The Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has expressed doubts over the reliability of the US F-35 stealth fighter, as the government looks to replace its old fleet of jets.
Justin Trudeau, Canadian Prime Minister
“From past 10 years, whenever the time came to deliver the required equipments to the Canadian military the Conservatives always failed,” he said in parliament on Monday.
Canada joined the United States and its allies in1997 to develop the F-35 Lightning II stealth fighter, but later announced that it would buy 65 of them. After coming under fire over its fluctuating prices and lack of transparency, the previous Conservative government widened its search for a new fighter jet.
Trudeau was against the F-35 and after coming to power he ordered a reopening of the bidding process.
On Monday, the news spread that Ottawa was to replace its F-18’s which have been in service since 1982, with Boeing’s Super Hornet. Others in the running are the Eurofighter Typhoon, the Dassault Rafale and the Saab Grippen.