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Canada gets set to cancel Boeing fighter jet deal

CF-18 Hornet
A Canadian CF-18 Hornet fighter jet launches a laser-guided bomb during a flight test. Canadian officials had been considering buying Super Hornets from Boeing. (USAF Photo / Tim Pfeifer)

Reuters reports that Canadian officials have decided to cancel an order of 18 Boeing F/A-18 Super Hornet jets, marking an escalation in the trade battle involving Canadian jet maker Bombardier’s sales to U.S. markets. Unnamed officials are quoted as saying that the decision will be announced next week, and that Canada’s armed forces will buy used Australian F/A-18 Hornets instead.

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By Alan Boyle

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