Three months have passed since I last posted on this blog. (Has it been that long?) The time has come to return to the fray.
Shortly before my self-imposed exile, the Liberal Party of Canada took over as the ruling government of Canada. Part of their election platform was to cancel the purchase of 65 F-35A Lightning II stealth fighters and instead "launch an open and transparent competition to replace the CF-18s".
Since then, we have not heard much else.
Sure, the government has set up a new office to run the "Future Fighter Capability" project, but so far there has been no information regarding what aircraft will be considered or whether or not the JSF will be given a second chance. (It very well might be...)
So... Really... We are not too far away from where we left off. As usual, we will simply have to wait.
In the meantime, there is still plenty to talk about. The fixed-wing search and rescue bids are in, with a notable exception. There is also the upcoming Federal Budget, which should give a good first impression as to the current Trudeau government's plans for the Canadian military.
Until such time as a fighter competition is announced, my posting will likely be sporadic at best. With any luck, I hope to post at least once a week, maybe more... Maybe less. I will also be browsing the comment section, just be sure to keep it civil.
Thanks for being patient during my absence!