet; potential for other SUPER HORNET depot work; and maintenance scope for Canada’s CH-147 CHINOOK fleet;

Peraton Canada: Boeing and Peraton currently work closely together on CF-18 upgrades. This work will expand to include a full range of SUPER HORNET avionic repair and overhaul work in Canada;

Raytheon Canada: The MoU outlines implementation of large-scale supply chain and warehousing services at Cold Lake and Bagotville to support the new SUPER HORNET fleet, as well as potential depot avionics radar support;

GE Canada Aviation: In cooperation with its parent organisation, GE Canada will continue to provide both onsite maintenance, repair and overhaul support services for F414 engines, as well as technical services and engineering within Canada in support of RCAF operations and aircraft engine sustainment.

Boeing and its partners have delivered on billions of dollars in industrial and technological benefits obligations dating back over 25 years, from the sale of the F/A-18s to acquisition of and sustainment work on the C-17 GLOBEMASTER and CH-47F CHINOOK fleets. In 2019, Boeing’s direct spending reached C$2.3 billion, a 15% increase in four years. When the indirect and induced effects are calculated, this amount more than doubles to C$5.3 billion, with 20,700 jobs, according to Doyletech.

Boeing’s long-standing partnership with Canada dates back to 1919. Today, Canada is among Boeing’s largest international supply bases, with more than 500 major suppliers spanning every region of the country. With nearly 1,500 employees, Boeing Canada supplies composite parts for all current Boeing commercial models and supports Canadian airlines and the Canadian Armed Forces with products and services.

The potential value and utility of the industrial benefits accruing from a possible selection of Boeing’s F/A-18E/F for Canada’s FFCP will be a powerful weighting factor in the acquisition assessment process. (Photo: USN)

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