Hon. Raymond O'Hurley (Minister of Defence Production):
I wish to advise the house that according to information received this morning from officials of the departments of national defence and defence production, production of the CF-104 interceptor aircraft is on schedule. We were supposed to have 80 planes delivered from the assembly line by the end of March. We shall have 84, so we are on schedule.
I wish to state also that officials of the Department of Defence Production have just advised me that the cost of the program to date is well within the estimate which was originally approved, namely, $420 million, plus $11.3 million for an additional eight dual trainers not included in the original program. I might explain that we are well within our estimate because the engine costs are below what was anticipated.
Topic: DEFENCE PRODUCTION
Subtopic: CF-104 REPORTED DELAY IN ACQUISITION AND COST INCREASE