Exclusive: Canadian review will recommend buying Lockheed F-35 fighter jet - sources

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Bfstk wrote:

What a huge waste of money eh? Canad is nuts to waste so much on old technology as air forces move to inexpensive drones. T
his is a boondoggle where Canadian politicians snd the military cozy up to the US to bail out an unsustainable weapons program the f35. Sleeping with their heads near the radiator all winter has dulled the Canucks into a bad business and worse military deal.

Jun 05, 2014 4:51pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
SpikedLemon wrote:

Of course they recommend the F35. They don’t have to pay for it.

The prudent choice would be to elect for the Super Hornet and evaluate the F35 in the future when costs are fixed and known.

I’d pick a Rolls Royce if I didn’t have to pay for it too.

Jun 05, 2014 4:53pm EDT  --  Report as abuse

Obama probably promised to allowed the bitumen pipeline to Texas — part of Prime Minister Harper’s dream of Canada replacing Saudi Arabia as the world’s #1 oil exporter — and Harper thus said Okay, no matter how useless the F-35 is compared to other and much, much cheaper and better fighters available on the international market and which, unlike the F-35, will meet Canada’s needs to protect its northern and ocean borders.
Obama and Harper are both immoral buzzards.

Jun 05, 2014 5:06pm EDT  --  Report as abuse

Obama probably promised to allowed the bitumen pipeline to Texas — part of Prime Minister Harper’s dream of Canada replacing Saudi Arabia as the world’s #1 oil exporter — and Harper thus said Okay, no matter how useless the F-35 is compared to other and much, much cheaper and better fighters available on the international market and which, unlike the F-35, will meet Canada’s needs to protect its northern and ocean borders.
Obama and Harper are both immoral buzzards.

Jun 05, 2014 5:06pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
KNoose000 wrote:

A great decision by Canada.
Western ideals will not be challenged and the unity of the West is the strongest in human history.

Jun 05, 2014 5:14pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
nose2066 wrote:

Did they figure out how much flying each one of these planes will add to carbon emissions and “climate change”, compared to a more fuel efficient aircraft? Or compared to replacing airplanes with drones (as mentioned in a previous post)?

Jun 05, 2014 6:41pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
XianSheng wrote:

Waste of money? Idiot decision? Too much carbon emissions? All wrong in comparison to the strength it enhances to Canada and the free world. Sure, we all would like a great fight jet to run on water, but until that is available, the F-35 is the best decision for Canada’s and the West’s defense.

Jun 05, 2014 7:31pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
nose2066 wrote:

The F-35 is the “best defense” against what??? Against “climate change”? Against a major epidemic? MERS? Dengue fever? Against another major financial crisis? Against crop failure / food supply contamination?

Empires generally collapse from internal weakness.

Jun 05, 2014 9:31pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Neurochuck wrote:

As a science/technology type nerd, I wonder what would counter this 10 year old design, with radar avoiding stealth properties.
It must emit a lot of heat to fly -> a matrix of many mass produced infrared filter/direction/speed detectors, linked by laser so not jammable, ground mobile or in loitering 1m small drones.
It must create sound and air turbulence -> similar detector matrix.
Passive monitoring, not active signal like radar/sonar, so cannot be easily eliminated.
Easily dispersed ground to air style missiles, land mobile or semi-submersible marine, or small drone airborne launchers. Laser network.
“F-35 is designed to be the next-generation fighter jet for decades to come. No other new fighters are in the pipeline …”
War is a risky business.

Jun 05, 2014 9:31pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
lkofenglish wrote:

I think Canada will now have a larger Air Force than the USA because of this deal.

It would not surprise me if this is part an “oil deal.” Does this thing fly without aid of a computer?

I’d hate to think you could just hit this plane with some malware and it would drop like a stone. That would make a twenty dollar glider at the Hobby Lobby a superior plane actually.

Jun 05, 2014 10:32pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
lkofenglish wrote:

I think Canada will now have a larger Air Force than the USA because of this deal.

It would not surprise me if this is part an “oil deal.” Does this thing fly without aid of a computer?

I’d hate to think you could just hit this plane with some malware and it would drop like a stone. That would make a twenty dollar glider at the Hobby Lobby a superior plane actually.

Jun 05, 2014 10:32pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
torchwood wrote:

So, almost $130million per unit? Is that a joke? There are better jets out there, with more than one damn engine, that are half that cost. The Canadian Forces don’t even want these pieces of junk.

Jun 06, 2014 1:19am EDT  --  Report as abuse
StephanLarose wrote:

What a ginormous waste of cash. All that for a few defense industry jobs. Ridiculous. There is no enemy or mission for this jet. All it does is continue the entire world down the path of throwing money away down the vast pit known as the arms race at a time when global stability would be far better served by investing in int’l development, sustainable energy, sustainable farming, desalination for water supplies and education. Instead, the US and its allies will continue destabilizing the world by launching more regime change operations, drone strikes and illegal wars to maintain its useless hegemony with the blowback to these immoral policies resulting in massive increases in the numbers of “terrorist” recruits vowing vengeance against us for killing their loved ones and decimating their communities.. We live in an age where the entire concept of the nation state is moot, and soft power is everything. Every human being on this planet is your family and you have to love them or we all fail and perish. Our leaders are corrupt incompetents not worthy of public support or money.

Jun 06, 2014 1:53am EDT  --  Report as abuse

Why does Canada need an offensive stealth fighter that is 100% over budget and doesn’t even work? This is just a sad excuse for Harper to play Tonto the US’s Lone Ranger so they can continue their failed foreign policy of regime change across the globe. What the hell has Canada metamorphosed into? I am not sure, but it continues to look more and more ugly.

Jun 06, 2014 10:02am EDT  --  Report as abuse
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