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CBC News: Federal government inks deal to buy fleet of F-35 fighter jets  

First of 88 aircraft will not be delivered until 2026 

Canada has signed off on the final contract to buy F-35 jet fighters to replace the air force’s aging CF-18s, Defence Minister Anita Anand said Monday. 

The final agreement for 88 warplanes — involving the Canadian and U.S. governments and the jet’s manufacturer — won’t see its first delivery until 2026 and the first F-35 squadrons will not be operational until 2029, senior defence officials said during a technical briefing before the minister’s announcement.  

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WNU Editor: Before he was elected Prime Minister, Trudeau said that he would kill the F-35 deal that the previous Conservative government was negotiating. When he became PM he put together a panel to determine what fighter jet to purchase. Now …. seven years later …. we learn that the previous government’s decision to buy the F-35 was the right one. 

Canada Strikes Deal To Buy 88 F-35s  

Canada finalizes agreement to buy 88 US F-35 fighter jets — AP

Canada strikes C$19 bln deal for Lockheed’s F-35 fighter jets — Reuters 

Canada strikes deal to buy F-35s from Lockheed, as CF-18s retire — Defense News

Canada officially inks F-35 deal: 88 fighters, $19B CAD — Breaking Defense

Canada inks multibillion-dollar deal for F-35 fighter jets. Here’s how much it will cost — Global News

Government delay in purchasing F-35 ‘severely’ impacted RCAF: MacKay — CTV News