Canada Turns Against the F-35

Canada Turns Against the F-35

A Canadian purchase of F-35 Joint Strike Fighters is out the window until at least the early 2020s. Ottawa will instead acquire 18 Boeing F/A-18 Super Hornets to augment its aging fleet of 77 CF-18 Hornets, the Canadian Defense Ministry announced Nov. 22.

The stealthy F-35, 65 of which the Stephen Harper government selected to replace the CF-18s, has come under increasing criticism in Canada for its price, repeated delays and mechanical troubles. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau vowed to reopen the competition during his 2015 election campaign.

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