Will Canada ever get its new fighter jets?

The Canadian government has been on the hunt for a next-generation plane for its military. Six years on, there is no clear choice ahead.

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When Prime Minister Justin Trudeau took office in 2015, he canceled Canada’s sole-source F-35 contract as promised and prepared to open the competition to other companies. Pictured is my impression of a CF-35 assigned to the CF-35 Demonstration Team. Return to the Florida Pilot

Canada Fighter Jets: Six years ago, Justin Trudeau promised to find the Royal Canadian Air Force a more affordable fighter jet than Lockheed Martin’s F-35. He pledged, if elected, he would scrap the deal and open a new competitive process to find a next-generation plane for the Canadian military. But not the F-35, he swore. Read more

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My impression of a CF-35 in its work colors intercepting a Russian sub in the North Atlantic.

Justin Pierre James Trudeau PC MP, born December 25, 1971, is a Canadian politician who is the 23rd and current prime minister of Canada since November 2015 and the leader of the Liberal Party since 2013. Trudeau is the second-youngest prime minister in Canadian history after Joe Clark; he is also the first to be the child or other relative of a previous holder of the post, as the eldest son of Pierre Trudeau.

Trudeau is fighting his second reelection campaign and Canada has still not committed to a new plane for the Royal Canadian Air Force. Read more

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Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau attends a plenary session during G-7 summit in Carbis Bay on June 13, 2021, in Cornwall, United Kingdom. Image: Politico/Phil Noble – WPA Pool/Getty Images
This is the March 2013 Air Forces Monthly article I did the illustration for. This debate has been long and ongoing.

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