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Re: Alternative buys for Canada
« Reply #30 on: February 13, 2019, 05:14:59 am »
"What if Canada decided to stand by it's aircraft industry and spend the money to design and
build all (or most) of it's major combat aircraft?
"

The CF-105 was cancelled because of bloated costs, if produced it would have absorbed
the majority of the defense budget for years to come, there simply wouldn't have been
the monies available for your scenario, particularly another all new combat aircraft from
scratch. Canada simply didn't have the population, and thus taxation, base to support
such a huge program.

True, but this is What-If, so change some of the conditions:

What If the programs were cheaper because they were joint ventures with other countries? Canada still gets a share of design and development ratyher htna just licence-producing somebody else's non-optimised design. The UK or US seems a natural partner for the Arrow (both were explored in real life) and the strike aircraft is predictated upon the F-104 falling from grace, so maybe other real-life F-104 customers would be up for a joint replacement?

What If Canada was just richer, i.e. more natural resources, more people and more industry?

What If world events made the Canadian taxpayer more willing to pay a higher defence budget? A series of Soviet incursions/incidents in the arctic and/or off the coasts would do nicely...
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Re: Alternative buys for Canada
« Reply #31 on: February 13, 2019, 06:39:26 am »
Canadian Defense spending was 4.19% of GDP in 1960 but was down to only 1.25% in 2017

Spource: https://data.worldbank.org/indicator/MS.MIL.XPND.GD.ZS
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