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Think-tanks revive F-35 engine safety debate as cabinet mulls fighter choices

F-35's AF1 and AF2 fly together during test flights in this May 11, 2010 handout photo. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO, Lockheed Marin
June 09, 2014 - 2:03 PM

OTTAWA - Two groups opposed to the possible purchase of the F-35 say the single-engine jet fighter would be too dangerous for the Canadian military to use over remote stretches of the country, particularly the Arctic.

The Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives and the Rideau Institute have released a new report that argues the jet that replaces the country's CF-18s should have two engines.

The latest study, by defence expert Michael Byers, follows a report months ago that questioned the enormous cost of the Lockheed Martin stealth fighter.

Public Works Minister Diane Finley told the House of Commons today that there's been no decision on whether the government will stick with the controversial F-35 — or opt for a full competition.

A market analysis, which looked at alternatives and was compiled by a panel of independent experts, is still being assessed.

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