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According to the Pentagon, Ottawa has sent signals indicating Canada will take delivery of its first F-35, light nuclear attack bombers, in 2016 or 2017.
The Harper government, true to its standard operation procedures - secrecy and deceit - says no decision has been made. That crap runs straight out of the mouth of Stephen Joseph Harper and, honestly, there's no stopping it.
A leaked U.S. Department of Defence slide presentation shows Canada has asked to swap places with the U.S. air force and place the order in the current fiscal year, which means a possible delivery date of either 2016 or 2017.
The briefing by U.S. Lt.-Gen. Chris Bogdan — head of the F-35 program at the Pentagon — also said Canada would have to provide a letter of intent by mid-November and that the U.S. project office would have to notify Congress.
Of course we're going to buy the F-35, barring a change of government and a new administration with an as yet unseen spine. No matter that the US military has now realized that the F-35 "will not be able to operate effectively or efficiently" in the face of new technology and doctrine already implemented by the warplane's intended adversaries, China and Russia.