The Harper government has decided to upgrade Canada's aging fleet of CF-18s to buy a little time while it tries to sort out its blunder over the F-35.
Sources said the changes in the eligible options make it easier for
manufacturers to propose a “mixed fleet” of upgraded CF-18s and other
fighter jets, or a later delivery of new jets as the CF-18s fly beyond
their planned phase-out.
The new proposal is the latest shift of
position by the Harper government after last year’s highly critical
report by Auditor-General on a planned sole-sourced purchase of 65 F-35
It's now rumoured that Harper wants to duck the CF-18 replacement problem entirely until after the 2015 election. That should ensure those CF-18s will be the backbone of Canada's air defences long after they were due to retire.
No XL pipeline, no F35's?
Big oil has more sway than the arms Industry?
What a dilemma.
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