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  • The F-35: Throwing Good Money after Bad

    07/22/2015 7:29:54 AM PDT · by C19fan · 12 replies
    National Review ^ | July 22, 2015 | Mike Fredenburg
    The F-35 program could cripple U.S. defense for decades to come. “You could argue it [the F-35] was already one of the biggest white elephants in history a long time ago,” stated former U.K. defense chief Nick Harvey in a May interview. Harvey then doubled down, saying there is “not a cat in hell’s chance” the Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) would be combat-ready by 2018. While it is noteworthy that a person of Harvey’s stature would level such harsh criticisms, his statement merely reflects the conclusions of reports by the U.S. Defense Department’s Director of Operational Test & Evaluation (DOT&E),...
  • The weapons we need for a war we don’t want

    07/20/2015 1:56:10 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 6 replies
    Reuters Blogs ^ | July 20, 2015 | P.W. Singer and August Cole
    Terrorism and Middle East insurgencies are not going away. Yet in the 21st century, the United States must understand it faces a return of a serious national-security concern that shaped the last century: the risk of great-power conflict. The Defense Department’s new military strategy acknowledges this by noting the implications of the renewed rivalry with China and Russia. The possibility of a major war with great powers, like World Wars One and Two, is “growing,” according to the U.S. National Military Strategy released this month. Consider, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization is back on high alert after Russia’s land grab...
  • U.S. Marines nearing F-35B combat readiness declaration

    07/18/2015 2:57:23 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 19 replies
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 7/18/15 | Andrea Shalal
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Marine Corps' top aviator flew to an Arizona air base this week as part of a final effort to certify the combat-readiness of an initial squadron of 10 Lockheed Martin Corp F-35B fighter jets, their pilots and technicians. Marine Corps officials were due to brief Lieutenant General Jon Davis, deputy commandant for aviation, on a week-long review which included operational and simulator flights in five core mission areas, an inspection of the maintenance department, and academics for both pilots and technicians. If Davis is satisfied, he will brief Marine Corps Commandant General Joseph Dunford, who...
  • The F-35: Is the world's most expensive weapons program worth it? (DoD Obamacare)

    07/16/2015 8:12:53 AM PDT · by MadIsh32 · 21 replies
    CNN ^ | 07/15/2015 | Zachary Cohen
    Three years behind schedule and some $200 billion over its original budget, the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program is finally set to become operational this month. The fighter jet has been in development for nearly 15 years, weathered half a dozen years of testing and experienced myriad hardware malfunctions and software glitches along the way. Once it's declared ready for combat, it will be the most expensive weapons system in world history. It will also be the most advanced in the sky. The F-35, also referred to as the Joint Strike Fighter, is touted as the most lethal and versatile...
  • No, the F-35 Can’t Fight at Long Range, Either

    07/10/2015 10:26:26 AM PDT · by C19fan · 45 replies
    War is Boring ^ | July 9, 2015 | Joseph Trevithick
    The Pentagon’s new F-35 Joint Strike Fighter is dead meat in a close battle against even a dated two-seat F-16D fighter jet, according to a scathing test pilot report War Is Boring obtained. Don’t sweat it, JSF-maker Lockheed Martin responded. “The F-35’s technology is designed to engage, shoot and kill its enemy from long distances,” Lockheed’s F-35 team wrote in a press release on July 1.
  • The U.S. Air Force Promised the F-4 Would Never Dogfight: Now it’s saying the same thing about [tr]

    07/07/2015 8:02:37 AM PDT · by C19fan · 50 replies
    War is Boring ^ | July 6, 2015 | David Axe
    The aerial dogfight was not supposed to happen. On May 20, 1967, eight U.S. Air Force F-4C fighters were patrolling over North Vietnam when they spotted as many as 15 enemy MiG-17 fighters a short distance away. Fog and the MiGs’ low altitude had prevented the F-4s from detecting the North Vietnamese jets from farther away.
  • In defence of the F-35: Why future air combat will be different

