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Canada has finalized a $19-billion deal to purchase 88 F-35 fighter jets to replace its aging fleet of CF-18s, ending more than a decade of deliberations.

The first F-35s will be delivered in 2026, and the CF-18s are to be phased out entirely by the end of 2032, Defence Minister Anita Anand told a news conference Monday.

The new aircraft are part of a deal with the U.S. government, aerospace company Lockheed Martin Corp. and aircraft engine manufacturer Pratt & Whitney.

“The F-35 is a modern, reliable and agile fighter aircraft used by our closest allies in missions across the globe. It is the most advanced fighter on the market and it is the right aircraft for our country,” Ms. Anand said.

“The F-35 provides pilots with enhanced intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance capabilities, greatly improving their situational awareness and survivability in today’s high-threat operational environment.”

The fighter jet has a maximum speed of Mach 1.6, or 1,975 kilometres an hour, and a range of 2,200 kilometres. It also has a service ceiling of 18,300 metres.

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