What’s Canada Buying? November 24, 2012
- F-35 Tug o’ War: Change of Heart? (1) Public Works Minister during Question Period: We’re not married to the old Statement of Requirements in reviewing the options - more from the Question Period transcript here.
- F-35 Tug o’ War: Change of Heart? (2) “The Conservative government will signal it is serious about buying an alternative to the F-35 fighter jet by asking rival manufacturers about the cost and availability of their planes, according to defence industry sources. The formal request for information will be issued to rivals like Boeing, which produces the Superhornet, and the consortium that makes the Eurofighter Typhoon, asking them what jets are available, and at what cost, if the Canadian government decides to ditch the trouble-plagued F-35 purchase. The pricing and availability information request falls short of a formal tender but government sources said the “market analysis” will send a signal to voters and industry that it is taking seriously the Auditor-General’s spring report that was heavily critical of the F-35 procurement process ….”
- F-35 Tug o’ War Aussie defence blogger Eric Palmer: “Air forces wanting the F-35 doom their nation’s defenses”
- “The Honourable Peter MacKay, Minister of National Defence, (yesterday) announced eight contract awards for general maintenance at Canadian Forces Base Gagetown. The overall value of the contracts is over $1.18 million ….”