posted on Sep, 13 2012 @ 01:11 PM
Originally posted by masqua
Patrolling the air space and borders of Canada, from sea to sea to sea, which includes the arctic regions presently contested by numerous other
national interests, Russia included.
Does the F35 have that capability or does it fall short?
Domestic patrol is a job that is already done satisfactorily by the CF-188 force we already have. The F-35 is capable of fulfilling that mission. The
Eurofighter, Gripen, MiG-39, Su-35, PAK-FA, F-18E/F, Rafale, and HAL Tejas can do that. In the modern world with OTH radar systems, satellite imaging,
and drone surveillance, a Piper Cherokee can probably do that.
The F-35's capacity to patrol airspace is pretty much guaranteed. The points of contention are whether or not it is equipped properly to perform the
other missions Canada undertakes as part of NATO, and the lack of any selection process by the government to lend credibility to the F-35 as an
appropriate successor to current air force inventory.
If it does, we need an alternative and why, oh why, can't we build one for ourselves?
Because we lack the appropriate funds, facilities, personnel, and information. To build up a modern defence aeronautics industry from scratch takes
resources that we simply don't have as a country. Canada's companies do work as subcontractors to American aerospace firms on some of the past
programs, but taking an aircraft from concept into a working air force takes liquid, material, and personnel assets in amounts that you'd be hard
pressed to find if you're only looking in Canada.