Hard to believe. Shocking even. Or maybe not.
iPolitics reports (subscription) that a 3 March 2011 letter from the Canadian DND to a Parliament budget official has surfaced which shows some very weak assumptions on what it will cost Canada to purchase and maintain 65 F-35s. I have re-captured the letter for download below.
Most of it is devoid of any analysis and instead depends on figures from the seller of the aircraft.
It turns out that the DND considers 65 as the minimum number of aircraft.
When compared to my estimates, what we have is a large void.
Next month, Canada's Auditor General is supposed to release a report stating that the DND misled Parliament over the F-35 debacle. DND will be defenseless because they didn't do any real analysis.