Canada’s new F-35s may not be very useful in the Arctic

The Canadian Press has reported that Canada’s new F-35 jets will be delivered without the ability to communicate from Canada’s arctic.

Defense officials are scrambling to figure out how they can add the cabability to the new fighters, which are less capable than the F-18s they will be replacing.

Without advanced technology for communication, the F-35s will be severely hampered in their ability to patrol and defend Canada’s arctic sovereignty, which was one of the major points that this project was sold on.

Does this mean that the Harper government missed the boat when it came to purchasing the plane, or was the arctic patrol mission simply a ruse to sell the new fighters to a skeptical public. Certainly the government has been more interested in fighting overseas military interventions than the boring  job of patrolling the arctic.

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