Thursday, December 11, 2014

Canada report sees no F-35 edge

OTTAWA - The Lockheed Martin F-35 has no clear edge over three other jet fighters Canada is considering to replace its aging fleet, a declassified government report says. The F-35, Eurofighter Typhoon, Dassault Rafale and Boeing Super Hornet are all able of accomplish missions envisioned by Canadian military leaders. The only exception would be going to war with another state, but the report's authors concluded that unlikely. A purchase decision is not expected until after next year's general election. Canada is one of the original nine partner nation in the F-35 program and for now still intends to buy 65 F-35s beginning in 2020. (Sources: AFP via Yahoo, Flightglobal, 12/11/2014) Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is home of the F-35 integrated training center.