PICKING A WINNER.
Now that we are down to the final stretch of the Future Fighter Capability Project (FFCP), it seems only right to devote some time learning about how the winner will be ultimately chosen. Some suggest that the Joint Strike Fighter's selection is a foregone conclusion. This is due to the F-35 winning similar competitions in Switzerland and Finland . While this is an important bellwether, it should be noted that these competitions were held using different parameters and criteria. It should also be noted that both announcements have met with skepticism and protest . This is especially true when it comes to claims the F-35 won on " economical " grounds. It turns out the one of the reasons why the F-35 was cheaper was because it would be flown only 140 hours per year instead of 180 . Other aspects of the competitions seem to give the F-35 distinct advantages as well. (This might be worth its blog post...) Whatever the case, it is important to remember that Canada