Also the government is hinting that the acquisition of a CF-18 replacement has to fall within the budget of $16B; including 30 years of support.
A chart below is more close to the real picture of things if the DND has to have their 65 mistake-jets.
(Red figure for O&S is $30k per hour per airframe for 300 hours per year)
And how many defective F-35s can be fielded (properly) for $16B? With the cost trends rising; 20? 25? And it is doubtful they will have any more value than the current submarine debacle.
Another portrait of DND procurement management impotence.