Harper denies F-35 price increase

Conservative Party leader Stephen Harper says it is incorrect to match up US reports with Canadian estimates of the per-unit price of the F-35, the Globe and Mail reported. Mr. Harper was responding to questions about why the Defence Department is now projecting an increase in price from its long-held projection of $75 million per plane. Mr. Harper said this was like comparing "applies and oranges." He said the original $9-billion purchase price has cost overruns built into the figure.

Published: Wednesday, 04/27/2011 12:00 am EDT

Conservative Party leader Stephen Harper says it is incorrect to match up US reports with Canadian estimates of the per-unit price of the F-35, the Globe and Mail reported. Mr. Harper was responding to questions about why the Defence Department is now projecting an increase in price from its long-held projection of $75 million per plane. Mr. Harper said this was like comparing "applies and oranges." He said the original $9-billion purchase price has cost overruns built into the figure.

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