Well...  We all saw this coming, didn’t we?

It was announced today that the the Canadian government will acquire 18 used RAAF F/A-18 Hornets. This will address the “capability gap” that the RCAF finds itself in thanks to an aging fighter fleet.  

Along with this announcement, it was announced that Canada would begin its search for a permanent CF-18 replacement.  If all goes according to plan, a contract will be awarded by 2022 with deliveries beginning in 2025.  Interestingly enough, it was announced that the new fighter analysis will include an assessment of "overall impact on Canada's economic interests," (take that, Boeing!)

So...  I looks like it’ll be ANOTHER four years (at least) before this long, winding CF-18 replacement saga.  (And me without my iMac!)

p.s:  I want to thank all of you who have offered support after my recent personal challenge.  It is very much appreciated.  

Just to give you an update, my family and I are safe and sound. We have a place to stay and the insurance company has been great so far.  While the house fire was limited to the kitchen, smoke damage has written off most of the interior of the house. It’s all mostly stuff that can be replaced or repaired and we we are looking at it as chance to do some much needed renovations. 

This holiday season is going to be different for sure, but it’s driving home what is really important:  Family, friends, and good will toward mankind. 

I hope to make the occasional post here over the next few months. Luck willing, things will be back to normal just in time for Canada’s fighter search to begin in earnest. 


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