... a competition would be a costly and largely pointless process.The above conclusions are based on the current fly-away cost per aircraft (using the F/A-18E Super Hornet as a comparison). This is in contrast with this partisan analysis which uses scary looking full life-cycle costing.
... it is clear that cancelling the F-35 procurement will not result in tens of billions of dollars saved, nor serve any of Canada’s longstanding interests. The men and women who will operate Canada’s future fighter deserve better.
Fly-away cost is the simplest and most realistic basis for comparison. Any aircraft of roughly similar capability will incur similar life cycle (operation, maintenance, supply and upgrade) costs. The most important differences will be seen in the bang for fly-away buck. It's the way we all make decisions for big ticket purchases.
Unfortunately, politics, not cost or capability, will be the biggest factor in the decision, with Trudeau's promise to scrap the F-35 procurement sounding like Chretien's costly scrapping of the Sea King replacement in 1993 (we're still waiting for the replacement to be completed).