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Opinion: Ukraine crisis shows need for larger Canadian military
National Post
Though it feels absurd to say this, the Canadian government has announced that this country is sending reinforcements to our NATO allies in Europe. Six CF-18 fighter jets and necessary support personnel will soon deploy to an Eastern European location (expected, but not confirmed, to be Poland), to join other NATO forces in a "patrol" mission. Roughly 20 staff officers will join their alliance peers at NATO headquarters in Belgium, to assist in contingency planning. HMCS Regina, currently deployed in the Arabian Sea on anti-terror duties, may join allied warships assembling in European waters.
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Ottawa uses Quebec model to lift aerospace industry
The Montreal Gazette
Ottawa will fund a Canada-wide aerospace industry research group modelled after Quebec's own. The Consortium for Aerospace Research and Innovation in Canada (CARIC) will extend to the breadth of Canada what the Consortium for Research and Innovation in Aerospace in Quebec (CRIAQ) has been doing since 2000, the latter's outgoing president, Clément Fortin, said in an interview.
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Opposition wants more details on CF-18 deployment to eastern Europe
CTV News
Federal opposition parties are demanding to know where the country's CF-18s are headed in eastern Europe and what they'll be doing as tension rises throughout the region. Russia has threatened to attack Ukraine if its "legitimate interests" were threatened during security operations ordered by Kyiv to root out anti-government protesters, and Moscow called snap military exercises in response to a U.S.-led series of troop-training exercises in the region.
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Report on F-35 rivals now complete, cabinet to decide on open competition
The Province
The ball is now firmly in the Harper government's court when it comes to deciding whether to stick with the oft-maligned F-35 fighter jet program. After almost 18 months of exhaustive research and analysis, a key report that will determine whether there will be an open competition to replace the air force's aging CF-18s has been completed, the public works minister said.
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Pentagon: Cost to buy F-35 up 2 per cent; to operate down 9 per cent
Yahoo!
The Pentagon has forecast the cost of developing and buying Lockheed Martin Corp's F-35 fighter jet at $398.6 billion, up 2 per cent from last year, but said the projected cost to operate and maintain the jets was down about 9 per cent. The total cost of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, the Pentagon's costliest weapons program, is now seen at $1.42 trillion, down about 6 per cent from $1.50 trillion, including research, development, procurement and operations through 2065.
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Report on F-35 rivals now complete, cabinet to decide on open competition
The Province
The ball is now firmly in the Harper government's court when it comes to deciding whether to stick with the oft-maligned F-35 fighter jet program. After almost 18 months of exhaustive research and analysis, a key report that will determine whether there will be an open competition to replace the air force's aging CF-18s has been completed, the public works minister said.

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Canada to let private companies decide where search-and-rescue aircraft are based
Leader-Post
It will be up to aerospace firms vying to supply Canada with new search-and-rescue aircraft to decide where such planes are to be located — a process that raises questions about private companies deciding the country's defence policy and where military staff are located.

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Critics wonder what air force is giving up in new Cyclone deal
The Chronicle Herald
The New Democratic opposition and a defence expert say they want to know what sort of compromises the air force might have to swallow in order to accept its long-delayed maritime helicopters. A series of government and defence sources revealed that public works had struck an agreement with the U.S. manufacturer of the CH-148 Cyclone helicopters to amend the purchase contract.

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F-35 remains top military replacement option
The Globe and Mail
Ottawa is considering two main options for its plans to commit $45 billion to controversial new fighter jets – and both point back to the Lockheed-Martin F35 as the clear front-runner, sources said. The future of the single biggest military procurement in Canadian history gained more urgency as the government announced the file is being sent back to cabinet. Shortly after, Prime Minister Stephen Harper used a high-profile new deployment of CF-18 fighters to Eastern Europe to underline the need for this hardware.
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The Cyclone helicopter mystery deal continues
The Ottawa Citizen
There were reports recently that a new contract was produced on the troubled Cyclone helicopter project. But government officials say they are not quite there yet. It will several more weeks before an actual contract is produced between the government and aircraft manufacturer Sikorsky, said Public Works and Government Services spokesman Pierre-Alain Bujold.
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F-35 will fly in Britain for the first time this summer
Ottawa Citizen
F-35 Lightning II aircraft will fly in Britain for the first time this summer, the Defence Secretary has announced. The F-35 Lightning II will make its international debut in July at the Royal International Air Tattoo in Fairford and will also fly at the Farnborough International Air Show. The decision to fly the combat aircraft outside of the United States for the first time, following discussions between Philip Hammond and his U.S. counterpart, Secretary Hagel, is a further demonstration of the progress with the Lightning II programme.
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Cuts threaten to knock high-flying spy plane out of the sky
Fort Frances Times
The U-2 spy plane outlasted the Cold War, outlived its successor and proved crucial a half-century ago when two superpowers were on the brink of nuclear war. But cuts now threaten to knock the high-flying reconnaissance aircraft out of the sky. The Air Force wants to gradually retire the fleet of 32 "Dragon Lady" planes, which can soar to an altitude of 70,000 feet, collect intelligence on North Korea and Russia and rapidly send the data to U.S. commanders.
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For U.S., F-35 engine cost up, sustainment down
Defense News
Buying in bulk is key to lowering the cost of the F-35 joint strike fighter, the Pentagon's most expensive weapons program, the general in charge of the effort said. Cutting 33 planned F-35 purchases over the next four years was a key factor in the $7.4 billion jump in the program's price tag, revealed in the Pentagon's latest round of annual cost estimates for 2013. The total cost to procure and develop the F-35 is now pegged at $398.6 billion.
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Cuts threaten to knock high-flying spy plane out of the sky
Fort Frances Times
The U-2 spy plane outlasted the Cold War, outlived its successor and proved crucial a half-century ago when two superpowers were on the brink of nuclear war. But cuts now threaten to knock the high-flying reconnaissance aircraft out of the sky. The Air Force wants to gradually retire the fleet of 32 "Dragon Lady" planes, which can soar to an altitude of 70,000 feet, collect intelligence on North Korea and Russia and rapidly send the data to U.S. commanders.
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Air force researchers test Google Glass for battlefield use
USAF
Whether trying to coordinate multiple aircraft in a three-dimensional battlespace, calling in precise close air support or evacuating personnel caught behind enemy lines – effective multitasking is at the heart of the mission for Air Force special operators. Researchers with the 711th Human Performance Wing at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, OH, are now working to make missions lighter and faster for Airmen by testing Google Glass and its head-mounted optical see-through display technology, for potential battlefield use.
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