Still waiting

A new cost estimate for the F-35 apparently won’t be ready until the fall, in contradiction of point three of the Harper government’s seven-point plan to rectify the procurement.

It’s now been 42 days since I asked Julian Fantino’s office to respond to the auditor general’s suggestion that the defence department already had a 36-year lifecycle costing. Those questions were forwarded to the defence department. I’m still waiting to receive the department’s response.

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  1. While you wait, maybe you could alert your readers to some other aspects of the F-35 program.

    If they fit your agenda that is.

    • Loren Thompson is Chief Operating Officer of the non-profit Lexington Institute. The Lexington Institute receives funding from many of the nation’s leading defense contractors.

    • I think the most interesting part of that article is where the author explains that the costs of producing F-35s are dropping. In fact, apparently the planes that the Harper government told us were going to be $75 million each have already fallen in price to just $150 million each.


      So, if the most optimistic trends continue, we could possibly get our planes for only about 25% more than the government told us we’d get them for! What a bargain! I know when making budget decisions personally, I’m always thrilled when my BEST CASE SCENARIO is that the product I want to purchase will cost 25% more than I budgeted for.

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