US think tank says stealth fighter doesn’t meet performance standards of planes it is to replace.
Defence contractor plans to add the helicopter manufacturer to its mission systems and training unit.
Federal scheme could further muddle defence buys.
Cabinet continues to mull over fighter choices.
Customers include US Navy, German Air Force, Polish Air force and Malaysia.
Project has risks with high costs of infrastructure and support, and lack of a training simulator.
Defence giant estimates that the Canadian industry could potentially receive $11 billion of contracts over 25 to 40 years.
Proceeds of the sale will be distributed to shareholders.
Panetta talks cyber issues with Chinese, but makes little headway
Programs could allow China to complete its first attack helicopter.