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CanadaOttawa's planned fighter competition incompatible with F-35 obligations: U.S.

20:35  06 may  2019
20:35  06 may  2019 Source:   msn.com

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OTTAWA — U . S . officials have threatened to pull the F - 35 out of the competition to replace the Royal Canadian Air Force’ s aging They say the requirement is incompatible with Canada’ s obligations as a member of the group of countries working together to develop the F - 35 stealth fighter in the first

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OTTAWA — U.S. officials have warned the Trudeau government that its plan to hold an open competition to replace its aging CF-18s is incompatible with Canada's obligations as a member of the F-35 stealth-fighter program.

The warnings are in two letters sent to the government last year that were obtained by defence analyst Richard Shimooka and released in a report published by the Macdonald-Laurier Institute think-tank.

The letters specifically take issue with the government's plan to have each fighter-jet maker commit to re-investing in Canada if its aircraft wins the upcoming competition aimed at buying 88 new planes for $19 billion.

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Lockheed Martin F - 35 Lightning II procurement is the planned selection and purchase of the Lockheed Martin F - 35 Lightning II, also known as the Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) by various countries. The F - 35 Lightning II was conceived from the start of the project as having participation from many countries

The Lockheed Martin F - 35 Lightning II is an American family of single-seat, single-engine, all-weather stealth multirole combat aircraft that is intended to perform both air superiority and strike missions.

While that is standard for most Canadian military procurements, the U.S. officials note that Canada agreed not to apply such a requirement when it signed on as one of nine F-35 partner countries in 2006.

Companies in those countries are instead allowed to compete for work associated with the plane, and the U.S. officials say imposing requirements as a condition to bid will mean the F-35 won't be entered in the race.

Canada has contributed roughly $500 million over the past 20 years toward developing the F-35, which now is expected to compete against three other aircraft to replace the CF-18s.

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