One of the 28 mandatory requirements listed is for the plane's sensor requirements. The document says the plane must be capable of providing the pilot with 360-degree, out-of-cockpit visual situational awareness in a no-light environment.
"According to the U.S. Department of Defence there are so many problems with this feature that they're actually designing a backup. In other words, the plane can't do it," CBC Power & Politics host Evan Solomon reported Monday.
Originally posted March 17:
Canada may delay its purchase of new F-35 joint strike fighter jets to get a better price, the minister in charge of military procurement says.
An early rendering depicts Lockheed Martin's F-35 fighter, which Canada plans to buy. (Lockheed Martin)Julian Fantino, associate minister of national defence, says if Lockheed Martin is late on its proposed production schedule, Canada will adjust the timing of its purchase to hit peak production.
Canada has budgeted $9 billion for the purchase, training and maintenance of the jets. The government plans to buy 65 F-35s, but Fantino said there are "a lot of variables."
The CBC Community had a lot to say about the latest news about the F-35, posting more than 430 comments online within 24 hours. Many said that the F-35s are the wrong choice to replace Canada's CF-18 fleet. Some supported the choice though, saying Canada's military needs an update as soon as possible.
- "I believe Canada needs an air force that is up-to-date in the 21st century, but if the companies building these things don't have their ducks in a row, then we should save some cash and postpone." - canadashrugged
- "Why we didn't just buy F18 superhornets is beyond me. The air and ground crews already generally know the plane and those Canadian industries that helped in production on the first CF18s would theoretically be able to supply on the new ones. You would also be able to get more planes for the 'buck.' I really think the decision for the F35 was based on politics." - Corvus2
- "The CF-18 is a little too old to make do for that much longer. It is like telling the cops to make due with 1970/80 police cars. It is not really the design but that the cars would be in poor shape from decades of service... BUT the F-35 is not the correct platform for us. The cost and time to delivery is way out to lunch. We should get the less expensive but just as good F-18 Super Hornet. They are proven and available." - mikecrow
- "Based upon what I have been reading on the Internet the F-35 is an extremely problematic and expensive project. Besides, it has only one engine and that makes is unsuitable for use in our North territory. So, the acquisition of the F-35 would be and incredible waste of taxpayer money." - SolarianSea
- "I am completely in favour of purchasing the new jets. Although our military personal are some of the most skilled in the world-the fact remains that we are severely under-equipped to provide any means of self-defense or opposition to tyranny." - Done 14
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