F-35 jet fighter as a replacement for the Royal Canadian Air Force's aging CF-18s is getting even murkier, if that's possible.The suitability of the controversial
The fighter-replacement program has been thrown into limbo already over cost issues and development delays, with Ottawa considering whether to abandon the U.S.-sourced F-35 Joint Strike Fighter and reboot the search for another candidate.
Now comments by a senior U.S. Air Force general hint that Ottawa may have gotten it wrong from the very beginning.
First, a little background: The CF-18, in service with the RCAF since 1982, fulfills both an air superiority and ground-attack role for the Canadian Armed Forces, meaning it can dogfight with enemy jets and also work as an effective bomber.
Presumably its replacement should be able to do the same. Not so, says Gen. Michael Hostage, head of the U.S. Air Force's Air Combat Command.
In an interview published in the Air Force Times last month, Hostage said essentially the F-35Read More »from U.S. general’s comment further clouds viability of F-35 fighter for the RCAF