day on that channel was experts and interviewers discussing the F-35 JSF'
and whether that is a good choice for Canada.
Although the military wants the latest and greatest and stealth capability,
you don't need that kind of high tech to defend Canada's Sovereignty
in the far north or on maritime patrol..it's overkill. Yes, if you want to
participate in future bombing wars (like Libya and such), then a strike
fighter that can fly under the radar undetected to knock out russian made
SAM missile launchers is just the thing..but at 70 mil a piece for the basic
airframe, no engine, no avionics for attack or ECM, it's not going to be
the ideal fighter of the next 20-30 years for Canada. This was some
"sweetheart deal" that Harper and his cronies arranged with Lockheed-Martin.
Boeing is prime contractor for the Super Hornet, another strike fighter variant
that is based on the F-18 but next generation with partial stealth (ECMs) to
provide multirole capability and they are only 42 million COMPLETE with
avionics and ECMs!
But I guess if the PCs want the Ferrari, they are not going to settle for a
Mustang at less than half the cost now. The F-35 is projected to be
double the intial cost with the next 10 years as delivery starts to ramp up.
Some countries like Britain who were initially eager to order 70, have decide
it's too expensive for their budgets and cut down the initial order to 40!
Now as one may know, on any high tech item, the huge developement cost
is written off over x copies..if those copies sold are less than anticipated,
then the cost per unit goes up tremendously!..and that's what's going to
happen if they decide to go ahead with it. Harper's promise to families
of new tax credits etc..will go out the window..because that promise is
predicated on the PC eliminated the deficit in the next 4 years..and that
isn't going to happen if they keep spending on Ferraris to fight foreign wars!
Health care costs are esculating..but that's where they should be spendingAll the big numbers you hear are for the life of the jet, which is likely twice as long as predicted. How much will health care cost over the next 30-40 years?? A lot more than 65 JSF's that's for sure!
the money..after all health care benefits all the people of Canada and
some are taxpayers.
Again, are we missing the point? Money spent on police/fire services/SARHow about we reduce the police, the fire department, and the search and rescue while we're at it? Surely the failing US will pick up the slack
benefit the people of Canada directly. Some fancy JSF is only to fight
foreign wars because we are part of NATO and it's the old story with
technology changing the face of war.."Ya can't take a knife to a gunfight!"