Showing posts from January, 2019


As we enter 2019 and what should be the homestretch of Canada's CF-18 replacement saga, I thought it would be useful to do a quick update on where all the fighters stand.

After years of development problems and controversy, the F-35 can now be declared an operational fighter.  The jet has been declared IOC for both the USAF and the USMC, with the USN scheduled for later this year.  Not only that, but foreign customers are taking deliveries and the aircraft has even seen limited combat.

Better still, the JSF's unit cost has finally dropped.  While early models were wildly expensive, later model prices seem to have leveled off to approximately $95 million (US) per unit.  Most recently, the F-35A broke the $90 million barrier.

Despite the current Trudeau government campaigning on the promise to not buy the F-35, the JSF is still very much a contender to replace the CF-18.  The requirements are no longer written around it, however.

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Once again, I apologize for the lack of content lately.  My work/life balance has been completely out of whack lately and I needed a little time to perform what mental health experts call "self care"...  Which basically means taking a step back and relaxing for a bit.

I am working on new material and I do plan to follow Canada's fighter selection saga until the bitter end (whenever that is),

In the meantime, please check out Alex McColl's thesis on on the subject, available here.