Military allows F-35 to be promoted at fighter jet base in midst of $19B competition - The CF-18 Replacement Competition is Rigged?
The decision to have only one of the four competing fighter jets on display further fuels concerns among some industry representatives that the competition is rigged
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June 22, 2019 - by David Pugliese for nationalpost.com
- Last month Lockheed Martin requested the RCAF fly in one of its Cyclone helicopters to a defence trade show in Ottawa so it could highlight the firm's high-tech aerospace capabilities. The RCAF agreed and taxpayers paid $25,350 for the helicopter's round trip.
Having only one of the four competing fighter jets on display has further fueled concerns among some industry representatives that the competition is rigged in favour of the F-35.
Lockheed Martin Canada, the subsidiary of the jet's U.S. manufacturer, has been touting the unique opportunity to market the aircraft's appearance at Canadian Forces Base Bagotville and the air show there.
Bagotville is one of Canada's main fighter jet bases.
Alan Williams, the former procurement chief for the Department of National Defence, said the decision is clearly wrong...