The new Canadian government will dump F-35 stealth fighter jet and will open a fresh competition to replace Canada’s ageing fighter jets.
The victorious Liberals leader Justin Trudeau had earlier in September during the election campaign had said that if elected, he would scrap F-35 program and would reopen fresh competition for Canada’s fighter jet replacement program.
"There are many other fighters at much lower price points that we can use that have been proven, that we will actually be able to deliver in a timely way," he said at the time.
Australia has committed AUS $24 billion to buy the new fighter jets. Australia and Canada had joined with the US in a nine-nation deal to build what has been dubbed the world's most expensive weapon.
Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott last year committed Australia to buy an extra 58 F-35 fighters - making a fleet of 72 - at a cost of around US$98 million ($134.8 million) for each plane.
But it remains unclear whether the promise to withdraw Canada from the project will add to the cost of the fighters for the remaining partners.
Former Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper had been an enthusiastic supporter of the F-35, pledging to buy 65 of the jets in 2010, only to later put the purchase on hold amid doubts over cost overruns and technical difficulties.
“Canada's withdrawal from combat missions in Syria was unlikely to have much practical effect.
He said Russia's participation was far more significant, along with that of the Iranians, forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and various militias,” Rodger Shanahan, a Middle East specialist with the Lowy Institute was quoted by Sydney Morning Herald new daily as saying.
"Islamic State has changed their tactics because they know they are targeted in eastern Syria," Dr Shanahan said.
Cobham has won a $51 million orders from BAE Systems to equip the F-35 Lightning II platform with microelectronic products. Cobham's offering for the recent orders on the F-35 platform includes microelectronic components and integrated microelectronic assemblies for radar and electronic warfare (EW)
India may have delayed participating in the Russian Fifth generation Fighter Aircraft (FGFA) project to explore other options, namely the Lockheed Martin built F-35. A talk in the corridors of South Block, headquarters of the ministry of defence (MoD) goes that the reason the IAF and the MoD is seeking to reduce the numbers of the Russian FGFAs is to have an option of purchasing another variety of fifth generation aircraft
Norway may reduce its F-35 order by ten aircraft due to budgetary constraints, Norweigian broadcaster NRK reported on Wednesday. The US dollars strong appreciation against the Euro and other European currencies is said to be the reason for Norways budgetary overshoot
The Canadian government has ordered an “open and transparent competition to replace the CH-18 fighter aircraft focusing on options that match Canada's defence needs.” According to the text of a mandate letter from Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to his defence minister Harjit Sajjan on Friday made public in the Canadian media, the latter has been asked to work with the minister of public services and procurement to go through with the bidding process
Lockheed Martin has named Jeff Babione as the new executive vice president and general manager of the F-35 Program, effective January 1, 2016. Babione succeeds Lorraine Martin who has been appointed to the newly created position of deputy executive vice president, Mission Systems and Training (MST), the company said in a statement Friday
The F-35 Joint Strike Fighters cost will rise by $1 million per plane if Canada withdraws from the multi-nation effort to field a new stealth fighter. The move is likely to open talks about which rest of the F-35 partner nations get Canada's share of manufacturing parts for the plane, US Air Force Lieutenant General Christopher Bogdan told a subcommittee of the House Armed Services Committee, various media reported today
Canada has signalled to withdraw its fighter jets from fighting the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria. Canadas Prime Minister-elect Justin Trudeau on Tuesday told US President Barack Obama that the Canadian fighter jets will no longer be part of the fight against ISIL in Iraq and Syria
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