    07/03/2015 8:55:41 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 42 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 03 Jul 2015 | Alan Tovey
    Air combat is advancing at such a pace and about to head in a new direction that reports of a hi-tech F-35 fighter “losing” a simulated dogfight to a 1970s-design F-16 are irrelevant to the new stealth jet’s future, according to an ex-RAF group captain. The advanced systems and sensors aboard the F-35 mean its pilots will fly and fight in a new way, and the jet should not be measured using the same standards as older fighters, according to Andrew Linstead, who spent 27 years in the RAF flying in Tornados. His comments came after a test pilot’s report...
  • The new F-35 Lightning may be in trouble: Beaten by the Plane it's supposed to replace

    07/01/2015 7:00:51 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 56 replies
    Hotair ^ | 07/01/2015 | Jazz Shaw
    Earlier this year we talked about some of the initial flight testing of the new F-35 Lightning Joint Strike Fighter which was largely completed between January and April. After more than a trillion dollars in development costs and constant questions from critics both inside and outside the aerospace industry, the early look by the military was promising. The testing lined the fighter up against some of the current fleet of similar planes and tested basic operations and “basic fighter maneuvers.” With a few minor exceptions the plane seemed to be getting a thumbs up.But there was a second, more...
  • F-35 beaten in a dogfight by F-16

    06/30/2015 11:52:34 AM PDT · by Teflonic · 76 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 6/30/15 | Imogen Calderwood
    It’s the most expensive weapon in history, but the F-35 stealth jet has been outperformed by a 40-year-old F-16 jet in a dogfight. A mock air battle was held over the Pacific Ocean, between the cutting-edge F-35, the most sophisticated jet ever, and an F-16, which was designed in the 1970s. But according to the test pilot, the F-35, which has cost the US military more than $350billion, is still too slow to hit an enemy plane or dodge gunfire. The dogfight, staged in January near Edwards Air Force Base, California, was designed to test the F-35’s ability in close-range...
  • Test Pilot Admits the F-35 Can’t Dogfight

    06/30/2015 5:50:20 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 81 replies
    War is Boring ^ | 06/29/2015 | DAVID AXE
    A test pilot has some very, very bad news about the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter. The pricey new stealth jet can’t turn or climb fast enough to hit an enemy plane during a dogfight or to dodge the enemy’s own gunfire, the pilot reported following a day of mock air battles back in January. “The F-35 was at a distinct energy disadvantage,” the unnamed pilot wrote in a scathing five-page brief that War Is Boring has obtained. The brief is unclassified but is labeled “for official use only.” The test pilot’s report is the latest evidence of fundamental problems with...
  • GAO report blasts Air Force justification for A-10 retirement

    06/26/2015 10:38:30 PM PDT · by Rabin · 14 replies
    U.S. Air Force Times ^ | 6/26/2015 | Staff
    The Air Force based its plan to retire the A-10 on projection of cost savings, ignoring mission (close air support), the Government Accountability Office. GAO punches holes in Air Force's bosses decision to retire the attack jet, saying planners did not, did not include the increased workload on other aircraft tasked Baltic & Black Sea theater realities. Rep. Martha McSally, R-Arizona, to block the Air Force's pro Soviet armor superiority, review. The agency states that the Air Force made the plan to retire the A-10 based on a "enemy with-in" review". The Air Force's guidance prioritized fifth-generation aircraft, readiness and...
  • Exposure: Will the flight range of the F-35 be extended in the Israeli version?

