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Submission + - Canada poised to buy 65 Lockheed Martin F-35 JSFs (reuters.com) 2

Freshly Exhumed writes: 'Canada is poised to buy 65 Lockheed Martin Corp F-35 Joint Strike Fighter jets, sources familiar with the process told Reuters. A detailed, 18-month review of Canada's fighter jet needs has concluded that the government should skip a new competition and proceed with the C$9 billion ($8.22 billion) purchase, three sources said.' When the F-35 purchase was first proposed, Canadians were alarmed by the colossal price tag, and also that no fly-off competition had been conducted or was planned. This latest news is sure to rekindle criticism that the RCAF's requirements seem to have been written after the fact to match the F-35's capabilities (or lack thereof).
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Canada poised to buy 65 Lockheed Martin F-35 JSFs

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  • Plenty of countries are drinking the US (and Lockheed Martin) cool-aid and buying into the F-35 without even considering any possible alternatives. Australia has just ordered a bunch more (at a time when we supposedly have a "budget crisis" and when the chances of Australia actually needing to fly those F-35s in an actual conflict seem to be quite low given the current threat landscape)

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