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?

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

Where are we? (4)

I've been worrying, for a couple of years now, about Russia's military buildup in the Arctic and Canada's lack of a meaningful, military, Arctic presence. As I mentioned, over two years ago, "This is not about NORAD or NATO, nor about peacekeeping or burden sharing, it is about the Defence of Canada and the territory, … Continue reading Where are we? (4)

The fighter jet follies, again / another tangled web

A report by Lee Berthiaume on CTV News says that "Canada is being forced to shoulder a bigger share of the costs of developing F-35 fighter jets even though it has not decided whether it will actually buy any ... [because] ... Canada is one of nine partner countries in the F-35 project ... [Canada joined … Continue reading The fighter jet follies, again / another tangled web

A colossal waste of money

David Pugliese, writing in the National Post just a couple of days ago, said, that "Canada has finalized a deal to buy 25 used fighter jets from Australia, the first of which are expected to be operating by this summer, says the top procurement official at the Department of National Defence ... [and] ... A second … Continue reading A colossal waste of money