Politics Briefing: Defence Minister makes $19-billion buy of F-35s officialJanuary 9, 2023
Canada has finalized a $19-billion deal to buy 88 F-35 fighter jets to interchange its ageing fleet of CF-18s, ending greater than a decade of deliberations.
The primary F-35s will probably be delivered in 2026, and the CF-18s are to be phased out solely by the top of 2032, Defence Minister Anita Anand advised a information convention Monday.
The brand new plane are a part of a cope with the U.S. authorities, aerospace firm Lockheed Martin Corp. and plane engine producer Pratt & Whitney.
“The F-35 is a contemporary, dependable and agile fighter plane utilized by our closest allies in missions throughout the globe. It’s the most superior fighter in the marketplace and it’s the proper plane for our nation,” Ms. Anand mentioned.
“The F-35 offers pilots with enhanced intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance capabilities, drastically bettering their situational consciousness and survivability in as we speak’s high-threat operational atmosphere.”
The fighter jet has a most pace of Mach 1.6, or 1,975 kilometres an hour, and a variety of two,200 kilometres. It additionally has a service ceiling of 18,300 metres.
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THIS AND THAT
HOUSE ON A BREAK – The Home of Commons is on a break till Jan. 30.
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No schedules launched for social gathering leaders.
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