Report: Canada Considers Cutting F-35 Lightning II Orders
March 14, 2012 1:53 PM
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Canada reserves the right to back out of F-35
The cost overruns on the F-35 project are
legendary and continue to mount
. The costs of the F-35 program are spiraling at such a fast rate that many partner nations are considering canceling orders or
significantly reducing purchase plans
The latest partner nation considering reducing the order in place for the F-35 is Canada. The Canadian government has admitted that it might not complete the purchase of F-35s. The United States has long said that if partner countries cancel orders or reduce orders, the cost of the jet will spiral for all nations.
Canada originally agreed to purchase $9 billion worth of F-35 fighters for the Royal Canadian Air Force. Canada intends to replace its aging CF-18 jets with the F-35.
“The… decision has not been made as to whether or not we are actually going to purchase, buy, acquire the F-35,” said Julian Fantino, associate defense minister.
“We have not as yet discounted, the possibility of course, of backing out of any of the program. None of the partners have. We are not,” he told the Commons Defence Committee Tuesday.
A group of Lockheed F-35B Lightning II fighters [Source: Lockheed Martin]
Fantino's comments are marked contrast to other comments offered by Canadian officials in the past who were staunch advocates of the F-35. In the past, Canadian government officials have gone so far as to accuse people who didn't support the F-35 of not supporting the armed forces.
The first indication of trouble in Canada came last month when Defense Minister Peter MacKay refused to confirm how many F-35's Canada would buy.
However, a spokesman for the Canadian Defense Ministry press McClusky told the
in an email, "Our position has not changed. We remain committed to the Joint Strike Fighter Program. A budget has been allocated. A contract has not been signed. We will make sure that the Air Force has aircraft necessary to do the job we ask of them."
The Pentagon has considered
the production rate of the F-35 to an even slower rate to allow more time to fix issues discovered in flight testing.
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RE: Of Course
3/15/2012 3:40:13 AM
Hey screw you buddy. We dutch agreed because you guys said they would be about $30 million a pop. Not $130 million. How about you first learn to calculate before you start pointing fingers.
And our cabinet is basically still saying "we'll leave it up to the next guys" even though 78% of the population (according to the last poll) is calling on them to pull the plug already. Even though they did order a 2nd test plane recently.
Which cost $300 million. Ironically, that's the same amount we're cutting from spending on the chronically mentally ill because "we're spending too much".
Yeah. Don't expect our order of the JSF to go through.
RE: Of Course
3/15/2012 12:10:51 PM
You're writing as if somehow America is being spoken for here as a single person?
You do know America isn't a single person, right?
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