The other day I discussed the circle of crap in honor of my family's garage sale. I have also blogged about the Canadian submarine problem. I cannot believe I did not put them together: that the Canadian sub procurement process was part of a high tech circle of defense crap. The Canadians bought a set of used British subs that have remained broken ever since. The only question about whether there are more operational subs in the West Edmonton Mall than in the Royal Canadian Navy is whether there are any operational subs at the Mall.
Of course, even four subs is way too few for a country with three large coasts, given that even in good times, one usually has a sub undergoing training/refit/etc for each that is deployed. Two subs at sea for three coasts? Hmmm. Anyhow, Canada may still pay less for these four subs and their repairs than for four new subs, but the "savings" seems to be evaporating mighty quickly.
And for those in the market for any kind of military hardware, think twice before buying from the snake oil salesman with the lovely British accents.