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Here in Canada we have a history of providing our men and woman in the armed forces hand me down equipment other countries are in the process of retiring.  The people in suits in Ottawa don't think its important for our service members to have the best. While Canada waste money buying Australia's used F18's , Australia with a smaller population then Canada spends 10 Billion dollars a year more on defense then Canada.  Australia has spent the last 10 years modernizing its Navy, Army and Air force,    

http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/australian-fa-18-fighter-jets-boeing-1.4349023

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Who knows, maybe it's the Canada being the wiser one. :happy:

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Better than the uk wasting millions on that abortion which is the F-35 Flymo. (the hovering one). We should buy some Sukhois to grace the deck of our latest carrier...

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The proposed purchase from Australia is retaliation in part against Boeing's attempts to smother Canada's Bombardier's C Series jets at birth.  Boeing's hypocritical complaints have persuaded the US government to impose a ludicrous 330% (!) tariff on Bombardier.  This in turn  has understandably soured Canada's previous plans to buy Boeing"s F-18 Super Hornets.

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1 hour ago, Lon Duncombe said:

The proposed purchase from Australia is retaliation in part against Boeing's attempts to smother Canada's Bombardier's C Series jets at birth.  Boeing's hypocritical complaints have persuaded the US government to impose a ludicrous 330% (!) tariff on Bombardier.  This in turn  has understandably soured Canada's previous plans to buy Boeing"s F-18 Super Hornets.

Lon Duncombe

Bingo!  That is correct and what Boeing is doing makes no sense.  Bombardier builds small capacity, regional jetliners, Other than the B737, Boeing builds high capacity jetliners.  There is really little overlap in the two markets, so it makes no sense to me as to why Boeing would do such a thing.  I wonder if Boeing will target Embraer next?

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7 hours ago, YukonPete said:

Here in Canada we have a history of providing our men and woman in the armed forces hand me down equipment other countries are in the process of retiring.  The people in suits in Ottawa don't think its important for our service members to have the best. While Canada waste money buying Australia's used F18's , Australia with a smaller population then Canada spends 10 Billion dollars a year more on defense then Canada.  Australia has spent the last 10 years modernizing its Navy, Army and Air force,    

http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/australian-fa-18-fighter-jets-boeing-1.4349023

So, who do you think Canada is going to war with? Australia has actually spent a fair amount of time, fighting in the Pacific and Asia and takes its treaty obligations seriously. I worked with Aussie troops in Vietnam who actually were there to fight. Canada honors her treaty obligations with non-combat troops only.

DJ

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Its funny how those so called experts who say the F35 is a lemon have never flown one. Here is a Canadian news report from CBC in 1980 with them saying the Hornet is a lemon! Sound familiar? And the hornet turned out to be a fabulous platform.  

 

 

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1 hour ago, ubersu said:

So, who do you think Canada is going to war with? Australia has actually spent a fair amount of time, fighting in the Pacific and Asia and takes its treaty obligations seriously. I worked with Aussie troops in Vietnam who actually were there to fight. Canada honors her treaty obligations with non-combat troops only.

DJ

You are so out of the true fact zone here that you owe it to yourself to re-educate yourself. Start by a google search of "JTF 2 Presidential Unit Citation". That is just a sample of Canadian participation in joint and combined operations since Korea.

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Well, as Sydney Camm once said: 'All modern aircraft have four dimensions: span, length, height and politics', and ever was it so when it comes to purchasing aeroplanes.

 

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6 hours ago, stans said:

Bingo!  That is correct and what Boeing is doing makes no sense.  Bombardier builds small capacity, regional jetliners, Other than the B737, Boeing builds high capacity jetliners.  There is really little overlap in the two markets, so it makes no sense to me as to why Boeing would do such a thing.  I wonder if Boeing will target Embraer next?

If one believes the media:........ the US gov’t import export financial assistance is referred to as the Bank of Boeing while here in Canada the Canadian federal and Quebec provincial gov’ts are the Bank of Bombardier. What’s interesting is at least Boeing is publically owned while Bombardier while in theory is publicly owned in reality it is controlled allegedly by one Quebec family. Our Liberal prime minister who has a great amount of his voting base coming from Quebec is not likely to do anything which might upset any Quebecers which includes buying a new Boeing product. He’d rather buy used equipment first for our military if it keeps Quebec happy.  As Canada tends to operate military aircraft for 30-40 years or longer buying something with a lot of its life behind it may not be the smartest move or the best use of limited tax dollars. Boeing  on the other hand has a large facility in Winnipeg (western Canada) among other locations that both the Quebec Premier and Montreal mayor are calling on Trudeau to take action against even/especially if it costs western job and destroys an aerospace sector....that could be competing against Bombardier down the road. It’s a mess and both our governments could have behaved better. We’re both stuck with the status quo for the time being.

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That version of the F-35 doesn't hover so it will hoon around better due to less weight. HOWEVER, I'm sorry but that display was.... lacklustre... mediocre. I saw nothing in that display which an F-4 Phantom couldn't manage - maybe the slow flybys might have been a little slower than an F-4, but nope, nothing to see there.  Heck I was more impressed by this Starfighter video!

Now, if we're talking Sukhois....  the F-35 had better be able to destroy any adversary at BVR, because if it gets up close, then this beast can point it's nose wherever it needs to... and you may be able to buy his mate too for the cost of one F-35..

