It seems Canadian Defence is so de-skilled that they are unable to properly evaluate current and fantasy (F-35) fighter aircraft.
They use the term "interoperability" but don't grasp its operational significance.
But the same report notes “interoperability is a key concern for Canada,” referring to the Typhoon’s ability to fly alongside U.S. and allied aircraft without any problems.
Similar concerns were raised with Sweden’s Gripen and France’s Rafale.
The Typhoon can do ROVER with a LITENING pod. Old, outdated "studies" from the senior Canadian Defence crew appear worthless. ROVER is something the F-35 may never see until (if) the troubled program figures out other problems. Point: Typhoon. The Typhoon is also the only Western aircraft that can come close to defeating the F-22. Important as now, the F-22 is a reference threat for growing Pacific Rim threats. Point: Typhoon.
But in addition to the aforementioned interoperability concerns, officials noted the Gripen uses a system for emergency landings and landings on short airfields different from Canada, which would require changes.
Good point. This negates the F-35. Full-stop. Some deployed fields that Canada uses are around the 6000ft region. Not something to toy with when doing F-105-like approaches (even on perfect runways) with no drag chute (fantasy or otherwise). Good luck with that. Point: Gripen. Big-time.
Not only does the F-35 have more software than the space shuttle, which will cost a lot to maintain, the concluding report reads, but security upgrades at Canadian military bases “will likely be very expensive.”
Well, a lot of things have more software than the space-shuttle. What is the point? Think about sortie-rates and cost per flying hour too. Point: Everything else but the F-35.
Despite the pros and cons of each option, the concluding report repeatedly notes the F-35 is the only “fifth-generation” fighter aircraft, which it characterizes as having “low observable technology and the enormous tactical advantage stealth confers.”
"Fifth-generation-fighter": an LM-created meme on its best day. Otherwise known as a fraud of a claim. Got an F-22? No. What "enormous tactical advantage" when you can be detected, run down, and killed, and those are the days that the F-35 is not sitting in maintenance. Point: Typhoon. Then there is the risk of being blocked out of whole regions against high-tech threats. Point: F-22 (not under consideration of course).
The above is just more proof of why the CF-18 replacement was taken away from military senior leadership. They are unable to come up with a reasonable solution because they do not possess the skill to do so.