Where are we? (7)

So, I saw this in the Newcastle Herald: “There was a tinge of sadness this week as the chapter closed on one of the Australian Defence Force’s most enduring combat aircraft, the Williamtown-based classic F/A-18 Hornet … [and] … A mainstay of Williamtown RAAF Base’s exemplary No. 77 Squadron, the Hornets are being grounded asContinue reading “Where are we? (7)”

Preparing for Cold War 2.0

Nadia Schadlow, who is a senior fellow at Hudson Institute and, most recently, was U.S. Deputy National Security Advisor for Strategy, has penned a useful article in Foreign Affairs in which she says that “No matter who is U.S. president come January, American policymakers will need to adopt new ideas about the country’s role in theContinue reading “Preparing for Cold War 2.0”

Lockheed Martin ups the ante

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 governmentContinue reading “Lockheed Martin ups the ante”

Let’s get cracking

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”

The Trump Effect (5)

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 transactionalContinue reading “The Trump Effect (5)”

The Trump Effect (4)

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 soContinue reading “The Trump Effect (4)”

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 reportedContinue 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 becauseContinue 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] … TheContinue 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?”