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Mark Collins – RCAF and F-35: New Fighter Requirements, NORAD and Overseas

9 Nov

A Canadian Global Affairs Institute tweet of a pro-F-35 piece: But see from 2014: F-35 and Canada: Good for “Discretionary” Missions, But… …its “capabilities…are not a good fit for Canada’s non-dis…

Source: Mark Collins – RCAF and F-35: New Fighter Requirements, NORAD and Overseas

Mark Collins – F-35 JPO PEO Goes to Ottawa

28 Oct

Lt. Gen. Bogdan pays us a visit: U.S. pitches F-35 jet to Ottawa as Liberals aim to replace fleet The U.S. Air Force made a last-minute pitch [the general actually represents the whole Pentagon] to…

Source: Mark Collins – F-35 JPO PEO Goes to Ottawa

Mark Collins – RFP Finally Issued for RCN Canadian Surface Combatant: “eye-watering” Details Wanted

28 Oct

Further to these posts, RCN’s Canadian Surface Combatant Will be Foreign Design [Nov. 2015, matter long settled–post lists competitors then] Irving Halifax Has Lead Evaluating RCN Canadian Su…

Source: Mark Collins – RFP Finally Issued for RCN Canadian Surface Combatant: “eye-watering” Details Wanted

Mark Collins – US Navy: Carriers or Subs, with the Dragon in Mind

21 Oct

Further to these posts, RAND on War Between the Dragon and the Eagle [note links at start] War Between the Dragon and the Eagle: USN Carriers up to It? some recommendations for the USN’s futu…

Source: Mark Collins – US Navy: Carriers or Subs, with the Dragon in Mind

Mark Collins – Now India Wants to Build Foreign Single-Engine Fighter (Gripen? F-16?)

11 Oct

Further to this post, En Flipping Fin: India Signs to buy 36 French Rafale Fighters one shudders to contemplate how long this process might go on–at Defense Industry Daily’s “Rapi…

Source: Mark Collins – Now India Wants to Build Foreign Single-Engine Fighter (Gripen? F-16?)

Mark Collins – RCAF CF-18 Life Extension: Will Canadian Government Actually Act?

6 Oct

Further to this 2014 story, Canada [Conservative government] to funnel money into upgrades to keep CF-18 fighter jets flying  and to this April post, RCAF: Decisions Needed on Extending CF-18 Horne…

Source: Mark Collins – RCAF CF-18 Life Extension: Will Canadian Government Actually Act?

Mark Collins – RCN, Canadian Coast Guard: Big Changes for Government’s Shipbuilding “Strategy”?

4 Oct

Further to this post and the comment, Davie Québec Wants to Build Icebreaker for, Unload Other Vessels on, Canadian Coast Guard, Part 2  some leaking is going on about what would be a major shake-u…

Source: Mark Collins – RCN, Canadian Coast Guard: Big Changes for Government’s Shipbuilding “Strategy”?