    06/24/2015 5:53:03 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 12 replies
    IsraelDefense ^ | 24/06/2015 | Amir Rapaport
    Lockheed Martin and the IAF are in negotiations to examine the possibility of extending the flight range of the Israeli version of the future fighter aircraft F-35 by 30%. The issues was discussed during the Paris Air Show, attended by a delegation of senior representatives of Lockheed Martin (who arrived in Israel this week for another round of talks). At the same time, it is known that a team of the IAF is currently in Fort Worth, Texas, to work on the aircraft, in preparation for its arrival in Israel at the end of 2016. According to current knowledge, Israel...
  • On the U.S. Navy’s Wish List: More Boeing Fighter Jets

    06/21/2015 10:04:47 AM PDT · by lbryce · 13 replies
    Fortune ^ | March 28, 2015 | Clay Dillow
    Concerns about a naval ‘fighter gap’ and F-35 program failures could help extend Boeing’s fighter jet production line. As the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program continues to accrue criticism over cost and schedule overruns and missed milestones, the U.S. Navy is looking to an old standby—the Boeing-built F/A-18 Super Hornet—to plug potential holes in its airborne fleet. The Navy’s unfunded “wish list,” headed to lawmakers’ desks this week, includes 12 Boeing-built F/A-18 fighter jets alongside eight Lockheed Martin F-35Cs. Each purchase would be worth roughly $1 billion for the companies—if Congress decides to fund them. That’s great news for Boeing...
  • What I learned about Bernie Sanders

    06/01/2015 5:35:06 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 55 replies
    Socialist Worker ^ | June 1, 2015 | Kristen Martin
    Kristen Martin recalls her time as an intern for Bernie Sanders, in a contribution to the left's discussion of Sanders' campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination.TO THOSE who have spent any significant amount of time in Vermont, it is clear that Bernie Sanders is widely beloved by his constituents. The support for "Bernie," as his supporters fondly call him, was clear on May 26 as thousands flocked to Sanders' presidential campaign kickoff rally on the edge of Lake Champlain in Burlington, Vermont. The "People's Assembly," organized by a group including former Occupy Wall Street activists and environmentalists, spoke to a...
  • US, Israel exploring arms package to 'compensate' for Iran deal (more F-35s?)

    05/19/2015 11:31:24 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 5 replies
    i24 News ^ | May 20th 2015
    Israel has put out feelers to the US about increased military aid in the form of fighter aircraft and missile defense systems to offset the expected deal with Iran on its nuclear program, according to reports in Israeli media. The reports range from speculation to concrete news of “preliminary” and “unofficial” talks. Ronen Bergman of the mass circulation Yediot Ahronot, a journalist specializing in defense and intelligence issues, cited an unnamed senior American source as saying that "the White House is willing to pay a hefty price to get some quiet from the Israelis at this point. We are surprised...
  • White House Says F-35s Not For Sale to Gulf Arab States

    05/15/2015 5:52:10 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 12 replies
    DoD BUZZ ^ | May 13th, 2015 | Richard Sisk
    President Obama’s Camp David summit with the Gulf Arab states on Thursday will seek to boost arms sales to the Gulf neighbors but the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter has been taken off their wish list. White House officials on Monday sought to tamp down speculation that King Salman of Saudi Arabia canceled his attendance at Camp David when the U.S. made clear that his country would not be permitted to buy F-35s. “We do not and never anticipated this to be a summit that only focused on one capability, like the F-35, for instance,” said Ben Rhodes, the deputy National...
  • “A-10 will always be better than F-35 in Close Air Support. In all the other missions the JSF wins”

    04/09/2015 10:24:33 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 90 replies
    The Aviationist ^ | David Cenciotti | Apr 09 2015
    It’s wrong to compare the F-35 with any other asset that was designed to perform a specific mission: this is, in simple words, what a U.S. F-35 pilot said in an interview he gave to the Danish website focusing on military topics Krigeren. Interviewed at Luke Air Force Base, by Christian Sundsdal, Maj. John Wilson, an F-35 pilot with an F-16 background clearly explained something that is quite obvious to everyone: an A-10 Thunderbolt II will always be better in CAS than the F-35 because it was designed to perform that kind of mission. Similarly, an F-22 will always be...
  • USAF Plans for Radical F-35 Upgrade Reveal Obsolescence

