The government calls it an accounting error, which showed the cost of the fighter separate from maintenance costs. There have also been allegations that the fighter will not be capable of doing what it needs to do for the Canadian Forces. The only thing the opposition parties and the government can agree to is that the aging CF 18 fleet needs to be replaced.
The cost of the current procurement in Canada is predicted to be $25 Billion.
The video shows latest sea trials of the F-35B on the USS Wasp. By every indication, these trials were very successful with 74 standard and vertical landings. The media and the program critics had predicted that the aircraft would burn holes in the deck and wash sailors overboard and neither occurred. An intentional part of the trial was to have a sailor standing on the bow of the ship as the jet rotates. He was not washed away, neither were any holes burned in the deck of the ship.
The USS Wasp is an amphibious assault vessel, carrying a Marine Expeditionary Unit. The ship was deployed to Bosnia in 1998 during a Strategic Reserve Exercise. The ship is capable of simultaneously supporting rotary and fixed wing aircraft during landing craft operations.