Canada Ditches Super Hornet After Threats to Buy F-35 or Lose 10,000 Jobs

Two Trillion dollars for an aircraft that still doesn’t function and is a threat to the lives of the pilots? Who in their right mind would touch it with a barge pole? Well, PM Trudeau, it seems, would. The Corporates have the upper hand and the Trade Agreements with the US will come back to bite them in the behind – ah well, such is life -when you get into bed with the likes of the US.

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It may be seven years late and $160 billion over budget, but the F-35 fighter - the most expensive piece of fighting equipment in history - may finally make its official debut this summer.
 

Lockheed Martin pointed an economic weapon of mass disruption at Ottawa and it appears that Justin Trudeau has blinked caving to the defense contractor’s threats.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau rose to power last fall on a pledge not to purchase the defective F-35, an aircraft that he has said “does not work,” is too expensive, and is wholly incompatible with Canada’s defense needs pushing his country instead to move towards a deal to acquire Boeing’s Super Hornet – a fighter jet with greater air maneuverability allowing it advanced performance in air-to-air combat.

That promise crashed along the shores of political reality this week as Canada reneged from its earlier proposal to acquire Boeing Super Hornet jets on an interim basis to plug the country’s air defense capability gap after Lockheed Martin threatened to pull all of its operations out of the country which would result in a massive layoff of some 10,000 employees and potentially bankrupt portions of Canada’s defense sector that benefits from the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program.

The Canadian government…

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