Mackay announces 'new calculation' for F-35, and a new launch for submarines - Macleans.ca

Mackay announces ‘new calculation’ for F-35, and a new launch for submarines

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Still trying to defuse the F-35 jet fighter controversy, after saying a $10-billion difference the Auditor General identified in the government’s price tag for the planes was an “accounting” matter, Defence Minister Peter Mackay said Tuesday “a new calculation” and more oversight would guide the revamped  purchase process for the airplanes.

Mackay took the chance to announce that the HMCS Windsor submarine will be re-launched off Halifax on Wednesday, three years behind schedule and $28 million over the $17 million budget for the submarine’s renovation. The HMCS Windsor is one of five submarines Canada bought from the Royal Navy, that have been plagued by problems, raising concerns from the Navy according to an internal Navy report cited by CTV.

Mackay said he expects all four submarines Canada has to be operating in two years.

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