F-35s could be pricier

Storing and maintaining Canada's proposed new F-35 fighter jets at Canadian military bases could easily become a "very expensive" endeavor that will push costs beyond the government's $16-billion price estimation, the Ottawa Citizen reported. A 2006 departmental report noted that stealth fighters are "highly classified" and would require "special security measures" at the bases at which they will be stationed. As well, the stealth capability will be "maintenance intensive," meaning keeping the fighter in tip top shape will cost a lot more money than conventional fighters. There are no specific cost estimations in the report.

Published: Wednesday, 12/01/2010 12:00 am EST

Storing and maintaining Canada's proposed new F-35 fighter jets at Canadian military bases could easily become a "very expensive" endeavor that will push costs beyond the government's $16-billion price estimation, the Ottawa Citizen reported. A 2006 departmental report noted that stealth fighters are "highly classified" and would require "special security measures" at the bases at which they will be stationed. As well, the stealth capability will be "maintenance intensive," meaning keeping the fighter in tip top shape will cost a lot more money than conventional fighters. There are no specific cost estimations in the report.

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