Lockheed Exec Blasts Germany’s “Retrograde Step” Of Refusing F-35 Jet
American defense contractor giant Lockheed Martin has blasted Germany over its refusal to buy its F-35 stealth fighters, in the latest row over the future of NATO defense readiness.
In early February it was confirmed that Germany snubbed Lockheed’s cutting edge and expensive joint strike fighter, knocking the American stealth fighter of out of a tender worth billions of euros, as Germany’s military considers how to replace its aging Tornado warplanes, for which Boeing’s F/A-18 Super Hornet and Airbus’ NATO Eurofighter Typhoon remain prime alternate contenders.
Lockheed Martin’s vice president for Europe, Jonathan Hoyle, told FT that knocking the F-35 out of contention will only hold Germany back in terms of ability to keep pace with NATO readiness.
“So when we go off and collaborate together operationally, if you are flying stealth, fifth-generation jets, you don’t want a fourth-generation jet in the middle of your operations because everyone can see that”, he told FT. The Lockheed executive still touted Europe as a “key area of growth,” however, especially Poland, which has recently vowed to increase its defense spending. – Zerohedge
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Will Canada have the guts to say “No” to the F-35? My understanding is that the F-35 is an extremely expensive piece of crap. Sounds exactly what our federal government would buy.
The government has said the navy does not need another interim supply ship and has instead been handing Davie maintenance and refit contracts for existing coast-guard and naval vessels.It is also buying three second-hand icebreakers from Davie, which the shipyard has started to convert for the coast guard and which will likely remain in service for the next 15 to 20 years.
The contract announced Tuesday is being awarded without a competition and will see Davie put the Louis St-Laurent in drydock. – TimesColonist
Second hand submarines. Second hand jets. Second hand icebreakers. Using naval supply ships from Spain and Chile because Canada does not have any. I wonder what equipment our Army is using?