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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 cutting back 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 $1.45 trillion.
 
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.

Source: Defense News



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RE: F-35 not needed by Canada
By michael67 on 4/5/2012 3:40:58 PM , Rating: 2
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but the name of the game is Air Superiority

May i ask over what enemy you need a Air Superiority fighter for?

As i don't see any conflict ware even F-4 Phantom's could still do the job, and do we need a 220M a pop plane to do it better?

Don't get me wrong, I think the F35 is a marvelous plane, i just don't see the real cost/benefit of this multi-trillion project.

Would it not have bin more further develop the F22.

quote:
F-22A – single-seat production version. Was designated "F/A-22A" in early 2000s.
F-22B – planned two-seat variant, but was dropped in 1996 to save development costs.[228]
Naval F-22 variant – a carrier-borne variant of the F-22 with swing-wings for the U.S. Navy's Navy Advanced Tactical Fighter (NATF) program to replace the F-14 Tomcat. Program was canceled in 1993.
FB-22 was a proposed medium-range bomber for the USAF. Program appears to be canceled with the 2006


Al these canceled project have costed all ready billions, everything the F35 dose, the F22 could also do.

I just seriously wonder what would happen if someone would calculate what would be cheaper, continue like we do now, or drop the F35, and sell the F22 international, and upgrade the program for a extra naval version.

Not to Troll, but to me the hole f35 program looks like a big money pit, ware only Lockheed Martin the winner of is.


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