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A ring of water vapour is created around pilot Lt. Justin Halligan (L) and Lt. Michael Witt (R) as they fly their F/A-18F Super Hornet airplane within 200mph of breaking the sound barrier while performing at New York Air Show at Jones Beach in Wantagh, New York, May 23, 2009. (CHRISTOPHER PASATIERI/REUTERS)
A ring of water vapour is created around pilot Lt. Justin Halligan (L) and Lt. Michael Witt (R) as they fly their F/A-18F Super Hornet airplane within 200mph of breaking the sound barrier while performing at New York Air Show at Jones Beach in Wantagh, New York, May 23, 2009. (CHRISTOPHER PASATIERI/REUTERS)

Boeing CEO optimistic about providing ‘Super Hornet’ fighters to Canadian military Add to ...

The head of Boeing says he’s confident the F-18 Super Hornet could fill Canada’s needs as the government reassesses its purchase of F-35 stealth fighters.

The Canadian government stepped back late last year from acquiring the stealth fighters built by Lockheed-Martin and started an evaluation of potential rivals.

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Boeing CEO James McNerney told reporters in Calgary that the F-18 has been modified to include fifth-generation capabilities.

He also said Boeing has the advantage of having a mature system as opposed to one that is still in development.

Boeing has done business with the Canadian Forces before — the company delivered 15 Chinook helicopters earlier this year.

The results of the federal government’s assessment of other fighter jets are not expected until at least this fall.

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