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Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Buy Super Hornets, abandon Victoria-class submarines, new report recommends

HMCS Windsor (SSK 877)UBC professor and one-time NDP candidate Michael Byers is recommending the Canadian government cancel any purchase of the F-35, shut down the Victoria-class sub program and instead buy up to 40 Boeing Super Hornets.

Byers also recommends examining the types of operations that Canada could undertake as a smaller nation and thrive at those types of missions. “Over the course of the last 15 years, the Canadian Armed Forces have not engaged in combat with professional militaries,” his report noted.

“As a result, they have no demonstrated need for the capabilities involved in attacks on foreign air defences and control centers, combat involving tanks and other heavily armoured vehicles, or naval battles involving advanced air-and-missile defence systems.”

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