Bubble Canada to buy 65 Lockheed Martin F-35

Today, Lockheed Martin announced that:
FORT WORTH, Texas, July 16th, 2010 -- The Government of Canada today announced plans to acquire the Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II as the country’s next-generation fighter aircraft. The F-35 will replace Canada’s fleet of CF-18 Hornets that entered service in the early 1980s.
The F-35 is a supersonic, multi-role, 5th generation stealth fighter developed and funded by a consortium of nine countries, including Canada. It is designed to excel in both air-to-air and air-to-ground operations and features the most comprehensive and powerful avionics of any fighter ever produced. Canada plans to acquire 65 F-35s to replace the CF-18 fleet that is currently in service. Delivery of Canada’s F-35s will begin in 2016.
According to Wikipedia, each of these F-35 costs about US$200,000,000. So basically, Canada is wasting about $13 billion on these aircrafts. Why? Is there any rational reason for such a waste? What are they going to do with it? Probably nothing, but at least some guys pocketed probably a nice sum of money under the table, in an offshore account...

No comments: