The Bunker Group
I’m a bit like you John, I’ll believe it when a contract is signed and aircraft are rolling down the LM production line.Until an order is actually sent, I will hold off on the celebration.
I’m sure the Canuck political ‘spin doctors’ will be using the line that having delayed and waited this long, the end result will be that Canada will receive aircraft that are more mature and cheaper aircraft, Block 4 instead of Block 3F, etc.
But every coin has two sides.
All of the above is true, but it also comes at a cost too.
The RCAF has been forced to maintain, sustain and upgrade the old CF-18 fleet much longer than planned, plus the cost of procuring ex-RAAF F/A-18A/B which also require upgrades and modifications too.
There is no such thing as a ‘free lunch’, what you might save at one end, has already cost you at the other end.