F-35 competitors dust off sales pitch

Canada's Public Works Minister Rona Ambrose (R) listens to Defence Minister Peter MacKay speak...

Canada's Public Works Minister Rona Ambrose (R) listens to Defence Minister Peter MacKay speak during a news conference on Parliament Hill in Ottawa December 12, 2012. REUTERS/Chris Wattie

Jessica Murphy, Parliamentary Bureau

, Last Updated: 6:08 PM ET

OTTAWA - With billions of dollars at stake, the race is on in the aerospace industry to convince the feds there's more than one option to replace Canada's aging fleet of CF-18s.

Aerospace giant Boeing said Thursday it welcomed the news Ottawa had hit the reset button on the F-35 fighter jet procurement and would conduct a "full options analysis" into other planes on the market.

"We're certainly looking forward to receiving a request for information," said Mary Ann Brett, spokeswoman for the company's defence, space and security division.


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