"This is a hoax and completely politically driven.''
U.S. Gen. Herbert Carlisle said he is prepared to send it to Syria or any other war zone if needed.
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They promised on the campaign trail to exclude the jets from competition to replace CF-18s.
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Does Canada need a fifth-generation stealth multirole fighter? I don't think so. As a matter of fact, beside the F-35 fiasco in general, Canada cannot afford such an expensive plane that had limited capabilities. A project worth more than $8 billion at the start, many experts now evaluate it at more than $49 billion. This might include all acquisition, sustainment and operating costs but does not guarantee the price won't go up again due other issues with the aircraft.
One of the Liberals' top campaign pledges was to buy a less expensive aircraft.
The federal government estimated earlier this year that 33 Canadian companies were working on the program.
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The Pentagon's top acquisition official says the Canadian supply base is an essential part of the program and will remain as such, even if the nation does not buy the aircraft.
The Tory leader says Trudeau's plan would "crater" the aerospace industry.
And the money saved by scrapping the procurement would go to increasing spending on the Royal Canadian Navy.
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