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.
(Halifax Chronicle-Herald)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.
Really Stealthy Aircraft, no one except the pilot will know where the aircraft is in the northThis 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
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?
Agreed - we definitely need something. Whether that something is the F35, or another aircraft remains to be seen.Adrian: a couple fighters? Seriously? One, at any given time one or both would be stuck in the hanger, in for repairs. Two, fast flyovers to do what - wave to the people down below? Drop flowers and get well cards?
I think we need modern jet fighters in significant numbers to patrol our own airspace, especially in our Arctic waters now that the world is waking up to the energy and shipping opportunities opening up well north of the tree line. That said, we should have maintained our own industry to design, build and maintain the things. It's bad to be dependent on other countries for making your own defence gear. But since we let that go down the tubes a long time ago, the next best thing would be to have a program which ensures that what fighter jets we do procure can properly operate in our climate. It's just ludicrous that this is happening. It's shaping up to be another epic federal boondoggle.
Helicopters are short range aircraft, not long range patrol aircraft. We need long range patrol aircraft. We also really need a full fledged airbase further north than CFB Cold Lake.Get some helicopters to do some s&r, research and patrol. Maybe a couple fighters to do some fast fly overs.
Agreed. It all went downhill after the Arrow.That said, we should have maintained our own industry to design, build and maintain the things. It's bad to be dependent on other countries for making your own defence gear. But since we let that go down the tubes a long time ago, the next best thing would be to have a program which ensures that what fighter jets we do procure can properly operate in our climate. It's just ludicrous that this is happening. It's shaping up to be another epic federal boondoggle.
No we don't. The Hornets we have are 25-30 years old. As well, i'm sure the government doesn't replace any that have crashed. Time to look at something new, because by the time we get them, our Hornets will be 35-45 years old.We also have perfectly good twin engine fighters currently....
This a boondoggle by Harpo catering to corporate interests.....just what Eisenhower warned about in the US