19 novembre 2023 | Local, Aérospatial, Terrestre, Sécurité

U.S. government pushes Canada to approve $8-billion P-8 aircraft purchase

The ambassador to Canada has sent a letter to cabinet ministers urging them to OK a sole-source deal for the Boeing surveillance aircraft.

https://ottawacitizen.com/news/national/defence-watch/u-s-government-pushes-canada-to-approve-8-billion-p-8-aircraft-purchase

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    10 juin 2019 | Local, Aérospatial

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