The F-35 for Canada?

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?

And now there are only three

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

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)