Just in case you were in any doubt, though snowblowers might be of great interest in certain parts of the US of late:
The Canadian “debate” rages on, but with the authors’ apparently unaware of what is going on in the fighter arena:
…Boeing has announced that it will exit the fighter jet business after the F-18E…
That would be news to the company which has an F/A-XX “sixth generation” fighter in the works:
…Boeing are vying to produce the F-35’s successor.
Boeing’s Phantom Works has been funding the development of such an aircraft, responding to the US Navy’s request for information regarding a new F/A-XX aircraft that could replace its fleet of Super Hornets in the 2030s. The regular hornet aircraft will be replaced by the incoming F-35s, however they do not possess the capabilities to adequately replace the larger Super Hornet aircraft and, as such, the US Navy and Air Force has been examining its options.
Boeing’s proposals appear to have been well received, with the US issuing a Request for Information in April 2012 regarding the company’s F/A-XX concept aircraft…
Concept images of Boeing’s F/A-XX sixth generation fighter have started to emerge. Courtesy of Boeing…
A picture worth more than those Canadians’ fourteen words. However, given that the F-35 (A model at least) is looking at a gestation period of over a quarter of a century (see JAST) before reaching initial operational capability (2020 now?), plus US budgetary problems, I wouldn’t bet the carrier (or airbase) on any sixth generation fighter being in service before the 2040s. Unless US procurement practices are drastically reformed.
Mark Collins, a prolific Ottawa blogger, is a Research Fellow at the Canadian Defence & Foreign Affairs Institute