Should Canada Buy Su-27s, Su-30s – Should the US Give Them the Bone Yard Aircraft?
By: Lance Winslow
There are tons of old US fighter aircraft in the desert slowly decaying, most have worn out engines and tired airframes and are no longer very safe. To keep them flying would cost a bundle indeed. Should we give those aircraft to Canada to help them save money on the military aircraft they need?
Well those old F-4 Phantoms are high maintenance and very old. So are the older F-14s, ask Iran, they had a few, but thanks to some sabotage and chaos during government change over, that issue was moot. Run-out aircraft are problematic, lots of problems and the old F-4s are Vietnam vintage, lots of TTAF [total-time airframe] hours too.
The F-15s in the bone yard are of interest for Canada, if they had modern electronics to handle the North Hudson Bay intercept points from a Chinese Bomber or Russian UAV stealth bomber attack, but really, I do not trust socialist nations much who knows where that technology might end up with. I would rather trust Lockheed or Boeing or both and their satellites and our own team there.
You see, Canada has 21,000 miles of coastline and with 8,000 in their military total, not really trusting much there, they could not put up a very large fight, it would be over quicker than when Hitler waltzed into France and French Canadians are of the same ilk. If it were US territory, I would feel much better and safer. Besides the 9-11 hijackers came in thru Canada. Don’t get me wrong I trust Mexico less, with their new contracts to work on Russian aircraft, helicopters for routine maintenance there.
Well if Canada cannot afford the JSF, then should they buy Su-27s, Su-30s or new late model Migs? Still the SU-27, SU-30 and late model Migs are not up to par with the latest US Aircraft and those Russian aircraft are not cheap either, ask Venezuela which thought that they might buy a bunch of them.
Indeed, I am not pleased with India making a deal with Russia to flood the market with late model fighter planes, but understand why. Like the Howitzers selling weapons to both sides, looks like Russia wants to as well. Considering India and China with disputed territories and Pakistan and India “cold war” like standoffs.
If Canada decides to buy Russian Aircraft, then we ought to stop protecting them and let them fend for themselves. Perhaps, against us, as we expand our territory to protect ourselves? See the problem, interestingly enough, it appears Canada is going to break ranks, it will most likely cost them dearly in the future if we stop our mutual defense programs. This is a serious issue, thus Canada needs to think long and hard about the choices they make. Sincerely, Lance.
L. Winslow is an Economic Advisor to the Online Think Tank, a Futurist and retired entrepreneur http://www.worldthinktank.net Currently he is planning a bicycle ride across the US to raise money for charity and is sponsored by http://www.Calling-Plans.com and all the proceeds will go to various charities who sign up.