Well, suck my ass ... is there someone in the know who can comment on the accuracy of this bit of bad craziness?
Our defence minister, Peter Mackay, slinks home with some 'tails' between his legs
According to a report in Jane's Defence Weekly, the Canadian government has agreed to buy six used Chinooks – 'D models' – from the US Army. The six ex-US Army helicopters in question were selected by the vendor. This is a little like walking into a used car lot and asking the salesman to pick out six 'previously-owned' vehicles for your fleet.
Well, isn't that special? Can it get any more embarrassing? You bet:
In effect, our Minister of National Defence has managed to negotiate an inferior deal for the same model of used CH-47Ds available through the US Army’s CHAPS program ( the Cargo Helicopter Alternate Procurement Strategy). Instead, we are dealing with the US Government.
The US Army is not in a position to provide support services of any kind for this purchase – no training, no maintenance personnel, and, most importantly, no parts supply line. Canada will have to, once again, prevail upon our closest allies – the Netherlands, Australia, and the UK – to help us out with anything that they can spare from their own over-stretched supply lines and spare parts intended for their small fleets of Chinooks in Southern Afghanistan.
Read the whole thing. Now, since I'm such a reasonable man, I'm willing to throw this one out to the readership and ask -- how much of this is accurate? Or worrisome? Or just plain freaking humiliating?
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