Mark Collins – “The Fourth Dimension: The F-35 Program, [Canadian] Defence Procurement, and the Conservative Government, 2006–2015”

Have a look at Vimy Paper 33 by Richard Shimooka (a long-time supporter of the Joint Strike Fighter), at the Conference of Defence Associations Institute; lots of–unattributed–inside stuff, especially interesting is the botched 2014 effort to acquire four USAF F-35As for the RCAF (p. 34 PDF, more here on that from a government that made a policy of being economical with the truth).

More F-35 posts.

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


10 thoughts on “Mark Collins – “The Fourth Dimension: The F-35 Program, [Canadian] Defence Procurement, and the Conservative Government, 2006–2015””

  1. Boeing on its fighter front (interesting that no mention of Super Hornet for Canada):

    ‘Boeing Execs Confident of Turnaround as Jet Fighter Production Slows

    The Boeing Co. is hoping that upgrades and international sales of its legendary F/A-18E and F-15 aircraft — as well as an upcoming Air Force trainer program — will keep its jet fighter production lines humming well into the next decade, company executives said Sept. 12.

    Despite dwindling production of the F/A-18E Super Hornet and EA-18G Growler in recent years, the company is “very confident” that it would continue to produce aircraft for the domestic services and international customers into the 2020s, said Dan Gillian, Boeing vice president and F/A-18 program manager.

    “Two years ago, we would have ended production in 2016,” he said. “Now, we’re optimistic about a bright future … well into the next decade.”

    The company plans to recommend a series of upgrades for the Navy’s Advanced Super Hornet and Growler fleets and the Air Force’s F-15 Eagle fleet that would extended their ranges and add capabilities to combat emerging threats, Gillian said.

    These include the Super Hornet service life extension program, which aims to extend the planes from 6,000 hours of service to over 9,000 miles, he said…

    Boeing is currently producing two Super Hornets per month at its St. Louis facilities, but that could change with new U.S. and international orders, Gillian said. Boeing is in discussions at various levels with international customers including Kuwait, Australia and India to buy the Super Hornet, he added…

    “Super Hornets and Growlers will be flying alongside F-35s into the 2040s…”‘

    Mark Collins

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