Feds will launch formal competition early next year to replace aging CF-18s.
Fewer problems anticipated as the overall procurement system has been revamped with a variety of checks and balances.
Wants to see the details before deciding whether to join the competition.
Defence officials don’t expect the first new plane to be delivered for another eight years, around 2026.
Trudeau government’s plan to buy new Super Hornets from Boeing is dead.
Current number of CF-18s available now insufficient; Canada will have to increase the number of new planes.
Trudeau Liberals reported to have decided on Boeing F/A-18 Super Hornet instead.
Numbers could be off between $12 billion and $81 billion, depending on factors.
Aerospace giant and Lockheed rival wants to sell Canada its updated Super Hornet.
French aircraft manufacturer offers lower long-term support costs, and the aircraft is production.