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United States approves potential sale of P-8A Aircraft to Canada in $5.9 Billion deal


The United States State Department has granted approval for a possible Foreign Military Sale of P-8A Aircraft and related equipment to the Government of Canada. The estimated cost of the deal is $5.9 billion. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) has officially notified Congress of this potential sale.

The Government of Canada has expressed interest in acquiring up to sixteen (16) P-8A Patrol Aircraft as part of this agreement. The approval of this sale aligns with the foreign policy and national security objectives of the United States. The support will enhance Canada’s military capability as a NATO ally and an important contributor to global peacekeeping, humanitarian operations, and military missions. It will also bolster Canadian maritime forces’ interoperability withthe United States and allied forces, while significantly improving network-centric warfare capabilities for U.S. forces operating alongside Canada.

The proposed sale of equipment and support is not expected to impact the basic military balance in the region. The prime contractor for the P-8A Aircraft and related components will be The Boeing Company, based in Seattle, WA. Numerous other companies contracted with the U.S. Navy will provide additional components, systems, and engineering services as part of the agreement. While the purchaser typically requests offsets, any specific offset agreement will be determined in future negotiations between the purchaser and the contractor(s).

The implementation of this potential sale will require multiple visits by U.S. Government representatives and intermittent assignment of contractor representatives to Canada. Their presence will support the delivery, integration, supply management, inventory control, and equipment familiarization processes.

It is important to note that the proposed sale will not adversely impact U.S. defense readiness.

This notice of the potential sale is a legal requirement. The provided description and dollar value reflect the highest estimated quantity and value based on initial requirements. The final dollar value will likely be lower, depending on the final requirements, budget authority, and the signing of sales agreement(s) in the future. will continue to monitor the developments regarding the potential sale of P-8A Aircraft to Canada. We will provide updates on the progress of the negotiations and any subsequent agreements reached.

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