Today Bourque writes that:
Now, word that top military minds at DND HQ have been unleashed to determine potential alternatives with a view to bringing one on-stream in time to replace an aging fleet of CF-18s. Bourque has learned that two options have popped to the top of DND's wish list, the Dassault Rafale and the Eurofighter Typhoon, both incredibly advanced and lethal with twin-engined rockets that dovetail into Prime Minister Stephen Harper's desire to impose Canadian sovereignty on the Arctic frontier.
Let's compare, shall we? First the French Jet:
Now the Typhoon:
I don't believe the F-18s need even be replaced anytime soon. Does nobody remember how freaking long we flew the 104s and Voodoos? And those were the front line of our air defenses at the height of the cold war for christs sake! This buying new jets is all bullshit. Wasteful, unnecessary, bullshit.
(I do prefer the short, pert blond though)
Why aren't they considering the Super Hornet like the Aussies are getting? I know I sound like a broken record about the F/A-18E/F, but seriously, I don't own stock in Boeing.
It's finally becoming clear that the F-35 choice is based solely on participating in foreign air campaigns, primarily as a foreign air brigade of the USAF. It has virtually nothing to do with defence of Canada despite the rapidly growing security challenge of the far north. Indeed a paltry 65 short-ranged, low-weapon load F-35s mean we are abandoning national air defence entirely.
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