Boeing CEO optimistic about providing fighters to Canadian military

CALGARY – 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.

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.