What if... Canada went with a mixed fleet?
The USN's and Australia's future fighters. If Canada were to go it alone in building its next fighter, we should challenge the JSF marketing machine head-on. That is what 46% of you believe, anyway. While the medium-sized multirole fighter won out, it did not get a clear majority. 19% of you think we would be better off developing a smaller, cheaper aircraft, while 34% of you think that Canada should go big or go home. This goes to show, you cannot please everybody. Or can you? Instead of taking a "one size fits all" mentality, Canada could hedge its bets by operating a mixed fleet of fighters. I have advocated for this before , and I still believe it allows the most flexibility. I am not alone in my belief here, as most of the world's major air forces operate at least two front-line fighters. In 20 years, some of the largest fighter fleets around the world will look like this: USAF: F-22, F-35A, F-15E USN: F/A-18E/F, EA-18G, F-35C USMC: