Canadian Government Once Again Lashes Out at F-35 Lightning II Program
April 4, 2012 11:04 AM
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Canada promises more due diligence on F-35 purchase
As the costs for the F-35 Lightning II program continue to grow, partner nations seem to be increasingly reconsidering their purchase of the aircraft. More than a few countries have said they would consider
on the number of aircraft they purchase if the price continues to grow. Recently the lifetime cost of the F-35 program in the US was pegged at
Some maintain that the costs of the fighter aren't growing as quickly as the numbers would lead people to believe because the U.S. government continues to change how they determine costs. Canada's auditor general accused the Canadian Defense Department of misleading lawmakers on the F-35 program costs this week.
Canadian auditor general Michael Ferguson asserts that military officials are so deeply committed to purchasing the F-35 that they did not "exercise due diligence" on the most expensive military procurement program in Canadian history.
“The department did not provide parliamentarians with complete cost information or fully inform decision makers about risks created by problems encountered in the (F-35) program,” he said.
“Only the most optimistic (cost) scenario was put forward,” and “key approvals (were) obtained after decisions were made.”
Canada still maintains that it intends to buy the 65 F-35 fighters, even though reports surfaced last month the Canada might cut back on orders. Canada intends to replace its fleet of CF-18 Hornets with the F-35.
Canadian officials originally pegged the cost of the F-35 at $9 billion plus $7 billion for maintenance. Ferguson claims the true cost estimate is more in closer to $25 billion.
Ferguson also claims, “The department did not acknowledge that the decision to purchase the F-35 was well underway four years before it was officially announced.”
Ferguson isn't alone in his harsh criticism of the F-35 program in Canada; Democrat MP Christine Moore also criticizes the program. She said, "The government knew the F-35s were going to cost more than anticipated, but they intentionally hid it from parliament and the public."
“This was an outrageous attempt to try and pull the wool over the eyes of Canadians.”
The Canadian government has pledged to freeze allocation for the fighter jet at the original $9 billion and turn the procurement process over to the Public Works ministry.
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Nobody is going to invade Canada
4/5/2012 12:22:44 PM
Nobody is going to invade Canada; spending more than a token amount on military is a waste of time. The notion that if oil is discovered... Oil has been discovered, but even Russia isn't dumb enough to go to war over it.
The F-35 is a giant waste of money for all involved. It's a solution in search of a problem.
Incidentally, the Tiger tank is also a great example of a weapon that looked great on paper, but was big, heavy and slow, complicated to manufacture, unbelievably expensive and so unreliable that it ultimately wasn't worth the money (despite some outrageous successes in battle.)
The next major war will likely be fought with drones and low level flying missiles that will simply ignore the F-35. (And despite the advanced electronics, which incidentally could be back-ported to older, cheaper, airplanes, there simply won't be enough F-35s on active duty to matter. Exactly how are 20 or so F-35s, at any given time, going to effectively patrol 3000 miles of coastline?)
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