Mark Collins – RCAF: “The F-35 if necessary, but not necessarily the F-35”

Maybe the new Liberal government can learn from the bag of tricksof the party’s most successful (if opaque) prime minister–the title quote is the last sentence of a pretty decent Globe and Maileditorial.  Very relevant:

F-35 and Canadian Election: Liberals Loose With Fighter Costs

F-35 Allowed to Compete for New RCAF Fighter After All? 

Mark Collins, a prolific Ottawa blogger, is a Fellow at the Canadian Global Affairs Institute; he tweets @Mark3Ds

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3 thoughts on “Mark Collins – RCAF: “The F-35 if necessary, but not necessarily the F-35””

  1. Slowly, slowly for F-35A:

    ‘Combat-coded F-35A to begin dropping bombs

    In February or early March, a combat-coded F-35A from the 34th Fighter Squadron at Hill AFB will release an inert, laser-guided bomb at the nearby Utah Test and Training Range.

    What will seem ordinary and routine to the pilot will actually be a “monumental achievement” for the multinational F-35 programme, which has been building to this moment since Lockheed Martin won the Joint Strike Fighter contract in 2001.

    A stealthy, jet-powered combat aircraft is nothing if it cannot put weapons on a target, and this GBU-12 Paveway II release will be a moment of truth for the conventional A-model, which until now only released weapons in development and operational testing.

    The air force’s Block 3i aircraft will first operate with basic laser and GPS-guided weapons, as well as beyond-visual-range AIM-120 air-to-air missiles. It will also have advanced targeting, surveillance and radar-jamming equipment.

    The full complement of weapons will not arrive until Block 3F in late 2017, but the armaments the F-35 does have in Block 2B and 3i can accomplish basic close air support, air interdiction and suppression or destruction of enemy air defence missions, according to the air force…’
    https://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/combat-coded-f-35a-to-begin-dropping-bombs-420924/

    Mark Collins

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