F-35: ONE Engine is Safer than TWO!?? - Says Pratt & Whitney Publicity to Influence the Process in Canada Favoring The F-35 Aircraft
But For Canada and Its Tax Payers The Perfect Choice Is...
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9:15 local (13:15 UTC) - August 13, 2019 - by Sylvain Faust for fliegerfaust.com
On top of what was mentioned in my latest article regarding the ongoing "lobby" activities in Ottawa trying to influence the decision to be made by civil servants here, we now have to cope with one of the major engine manufacturers from the US apparently volunteering his "solution", but de facto, promoting the F-35 machine.
This not so subtle publicity is targeted to Canadians on Twitter, see it below.
Performance, safety and reliability unlike any of its twin-engine competitors for @RCAF_ARC's future fighter. See why the F135 is the world's most advanced fighter engine for @theF35 - and the right choice for Canada.
— Pratt & Whitney (@prattandwhitney) August 10, 2019
This is part of a continuing public relation effort by Pratt & Whitney to convince the population of Canada that selecting the F-35 (obviously equipped with their engine) is the perfect idea. But it is not, if you followed the F-35 problems since day one.
But we're not dealing here with your friendly local subsidiary known as Pratt and Whitney Canada, as they most probably would like us to believe, but with the powerful world-class entity based in East Hartford, Connecticut, who's really pulling the strings here as well.
Technically, the perfect choice for the CF-18 (CF-188) Boeing Hornet replacement would be an upgraded version of the current CF-18 Hornet, the Boeing Super Hornet. Bigger, stronger, more powerful, better payload with high-tech avionics. This would represent a way more logical answer to Canada's real needs, implying lower transition cost, seamless continuation of pilot and maintenance training as well as deployment logistics, etc.
But... when the big guy from the US did sue Bombardier and its CSeries, Boeing Commercial Aircraft in fact sent a boomerang missile that destroyed any chance Boeing Defence had of landing this (and many more) lucrative military contracts with the Canadian government... and rightly so. This is a prime example of what we mean when we say: "Penny wise, dollar fool".
What remains as proven viable options? SAAB Gripen E and the Airbus Eurofighter Tryphoon. Airbus even offered to have it totally assembled in Canada… what an economic impact, with the right to modify the software and systems… something Lockheed Martin is "NOT" offering at all.
You want to know what is going on in Ottawa/Gatineau with the on-going selection process, really?
- Read : All You Need To Know About The Replacement Of The Canadian Boeing CF-18 Fighter Jets - Or the chronicle of (another) announced disaster.
- Read: New Fighter Aircraft Selection Process - What Matters For The Canadian Department of National Defence Is The "Perceived" Objectivity...
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