Source: DTN News - - This article compiled by Roger Smith from reliable sources CAMPBELL CLARK OTTAWA— From Friday's Globe and Mail
(NSI News Source Info) OTTAWA, Canada - January 28, 2011: U.S. Defence Secretary Robert Gates made a pitch for Ottawa to forge ahead with plans to buy the American-made F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, a purchase which is shaping up as a potential election issue in Canada.
The Conservatives have announced a plan to buy 65 F-35 stealth fighter-bombers for $9-billion, and estimate that support costs for the first 20 years will total another $5-billion to $6-billion. The Liberals, arguing costs are likely to balloon, have vowed that if they win government, they will put the purchase on hold to review whether such expensive aircraft are really needed.
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