Navy supply ships set to join F-35 as political lightning rod in 2013
The navy's long-delayed, much-studied joint support ship program is expected to come under the political microscope within weeks in what is likely another defence equipment embarrassment for the Harper government.Full Story
#1 Jan 6, 2013
..well..WE DO Have ...AMERICA,here....
#2 Jan 6, 2013
Since: May 12
#3 Jan 6, 2013
Wow, this is almost an exact repeat of the armed icebreakers that got whittled down to un-armed slush pushers.
Only the Canadian govt would build an icebreaker that will not be effective year round.
When it comes to planes they want Cadillacs when Corvettes will do the job just fine. But when it comes to Arctic patrol and supply ships, they think Chevettes when THAT'S where we could use a few Cadillacs.
And the REALLY sad part is the helicopters that Mulroney wanted to replace with the EH-101 are STILL being flown by the CF today after the Cretin cancelled the -101 contract.
They long ceased to be helicopters, they're crashes waiting to happen.
The way our govt supplies our military is so bush league they'd need a decade of practice just to reach amateur hour status.
I don't expect trillions in spending but for God's sake, give our military the ESSENTIAL tools they need at least.
#4 Jan 13, 2013
If Canada is forced away from its commitment to the F-35, cost will play a large role. Handicapping for any prospective replacement needs to reflect that.
The strongest competitor would be Boeing, with its F/A-18E/F Super Hornet family. Its F-15E Strike Eagle family is arguably a far better fit for Canada’s military needs, but the Super Hornet is significantly cheaper at about USD$ 60 million flyaway cost, and offers perceived continuity with the existing CF-18 fleet. A Super Hornet buy also offers long-term commonality with the US Navy, ensuring that upgrades and improvements will be financed outside of Canada. Australia now flies the Super Hornet, and a 3rd option would be for Canada to take a leaf from their playbook, buying a mix of Super Hornets plus a smaller number of F-35As. Australia is about to take the next step in their approach, and fit out 12 of its Super Hornets as EA-18G electronic attack aircraft. That capability is unique to the Super Hornet platform, available to Canada, and will always be in demand among international coalition partners.
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