We're not buying the right plane, as the experts have been saying for years
(i.e. by the time the F-35 is operational in volume with Canadian and European allies, Russian and Chinese detection will have eliminated the "stealth" of it, which is a "feature" we have not needed anyways)
Your article makes many assumptions that have no evidence of even becoming true. Stealth isn't going to be rendered ineffective by the Russians, if it is, why on earth would Russia desperately try to push PAKFA into service?
and we're buying that wrong plane without any proper competition nor open process.
Like the many successful replacement programs in the past including the Leopard 2 which did not have any competition at all?
Canadian taxpayers are being fleeced and our air force is being let down, despite ongoing attempts to portray a unified Canadian military voice of delight over the F-35 deal. As for this thread, it seems to me that nothing more needs to be said.
That is because you are ignoring everything I said.
Given that the Conservative sole-sourced the contract in violation of federal law require multiple bids, then the money should be recovered in a lawsuit by suing the party and individuals involved ...
Which law is it that requires every contract to have multiple bids?
Okay, that won't happen, but if simply eliminate the requirement to have such planes at all, we will still be up many $billions.
What such planes? An upgrade? Then our Air Force would be paying MORE just to keep our CF-18s flying in the next decade or so than to buy new ones. And eventually, they will be rendered unflyabale.
Or the F-35? Then you are picking a more expensive option with less capabilities. I can't imagine how this is a better move.
In terms of unit cost ... you seem to ignore the vast evidence that the plane will cost more than Harper promised. That you cling to Harper's numbers shows a lack of judgement.
You seem to ignore the evidence I just presented from the USAF budget of FY2011 or FY2012.
This kind of baseless paranoia is EXACTLY the reason that no one that has anything to do with the military should have any decision making role in this country.
Again, like thw Whiz kids back in the 60s, Civilians making Military decisions only caused failures after failures.
And if this is really about the Arctic ... good grief, we really have got the wrong plane. A single-engine jet that supposed to operate in the high arctic? A plane that hasn't even been extensively tested up there yet?
F-35As are designed to replace the F-16s which have been operating in Alaska for the past few decades so it is a part of the F-35 requirement to meet the Arctic challenges. The F-16s in fact are doing better than the F-15s flying up there despite it being a single engined aircraft.