F-35 AND GRIPEN... How we got here and where to now?
With the FFCP decision expected to be awarded in 2022, it finally looks like Canada is in the final stretch to replace its aging CF-188 Hornets. With the recent ousting of Boeing's Super Hornet from the competition, we are now left with two very different candidates: The Lockheed Martin F-35A Lightning II and the Saab JAS 39E Gripen (Griffon). What a long, strange trip it's been... Nearly twelve years ago, when I started Gripen4Canada , the Joint Strike Fighter was a troubled project that seemed to be on the verge of collapsing in on itself. Despite this, the Canadian government at the time had committed itself to buying 65 F-35As. Shortly after, it was found that no other alternatives were fairly considered and that "fuzzy" math was used to come up with a $9 billion price tag. Real costs were said to be much closer to $46 billion over the lifetime of the aircraft. The fighter purchase was then "reset" (ie: put off). An "independent" re