If not the F-35's, then we will at least need to have some sort of plan to replace the current jets. Otherwise we will end up in the same mess we were in with the Sea King helicopters...that were past their useful life when the decision was made to buy new ones, let alone the decision to cancel that contract.
Helicopters make sense as they have multiple roles, such as SAR
But in the 80's we acquired CF-18's when we were still in the cold war, now I just don't see the need for fighter aircraft when there are other more efficient options.
Canada's military has been planning on refurnishing their old equipment and it's about time—Canada doesn't spend a lot of money on equipment to begin with. They recognize that they are far behind technologically and have been preparing to make a move to better prepare our soliders with state of the art equipment.
Drones are fine for what they're made for, but are not as versatile as a jetfighter; you can't protect our airspace with a drone. It just isn't going to happen.
Myself, I'm surprised that Canada didn't bother with the Super Hornet, but judging from what I've heard/read from DND, they want to go high-tech including stealth frigates.
...Myself, I'm surprised that Canada didn't bother with the Super Hornet, but judging from what I've heard/read from DND, they want to go high-tech including stealth frigates.
Bad enough that our Navy consists entirely of a handful of friggin frigates, now you wanna make em invisible?
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...another design problem with the $150-million airplane — a weakened wing structure. The admission is sure to fan the political flames raging around the $380 billion [$29-billion+ for the Canadian purchase - CM] Joint Strike Fighter program, which aims to replace most of the existing Air Force, Navy and Marines fighters, but has been beset by delays, cost overruns, technical problems and questions over performance.
“The ‘defective’ aluminum beam was detected in November on Air Force and Marine Corps test aircraft after an unrelated bulkhead crack surfaced in the Marine Corps model,” Bloomberg reported. The problem reduces the lifespan of the F-35A and F-35B’s wing from 8,000 hours — roughly 25 years of operations — to just 1,200 hours, or around five years.
“This is not considered a serious issue,” F-35 spokesman Joseph DellaVedova said of the flimsy beam. Lockheed argues that the cracks could be considered a good thing, sorta, because the aluminum rib lasted 2,800 hours. But the Pentagon’s top testing official disagrees. Fixing the flaw will be a “difficult and complex process,”