U.S. air force declares F-35 ready for combat
OTTAWA — After years of cost overruns and delays, the U.S. air force says the version of the F-35 that Canada was planning to buy is ready for combat.
The announcement comes less than two months after Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said the stealth fighter was far from ready and represents a huge step forward for the controversial plane.
Speaking at the Pentagon, Gen. Herbert Carlisle admitted there are some things the F-35A still can’t do which will be added in the future.
But Carlisle, head of the U.S. air combat command, says he is prepared to send the fighter jet to Syria or any other war zone should it be needed.
The Liberals promised during the election campaign to hold an open competition to replace Canada’s aging CF-18 fighter jets.
They also said they would not buy the F-35 and have since backed off their pledge to hold a competition.
By The Canadian Press