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Canada’s Next Generation Fighter Capability – The F-35 JSF
Air Force News — By Canadian Department of National Defence on July 20, 2010 at 6:07 am
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The Canada First Defence Strategy states that the Canadian Forces will acquire a next-generation fighter capability that will help them carry out their core missions of defending the sovereignty of Canadian and North American airspace through the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD), and providing Canada with an effective and modern capability for international operations.

Canada will acquire an aircraft fully interoperable with our key allies to effectively conduct joint operations through the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) or a coalition. At home, the Canadian Forces will acquire a robust aircraft, capable of operating across Canada’s vast geography and under harsh and varying weather conditions. A next generation fighter with stealth technology is an extremely effective deterrent against challenges to Canadian sovereignty.

In July 2010, the Government of Canada announced it is acquiring the Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) F-35, a fifth generation fighter jet, to replace its fourth generation fleet of CF-18s, which are expected to reach the end of their operational life in the 2017-2020 timeframe. Delivery of the new aircraft is expected to start in 2016.

The F-35 is the only available fifth generation aircraft that meets the Canadian Forces’s need for a next-generation fighter. The acquisition of the F-35 will help the Canadian Forces operate effectively to defend against the threats of the 21st century at home and abroad.

The F-35 is less visible to radar, providing very low observable stealth, has integrated sensor fusion that provides the pilot with all available information at a glance, and high-capacity, secure net-enabled operations that allows all F-35 aircraft to communicate with each other and share data in a secure environment.

What constitutes a fifth generation fighter?

There are three key capabilities that distinguish a fifth generation fighter aircraft from a fourth generation:

* Interoperability: a fifth generation aircraft provides a unique combination of stealth, long-range high-resolution sensors, and secure high-capacity networks that allow all F-35 aircraft to communicate with each other and share data in a secure environment;
* Sensors/Data fusion: fifth generation incorporates a system that consolidates tactical information from the sensors and off-board sources to provide pilots with a clear understanding of the tactical situation at a glance;
* Survivability: the survivability of a fifth generation aircraft is significantly increased by very low observable stealth, advanced sensors and secure data-link, which means a fifth generation aircraft can accomplish more in a mission with fewer supporting assets required.

A fourth generation aircraft cannot be upgraded to a fifth generation; the capabilities of a fifth generation aircraft, such as stealth technology, long-range high-resolution sensors, automated data fusion and secure high-capacity networks, must be built in.

A fifth generation fighter provides Canada with the highest probability of mission success, as well as the highest probability that the Canadian Forces pilot and aircraft will return home safely from the mission.

The Joint Strike Fighter Program and Canada’s History of Participation

The F-35 has been developed by Lockheed Martin and partners through the Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) program, a multinational effort to build and sustain an affordable, multi-role, next generation stealth fighter aircraft. Partners in the program include: the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Italy, Turkey, Denmark, Norway, and Australia. Purchasing the F-35 will ensure Canada remains interoperable with these major allies – including the US, our NORAD partner – well into the middle of this century.

JSF is the single largest fighter aircraft program in history. The total value of the program is expected to exceed US$383 billion, with production expected to top 5,000 aircraft; JSF partners are anticipated to acquire more than 3,000 aircraft, and export sales are estimated by Lockheed Martin at more than 2,000 aircraft. Based on these predictions, royalties from the export sales amounting to approximately $130 million will accrue to the Government of Canada’s Consolidated Revenue Fund.

The JSF program is comprised of three distinct phases: the Concept Demonstration Phase (1997 – 2001) which involved two competing bidders developing prototype aircraft (Lockheed Martin was selected as the prime contractor); the System Development and Demonstration Phase (2001 – 2013), developing and testing the aircraft systems and components to be used; and finally, the Production, Sustainment and Follow-on Development Phase (2007-2051), initiating production of the aircraft and sustaining parts for the serviceable life of the aircraft and follow-on development.

Canada has been a participant in the JSF program since 1997, when the Department of National Defence signed on to the Concept Demonstration phase with an investment of US$10 million. As part of this phase, Canada participated in the extensive and rigorous U.S.-led competitive process where two bidders, Boeing and Lockheed Martin, developed and competed prototype aircraft. This process led to the selection of Lockheed Martin as the JSF manufacturer in 2001.

In 2002, Canada joined the System Development and Demonstration phase with a monetary investment of U.S. $100 million, with an additional U.S. $50 million contributed through federal Canadian technology investment programs. The System Development and Demonstration phase runs through 2015.

In 2003, the United States invited the current partners to participate in the Production, Sustainment and Follow-on Development phase of the program. In December 2006, Canada signed the JSF Production, Sustainment and Follow-on Development Memorandum of Understanding (MOU). The cost for Canada to participate in this phase is approximately U.S. $551 million over the course of the 2007-2051 timeframe. This contribution will be used to cover Canada’s portion of production, sustainment and follow-on development costs, including common tooling, sustainment, and follow-on development activities.

Acquiring a Next Generation Fighter Capability

In 2008, the Government of Canada announced its intent to replace the CF-18 fleet with a Next Generation Fighter Capability (NGFC). This was announced as a key commitment under the Canada First Defence Strategy.

