A report commissioned by the Harper government concludes that the F-35, stacked up against the competition, is no clear winner except in one area, open state-versus-state warfare, which it concludes is “highly unlikely.”
Dassault has welcomed the report, saying that the only way for Canada to now move forward is with a “full, open and transparent competition.” Yes, what would be better than a genuine fly-off with the contenders put through their paces in a grueling competition. That would make Canada the first country to evaluate the F-35 on a “fly before you buy” basis.
Expect Lockheed to do everything in its power to derail any possibility of an open and transparent competition. Not only might that imperil Lockheed’s current lock on the Harper government but it could also reveal to other wary markets just what they’re really getting for their defence dollar. The F-35 is already at a cost disadvantage. A flying competition could threaten its “wunderplane” publicity.
Nothing demonstrates cowardice in a politician as much as attempting to sneak things, which should be completely public, past the citizenry in a clandestine fashion intended to hide the truth.
Boris laid the groundwork here.
Why is the coward bearing the title "prime minister" so hell-bent on sole-sourcing the F-35? BECAUSE HE’S MADE A DEAL HE HASN’T TOLD YOU ABOUT. He’s hiding something – he
Aviation Week is reporting that it has evidence showing Canada has asked for a switcheroo with four formerly US-bound production F-35s so that Canada would receive these airframes next year.
Four isn’t anywhere near the total figure of 65 that was in …