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vfYElZi9QTk

 

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9 hours ago, Lon Duncombe said:

The proposed purchase from Australia is retaliation in part against Boeing's attempts to smother Canada's Bombardier's C Series jets at birth.  Boeing's hypocritical complaints have persuaded the US government to impose a ludicrous 330% (!) tariff on Bombardier.  This in turn  has understandably soured Canada's previous plans to buy Boeing"s F-18 Super Hornets.

Lon Duncombe

Sadly, whether you buy them from Boeing, or from Australia, we're still buying Boeings which indirectly supports that corporation. If Canada were serious about protecting our industry, they'd fund Bombardier to build our fighters ourselves under license like we used to do.

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The thing with air displays, is that you don't know what the weight of the aeroplane is for a kick off, and they are never carrying any military payload when doing such displays. You will quite often see a military jet wowing crowds with its incredible turn rate at low level, but only because it is using pure power to do so when in full afterburner, and as anyone who knows anything about jet engines will tell you, most combat aircraft would be completely empty of fuel after about ten minutes of afterburner at low altitude, which of course does not matter when doing a display over an airfield as you can pretty much run the thing until damn near empty and know you've got somewhere to land right below you, it's a different story when 200 miles over enemy terrain. 

I remember watching an F-16 and an SU-27 both doing that sort of display at RAF Fairford at the 50th anniversary of the USAF air show years ago, and sure, the F-16 was turning real tight over the airfield, but it needed full 'burner to do it, conversely, the SU-27 was making those same turns in dry power. It was pretty obvious which one would have won in a turning fight, and it wouldn't even have needed to fire its weapon, it could have just waited for the F-16 to run out of fuel.

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Indeed - but assuming both are balls to the wall on vapours and none are carrying any weapons - the internal cannon wouldn't even be loaded - then it's pretty much a damning comparison against the latest whizz bang jet. Canada's just biding its time with time-served and proven airframes until the CF105 Arrow II is developed.... :dry: :cool: :cool:

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Bloody Heck,..not more hand me down garbage for our First Class fighter pilots...the SuperHornet was an excellent option for Canada.  The STUPIDITY of my government continues to astound me.

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46 minutes ago, Boomer said:

The STUPIDITY of my government continues to astound me.

It's not just your government, Chris.

Greg

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7 hours ago, ubersu said:

So, who do you think Canada is going to war with? Australia has actually spent a fair amount of time, fighting in the Pacific and Asia and takes its treaty obligations seriously. I worked with Aussie troops in Vietnam who actually were there to fight. Canada honors her treaty obligations with non-combat troops only.

DJ

Do some research buds. We had more of a combat presence in Afagnistan and lost more troops the the Aussies did. Not that it's a contest. 

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17 hours ago, YukonPete said:

Here in Canada we have a history of providing our men and woman in the armed forces hand me down equipment other countries are in the process of retiring.  The people in suits in Ottawa don't think its important for our service members to have the best. While Canada waste money buying Australia's used F18's , Australia with a smaller population then Canada spends 10 Billion dollars a year more on defense then Canada.  Australia has spent the last 10 years modernizing its Navy, Army and Air force,    

Not sure where you are getting this from. Yes the Submarines got a beating in the press that led to a public perception, but I did used to live across the street from CFB Halifax for years and used to watch those subs from my balcony, also drink with the engineers and sailors that worked on them and they would tell you a very different story. Take the time to talk to those that work on them and not what you read in the press and you will find a group of people having pride in something they feel very fortunate to be able to work on, and they hate that bad press more then anything.

This purchase is a stop gap measure because of a trade dispute, but Canada doesn't have much of a history of buying used aircraft with some exception, in fact Canada has a history of building interceptors and selling them to other nations if you look at the Canadair CF-104 Starfighter, 200 of those built in Montreal for Canada, Denmark, Norway and Turkey. Canada should be doing more of this if big business south of the Canadian Border would allow it. Unfortunate that the C-Series is under threat like the Avro Arrow was.

I would have liked to see Canada buy the rights to build their own fleet and they do have some very good options in the CF-35 program having opportunities to take part in the supply chain of that fighter as well, but yes this is another opportunity with bad press as well. I don't think you will ever find a situation that works for everyone with the sort of press coverage that Canada has. I love Canada, I just prefer talking to Canadians then reading about Canada in the CBC, Canadians tell a different story.

Also I will add I did get to know people that worked on the SeaKing's as well. Best way to describe those guys is like keeping an old muscle car going that you love , Yes you could work on a 2016 Toyota or you could work on a 1968 Camero, which would you prefer? Anyone you talk to that has ever worked on or flew those SeaKings will tell you how much they loved them. Ask the CBC about the Seaking's and it is a sad but different story. I think the Seaking will go down in history as the best Helicopter ever produced as for me they are the 747's of the Helicopter World, and it is awesome to see Marine One still use it from time to time.

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I would never judge an aircraft, and/or aircraft and its complete weapons system, by an airshow demo.  I would also never advise getting in a turn fight against an F-16 unless he was fully loaded and then it would be a serious gamble, especially in a SU-27. I think the biggest difference in Canada and Australia is that Canada happens to have the worlds best military just south of them which happens to be very friendly to Canada and Australia does not.  Canada can afford to spend less on its military.  As far as the F-35 goes, this negativity happens with every new weapons system it seems.  I have no doubt the F-35 will be a fine weapons system in time.

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