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


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…’

    Mark Collins

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