State Department approves sale of 18 Super Hornet jets to Canada

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The United States will sell Canada $5.2 billion worth of Super Hornet jet fighters and their associated equipment, the State Department says.

The department authorized the sale on Tuesday after the Canadian government placed the order a year ago to be able to replace its aging fleet of F-18S.

“This proposed sale will contribute to the foreign policy and national security objectives of the United States by helping to improve the security of a NATO ally which has been, and continues to be, a key democratic partner,” the State Department said in a statement

As part of the deal, Canada will buy ten F/A-18E Super Hornet aircraft with F414-GE-400 engines, and eight F/A-18F Super Hornet aircraft with F414-GE-400 engines.

In addition, the country will also purchase various weapons systems, spare parts, flight gear, and material support.

“The acquisition of the F/A-18E/F Super Hornet aircraft, associated weapons and capability will allow for…

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