Canada to restart fighter search

OTTAWA, Dec 7 (Reuters) buy canada goose jacket cheap Canada is restarting its search for new fighter jets but buy canada goose jacket could still choose Lockheed Martin Corp F 35, which Ottawa had initially said it would buy before losing enthusiasm as cost estimates soared, a government source told Reuters canada goose clearance on Friday.

An independent four person panel will study the F 35, Boeing Co F 18 Super Hornet and the EADS Eurofighter and report back to Ottawa by early 2013, the source said. The panel, which could also look at other fighters, will not make a recommendation on which jet to buy.

The decision marks a determined effort by the Conservative government to end a series of embarrassments after canada goose uk shop announcing in July 2010 it canadian goose jacket intended to buy 65 of the Joint Strike Fighters for C$9 billion. uk canada goose The planes were supposed to replace Canada veteran CF 18s, which will be Canada Goose Coats On Sale retired in 2020.

Canada is one of eight international partners helping to fund development of the new radar evading warplane, but it has not signed a formal contract to buy the planes from Lockheed Martin. Ottawa had decided to proceed with the purchase without holding an open canada goose coats on sale competition after military officials said the F 35 was the only plane to meet all their needs.

The Pentagon F 35 canada goose coats office declined to comment, saying it is a Canadian issue. officials said canada goose clearance sale Canada remained part of canada goose uk black friday the international group that is funding development canadagooseoutlet4online of the F 35 and that status remained unchanged. canada goose uk outlet Canada agreed in February 2002 canada goose store to contribute $150 million cheap Canada Goose to the F 35 development program.

Critics have long complained that the C$9 billion purchase figure was unrealistically low and said the military had opted for the F 35 without looking closely enough at alternatives.

said the process was unclear and they don know how we uk canada goose outlet got to the decision (to buy the F 35s). This time everything canada goose black friday sale will be out in the open. The process will be clear, the government source told Reuters.

may end up in the same place, he said, referring to the Canada Goose Parka initial decision to buy the F 35s. choice is not predetermined at all.

The government, which long dismissed critics of Canada Goose online the F 35 purchase, had to launch a formal review of the project in April after a spending watchdog said the initial decision to buy the jets had been based on bad data from officials who deliberately downplayed the costs and risks.

Television network CTV, citing unnamed sources, said on Thursday the government would next jacket week release an independent study showing the cost of buying and maintaining the jets was in fact around canada goose C$40 billion ($40.4 billion), much higher than the initial estimate of C$25 billion for purchase and maintenance.

government has consistently misled Canada Canada Goose Online about the canada goose factory sale true cost of this aircraft. all of what the government said has been shown to be completely and totally untrue, said Bob Rae, leader of the opposition Liberals.

The $396 billion cheap canada goose uk F 35 program, Canada Goose sale the largest in Pentagon history, is already late and well over budget. officials say it is now starting to produce results.

In April, Ottawa responded to the spending watchdog criticism Canada Goose Jackets by stripping the Defense Ministry of responsibility for buying new jets and handing it to the Public Works Ministry. military and eight partner nations: Britain, Canada, Italy, Turkey, Australia, Denmark, Norway and the Netherlands.

Over the life of the program, the Pentagon estimates the average cost of the conventional takeoff and landing (CTOL) variant of the F 35 will be Canada Goose Outlet $78.7 million in 2012 dollars.

The Canadian government source termed as accurate media speculation that other possible choices to replace the CF 18s were Saab AB Gripen and Dassault Aviation SA Rafale jet.