In 2010, the Government of Canada exercised its options under the JSF program memorandum of understanding with the partner nations to acquire the F-35 to meet Canada’s operational requirement, while providing the best value for Canada.

By acquiring a next generation fighter aircraft through the JSF program, Canada will see a significant reduction in the cost of acquisition and savings throughout the life-cycle of the aircraft, due to the collaborative approach to the sustainment and follow-on development.

The Government of Canada has committed approximately CAD$9 billion to the acquisition of 65 F-35 aircraft and associated weapons, supporting infrastructure, initial spares, training simulators, contingency funds and project operating costs. This is funded through the Canada First Defence Strategy and the National Defence Investment Plan.

The majority of the expenditures will not be required until the 2015-2020 timeframe, when Canada will begin to take delivery of the aircraft. Canadian industry will begin to benefit immediately, providing a near-term boost to the Canadian aerospace and defence sector.

Sustained Economic Benefits for Canadian Industry

Canada’s participation in the JSF program brings significant benefits to Canada. This program is delivering on the Canada First Defence Strategy’s commitment to a renewed relationship with Canada’s defence industry, leveraging Canada’s competitive advantage and working with industry to help position Canadian companies for success in the global marketplace. With a long-term investment in this aircraft, Canada’s defence industry has a rare and unique opportunity to be a part of the JSF global supply chain, advancing its technology, while bringing jobs and sustained economic benefits to regions across Canada.

In order to maximize industrial benefits and minimize costs, partner countries agreed to a best-value approach to industrial participation in the JSF program. In accordance with the JSF memorandum of understanding and in support of Canadian industry, Industry Canada has signed agreements with Lockheed Martin and partners. These industrial participation agreements have provided unprecedented access to a significant multinational defence program for companies across Canada, including small and medium enterprises.

Participation in the JSF program has already provided Canadian industry with long-term, high technology industrial opportunities, such as advanced composite manufacturing, mission systems and high speed machining. To date, Canada has invested approximately CAD$168 million in the JSF program. Since 2002, the Government’s participation in the JSF program has led to more than CAD$350 million in contracts for more than 85 Canadian companies, research laboratories, and universities—meaning that Canada has already seen a two-to-one return on its investment.

Now that Canada has committed to purchasing the F-35, Canadian industrial opportunities could exceed CAD$12 billion for the production of the aircraft. Sustainment and follow-on opportunities for Canadian industry are emerging and will be available over the 40-year life of the program. For instance, in accordance with the industrial participation agreements, all 19 Canadian companies manufacturing items for the F-35 will also repair and overhaul those components for the entire global fleet.

Not only does the F-35 meet all of the Canadian Forces operational requirements for a next generation fighter aircraft, the F-35 offers the best value by providing exceptional capability at the lowest cost with excellent benefits and opportunities for the Canadian defence industry. This acquisition will equip the Canadian Forces with the aircraft it needs to defend Canada’s sovereignty and contribute to the defence of North America and international security.


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  • These overpriced pieces of sh!t are costing our countries our future.
    The threat of an enemy attack on our nations is 30 years old.

    Are you kidding me?
    Sorry Canad. You got ripped off.

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  • Sweet!!!

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  • Props to our proud Canadian brothers.

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  • ya the jets are pricey but the smart munitions are even more pricey we will have to duct tape the privates to each wing so they can cut the bombs loose and arm them with M4 rifles for strafing

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    • Well since the effective killing range of a M4 (C8 in Canada) is only 400m then we are going to have to make sure we teach those pilots to strafe real low.

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  • I'm not pro war or pro military but seeing our fleet of obsolete CF-18 being dismantled one by one to refurbished other CF-18 was pathetic and was breaking my heart. What a shame. Thanks Lockheed and uncle Sam. Our pilots will surely jubilate.
    Oh and I just applied to be a sonar technician for the (Royal) **I don't think her majesty Elizabeth the second cares** Canadian Navy. Need to wait for the rest of the process.

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  • Canada.......always getting first dibs on the best new toys......

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  • Yeah, US is buying like 2200 or something like that, we are buying 65. Thank god for NORAD, lol. Then again we could always purchase more and the runner up was the Super Hornet and that doesn't make sense with no aircraft carrier ships. One of my best friend stands a very good chance of being one of the first pilots trained on it, he just has to undergo more training on the Harvard 2 (American Beechcraft T-6 Texan II) and then the Hawk training jet.

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  • Think of the millions this aircraft is going to save not having to build those super carriers anymore.

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  • The buzz is that it has too short a range is too heavy and can't carry a useful payload.
    Oh and it's very expensive.
    It is anticipated that alot of the existing orders will be cut heavily or cancelled

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  • very good planes I liked the raptor better but the jsf can hover which isn't bad...now lets see mexico buy ONE!!! lol

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    • i know those jets will be usefull, but as a canadian i would like to see our gouvernement spending more money on drones since the cost would be much MUCH lower and ....its the future of battlefields....drones and unmanned machines ftw.

