So I see a report from the always well informed Murray Brewster on the CBC News website which says that "One of the companies vying to build the air force's next generation of warplanes promises it can inject as much as $16.9 billion into the Canadian economy, even though its pitch to the Liberal government … Continue reading Lockheed Martin ups the ante
One of the most important military commitments that Canada has ~ that any country can have, actually ~ is the defence of its own homeland. Canada's homeland is vast; we are the 2nd largest country in the world in area ~ at just under 10 million square kilometres we are second only to Russia (17+ … Continue reading Let’s get cracking
As I predicted late last month, President Trump did, indeed, chastise Canada and others for being "delinquent" in meeting their (specifically NATO) defence burden-sharing promises. How he will punish the "delinquents" remains to be seen, but we might get a hint from how he is, currently, treating Japan. The Financial Times discusses the president's transactional … Continue reading The Trump Effect (5)
I see that Presidents Trump and Macron will meet, ahead of the 3-4 December top-level NATO Summit ~ when heads of government, including Prime Minister Trudeau, meet ~ in London. As I have discussed, a few days back, President Macron has described NATO as being "brain dead" and the implication is that it is so … Continue reading The Trump Effect (4)
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?
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
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?
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
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