The U.S. military grounded its entire fleet of 97 Lockheed Martin F-35 stealth fighter jets last week following an engine fire at a U.S. Air Force base in Florida.
Dogged by controversy, criticism, and endless setbacks in its effort to buy new fighter aircraft, the Harper government is reportedly hitting the pause button on the process while it ponders whether to proceed with the purchase of Lockheed Martin’s F-35 Lightning II without holding a competition.
Michael Byers’ latest report One Dead Pilot, shows that the government will expose Royal Canadian Air Force pilots to unnecessary risks to life and limb should it hold firm on its commitment to buy the F-35.
The federal government is once again being pressed to reconsider its previously announced decision to buy a fleet of F-35 stealth fighter jets. “This time the argument isn’t about cost or procurement problems, it’s about what’s inside the plane.”
Canada’s largest defence and security trade show took place in Ottawa this week. CANSEC is the annual trade show organized by the Canadian Association of Defence and Security Industries.
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