Tidbits from Both Sides of the Fight

What’s Canada Buying? December 21, 2012

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  • F-35 Tug o’ War  Another nail in the JSF coffin?  “The Canadian military has decided it will rely on the U.S., other allies and private companies for air-to-air refuelling if the government purchases the F-35 because the stealth fighters aren’t compatible with Canada’s current refuelling aircraft.  The revelation is buried in an explosive report released last week and means the Canadian military would be reliant on third parties to realize the full benefits of its F-35s – a situation opposition critics and analysts say is completely unacceptable …. Air-to-air refuelling is considered to be of critical importance to Canada’s military aircraft given the country’s massive size, particularly when it comes to conducting sovereignty missions in the North.  F-35 manufacturer Lockheed Martin initially said the stealth fighter would be compatible with Canada’s existing refuelling aircraft – a claim repeated by Defence Minister Peter MacKay.  “Lockheed Martin, the manufacturer of the plane, has confirmed that the F-35 can handle different types of refuelling systems, including the one currently used by our forces,” MacKay told Parliament on Jan. 31, 2011.  Numerous defence department documents subsequently showed the F-35 was in fact incompatible with Canada’s existing fleet of refuelling aircraft, but the military said it was examining ways to address the problem.  Now, according to accounting firm KPMG, National Defence has decided to change that plan and instead outsource air-to-air refuelling if Canada buys the stealth fighters ….”  
  • Wanted:  new housing at Cold Lake for ~$2.8 million
  • The Individual Behaviour and Performance Section of Defence Research and Development Canada (DRDC) – Toronto has a requirement for a Comsed body composition tracking system Model BOD POD Gold Standard or equivalent …. Delivery is required by 28 March 2013The Canadian Forces Health Services has noted that a number of soldiers are losing significant weight (fat and lean muscle mass) during operations and training. The measurement of body composition, in the field, during prolonged operations in extreme environments is an important part of determining how the body responds to changes in diet during Canadian Forces operations ….”

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21 December 12 at 12:15

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