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Boeing and Bombardier Vie for Canada's Multi-Mission Aircraft Contract

EditorNikhilesh Pawar
Published 28-11-2023, 12:26 am
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As Canada seeks to replace its aging CP-140 Aurora fleet, the aerospace industry is abuzz with speculation over whether Boeing (NYSE:BA) or Bombardier (OTC:BDRBF) will secure the lucrative contract. The debate hinges on the merits of Boeing's P-8A Poseidon, which Ottawa acknowledges fulfills all requirements for the Canadian Multi-Mission Aircraft initiative, and Bombardier's proposed technology-forward aircraft, developed in partnership with General Dynamics (NYSE:GD).

The CEO of Heroux-Devtek, a company within Boeing's established Canadian supply chain that includes 81 suppliers, has praised Poseidon for its operational readiness. Meanwhile, Bombardier has been actively lobbying for open competition, emphasizing the economic benefits of its aircraft, as outlined in a PwC report it commissioned. The report suggests that Bombardier's contract could boost Canada's GDP by $2.8 billion and create over 22,650 jobs.

Boeing counters with a study forecasting nearly $10 billion in economic activity stemming from its contract. Despite Boeing’s recent production challenges, industry experts and companies like KF Aerospace support Poseidon for its proven performance in allied operations. StandardAero is optimistic about the potential maintenance of Poseidon engines, indicating a vote of confidence in Boeing’s capability to overcome past issues.

Political leaders, including Ontario's Doug Ford (NYSE:F) and Quebec's Francois Legault, have called for fairness in the bidding process. An analysis from McGill University highlights the urgency of the situation, pointing to the CP-140's looming 2030 retirement deadline and the anticipated maintenance challenges.

As the competition intensifies, both aerospace giants are showcasing their strengths to win over Canadian decision-makers. The outcome of this bidding war will not only shape Canada's military capabilities but also have significant economic implications for the country's aerospace industry.

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