OTTAWA – The Conservative government will signal it is serious about buying an alternative to the F-35 fighter jet by asking rival manufacturers about the cost and availability of their planes, according to defence industry sources.
The formal request for information will be issued to rivals like Boeing, which produces the Superhornet, and the consortium that makes the Eurofighter Typhoon, asking them what jets are available, and at what cost, if the Canadian government decides to ditch the trouble-plagued F-35 purchase.
The pricing and availability information request falls short of a formal tender but government sources said the “market analysis” will send a signal to voters and industry that it is taking seriously the Auditor-General’s spring report that was heavily critical of the F-35 procurement process.
Originally posted by Rineocerous
It is about time. I don't understand the sudden need for an overpriced/under-performing stealth multi-role fighter anyways considering not one of our aging CF-18s have been lost in combat in the first place.
Originally posted by Orwells Ghost
IMO Canada would be best served by acquiring the Rafale since, twin engines aside, the French are the only "friendly" ones who seem to be willing to engage in complete technological sharing with their allies/customers. I'd really like to see Canada licence build something and kickstart it's domestic manufacturing and defence industries.
Originally posted by Zaphod58
reply to post by cmdrkeenkid
Someone actually suggested that in another thread. I wouldn't mind seeing an updated Arrow flying around. Might be interesting.
Originally posted by waynos
If Canada wants a cheap fighter I know where they can scoop some Spitfires, and they are less than 15 years older than the Arrow
One of the complaints is about the single engine on the F-35, which US pilots say doesn't matter. They point to the F-16, which has been flying out of Alaska for years without any problem.