But while the Canadian contract is secure, given that Harper won't budge an inch on his determination to own them, despite the fact that they come without engines, the United States could be set to abandon the project.
The cost of building the F-35 fighter jet, set to replace a large part of the US warplane fleet, is "unaffordable" in its current version and must be reviewed, the Pentagon's top acquisition official said Thursday. "Over the lifetime of this program, the decade or so, the per-aircraft cost of the 2,443 aircraft we want has doubled in real terms," said Ashton Carter, the under secretary of defense for acquisition, technology and logistics.The culture of "easy money" for military spending after 9/11, is partly to blame in the U.S..
In Canada, it's Harper's ignorance. He's an easy mark.