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Thu Dec 13, 2012, 09:56 AM

Canada to consider other planes besides F-35

http://www.boston.com/news/world/canada/2012/12/12/canada-consider-other-planes-besides/Oer9lWJmGU95XXDUpCJYmI/story.html

Canada to consider other planes besides F-35
By ROB GILLIES
Associated Press / December 12, 2012

TORONTO (AP) ó Canada is considering buying fighter jets other than U.S.-made F-35ís because of escalating costs associated with Lockheed Martinís troubled Joint Strike Fighter program, the countryís defense minister said Wednesday.

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MacKay said Canada needs to have all viable options on the table to replace the current fleet of 1980s-vintage CF-18s, which the government says will reach the end of their projected service life around 2020.

He reiterated that Canada wants to buy 65 jets for about $9 billion. But escalating costs and delays have dogged the F-35, which is now the most expensive U.S. Department of Defense procurement program ever.

A KPMG report says the lifetime cost of Canada owning 65 F-35ís is estimated at $45.8 billion over 42 years.



Previous December 2012 threads on this overpriced POS:

12/2 --> http://www.democraticunderground.com/11791765
12/5 --> http://www.democraticunderground.com/11791795
12/7 --> http://www.democraticunderground.com/11791847
12/9 --> http://www.democraticunderground.com/11791853
12/11 --> http://www.democraticunderground.com/11791887
12/12 --> http://www.democraticunderground.com/11791899

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