actually... it's really easy to secure a database: Go full Nu-BSG about it... network it to NOTHING outside your in-house workstations, under no circumstance allow wireless connectivity to anything, and keylog every workstation.
if data does get out, then you can hunt down the perp for treason [or some equivalently harsh statute under the Espionage/Patriot act].
Plus a MASSIVE penalty to the company for allowing National-Security/Classified data to leak, maybe even some execs see a courtroom at least.
"If it's worth encrypting, it's worth Never Putting on a Network!" -- unknown
as far as Canada's aerospace industry goes: we do, but it'll require a lot of investment...
Funnily enough: investment in manufacturing in Ontario is EXACTLY the kind of thing that might save Soy-Boy-Trudeau's but next election...
as far as '23 being an old design:
We need to lob as many AMRAAMs as possible from stealth platforms at anything that comes near us, and also sling some mud-moving capability for meeting our NATO obligations.and IIRC f-23 was faster than '22, all the better.
Canada doesn't need to get in knife-fights with Sukhois as we generally don't forward deploy anywhere without the USA, and that's raptor's job.
Money being a big problem, a design that is off-the shelf and already exceeds the requirements is almost a no-brainer. This would obviously necessitate a "re-engineering" period to resurrect the design to State-of-art computers/avionics. like the HMSS helmets etc.
still not cheap or easy, but a hell of a lot cheaper than developing a sub-optimal platform like F-35... it's single engine [instant fail for Canada], it doesn't have the legs to patrol our airspace [Canada does not own any Flying-Boom Refueling aircraft, only probe/drogue because of our F-18s], it can not mount an effective interceptor load-out [or even carry Sidewinders] without compromising it's biggest [only?] advantage... at least we insisted on the A because it has an internal gun to defend itself...
F-35 is great........... if you're planning on never getting into a fight with any kind of capable adversary.... which would be stupid considering all the other powers are swiftly closing the gap in what they can produce.
Since Canada plans to have only 65 F-35's and no other combat airframes to even take advantage of it's data-link/Drone C&C capabilities, the plane is almost completely pointless/unacceptable for us.
as far as Canada's needs are concerned, F-35 is a 3 dressed up as a 9.
Woof.... especially the part where "the engines are so good, we're going back to the old soviet-method of shipping our engines out so that other people can overhaul them for us..."
Could 4 gopnicks with wrenches, hammers, a hoist, and a half-hour perform that necessary maintenance? [we need a Russia-dance emoticon lol]
How much do each of those engines cost?
an RD-33 runs US$2.6M per unit.... I can't find a per-unit cost of the PW
That's what happens when you play politics instead of outfitting your armed forces with what they need to do their job...