Turmoil in the air

CBC News has published a Thomson-Reuters report which says that "Airbus SE and Boeing Co. may pull out of a bidding process to supply Canada with new fighter jets because they say the contest is unfairly tilted toward Lockheed Martin Corp, two sources with direct knowledge of the situation said on Monday ... [and] ... The … Continue reading Turmoil in the air

Is the F-35 a 6th generation fighter?

There are a lot of definitions of jet fighter "generations." I think that one of the most commonly accepted was published by the semi-official Air Force Magazine in 2009. It defines the generations as: 1st Generation ~ Jet propulsion: e.g. the F-80 Shooting Star and the German Me 262; 2nd Generation ~ Swept wings; range radar; infrared missiles: e.g. … Continue reading Is the F-35 a 6th generation fighter?

A bit more good news

Tony Osborne, who is the London Bureau Chief of the authoritative Aviation Week, reports on social media that: This is first of 16 new fixed-wing search and rescue which were ordered by the Harper Conservatives in 2011-2015 and selected by the Trudeau Liberals in 2016. They are being built by Airbus in Spain and delivery … Continue reading A bit more good news

A few good planes

David Pugliese, writing last week in the Ottawa Citizen, reported that "Canadian special forces will receive three new surveillance aircraft from the U.S. with the planes expected to arrive in 2022 ... [and, he said] ... The three Beechcraft King Air planes, to be based at CFB Trenton in Ontario, will be outfitted with sensors and … Continue reading A few good planes

Promises, promises: “We will not buy the F-35” (Justin Trudeau, 2015)

David Pugliese, writing in the National Post, says that "The criteria that will govern the selection of the winning bid to provide Canada’s next fleet of fighter jets will prioritize strategic attack and foreign ground-strike capabilities, according to government documents obtained by Postmedia — guidelines that are seen to favour Lockheed Martin’s controversial F-35 ... … Continue reading Promises, promises: “We will not buy the F-35” (Justin Trudeau, 2015)

More fighter follies

Stephen Chase and Daniel Leblanc report, in the Globe and Mail, that "The U.S. military is threatening to pull the F-35 fighter jet out of the competition to replace Canada’s fleet of CF-18s, further disrupting the controversial acquisition program and increasing the tension between the two countries ... [they say that] ... The dispute, laid … Continue reading More fighter follies

The new fighter jet competition is ready for takeoff

Murray Brewster, writing for CBC News, in an article datelined 15 Apr 19, says that "The politically charged competition to replace Canada's aging fleet of fighter jets will rocket forward at the end of May as the federal government releases a long-anticipated, full-fledged tender call ... [and, he reminds us] ... There are four companies in the … Continue reading The new fighter jet competition is ready for takeoff