The Canadian government has move another step closer towards acquiring the Super Hornet to supplement its CF-18 fleet by issuing a Letter of Request to the U.S. government on Mar. 13. Canada has been exploring the potential acquisition of new Super Hornet aircraft to supplement the current fleet until an open and transparent competition can be completed to replace Canada's legacy CF-18 fleet. Government of Canada officials have met with United States government officials, and with Boeing, on a regular basis to discuss meeting this interim need. Yesterday, the Government of Canada took another important step toward the potential acquisition of an interim fleet. In a Letter of Request submitted to the U.S. government, Canada outlined its requirements on capabilities, schedule and economic benefits for 18 Super Hornet aircraft.