Canada’s relationship with the F-35 Lightning II Joint-Strike Fighter is a long and complicated one. In this article, Justin Dell provides an overview of this chapter in the history of Canadian military procurement, underscores some of the implications of Canada’s actions towards this weapons program, and argues that the Canadian government has made the wrong decision in turning its back on the aircraft.
The F-35 has had a turbulent time in Canadian defence procurement. Aleksi Korpela discusses the debate in Canada over CF-18 replacement from 2010 to 2016 and the vitality of the F-35 option.
Paul Pryce reports on the first official visit to Western Canada by the Royal Canadian Air Force’s new commanding officer.
In a series on the history of the F-35 in Canadian defence procurement, Aleksi Korpela discusses the CF-18 replacement debate from 2005 to 2010 and the disadvantages of competitive sourcing in major defence acquisitions.
Aleksi Korpela explains the interconnected nature of the problems in Canadian defence procurement as an introduction to Canada’s Defence Perspectives 2020-2050: Recapitalization and the Canadian Forces.
In a series on the history of the F-35 in Canadian defence procurement, Aleksi Korpela explores the creation of the Joint Strike Fighter program and the motivation for Canadian involvement from 1997-2001.