|Canada may become the first country to scrap its order for the American F-35 fighter jet, the most expensive weapons program ever. Letters sent to the big industry players are further evidence that the government of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is set to pull the trigger on a whole new open competition to pick Canada's next generation of fighter jet.|
That competition will likely favour an out-of-the-box jet, over the expensive F-35.
|Technically on the hook to buy 65 of the Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II jets, Canada has had face-to-face meetings with Boeing, Lockheed Martin, Sweden's Saab; the French Dassault; and the European multinational consortium Eurofighter.|
All of them make fighters that, while less advanced than the stealthy F-35, are vastly cheaper.