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Canada formally scraps F-35 deal

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http://www.thestar.com/news/canada/politics/article/1301215--f-35-purchase-to-be-scrapped-by-ottawa



Canadian Conservative government formally drops F-35, begins search for alternative. Anyone think the Super Hornet for us Canucks should have won all along ? Edited by Atreides

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Frankly, I do. I never did understand the need for the F-35 for Canada.

 

With the size of your budget, the 'huge tracts of land' you have to patrol/defend (where 2 engines might be nice to have), and the commonality of training and some parts with your current Hornets, the Supa Hornet seems a much more logical fit.

 

FC

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I agree Fast. The Super Hornet seems a lot more of a logical choice. What would Princess Lucky think of this anyway? :) Still wonder what would've happened if we managed to get the F-14s from Iran... ?

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Does'nt really come as a surprise.Canada had been promised too much but reality is always a bitch.The F-35 project was simply not quick enough for the Canadian government I guess.Also,judging by the large terrain Canada has,a double engined bird would be a better option.The Super Hornet seems like a good choice.

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agreed with the Super Bug. as for capabilities, when is the last time the Canadians went somewhere without the US? although its a ding to the national pride, two engines plus range makes more sense for the air soveriegnty mission with their territory, plus the coalitions they will likely be a part of overseas will see US stealth kick in the door so to speak on day one, with the Canucks following behind once the most dangerous EADS are down. seems to be the trend last few wars anyhow, why not tailor the budget to that fact?

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I'm not very surprised. Considering the price of the F-35 and the fact that Canadian forces don't really need a stealth multirole fighter, it seems obvious they had to cancel the deal. I think the Super Bug could be the better choice for the RCAF.

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Frankly, I do. I never did understand the need for the F-35 for Canada.

 

With the size of your budget, the 'huge tracts of land' you have to patrol/defend (where 2 engines might be nice to have), and the commonality of training and some parts with your current Hornets, the Supa Hornet seems a much more logical fit.

 

FC

 

My thoughts exactly.

 

Honestly, I'd expect that this will open up more countries to pull out also. No one wanted to be the first.

 

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I don't understand why Canada didn't go with the right stuff from the start and went Eagle on it's airspace.

Too bad F-15 Silent Eagle is pretty much a concept only, that thing would be epic IMO...

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Except if they take a Super Bug they'll have to replace it sooner than if they went with 35s.

 

Fact or assumption? Is the service life less than the F-35? Is it based on hours flown or numbers purchased? For one F-35, you can purchase two Super Hornets. They've budgeted X amount of money already, based on their required number of F-35s. By purchasing more Supers, they coult reduce the amount of hours put on the whole fleet. So in a sense, they might get as much life.

 

-S

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No to mention maintenance costs, SH will quite surely be much cheaper to maintain and take more hours in the air before maintnance not to mention that Canada does not use them on carriers, a fact that will decrease the tear and wear even more...

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Fact or assumption? Is the service life less than the F-35? Is it based on hours flown or numbers purchased? For one F-35, you can purchase two Super Hornets. They've budgeted X amount of money already, based on their required number of F-35s. By purchasing more Supers, they coult reduce the amount of hours put on the whole fleet. So in a sense, they might get as much life.

 

-S

 

Based on none of that. I was saying that the Super Hornet will be obsolete before the 35 will. Less survivable, less capable (fused avionics-wise), less effective. The SH is still 4th gen, even if you want to call it 4+ or 4.5 or whatever. By the mid-21st century it will be no better than flying a MiG-21 or F-4 today.

 

It really depends on what their plans are. The SH will be a perfectly effective airplane in friendly territory or in an area with total air superiority for decades to come. However, in 2040 I don't think I'll be wanting to fly one into a modernized ADA network facing SA-600s or PAK-FAs or whatever. After all, Israel could've had them too, but they chose to wait for the 35.

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By the time Canada engages in serious aerial combat in the future, the F-35 will already be outdated.Super Hornet ftw.

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By the time Canada engages in serious aerial combat in the future, the F-35 will already be outdated.Super Hornet ftw.

 

Air to air combat is not the concern. Dropping bombs vs advanced SAMs is.

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