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EUROFIGHTER DROPS OUT

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Airbus, which represents the Eurofighter consortium, announced the decision to withdraw from Canada's future fighter competition.  This follows Dassault, which announced its decision to leave back in November of last year.  This leaves Lockheed Martin, Boeing, and Saab pitching their F-35, Super Hornet, and Gripen; respectively.

I wish I could say this came as a surprise.  Sadly, anyone who has been paying attention should have seen this coming.

Airbus's reasoning for dropping out of the competition sound suspiciously close to Dassault's; citing difficulty meeting security requirements and a last-minute alteration to the RFP that seemed to favor the JSF.
“A detailed review has led the parties to conclude that NORAD security requirements continue to place too significant of a cost on platforms whose manufacture and repair chains sit outside the United States-Canada 2-EYES community,” the statement from Airbus and the UK Defence Ministry noted. “Second, both parties conclud…

THE CONTEST IS ON... NOW WHAT?

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FINALLY.

After years of delays, setbacks, controversies, and false starts; Canada is now on its way to finding a replacement for its aging CF-18 fighters.

There are still doubts as to whether or not the process will be fair.  Both Airbus and Boeing have expressed concerns that the RFP is skewed in favour of the F-35.  The RFP draft was modified after Lockheed Martin complained that its “industrial offset” clause all but disqualified the F-35.  That same modification gave additional points for sustainment, however.  This tilts the contest away from the JSF, as its current sustainment model is an absolute mess.

Of course, with a federal election coming up this fall; things could go sideways yet again.

The Liberal government has taken some flak (rightly so) for its handling of the CF-18 replacement.  After criticizing the previous Conservative government, the right thing to do would have been to immediately start rewriting an RFP and attempt to have a new fighter chosen before the nex…