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Is the F-35 Lightening II Right For Canada as Costs Spiral Out of Control!

Updated: May 30


Has Canada made a big mistake in purchasing the F-35 stealth aircraft?


The Pentagon is second guessing their upcoming inventory numbers of aircraft.


The report from the U.S. Government Accountability Office indeed paints a challenging picture for the users of the F-35 Lightning II aircraft. The projected costs for sustaining the F-35 Lightening II's have seen a significant increase, rising from $1.1 trillion in 2018 to $1.58 trillion five years later, which is a 44% increase.

This trend of increasing costs is expected to continue in the future, which could put a strain on the resources of the Department of Defense and other users of the aircraft. The report suggests that despite efforts, it is unlikely that there will be a fundamental change in the estimated operating costs of the aircraft.

This situation underscores the complexity and challenges associated with maintaining and operating advanced multi-role aircraft like the F-35 Lightning II. It also highlights the importance of effective cost management and strategic planning in defense spending.


The reduction in F-35 sorties can be attributed to a few key factors:

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Now the question remains. How can Canada afford these aircraft? Would it have made sense to have 2 different aircraft say....the Swedish SAAB JAS 39E Gripen as well as 22-28 F-35 Lightening II? We have already seen the RAAF (Royal Australian Air Force) reduce flight times significantly due to operational costs.


What do you think?


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