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Posted on 02/20/2012 7:31:48 PM PST by sukhoi-30mki
F-35 makes first test flights with external weapons
By W.J. Hennigan, Los Angeles Times
February 20, 2012, 3:36 p.m. The F-35, the military's next-generation fighter jet, has begun its first flight tests carrying external missiles at Edwards Air Force Base in the Mojave Desert.
The stealthy, supersonic fighter, built byLockheed Martin Corp., has been undergoing tests since its first flight in late 2006.
The F-35, known as the Joint Strike Fighter, will be used by the Navy, Marines and Air Force. Three versions of the F-35 are being built one that can operate off aircraft carriers, one capable of short takeoffs and vertical landings, and a conventional fighter jet.
All three F-35 variants will be built on the same production line at Lockheed's plant in Fort Worth. The center fuselage sections will be made byNorthrop Grumman Corp.in Palmdale.
The F-35 is the Pentagon's costliest program going; the Defense Department has plans to buy 2,443 of the aircraft at a cost of $382 billion.
On Thursday, an F-35 took off carrying two air-to-air missiles under its wing, Lockheed said. In addition, the F-35 carried two 2,000-pound bunker-busting bombs and two advanced medium-range air-to-air missiles in its two internal weapon bays.
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Its time for the F-35 to move over at let the F-22 take over.Produce the number ordered and that is it. The F-22 or the F-15 Silent Eagle has proven its worth. It has been in testing too long.
Tell that to the Marines.
The F-35C is already doing steam cat launches at Pax River. I guess OTs with the new electromagnetic launchers (EMALS)
can’t be too far off. Boink!
This entire project should of ended in 2006. Offer them the new Super Hornet.
It was reported in March 2009 that testing by Lockheed Martin and the Royal Australian Air Force revealed that the F-35 was not as loud as first reported, being “only about as noisy as an F-16 fitted with a Pratt & Whitney F100-PW-200 engine” and “quieter than the Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor and the Boeing F/A-18E/F Super Hornet.” However according to an acoustics study done by Lockheed Martin and the US Air Force, the noise levels of the F-35 are found to be comparable to the F-22 Raptor and F/A-18E/F Super Hornet.
4 years roughly of flight test on each of F16 and F15..
about 8 for the Raptor and going on 5 for the F35.
seems like reasonable progress to me given the bleeding edge
technologies in play and the amount of investment $$..
and there goes any stealthiness it actually had
They already started testing on the EMALS but there are problems.
Not necessarily, since the f-35 was always designed to carry external munitions. Besides you can jettison or release any fuel tanks and stand-off weapons and still retain internally mounted weapons.
But it seems that they are encountering problem after problem.the F-22 has already been developed. It seems that the nations that are developing the project is leaving or severly cutting back their orders
Even the Pentagon is getting tired
probably not as stealthy as internal weapons bays like the F-22 has (had?)
The F-22 cannot deploy heavy (2,000 lb class) bombs from its internal bay. The F-35 A/C can.
Uh-oh. If EMALS is delayed, I don’t think there’s a Plan B for CVN 78.
someone seems to have peed in Bob Cox’s wheaties.
The last test was in November of 2011 when it tested a F-35 connected to the system
Would it turn it into mush if you did that?
The original spec was for a stealthy aircraft capable of internally carrying 2x2000 lb. J-weapons. You can't fit those in an F-22.
That spec was for a "first couple days of the war" scenario, before air superiority has been achieved. After air superiority has been achieved then you slap on the LAUs and turn the thing into a bomb truck.
Finally, someone who has a clue.
Now what's your "solution"?
Spoken like a clueless pogue.
What is your solution then?
I am extremely curious to read your solution.
I mentioned the F-22 on the top of the thread
I wasn’t trying to put down the F-35
My solution is to continue with the program and to ignore clueless emoters like yourself.
I knew you did not have a solution.
Mr. Cunningham was nice enough to show you the F-22 load plan. You can see that the F-22 carries about as much air to ground ordnance as a Sopwith Camel. It has one air to ground mission, and that is high threat SEAD (suppression of enemy air defenses). That mean throwing that 100 lb. JDAM at a control van or radar of a SAM sight.
Now we have to go all the way back to the beginning. The JSF spec is for 2x2000 lb. J-weps, internal, with stealth. The F-22 can't do it.
I agree with you and the F-22. I have always wanted the F-22 to be used.
The Advanced Unitary Penetrator (AUP), a candidate to be integrated with a GBU-31 guidance kit, is a 2000 lb. class penetrator warhead intended as an upgrade/replacement for the BLU-109 warhead in applications requiring increased penetration.
The point is the F-22 can’t do what the F-35 can. The F-35 can carry out a legitimate air-to-ground mission in stealth mode with heavy ordinance and once stealth mode is not as critical, has the capability to be used more conventionally.
This is not to say the program is without flaws, it is just to point out the capabilities are not interchangeable.
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It may be a go fast airplane but it doesn't meet the needs of the USMC when it comes to organic close air support.
The obvious priority will be to get rid of the Harrier. It has been a disaster of a program.
You lack the grey matter necessary to rise to the level of being obtuse.
I didn’t say you were. Just pointing out that the F-22 will also carry ordnance on external hardpoints.
The VMA community disagrees.
Nah, that's just some 'crat noising off, trying to ingratiate himself with the 'Rats. I suppose that means another handicapper is calling the election for Barky, and wants to be on the winning side, while riding his glide path to retirement.
'Rats and 'crats, birds of a feather.
When you crash 50% of the A models and have a shipboard mishap rate 15 times the next most dangerous aircraft, it is hard to call it a success.