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Friday, February 17, 2012

Canada not considering alternatives to F-35 fighter jets

F-35 Lightning IISenior defence officials concede there is currently no Plan B -- or back-up proposal -- to deal with delays in the F-35 jetfighter program, and insist one is not necessary because of recent upgrades to the CF-18 fleet.

But there were suggestions Wednesday the Harper government might be casting around for an alternative as Julian Fantino, the associate minister of defence, told opposition parties to "stay tuned" for a response to the Pentagon's statement that the cost of the radar-evading plane would rise.

The Conservatives have been hammered for months in the House of Commons over delays and cost overruns in the multinational project.

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