Most of the used fighter jets bought by Canada are still not in service, MPs hear


Only three of seven F-18 fighter jets purchased from Australia by the Canadian government have been integrated into the air force so far, and the Department of National Defence says key upgrades to as much as one-third of Canada’s fighter force will take up to five years, according to documents recently tabled in the House of Commons. The slow introduction of the used warplanes — meant to bolster Canada’s existing CF-18s squadrons — and the long timeline for radar refurbishment have the opposition Conservatives questioning the value of the interim fleet. A written government response to questions posed by the Conservatives last October was put before MPs recently. It said that the older fighters will continue to join the Canadian air force “at regular intervals” but did not lay out a precise timeline.

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