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As you know, RCAF delivers RCAF Association News direct to your inbox each Friday, briefing you on the latest industry news that impacts your practice. But we know you are busy and may have missed an important article or two. To that end, here's your monthly recap of the top five stories your peers accessed this month. For more articles, or to see what's trending now, visit the RCAF Association News portal. To unsubscribe from this monthly recap, click here.


F-35's French rival pitches 'Canadianized' fighter jet
CBC News
Dassault Aviation of France is making an aggressive bid to sideline the F-35 and to sell its own jet fighter to Canada, offering to transfer technology, create jobs and share billions of dollars in business if Canada buys its Rafale fighter to replace its outdated fleet of CF-18s. Dassault leads the French consortium that makes the twin-engined Rafale for the French air force. The Rafale, unlike the F-35, has been combat-tested in Afghanistan, Libya and Mali.
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U.S. general's comment further clouds viability of F-35 fighter for the RCAF
Yahoo News Canada
The suitability of the controversial F-35 jet fighter as a replacement for the Royal Canadian Air Force's aging CF-18s is getting even murkier, if that's possible. The fighter-replacement program has been thrown into limbo already over cost issues and development delays, with Ottawa considering whether to abandon the U.S.-sourced F-35 Joint Strike Fighter and reboot the search for another candidate.
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Military bands meet in the middle — in Moose Jaw
Moose Jaw Times Herald
The Pipes and Drums of the Royal Canadian Air Force and Artillery are meeting in the middle with two performances for Moose Jaw. "We're all very excited, and we're excited to get together and play some music," said Sgt. Katherine Buckland, a spokesperson for the Royal Canadian Artillery band, which is based in Edmonton, Alta.
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Experts: Canada's money-saving move will delay CF-18 replacement
Defense News
The Canadian government's decision to hold back spending $3.1 billion on defense procurements over the next four years will further delay major aircraft purchases, including a next-generation fighter jet, industry representatives and defense analysts said. The move is designed to help the federal government close its budget deficit and defer spending the funds between 2014 and 2017-18.
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'A proud moment' for 450 tactical helicopter squadron
Ottawa Citizen
Recently, Governor General and Commander-in-Chief of Canada David Johnston, on behalf of Queen Elizabeth II, Queen of Canada, returned 450 Squadron's colour — its squadron standard — to Lieutenant-Colonel Townsend and all members of the squadron at the squadron's new hangar at Canadian Forces Base, Petawawa, ON.
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