Lockheed Martin represents the bleeding edge of American military airpower. Lockheed produced the F-22 Raptor stealth super fighter and is struggling to churn out the F-35 Lightning II stealth bomb wagon.
Lately, Lockheed's lions have turned into lame ducks. The F-22 is reported to have been grounded since May. An investigation is underway into problems with the aircraft's pilot oxygen supply system. That is expected to keep the Raptor groundbound for at least a few months to come.
The F-35, however, is back in the air following a two-week grounding to look into a failure of the aircraft's Integrated Power Package. Apparently there's some sort of glitchy valve but it's not serious enough to keep the freshly-minted F-35 grounded until it's fixed. A spokesman for the overdue, over budget and under-performing F-35 project office noted the aircraft still faces five years of "developmental testing" before it is used operationally.
When the F-35 is capable of actually flying, the Harper government will have 65-of the things to defend some small part of Canada against some potential threat of some kind from somewhere, details to follow, maybe.
Australia is also looking to buy the F-35, maybe. It had planned to pick up an even hundred Lightning IIs but, due to delays and budget overruns, has decided to defer a final decision until next year. Australia is also looking at picking up additional new technology Super Hornet F-18s if they ditch the F-35.