Department of National Defence

Department of National Defence

December 19, 2011 22:40 ET

Canada Welcomes Japan's Decision to Purchase F-35 Jet Fighter

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Dec. 19, 2011) - Today, the Honourable Julian Fantino, Associate Minister of National Defence, made the following statement following Japan's decision to purchase the next-generation F-35 Joint Strike Fighter (JSF). Like Canada, countries are choosing this state-of-the-art aircraft over other fighters including the F-18 Super Hornet and the Eurofighter Typhoon.

"Our government's priority is delivering our Canadian Forces the aircraft they agree gives them the best possible chance of mission success well into the 21st century," said Minister Fantino. "Today's announcement by Japan once again demonstrates that the F-35 is the best aircraft available to replace our aging fleets and address future threats to our sovereignty."

Canada's involvement in the Joint Strike Fighter program began in 1997. In 2001, the Government of Canada was involved in an open competition won by the Lockheed Martin F-35. Over 65 Canadian companies are already benefiting from over $370 million in contracts resulting from Canada's commitment the Joint Strike Fighter Program - which includes eight of Canada's closest military allies.

"All reasonable people agree that our brave men and women need aircraft to protect our sovereignty," said Minister Fantino. "We remain fully committed to delivering our Canadian Forces the best aircraft with the best benefits for Canadian workers at the best price for Canadian taxpayers."

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