Sky-high costs for F-35 alternatives

Rona Ambrose, Minister of Public Works and Government Services speaks with Peter MacKay, Minister...

Rona Ambrose, Minister of Public Works and Government Services speaks with Peter MacKay, Minister of National Defence during a press conference at Parliament Hill in Ottawa Dec 12, 2012 regarding the Seven-Point Plan on replacing Canada's fighter jets. (ANDRE FORGET/QMI AGENCY)

DANIEL PROUSSALIDIS, Parliamentary Bureau

, Last Updated: 9:02 PM ET

OTTAWA - As the feds shop around for alternatives to the F-35 through their options analysis, they may find other fighter jets available aren't much cheaper.

"It's clear that any aircraft the government chooses will come with a significant price tag," Public Works Minister Rona Ambrose admitted Wednesday.

A KPMG audit of re-worked government estimates of what the F-35 stealth fighters would cost works out to almost $88 million each, not including future upgrades and infrastructure needs.

That's higher than any amount Canadian defence officials have ever stated publicly.


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