This will make the third attempt by the US to destroy the Canadian aircraft industry. The Avro jetliner, years in advance of the first US passenger turbine powered aircraft. Trueman coerced the Cdn govt to halt it supposedly so that Cda would devote all its resources to the CF 100. Really to protect Boeing and Douglas. Then there was the Arrow --- the most advanced figbter interceptor in the world by probably 10 years. US convinced Diefenbaker to cancel it and buy missiles saying fighter aircraft were no longer useful. Then they pressured the Cdn govt to buy obsolete Voodoos and Starfighters.
In both these cases, the aviation industry here was set back years and thousands of high tech jobs went to the US.
The Arrow story is always my favorite. I am sure it’s failure was 100% because of outside interference and had nothing to do with the fact that the F-4 was around and cheaper and more versatile while beating nearly as good of an interceptor. Nor would it have anything to do with interceptors being cancelled all over the western world such as the F-108 and YF-12 in the US and the F.155 program in the UK.
No the Arrow was the best fighter on earth. No one bought it because of US sabotage. Seems pretty clear to me.
I do agree with you on the point the blame for cancelling the Arrow program rests with Canadian Industrial and Defense policy makers at that time.
However, Thanks to massive pentagon budget, The U.S. Defense contractors get "free" R&D money and dump finished products at a marginal cost on rest of the world, decimating Aerospace industries in NATO and most of the OECD countries.
This caused dozens of Aerospace projects to die in their infancy in the 50's and 60's across NATO countries as you pointed out.
Only way any OECD country can enter the Aerospace business is by pumping govt money to develop civil products and hope to recoup the investment via exports. Most of the G-20 countries have been pumping government money into their civil aerospace industry for decades.
Conveniently for the U.S, any Govt money pumped directly into civil aerospace projects are "illegal", while its’ completely “kosher” to siphon money to civil aerospace projects form "Defense R&D" grants awarded by the governments.[707(predecessor to 737) ,747 & 787 was developed with govt grants siphon from defense projects]
I wonder how the U.S. policy makers or public would react, if Europe/Japan/Korea/China and other major auto producing nations put anti-dumping Measure on U.S Banking and/or Auto Industry right after the Bailout money was released to them during the last recession, with the aim of buying/killing major U.S. based Auto/Banking companies.
If that were to happen, I am sure the U.S Public/Govt will never blame the fall of their Auto/Banking industry to Foreign govt, and everything will be blamed on the senior executives.