Jun 13, 2014

Canada To Choose New Fighter Jets in Coming Weeks

The Canadian government said Thursday it will choose one of four fighter jets in competition to replace its aging fleet of CF-18s “in the coming weeks.”
Critics, however, contend the procurement process, which was reset in 2012 amid complaints of several manufacturers being shut out of it — is rigged in favor of the American Lockheed Martin F-35 stealth fighter jet.
Over the past 14 months, an independent review panel compiled the costs, capabilities and weaknesses of Boeing’s F-18 Super Hornet, the Eurofighter Typhoon, Dassault’s Rafale and the F-35.
Prime Minister said this week his cabinet would now review the panel’s report, which has not been made public.
The F-35 has been touted as a technological wonder. However, it has suffered setback after setback, notably with troublesome software. It is seven years behind schedule with a budget blow-out, making it the costliest weapons program in US history.
Australia, Britain, Denmark, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway and Turkey have also taken part in the development of the jet, along with the United States.
Australia and Turkey are the latest this year to place orders. South Korea is also expected to finalize plans to buy F-35 jets by year’s end.

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