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Cost of Typhoon fighter jet soars

- July 11th, 2013

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Reports of skyrocketing costs and quality control problems could make the Eurofighter Typhoon too expensive for Canada’s tastes.

German newsmagazine Der Spiegel reports the Typhoon has suffered from shoddy manufacturing and software problems, causing delays and cost overruns.

It says the German defence ministry now “estimates the cost of the program at $22.8 billion by 2018″ for 143 aircraft. Read more…

Strut your stuff, Canada tells fighter jet makers

- January 25th, 2013

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OTTAWA – The feds are playing quiz-master with fighter jet manufacturers, asking five companies for input on a draft questionnaire developed for the industry.

The move is part of the government’s new effort to evaluate the F-35, Super Hornet, Saab Gripen, French-made Rafale, and Eurofighter as replacements for Canada’s old CF-18 fleet.

“Describe the air-to-air, air-to-ground and anti-surface warfare weapon capabilities intended for operational use on the aircraft,” the questionnaire asks manufacturers, among more than two dozen questions. Read more…

Will voters ground Tories over F-35?

- May 23rd, 2012

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Only 6% of Canadians say they give the federal government a passing grade on how it’s handled the F-35 fighter jet program, according to an Abacus Data survey exclusive to QMI Agency.

Even among Conservative supporters that number is only 11%.

Read the full story here.