Seriously, eh? Those ex-British rusted tin cans that leaked like a sieve whenever they got within sniffing distance of salt water? I remember living in Halifax, and seeing one of 'em docked below the Dartmouth side of the MacDonald bridge. Every day. For years. No idea whatever happened to it... And for those who might not remember, one Canadian submariner was killed, two others injured, before the damn thing even left UK waters...Did we learn nothing from the submarine fiasco?
The US can't block the sale. Included in arms deals is a transfer of technology clause. Designed to stop a country from reselling to another country that the US has issue with receiving secret level equipment and/or is not a nation they want to do business with. Doesn't really apply to us due to the age of the equipment and our position as an ally.So - two issues relating to Canada's threat to buy Australian F-18 warplanes:
1/ The US government can kabosh the deal, given that the design is "owned" by the USA.
That report has been superseded by a newer 2015 study that found the jets in substantially better shape than previously reported.2/ "Australia's defence materiel group produced a scathing report in 2012 noting that the country's FA-18s were rapidly running out of airframe life and required bigger and bigger slices of the maintenance budget. "The incidence of discovery of airframe corrosion in the Hornet fleet is increasing, and the annual cost of corrosion‐related repairs has increased significantly," said the report, which Layton said was considered "too critical" by the defence establishment." (CBC)
So yes the jets are old but if we add to our fleet we can put less hours on the wings by rotating the planes.
Good read.And it is one of the most colossal pieces of **** ever created.
Bold mine.he F-35 was supposed to be America’s most advanced fighter jet ever. But it has become the most expensive defense procurement program ever, through bureaucratic misconception and mismanagement. Estimated to cost taxpayers $1 trillion for this one weapon system alone over its lifetime.
The potential was enormous for America’s national defense. It was the chance to use the latest technology to build a weapon that would win every battle the defense bureaucrats could imagine, before it even started.
Agreed.The F-35 Is Not Peace Through Strength, But Weakness Through Bureaucratic Misconception
No such thing as a one trick pony...
Bold mine.In case you missed it, the federal government has chosen to dedicate another $70 million to developing a jet fighter plane it doesn’t want to want.
Compared with the billions being thrown around on anything to do with the coronavirus, $70 million rates as chickenfeed. But it brings the tab for the F-35 stealth fighter jet to $541 million to date. This for a plane Stephen Harper’s Conservatives made plain was their choice for the military’s flying forces, to replace what are regularly referred to as “Canada’s aging CF-18s,” but which Liberals, when in opposition, denounced as a disaster waiting to happen, vowing to immediately cancel the contract should they ever come to power.
4/ Canada needs to grow a pair when it comes to defence spending. Smaller countries than ours have managed to properly equip the military while not impoverishing the country. Our relationship with the USA is the fly in the ointment. We could have a coastal defence -air and sea- to be proud of, rather than these death-trap used submarines, interminable shipbuilding campaigns, and ludicrous aircraft (of all kinds) replacement projects. Step #1 is refusing to waste our resources at the behest of US military operations that are only to the detriment of Canada's national interests.
But a lot of this can be traced back to the era of the Avro Arrow, and Canada's subjugation to the U.S. military industrial complex that saw our domestic manufacturing capabilities undermined and eventually dismantled under later Free Trade agreements.