Swedish jet maker Ottawa sues for not following F-35 negotiation rules


Swedish fighter maker Saab has accused Ottawa of not following rules in its plan to buy 88 F-35s.

The federal liberal government announced in March that the F-35 had beaten Saab’s Gripen in a multibillion-dollar race to replace Canada’s aging CF-18 fighter jets.

Cabinet ministers at the time said the government would enter final negotiations with the U.S. government and defense maker Lockheed Martin to finalize Canadian costs, delivery schedules and an economic spin-off.

But during a congressional committee meeting this week, Saab Canada president Simon Carroll said details should have been included in Lockheed Martin’s bid, so there should have been no negotiations.

Even when negotiations between Ottawa, Washington and Lockheed Martin broke down, Carroll, who continues to run the company, continued to accuse the government of not following its own guidelines for running the competition.

In a statement, Public Services and Procurement Canada said it was following rules presented to bidders to ensure a good deal for Canada.

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