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    • You'll see a lot more drone tech coming...these planes will probably be the last manned fighters in production for the Western forces.

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    • its cool, if you read Natos treaty, we get to have some nukes from you guys as gifts in case the reds come over the poles, you see we have no nukes because usa will give us some some as the good brothers you are :)

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    • consider that UAV already have bombs on the larger predators (the larger version of the UAV) that jdam a target, i tend to agree, although optics would have to be improved, look at it this way, the faster we get unmanned drones working for us, the sooner we get a AI to kill us all :)

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  • Well I think the Canucks will get them cheaper, if they haggle as the UK is cutting back on the number of them it ordered from US as basically they are over-priced and the US again is refusing the UK rights on the stealth technology so much for the "special relationship" it has always come at an inflated price.
    UK was to build two "Super" aircraft carriers -the most advanced yet in the world but I guess that will be cut back to one and then rented out to our "friends&qu More..

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  • Ahahahah why the fuck does Canada buy such weird shit? I'm Canadian btw.

    First it was those 2 fucking WW2 era Desiel Subs that we bought at bargain bin prices from the UK, oh btw one guy died in one of them due to a huge electrical fire.

    Now this? Who knows what else. Peter Mackay, our "Defense Minister" hasn't served a day in the military in his life. How could he possibly know whats best for defense?

    How about instead of buying 1 brand new toy, you re-invest into the toys you alre More..

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    • actually i would think it would be cool if canada went russian for its army gear, if you look at costs, you would get three time the amount for cost, and all honesty new line of rifles like polish http://www.mon.gov.pl/pliki/Image/obrazki_do_stron/strona_142_beryl.jpg

      you get better value and shit that wont jam or break down the second you fire it.

      if it ever came to a war with china/russia the west would lose, because we have a huge support need, where a solider from the east may be less tra More..

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    • The Apache is only shown to be good against helpless soldiers with AK-47s. It has never been up against anything that can really fight back.

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  • Good job!
    But the liberals had the money spent already on arts programs.

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  • Useless costly machine wich will end up like the f-18...... bad maintenance and barely a dozens capable of flying.......



    fucking useless waste of money



    the f-35 is an aircraft made for modern aerial warfare...... We are in a guerilla fighting age......... COMPLETLY FUCKING USELESS WASTE OF MY FUCKING MONEY

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    • The F-35 Lightning 2, is also known as the Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) It is designed to be a better bomb truck. Hence the word Strike in its name. Air to air combat is not the primary function of this aircraft. That role is taken care of by the F-22 Raptor.

      The F-35 is the aircraft that will be providing air support for our ground troops for the next couple of decades. It is exactly the aircraft we need for the type of conflicts we are likely to be involved in for the near future.

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    • Again you dont know what you are talking about. Bad maintenance? Do more research.

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    • Thanks for sticking it to that asshat. I see him trolling every where on LL.

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  • I like jets and military but this jet is far more money than what it is worth.... not a good spending of money.

    You have got many jets I see on a daily basis, that are almost identical to these new jets... the only good advancement to these is their increased stealth.

    ---the "hover" serves ZERO purpose as you cannot hover and then take off. You can hover, and just hover back down.... how fucking useless and misleading.

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    • It wasnt meant to hover than take off. Its a STOVL(Short TakeOff Vertical Landing). Not an VTOL(Vertical TakeOff Landing). I think its too powerfull to transition from a hover too flight. Seems only slower planes can do it. Im no pilot or physics major though.

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    • Oh and VTOL jets are big slow and cant carry shit for payload. This thing is a powerhouse.

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    • There is a wealth of information about the F-35 out there on the internet. Do some research and you will learn why this aircraft is different than all the other aircraft out there. It is much more going for it than just an increase in stealth.

      The F-35B is actually a Short Take Off Vertical Landing (STOVL) aircraft. It is not intended to make vertical takeoffs with a combat load. Watch the first video linked below, it tells the story better than I can.

      Lockheed Martin%u2019s official vide More..

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    • Do some research before you open your mouth again. I dont want to have to laugh at you more than I already have.

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  • Last i heard the JSF was up for discussion of being scraped do to cost.

    The only good thing about the JSF is the Pilots helmet display capabilities.

    Australia did a test last year with this jet against Russia and China's 4 generation fighters. And it go ass whooped. Even when it was supported by the super hornet and F-22 it came out bad.

    You cant listen to Americans when it comes to its capabilities. The majority of Americans believe the JSF is more stealthy than the F-22.

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  • EF Typhoon is a better deal in the long term and technologically more advanced than the F35, apart from frontal stealth. BAe technology is just above and beyond.

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  • What? No, say it ain't so man!!

    Canada does not need this?

    Make love not war? F ck Bush and his armies of killing machines dropping bombs on innocent Muslims trying to live a peaceful life!!

    That's why Muslims don't mess with Canadians, Canadians are not like Americans! Right?, all you Canucks, that told me for years that we don't need your war machine, we are a "provincial" nation of peace and love and multiple languages!

    I know I know, Mike where are ya man?????

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  • nevermind lol im ashamed to post this long ago........

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