9 juin 2021 | International, Aérospatial

The best option for Canada? Former NORAD commanders’ perspectives on the next-generation fighter - Skies Mag

The best option for Canada? Former NORAD commanders’ perspectives on the next-generation fighter - Skies Mag

Admirals Timothy Keating and William Gortney both served as commanders of U.S. Northern Command and NORAD, but neither is reticent about which fighter jet the RCAF should acquire to replace its fleet of CF-18 legacy Hornets.


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    30 juillet 2020 | International, Naval

    To keep up with our competitors, America must boost shipbuilding

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    16 juin 2020 | International, Aérospatial, Naval, Terrestre, C4ISR, Sécurité

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    8 janvier 2020 | International, Aérospatial

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