"All reasonable people agree that we need aircraft to defend Canadian sovereignty and our plan is on track."
Gee, that makes a difference. Everything is OK now.
The lack of understanding by those that should know better is really shocking.
I figure if Canada is so set on getting the F-35, they better decide on more service life extension efforts for their CF-18s.
One would think center-barrel replacement but then you also have all that other stuff like wing wear and corrosion.
You see, when you pull an F-18 apart to do that work, each airframe is a little bit different with what ails it.
Oh the fun. I can see the stripped CF-18s up on saw-horses now. So can you if you take a minute to think about the corner DND has painted themselves into.
Still, if one is just talking air-policing and the occasional Operation: USELESS DIRT deployment, another SLEP on the CF-18s still comes out cheaper. Well, depending how many years the SLEP is good for--flight restrictions...by airframe and all that.
I am sure Boeing could fix all this up right now if DND was to realize their mental disability and instead sign up for some Super Hornets and move on.
I wonder if Mackay's crew still thinks "peak-production" for the F-35 along with a fantasy low price will be in 2016?
Arrogance and ignorance probably will not let them admit the mistakes.