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Meet the F-35 Lightning II – Canada’s Next Fighter

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On 16 July 2010, the government announced that it was exercising its option under the Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) Program Memorandum of Understanding to acquire the F-35 Lightning II as Canada's next generation fighter. As Commander of Air Command, I am delighted that the Canadian Forces will acquire the Lightning II, and I am fully convinced that this is the right fighter aircraft for Canada.

The F-35 Lightning II is being produced as part of a multi-national initiative to build an affordable, sustainable, multi-role,1 and stealthy fighter aircraft; our eight partners are the United States, the United Kingdom, Italy, Australia, Turkey, Norway, Denmark, and the Netherlands. We are acquiring the conventional take-off and landing variant for our fleet; Lockheed Martin is also producing a short take-off and vertical landing variant and an aircraft carrier variant.

The CF-18 Hornet has provided outstanding service to Canada for more than 28 years, and it will remain our front line fighter until the 2020 timeframe, when it reaches the end of its life expectancy. The first F-35 is slated for delivery in 2016. The timing will allow for phase-in of the Lightning II, ensuring we can re-train our personnel while avoiding a gap in our operational capability.

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Meet the F-35 Lightning II – Canada’s Next Fighter

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Volume 11, Number 1, - 2011

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