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Canada Purchases 88 F-35 Fighter Jets in $14.2Bln Deal With Lockheed Martin

Samizdat – 09.01.2023

The Canadian government has inked a C$19 billion (US$14.2 billion) deal with Lockheed Martin to acquire a fleet of 88 F-35 fighter jets, Minister of Defense Anita Anand said on Monday.

“Today, I am announcing that Canada is acquiring a new fleet of 88 state of the art F 35 fighter jets through an agreement that we have finalized with the United States government and Lockheed Martin with Pratt and Whitney. This investment is estimated at $19 billion, making it the largest investment in our Royal Canadian Air Force in 30 years,” Anand said during a news conference.

Canada will acquire the aircraft in tranches and the first tranche will include 16 jets, the second in 2026 will include four jets, the third in 2027 will include six jets and the fourth in 2028 will also include six jets.

The rest of the fleet should be delivered by the end of 2032 just in time for the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) phase out of its fleet of CF-18 jets, Anand added.

The defense minister noted that there is no clause in the agreement holding Lockheed Martin accountable for failing in the delivery schedule.

Canada has also acquired more CF-18 units from Australia to supplement RCAF’s fleet in the interim period, Anand said, adding that those are also being upgraded under the so-called Hornet extension project.

“These two initiatives will help extend the life of our CF-18 fleet to 2032 and will allow for a gradual transition from the CF-18 to the F 35,” Anand added.

January 9, 2023 - Posted by | Militarism |

4 Comments »

  1. Canada purchases the Bradley Fighting Vehicle with wings. This plane is a dud as most recipients of it have ascertained. Yet, our imbecilic Politicians and military hardware procurers have saddled us with a lame duck out of political considerations instead of going for the best buy for the buck, which certainly isn’t the overloaded, highly fragile F-35. This is just another waste of taxpayers’ money.

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    Comment by papasha408 | January 9, 2023 | Reply

  2. It would have been cheaper to have updated the Arrow, and have a better airplane.

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    Comment by Curmudgeon | January 9, 2023 | Reply

  3. why would canada ever need 88 new fighter jets. oh right, maybe some day they will be menaced by greenland or alaska.

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    Comment by jha | January 9, 2023 | Reply

    • Someone needs to tell Justin Trudeau, that because we have no say in the American houses of government, we don’t need to buy into their ‘Military Industrial Complex,’ schemes! Plus, the plane is a fragile dud!

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      Comment by papasha408 | January 11, 2023 | Reply


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