Canada paid $33 million in June to remain as F-35 partner nation

The Canadian government transferred $33 million to the F-35 program office on Jun. 24 so that Canada can remain as one of the partner nations for the stealth fighter program.

Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II (mock-up), Canada - Air Force AN1753011
By Alain Rioux [GFDL 1.2 or GFDL 1.2], via Wikimedia Commons

A spokeswoman for Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan justified the payment, saying that remaining in the program brings potential industrial benefits to Canadians.

“New skills and technologies gained through access to the program have helped position Canadian industry to take advantage of other advanced aerospace and defence projects,” Jordan Owens replied in an email.

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