Tue, Jul 13, 2010
May Purchase As Many As 65 Joint Strike Fighters
In a move that may bee seen as controversial by Canadian
citizens, the government said that it plans to announce Friday that
it plans to purchase as many as 65 new fighter aircraft to the tune
of $16 billion. The top contender, sources say, is the F-35
Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter.
Canada's Department of National Defense says it has not
officially decided on which aircraft will replace its current
fighter fleet. Defense Minister Peter MacKay had announced in May
that Canada would buy the JSF, but he later backtracked and said
there would be a competitive bid process.
The Vancouver Sun reports that the news is coming at a time when
Parliament is not in session, and that national interest is
relatively low due to the summer holidays. But some opposition
members of Parliament are questioning whether the current fleet of
CF-18 fighters needs to be replaced at all. The last upgraded CF-18
was delivered in March, and some are saying that the cost of a new
fighter can't be justified.
The $16 billion (Canadian) price tag reportedly would include a
20 year support contract.
Also: Mohr Retires-Quietly, iFly on iOS, Record Female Skydive, China Goes To The Moon, SAFE Resources EAA Counsel Alan Farkas has filed a 48 page Petition for Review of FAA Action>[...]
Searching For Missing Bonanza Believed Down In Rugged Terrain When a single engine plane goes down in the continental U.S., Civil Air Patrol’s cell phone and radar tracking e>[...]
Astronauts Memorial Foundation The Astronauts Memorial Foundation honors and memorializes those astronauts who have sacrificed their lives for the nation and the space program by s>[...]
High-drag devices that can be raised into the air flowing over an airfoil, reducing lift and increasing drag.>[...]
"The MX-1 is the 'iPhone of space'; a platform capable of supporting many apps including our core plan of exploring the Moon for resources of benefit to humanity." Source: Moon Exp>[...]