The Harper Government(tm) is once again demonstrating a knack for failing at military procurements. Ignoring for a moment my disapproval for military spending when social spending has been slashed over the past 20 years, the current bru-ha-ha does pose a bit of a mathematical problem.
According to the CBC, the new offshore patrol boats we’re supposed to be acquiring – and based on the existing Svalbad design used by the Norwegans – will cost 288 Million CAD to design. Yes, that’s just to design a boat that already exists. No units built. Moreover, the Norwegans our Navy is suffering from the kind of inflationary procurements that plagued the F-35.
Just to be clear the Svalbard design will need to be revised for Canadian needs. But to pay more than the original design just for modifications? Really?