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?

A bit more good news

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

Costs continue to climb

David Pugliese,* writing in the Ottawa Citizen, reports that "The cost of the Canadian navy’s new surface combatant ships has further increased because of delays and changes in the size of the ship, according to a new report from the Parliamentary Budget Officer ... [this ought not to be surprising, the last PBO report was from … Continue reading Costs continue to climb

Promises, promises: “We will not buy the F-35” (Justin Trudeau, 2015)

David Pugliese, writing in the National Post, says that "The criteria that will govern the selection of the winning bid to provide Canada’s next fleet of fighter jets will prioritize strategic attack and foreign ground-strike capabilities, according to government documents obtained by Postmedia — guidelines that are seen to favour Lockheed Martin’s controversial F-35 ... … Continue reading Promises, promises: “We will not buy the F-35” (Justin Trudeau, 2015)

BZ to Prime Minister Trudeau

Yes, you read that headline write ... I, one of Justin Trudeau's fiercest critics, say "credit where credit is due" and I assert that it is due here, now because CTV News reports that "Canadian naval forces based on Vancouver Island will soon be joining the Japanese navy and the U.S. Seventh Fleet to enforce international … Continue reading BZ to Prime Minister Trudeau

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