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Canada changing rules for fighter jet competition to allow Lockheed Martin bid: source

FILE PHOTO: The logo of Lockheed Martin is seen at Euronaval, the world naval defence exhibition in Le Bourget near Paris, France, October 23, 2018. REUTERS/Benoit Tessier

OTTAWA (Reuters) - The Canadian government is changing the rules of its multibillion-dollar competition for 88 new fighter jets to allow Lockheed Martin Corp to submit a bid, a Canadian government source said on Thursday.

The source, who requested anonymity given the sensitivity of the situation, said Ottawa was acting after the United States complained the original rules would exclude Lockheed Martin's F-35 fighter, the plane the Canadian air force wants.

(Reporting by David Ljunggren; Editing by Peter Cooney)