Budget woes may kill U.S. F-35 plans

Cancellation could impact Canada’s purchase

The U.S. Government may cancel plans to purchase F-35 jets if a bipartisan congressional committee can’t agree on a deficit reduction plan by next week. In letters to congressional leaders, U.S. Defence Secretary Leon Panetta warns of severe defence cuts ahead if the super committee fails. “Decisions related to major programs could include: Terminate Joint Strike Fighter; minimal life extensions and upgrades to existing forces,” the letter says, according to the Globe and Mail. For now the threat remains remote. Even if the committee avoids a decision on cuts, Congress could vote to spare Defence or simply cancel their earlier across-the-board cuts entirely. On the off chance the F-35 is scrapped, it could be bad news for Canada, which plans to purchase 65 of the jets between 2016 and 2022. Without the massive U.S. order, the average price-per-plane could soar out of Canada’s range.

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Budget woes may kill U.S. F-35 plans

  1. Thank goodness.  With even the US wavering on these, perhaps it’ll give some of our own governing politicians enough spine to get us out of this boondoggle.

    • Somehow, they’ll make it out to be the Liberal’s fault for spending all that money to be an informed partner… not their’s for refusing to tender the planes.

  2. “Without the massive U.S. order, the average price-per-plane could soar out of Canada’s range.” Really, let’s hope that the Conservative fealty to Lockheed does not extend past an American cancellation of orders for their own plane…

  3. So I might have to learn Russian, is what you are saying…

  4. We can but hope!

  5. A fine column from Michael Den Tandt.

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