David Pugliese, writing in the Ottawa Citizen, says that "On Aug. 30, the United Kingdom’s Ministry of Defence and Airbus Defence and Space informed the Canadian government of their decision to withdraw from Canada’s future fighter competition. Airbus had been offering Canada the Eurofighter ... [and] ... At the time the Canadian Press news service reported … Continue reading The F-35 for Canada?
About a week ago the Toronto Sun opined, in an editorial, that "These past four years have seen a significant number of headlines that involve our defence priorities and the Canadian Armed Forces, yet politicians shy away from drawing any further attention to the issues ... [but] ... That ought to change. We need to have … Continue reading Let’s have a defence policy debate
I said some months ago, after it was reported that Dassault of France had pulled its Rafale fighter out of Canada's competition to replace our CF-18s, that "It makes me wonder if we have a two-horse race to replace our ageing CF-18 Hornets. Is it the Lockheed-Martin Lightning II, the jet Justin Trudeau said he would not buy because … Continue reading And now there are only three
These are some recent pictures of the ground-crew (is the proper term deck-crew?) load crew* of HMCS Halifax mounting (and arming?) a Mk 46 torpedo on a brand new CH-148 Cyclone helicopter: HMCS Halifax is, currently, deployed on Op REASSURANCE where she will replace HMCS Toronto in the Mediterranean and Black Seas. 'The Cyclone was, … Continue reading Good to see …
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
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?
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