Of the above, the only aircraft still in prodiuction - Bombardier CRJ (derivative of the Challenger) and Bombardier Dash 8-Q400. Bombardier bought up all the competiotion DHC, Canadair, Shorts, Lear etc.
L-188 From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 30015 posts, RR: 58
Reply 7, posted (10 years 2 months 1 week 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 3865 times:
Actually before they buy the JSF, what they need to do is get the dust off the CF-100 plans, convert it to a H-tail, strengthen the hell out of the wing, and put a pair of modern turbo-fans in it, maybe stick a 30mm in the nose.
Would be a great in production equal to the A-10.
OBAMA-WORST PRESIDENT EVER....Even SKOORB would be better.
Ozair From Australia, joined Jan 2005, 999 posts, RR: 2
Reply 9, posted (10 years 1 month 3 weeks 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 3698 times:
Quoting BT (Thread starter): I heard that in 2018 when our f18's are done, that we might get the Joint Strike Fighter.
At least with this in-service date they will get (baring development delays) the final version that will be completely mission capable.
Australia will be taking early production aircraft that will not be fully integrated (as regards software and weapons integration) as our fleet of both F111 and F18 will be struggling to remain in the air.
Will later in-service aircraft such as a possible Canadian order be offered the GE F136 engine? From what I have read this will be the engine of choice for the next 50 years.
MissedApproach From Canada, joined Oct 2004, 713 posts, RR: 2
Reply 10, posted (10 years 1 month 3 weeks 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 3655 times:
Talking to some airframe & avionics guys on the base here, they say the F-18 fleet is actually in worse condition than the Herc fleet (if you can believe it!). The problem was made a lot worse a few years ago when they decided to mothball several airframes & reduce the operational fleet to 72 (138 were purchased). Operational tempo has increased due mainly to air patrols in the wake of Sept 11, which are still ongoing depending on the perceived terrorist threat, plus the training load has remained the same. It all works out to a lot more hours with fewer planes to put them on. There is an avionics refit in progress but that won't help airframe hours.
Learn more at http://www.sfu.ca/casr/id-cf18.htm
L-188, our -104s were built under license at Canadair & sold to Turkey when we retired them. Does that count?
USAFMXOfficer From United States of America, joined Nov 2004, 174 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (10 years 1 month 3 weeks 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 3684 times:
I work budget issues daily for several weapon systems in the USAF, at HQ Air Combat Command. One thing I have learned, in 2005, is trying to predict force structure in 2018 is like trying to predict the weather in 2018. In order for Canada to get the JSF in 2018, there needs to be a viable JSF program. In this volatile budget era, I wouldn't bet the house that there will even be a JSF....
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