Monday, June 06, 2016
Smart Choice. Super Hornet for RCAF.
According to the National Post, the Trudeau government has decided to replace Canada's aging CF-18 fighters with CF-18 fighters.
The existing CF-18s were acquired by the Trudeau government, the Mk.1 Trudeau government, after an extensive competition that saw a fly off of the offerings - F-14, F-15, F-16, F-18 and Panavia Tornado.
There are plenty of options this time around - the F-18E Super Hornet, an updated F-15 Eagle, the Eurofighter Typhoon, the SAAB Gripen and the Dassault Rafale. Oh yeah, and the F-35 light attack bomber.
For some reason there'll be no true fighter competition this time, no fly off. It's not clear why. I imagine it's a political decision. It's bad enough we spurn Lockheed's uber costly, underperforming F-35. It would be a major snub to our next door neighbour if we didn't buy something else off their showroom floor. Besides we've had a great experience operating the original Hornet. While the Super Hornet differs in several respects, it's still familiar.
The decision might mean that Canada wouldn't be invited to participate in the opening day of an air war over China but I expect we'll be able to manage somehow.