Grumpy Old Man
Verified Defense Pro
And tie that in with the report the last few days that the unit cost of the F-35 will increase by approx. $1m per airframe (probably a US$1m too), because of the more than likely loss of the Canadian order of 65 airframes, then as a partner nation I'd be saying to LM, "reallocate the Canadian work share around, a few extra $100m or so to each of the partners".
That would seem to be fair to me, if it's going to cost another $100m or so for the Australian order of 72 airframes, give us a share of Canada's work to balance it out!
it will be interesting. I attended industry briefings a few years back where there was some hostility from other countries re the amount of work that canadian companies were getting ahead of others and yet they had not made committments.
There's not a lot of sympathy towards the canadian govt as the country is a victim of successive govts deferring major projects - except now the flow is now going to impact on others.
OTOH what it will do is release slots for Israel, Japan, Singapore and South Korea to get in earlier.
Although there is the usual trolling coming from the known anti-JSF commentariat re the end of the world as we know it, I'm not seeing that flow onto final outcomes. In fact even at the projected blow out costs which don't factor in bringing in the outsiders, the $100m is a blip in the contingency bucket.
BS and the "nnnn" strong brigade and co however must be pre-orgasmic
at the most fundamental level its a risk mitigation issue which had been factored in anyway as it was pretty apparent that canada was becoming more and more of a wild card - cref my prev on other players outside the 8.3 partner cohort. and cref my prev on the impact on the contingency bucket (and each country factors in contingency)
in fact contingency for major capital acquisitions can be up to 40% depending on how that country does its projections and forward acquisition estimates.
the other things which seems to be misunderstood is that the increase in the base acquisition price is not a through life fleet cost.
its not like a change in interest rates on a home loan - however that won't stop the known critics wringing their collective hands and predicting the end of all thats good in the world etc.....