Can the iconic F-105 Avro Arrow, started in 1953 and infamously shut down in 1959, even come back to life?
The retired Canadian major-general Lewis MacKenzie thinks so (after he had think about it for a bit, for he was a former skeptic as well), as he had proposed to the Harper government several times during the period of 2010 and early 2012, when the proposal to revive the Arrow (complete with new innovations and electronics developed during the recent years) was sent in twice by Bourdeau Industries, a UK/Canadian company. In late June, the retired major-general received a reply from the then associate defence minister Julian Fantino, stating that the Arrow revival was not a “viable option for Canada’s next generation fighter.”
Personally, I think that the politicians could not take in the cost of doing most of their own development, as the cost for the F-35 Lightning 2 had gone over budget during the course of its development in a similar trend for most projects of the past 50 years. Adding the fuel to the fire, internal politics at the Canadian capital Ottawa continues to fracture as “the auditor general tore a strip off the government, accusing the Department of National Defence of hiding $10 billion in continuing costs for the fighter and the Public Works department of not doing enough homework to justify the purchase.”(quote), along with various other It’s little wonder that the government can get anything done in a timely matter and at budget without any stoppage. The fact that there are people with big enough voice saying that actually think that Canada could and should restart the Arrow for the current era should be enough to warrant a second (and third) look.
In another tangent, can’t we have a stealthy Avro Arrow? It’s not as if integrating stealth into the Delta-wing design is impossible. The fact that the bomber variant of the F- 22 Raptor was actually designed and proposed makes this particular train of thought a very possible, if improbable, scenario.