A few days before Christmas, Canada formally accepted the first of our new CC-295 Fixed-Wing Search and Rescue (FWSAR) aircraft from Airbus Defence and Space in Spain. RCAF crews will test and evaluate the aircraft for the next few weeks.
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?
About a week ago the Toronto Sun opined, in an editorial, that "These past four years have seen a significant number of headlines that involve our defence priorities and the Canadian Armed Forces, yet politicians shy away from drawing any further attention to the issues ... [but] ... That ought to change. We need to have … Continue reading Let’s have a defence policy debate
These are some recent pictures of the ground-crew (is the proper term deck-crew?) load crew* of HMCS Halifax mounting (and arming?) a Mk 46 torpedo on a brand new CH-148 Cyclone helicopter: HMCS Halifax is, currently, deployed on Op REASSURANCE where she will replace HMCS Toronto in the Mediterranean and Black Seas. 'The Cyclone was, … Continue reading Good to see …
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
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
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)