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Canada: pilots and technicians are missing for Air Force aircraft

Warning to the Ministry of Defense engaged in the purchase of new fighters

Canada is looking for new fighter planes and the last idea would be to purchase 88 Boeing F/A-18E/F Super Hornets used by Australia, so that they can limit their expenses and have modern and efficient aircraft. The proposal, however, would have a flaw since -as General Michael Ferguson said yesterday- what would still be lacking pilots and technicians, as well as a plan to modernize by improving the fleet of combat aircraft currently in service. A real risk to Canada's ability to contribute to North American and Nato air defense operations, and even buying F/A-18s from Australia will not succeed in resolving this structural weakness.

The Canadian defense ministry is trying to start modernization processes but lacking technicians and pilots remains difficult to pursue, and moreover it takes time to train personnel. The recruitment program began in 2016, and for 2019 the new aircraft for the Canada Air Force could be chosen, either the Australian Super Hornet, or the Lockheed Martin F-35, the Eurofighter Typhoon or the Saab Gripen. The choice, however, seems destined towards the F/A-18E/F both for economic reasons and because Canada already has the CF-18 Hornet in service, so it already has a series of pilots and technicians trained on those aircraft.

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