Canadian Election: ISIS, the F-35, Justin Trudeau and POTUS
WingsofFury said:So I thought I'd start this thread to get the debate rolling....
My vote goes to the SLAM Eagle. I've stated the reasons previously.
Here's a question to ponder; could a competition be held that would exclude the F-35 as mentioned by the Liberals?
RoyalDrew said:Oh and who exactly is going to buy this aircraft other than us? Everyone else has either signed up to buy the F35 or opted for a cheaper Russian or French aircraft.
Our only real options are the F35 or the Rafale.
Good2Golf said:At this point, Libs will probably back out of the cut with a partial fleet of 35s (maybe 25-ish) and whatever continental defence balances the cost...SH or Grippen NG.
Spencer100 said:I'm betting if it is a Liberal government, approx. 25 F-35 (Canadian businesses have too much lose) And a Hawk replacement RFQ with some extra to go for air policing.
dapaterson said:AFAIK, the Hawks are not RCAF, but belong to the contractor. Not our problem to replace. One of the advantages of contracting out.
Downhiller229 said:The Hawks are leased to Bombardier by a federal entity. Not our problem to maintain, totally our
problemdecision as to how to replace.
dapaterson said:Nope. Owned by CAE who bought the business from Bombardier.
WingsofFury said:Good2Golf, you want us, Canada, to pay for the development of a plane that isn't even in production yet in the Silent Eagle; how much money do you really think we'll have left after the cuts to DND are done?
WingsofFury said:You have a problem with an air superiority fighter that has made the transition to the penultimate strike fighter gradually. As an A2A platform equipped with AESA radar, there is no threat that this platform couldn't counter. When it comes to being part of a strike package, as is often part of our role when involved in NATO or UN missions, we'll be able to stay on target longer and carry out more strikes due to the larger weapons capacity which the SG variant would carry. This would only be enhanced by the carriage of the SDB.
WingsofFury said:Finally, the Strike Eagle will be in international and US service well into the 2050's which means that part sourcing when needed won't be an issue. The SG is a relatively new platform, and all of the avionics and weapons systems onboard are new. The awesome thing about the platform is that it made the transition to Strike platform about as smoothly as anyone could have envisaged.
WingsofFury said:Thanks for your 0.02...but please consider what I'm proposing above.
WingsofFury said:Finally, given that there WILL be cuts, I doubt very much that we'll have a split fleet.