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Canadian industry is missing out on strategic opportunities on the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter because of the new Ottawa government’s election promise to hold a competition for its next fighter, says Magellan Aerospace, a major Canadian supplier to the program.
Canada has paid its share of the F-35 system development and demonstration bill and continues to participate in the program with the same status, says Jeff Babione, Lockheed Martin F-35 program general manager. But if Ottawa ultimately decides against the F-35, Canadian suppliers will lose the right to bid for future work.
“Canadian companies can only bid because it is part of the consortium. You have to be in to stay in,” says Don Boitson, vice president of North America operations for Magellan. The Ontario-headquartered company produces horizontal tails for the F-35, the lift-fan vane box and transition duct for the vertical-lift F-35B and other components.