(Volume 26 Issue 5)
Tracey Shelton, Boeing Canada Communications
In a show of commitment to the Future Fighter Capability Project (FFCP), Boeing is proud to offer the Super Hornet Block III to Canada and support the government’s capability and industrial requirements by continuing to invest in the Canadian economy. Boeing has consistently supported the Canadian aerospace industry by contributing more than $4 billion (all figures in Canadian dollars), of economic benefit to Canada each year working in partnership with a strong team of Canadian suppliers.
“Boeing guarantees it will fulfill 100 per cent of the ITB requirements, working with Canadian companies of all sizes and specialties, in all locations across our defense and commercial businesses,” said Maria Laine, vice president of International Strategic Partnerships. “We recently completed our Industrial and Regional Benefit (IRB) obligation for Canada’s initial purchase of four C-17 Globemaster III aircraft, which was just over $1 billion. Not only did we meet our obligation, we exceeded it – completing it nearly one year early.»
“This is all backed by Boeing’s 100-year long partnership with Canada and an unmatched track record of meeting and exceeding industrial partnership commitments,” Laine added.
Boeing’s partnership with its Super Hornet Block III Industry Team (General Electric, Northrop Grumman and Raytheon) enhances its overall proposal to exceed ITB requirements. To date, Boeing has successfully completed $9 billion in IRB commitments and generated more than $3.9 billion of additional benefits under the company’s active IRB and ITB programs. There will also be opportunities for innovation and technology collaboration and export assistance for Canadian industry.
Boeing suppliers in Canada support commercial and defence platforms including the 737, 747, 777, 787, AH-64 Apache helicopter, Chinook helicopter, Super Hornet Block III, C-17 Globemaster III, commercial satellites and more. Working closely with customers and industry partners like Canada’s Innovation, Science and Economic Development organization, Boeing can meet its obligations and focus on areas of collaboration that provide mutually beneficial opportunities across the Boeing enterprise.
The Super Hornet Block III is the world’s most proven and affordable multi-role fighter. The Super Hornet Block III offers Canada world-class, multi-mission capabilities and is uniquely suited for challenging operating environments. It offers predictable and affordable acquisition and life-cycle cost, which is critically important for a platform that will be in service for at least 30 years, and is designed to stay ahead of future threats for decades to come.
The Super Hornet Block III, while fully meeting Canadian military requirements, is the minimum risk and maximum return on investment solution for Canada. Boeing will be delivering Super Hornets to the U.S. Navy through at least 2033, while the development of next-generation Block III capabilities remains on schedule to deliver by the end of 2020. International interest remains high and includes Finland, Switzerland, India and Germany, who recently down selected the Super Hornet over the competition.