The F-35 Stealth Fighter jet was a conglomeration of nine countries, Canada, United States, Britain, Italy, Netherlands, Australia, Norway, Denmark and Turkey... all fine fellow countries YES, but our's was found to be way over our budget, once the Auditor General took a look at the fine print and noticed the absence, obscene absence of maintenance costs, spread over the short life of each aircraft.
Now, the strategists in the Military Bunkers working in conjunction with Canadian corporations are going after the "F-35" Supersonic Stealth Snowmobile market, targeting the other
A Basic Snowmobile, for example for you and me could be a 2012 Arctic Cat ProCross™ XF1100 Sno Pro with a price tag of $11,099, with a 12 year Warranty.
Canada, on the other hand, is paying $620,000 for each Prototype from an unnamed source, but their estimating, guesstimating, for a final product line will be costing $500,000, EACH.
|The Canadian flag flies proudly from the back of a snowmobile of a Canadian Ranger from the 1st Canadian Ranger Patrol Group (1 CRPG) near Eureka, Ellesmere Island, Nunavut in 2008.|
How about the question of Maintenance, for this "F-35" Supersonic Stealth Snowmobile?
General qualities of finely tuned military machine:
In general anything in the military that's quieter is going to be advantageous - Noel Paine, Spokesman for Defense Research and Development CanadaFitting Winter Climatic First name for the Spokesman... Noel, Noel, Noel..... and a Royal Canadian Paine, Paine, Paine
Whether it flies or goes on the sea or anywhere else, if it's quieter it's advantageous to any military. - Noel Paine
What we have here, and which goes a long way to explain the high cost of just not the Prototype, but the Finish product as well, is a Snowmobile that will fly, go on water, travel over Ice/Snow or anywhere else.
Mud??? and Tundra??? not mentioned.
No Comment from Minister Peter MacKay, he's on a phishing trip.