Canada to issue RFI for F-35 alternative

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posted on Dec, 6 2012 @ 10:43 PM
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Initial reports are that the Canadian government is pulling the plug on the F-35 procurement. Apparently rumors of its demise are premature however. But they will be investigating other aircraft officially now. The life cycle costs were apparently undervalued when the F-35 was originally considered (by about $10B)




posted on Dec, 7 2012 @ 04:58 AM
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That sound you hear is jaws hitting the ground.


Federal government cancels F-35 fighter purchase

OTTAWA — The F-35 jet fighter purchase, the most persistent thorn in the federal government’s side and the subject of a devastating auditor-general’s report last spring, is dead.

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Now the race is on to see if the government can define their requirements and select an aircraft in a reasonable amount of time.



posted on Dec, 7 2012 @ 05:09 AM
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It's not quite dead, but it's on its last legs right now. They haven't officially cancelled it yet, but they're looking into the other competitors. There was another article that said they would make any official announcement later today, after another cabinet meeting takes place.



posted on Dec, 7 2012 @ 05:16 AM
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Not quite cancelled. It looks likely to go to a competition for final decision.


F-35 deal not cancelled, Tories insist. Update on the government's plan to purchase new fighter jets expected next week The Harper government says it has not made a decision on the F-35 as a replacement for Canada's CF-18 fighter jets, but the government now appears to concede that alternative fighter purchase options will be considered. The Prime Minister's Office denied a media report Thursday that the F-35 purchase was dead, calling the report "inaccurate on a number of fronts" and promising to update the House of Commons on its seven-point plan to replace the jets before the House rises for the Christmas break at the end of next week. That plan is now expected to involve a real competition.


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