Thursday, May 08, 2008

New fighters: Denmark vs. Canada

What the Danes are doing (AW&ST, April 28, p. 20, text subscriber only):
Denmark plans to fly air force pilots in the Boeing F/A-18E/F Super Hornet as part of its fighter evaluation process. The Danish Defense Ministry has asked the U.S. Defense Dept. to release additional information on the aircraft. The Saab Gripen and Lockheed Martin F-35 are also contenders. A selection is expected by mid-2009 [emphasis added, these things often slip].
What Canada is doing (from December 2006):
Canadian defense officials are eying the 2012 time frame for a final decision on what platform, or mix of platforms, will replace the F/A -18E/F Super Hornets [well no, they're just Hornets, not "Super" (warning: Boeing site)] that make up the majority [all] of Canada’s fighter fleet...

That eventual fighter force structure is expected to be transitioned into the Canadian air force between 2017 and 2020...


Anonymous Anonymous said...

and in a similar, but nautical theme, Spain has just launched the lead ship in a line that will include the two new Aussie ships.

Talk about making up their minds and just given 'er

9:04 a.m., May 09, 2008  
Blogger Unknown said...

Actually the F/A-18E/F is called the Super Hornet as this fighter is larger and can carry more payload further than the CF-18 we currently fly.

1:11 p.m., May 09, 2008  
Blogger Mark, Ottawa said...

bernard: Sorry to confuse--the point is that the news story was wrong in saying that Canada now/now has E/F "Super Hornets that will need replacing. Typical of our media.


2:18 p.m., May 09, 2008  

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