|One of the longest defence procurements in Canadian history will inch closer to conclusion Thursday when the federal government announces a replacement for the military’s ancient search-and-rescue planes. The decision comes 14 years after plans to replace the air force’s Buffalo and Hercules aircraft, the oldest of which have been flying since the 1960s.|
What followed was a series of missteps and controversies eerily similar of the efforts to replace Canada’s aging CF-18 fighter jet.
|Aerospace giant Airbus has won with its C-295 design. The government originally budgeted $3 billion for 17 aircraft plus a 20-year maintenance contract.|