F-35 jets Canada
October 24, 2011 by staff
The staging of billions of dollars, the purchase price means that the Conservative government can only afford 65 of multi-role stealth fighters.
The number – Canada currently has 79 aging CF-18 – extends the capability of the Air Force to meet its commitments as a series of briefings to the Air Force chief last year.
Internal memos from the Air Force since the fall of 2010 was the “potential for NO pilot training in Canada.”
A separate report in April 2010 says that the size of the fleet of F-35 is “limited” by the cost and other factors.
Presentations, obtained by The Canadian Press in access to training information, the range of the U.S. Air Force or a contract “fee for service” approach than do in Canada.
Defence Minister Peter MacKay said 65 fighters are more than sufficient to meet the needs of Canada, but the information raises doubt about that, because the Air Force must have 36 fighters on alert for North American air defense and a dozen other training.
The evaluation of the spring of 2010, written before the government announced its intention to purchase the aircraft, the Air Force suggested that “the ability to optimize performance by not using (a) part of the fleet for training.”
Training, either present range of U.S. Air Force – Or contracted “fee-for-Service” – as best we do in Canada.
Americans receiving instruction would be “rich” experience level, but still require the commitment of the F-35 in Canada. Allowing an outside agency to do the training will enable the Air Force to “maximize” the number of aircraft in its fleet.
Under the proposal, pilots continue to receive their initial qualification in the country, but go elsewhere for advanced training.
The data suggests the spring of 2010 initial proposals for the Programme Officer F-35 Executive Officer of U.S. military program officer at the Pentagon were “positive.”
A spokesman for the National Defense said Monday that no decision has been made.
“The Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) is reviewing the options available and choose the option that best suits the needs of Canada’s future training of fighter pilots,” said Evan Koronewski in an email.
“Canada can exercise the option to participate in a managed JSF Program Office International Pilot Training Centre (PTC). Any decision on how and where does this training will be done with full consideration to the specific training needs of Canada.”
Last year, MacKay and former Parliamentary Secretary Laurie Hawn announced the 65 F-35 was separated from 24 planes each with three wings in Bagotville, Que. and 4 Wing Cold Lake.
There would be training squadron, who insisted that “in a place to be announced in the future.”
The plan raises questions about the future of Air Force tactical fighter squadron operations, based in Canadian Forces Base Cold Lake, Alta. Trainers to run a 410 Squadron fighter pilot course every year, where he graduated about 20 pilots.
The training program consists of nine months of ground school, simulator flights including flight and the flight operational. The flying school has been doing advanced training of Air Force since 1960.
“Until such time that a training solution that is decided, is not yet possible to assess the impact, if any, of the OTU (Operational Training Unit) at 4 wings,” said Koronewski.
The U.S. expressed doubts about whether Canada buy enough stealth aircraft Wikileaks cable, dated December 7, 2004.
The classified diplomatic cable noted that even with the current allocation of NORAD, Canada is struggling to defend their own cities for 24 hours, seven days a week basis in times of crisis.
“If with keys and pre-positioned in a high state of preparation, the Canadian Air Force could cover Vancouver, Edmonton Calgary, Ottawa, Montreal and Toronto,” said the leaked document. “This would leave almost no ability to provide warning aircraft from Winnipeg, Halifax -. O Quebec City”
It is unclear whether the cost to lease F-35 flight training is a factor in the esteem and 9 billion to 14 billion and the purchase price – or $ 7 million and expects a 15 billion and expenses sustaining.
The report also highlights some of the technical challenges facing the aircraft, including the need to install drag chutes for short runway landings and to develop an in-flight refueling probe-to-air. Both were considered minor modifications.
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