Still no word on CF-18 replacement

Canadian Forces CF-18 fighter jets take part in military exercises near Keflavik, Iceland April 5,...

Canadian Forces CF-18 fighter jets take part in military exercises near Keflavik, Iceland April 5, 2013. (REUTERS/Cpl Pierre Habib/Canadian Armed Forces/handout via Reuters)

Giuseppe Valiante, National Bureau

, Last Updated: 8:32 PM ET

OTTAWA - Defence Minister Rob Nicholson continues to refuse to say when the government will announce which fighter jet will replace the aging fleet of CF-18s.

Despite a delay of almost two years, Nicholson on Thursday remained as evasive as ever during a ceremony at CFB Petawawa.

"There has been a process put in place as you know, that has a lot of criteria," he said. "And those criteria have been looked at and they'll continue to be looked at but the government has made no decision as of yet."

The government acknowledged that it received a report analyzing the pros and cons of replacing the CF-18s with one of four types of fighter jets: Lockheed Martin's F-35 stealth fighter jet, Boeing's Super Hornet, the French-made Rafale and the Eurofighter Typhoon.

Public Works Minister Diane Finley told a defence conference in Ottawa in May that cabinet would review its options over the next few weeks, however, recent reports indicated the government has once again delayed its decision.


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