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  1. MarkOttawa

    Opportunity to update the CC-150 fleet?

    Another used plane for RCAF: Mark Ottawa
  2. MarkOttawa

    Defending Canadian Arctic Sovereignty

    Excellent piece by Prof. Adam Lajeaunesse (Adam Lajeunesse), title of the year so far: Mark Ottawa
  3. MarkOttawa

    Justin Trudeau hints at boosting Canada’s military spending

    USAF professional head was in Ottawa with RCAF while Trudeau and Anand were at NORAD--laying down the law? Strange no mention I can see from our government: Starting to feel like a full-court press from Biden admin. on NORAD etc. Mark Ottawa
  4. MarkOttawa

    The RCAF's Next Generation Fighter (CF-188 Replacement)

    RCAF F-35A contract, first delivery, look like slipping right as, e.g., CAE demands a cut:
  5. MarkOttawa

    New Canadian Shipbuilding Strategy

    Bonne flipping chance with that 2025 date. "Acquisition malpractice" a colossal understatement: Gosh. Wonder why. FUBAR. Mark Ottawa
  6. MarkOttawa

    New Canadian Shipbuilding Strategy

    Just imagine how much faster and cheaper these ships for CCG would be if purchased abroad (but now Coast Guard spending counts towards that NATO GDP target so maybe gov't likes that high cost)--and over three years just to get an agreement in place before any contracts. How many ships will be...
  7. MarkOttawa

    CMMA - replacing the CP140 Aurora

    Plus Norway and Germany and India.
  8. MarkOttawa

    FWSAR (CC130H, Buffalo, C27J, V22): Status & Possibilities

    I find it hard to believe that the whole acquisition will simply be abandoned whatever the CC-295's deficiencies; but the whole procurement process was completely FUBAR, far too much politics and media hoo-hah. The final para really is not material: Mark Ottawa
  9. MarkOttawa

    F-35 Joint Strike Fighter (JSF)

    And note this--a tweet: Mark Ottawa
  10. MarkOttawa

    F-35 Joint Strike Fighter (JSF)

    Looks like Finns will have all their F-35s operational well before RCAF has most of its 88--note also some Norwegian QRA F-35s for Arctic: Mark Ottawa
  11. MarkOttawa

    Canada's Cold War - looking for book suggestions

    And very useful on NATO, Korean War, Suez Crisis: https://www.amazon.ca/Mike-Memoirs-Lester-Pearson-1948-1957/dp/1442615656/ref=sr_1_1?crid=H1F7QBXF3YN4&keywords=mike+pearson+memoirs+volume+2&qid=1650915863&sprefix=mike+pearson+memoirs+volume+2%2Caps%2C172&sr=8-1 Disclosure: I worked on book...
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    Canada's Cold War - looking for book suggestions

    Another for AvGeeks: Cold War Fighters: Canadian Aircraft Procurement, 1945-54 by Colonel (ret'd) Randall Wakelam Cold War Fighters: Canadian Aircraft Procurement, 1945-54: Wakelam, Colonel (ret'd) Randall: 9780774821490: Books - Amazon.ca Mark Ottawa
  13. MarkOttawa

    Justin Trudeau hints at boosting Canada’s military spending

    Nothing like a serious increase in budget--graph from p. 153 PDF here: https://www.budget.gc.ca/2022/pdf/budget-2022-en.pdf See also p. 132, 134 PDF. Note this at latter--money for North, NORAD not new: No there there. Mark Ottawa
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  15. MarkOttawa

    New Canadian Shipbuilding Strategy

    Never never, ever more expensive land: And whenever will Seaspan build the "up to 16 Multi-Purpose Vessels to support a variety of missions, including light icebreaking, environmental response, and offshore search and rescue" that PM Trudeau announced in 2015...
  16. MarkOttawa

    Boeing to offer P-8 as CP-140 Replacement

    One suspects a Bombardier bizjet platform (if company still building them at the end of the decade) would be a preferred solution for Canadian gov't: 1) From Bombardier: https://specializedaircraft.bombardier.com/en/mission-types/maritime-surveillance 2) Saab seems to have given up its...
  17. MarkOttawa

    Justin Trudeau hints at boosting Canada’s military spending

    Start of very good piece at Conference on Defence Associations Institute: Three ways to improve defence procurement in Canada Richard B. Fadden, O.C. former National Security Advisor to the Prime Minister and Deputy Minister of National Defence LGen (ret) Guy Thibault, former Vice Chief of...
  18. MarkOttawa

    Justin Trudeau hints at boosting Canada’s military spending

    And once again the stupid two armed icebreakers that CPC promised in 2005 campaign. Many Conservatives are just as ignorant about defence/Coast Guard as Liberals, NDP. Sigh. All spin. Mark Ottawa
  19. MarkOttawa

    Return of the Cl-215 and 415

    Thanks.
  20. MarkOttawa

    Return of the Cl-215 and 415

    Note that Viking Air has now been placed under DeHavilland Canada along with former holding company Longview Aviation: https://dehavilland.com/en/news/posts/longview-aviation-capital-announces-consolidation-of-companies-under-de-havilland-aircraft-of-canada-limited Since new DHC 515 water...
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