Why Joint Strike Fighter Aircraft? Program costs rise and benefits carry risks

Kenneth Epps Conventional Weapons, Defence & Human Security

Briefing 10-3

Kenneth Epps

For what may become the most expensive procurement program in Canadian history, the government of Canada has provided a sparse rationale for procuring a future stealth fighter aircraft without competition. The costs of the announced purchase continue to rise, life-cycle expenses are likely to be much higher than floated estimates, and industrial benefits are not as they appear. Sober second thought is in order, starting with a transparent assessment of how the aircraft will be used.

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