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Old Sep 7th, 2011, 10:52 AM   #21
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The old phrase, "they don't build them like they used to", comes to mind. It seems like the Americans can't build anything lately without it having problems, delays and cost over-runs.
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Old Oct 23rd, 2011, 08:33 PM   #22
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This just gets better and better... or rather, worse and worse...

Canada's first F-35s won't have built-in ability to communicate in Arctic



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Canada's new multi-billion dollar stealth fighters are expected arrive without the built-in ability to communicate from the country's most northerly regions.

A series of briefings given to the country's top air force commander last year showed that the F-35's radio and satellite communications gear may not be as capable as that of the current CF-18s.

Military aircraft operating in the high Arctic rely almost exclusively on satellite communications, where a pilot's signal is beamed into space and bounced back down to a ground station.

The F-35 Lightning will eventually have that the ability, but the software will not be available in the initial production run.

A senior Lockheed Martin official says it is expected to be added to the aircraft's when production reaches its fourth phase in 2019, but that is not guaranteed because research is still underway.

The official says the solution hasn't been nailed down and a lot of work is being done to fix the problem.
(Halifax Chronicle-Herald)

Waitaminute - I'm confused. Our current CF-18s have the ability to communicate via satellite, but these brand-spanking-new F-35s don't... and won't for years, because they're still doing research? WTF?


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Old Oct 23rd, 2011, 08:39 PM   #23
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Old Oct 23rd, 2011, 10:17 PM   #24
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This just gets better and better... or rather, worse and worse...

Canada's first F-35s won't have built-in ability to communicate in Arctic





(Halifax Chronicle-Herald)

Waitaminute - I'm confused. Our current CF-18s have the ability to communicate via satellite, but these brand-spanking-new F-35s don't... and won't for years, because they're still doing research? WTF?


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Really Stealthy Aircraft, no one except the pilot will know where the aircraft is in the north
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Old Oct 23rd, 2011, 11:39 PM   #25
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Really Stealthy Aircraft, no one except the pilot will know where the aircraft is in the north
AH, ok. I get it. "It's a feature, not a bug!"
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Old Oct 24th, 2011, 12:59 AM   #26
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The f-35 is designed to fly in the middle east. Everything else is an afterthought.

Lockheed Martin doesn't give a rat's ass about Canada's needs.
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Old Oct 24th, 2011, 01:00 AM   #27
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The current fleet of CF-18s are aging and are getting long in the tooth. ,,
True enough, they have not killed hardly anybody.
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Old Oct 24th, 2011, 01:02 AM   #28
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The old phrase, "they don't build them like they used to", comes to mind. It seems like the Americans can't build anything lately without it having problems, delays and cost over-runs.
The main thing is, how many people have they killed lately?
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Old Oct 24th, 2011, 07:13 AM   #29
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Who are we going to go to war with? Russia? We would be over run by happy hour. Medvedev has increased military spending to astronomical proportions in the last 3 years.

Get some helicopters to do some s&r, research and patrol. Maybe a couple fighters to do some fast fly overs.
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Personally, I'd like to see Canada prepare a fleet of Flying Wing bombers but that's just from an aesthetic perspective.
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