    04/08/2015 6:30:38 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 55 replies
    DefenseAerospace.com ^ | April 8, 2015 | Giovanni de Briganti
    PARIS --- US Air Force plans to replace the F-35 fighter’s avionics, radar and engines are an implicit admission that the current aircraft is already obsolete and that, despite a unit cost of over $250 million, it cannot match the latest foreign fighters coming into service. This is the first time a customer acknowledges that the obsolescence of the F-35’s sensors has degraded the aircraft’s still unproven nominal capabilities to the point that a radical upgrade is necessary, more than a year before it enters service. The upgrade plans were revealed by Major General Jeffrey Harrigian, the USAF’s F-35 program...
  • Software Glitch Causes F-35 to Incorrectly Detect Targets in Formation

    03/26/2015 6:50:26 AM PDT · by Doogle · 37 replies
    Military.com ^ | 03/24/15 | Kris Osborn
    Engineers are trying to fix the F-35’s software package after it was discovered the sensors for the Joint Strike Fighter malfunction when detecting targets when the aircraft flies in formation. Air Force Lt. Gen. Christopher Bogdan, Program Executive Officer, F-35, said he didn’t have a date when the correction would be made. However, he said the problem would not delay the declaration of the Marine variant of the aircraft, the F-35B, ready for combat. “When you have two, three or four F-35s looking at the same threat, they don’t all see it exactly the same because of the angles that...
  • The Disappointment That Is the F-35: Why this military program will die of embarassment

    03/21/2015 10:41:32 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 29 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 03/21/2015 | David Archibald
    First of all, be aware that strange things happen in the U.S. military-industrial complex that President Eisenhower warned us about. Take the example of the M1 Abrams tank. The U.S. Army has an inventory of 6,300-odd of these tanks, including 4,000 in storage in desert. It doesn’t need any more, but Congress keeps voting to keep the production line going, churning out unwanted tanks. Ironically, that means that funds aren’t available to upgrade the gas turbine engines of its existing tanks to make them more efficient. The M1 Abrams gets half the fuel mileage of the German Leopard II tank...
  • How to Build a $400 Billion F-35 That Doesn’t Fly

    03/16/2015 5:27:41 AM PDT · by Pan_Yan · 36 replies
    The Fiscal Times via Yahoo! Finance ^ | March 15, 2015 6:30 AM | Brianna Ehley
    The Pentagon’s embattled F-35 Joint Strike Fighter continues to be plagued with so many problems that it can’t even pass the most basic requirements needed to fly in combat, despite soaring roughly $170 billion over budget. As the most expensive weapons program in the Pentagon’s history, the $400 billion and counting F-35 is supposed to be unlike any other fighter jet—with high-tech computer capabilities that can identify a combatant plane at warp speed. However, major design flaws and test failures have placed the program under serious scrutiny for years—with auditors constantly questioning whether the jet will ever actually get off...
  • Oops: US Close-Air Support Bomb Doesn't Fit on the F-35

    03/15/2015 9:49:25 AM PDT · by rktman · 58 replies
    thediplomat.com ^ | 3/14/2015 | Franz-Stefan Gady
    The F-35 Joint Strike Fighter will not receive the software package required to operate the Pentagon’s top close-air support bomb until 2022, according to military.com. The article also stated that the JSF office already had discovered earlier that the precision-guided air-dropped Small Diameter Bomb II (SDB II) does not fit onto Joint Strike Fighter Marine Corps variant without modifications to the aircraft’s weapons bay. Yet the Department of Defense will wait until the F-35 B (the Marine Corps variant of the F-35) reaches initial operability before modifying the F-35’s armament bay, since the weapon will be useless without the right...
  • Lockheed F-35 heads for the ski jump in next key round of tests

    02/24/2015 5:54:19 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 28 replies
    Reuters ^ | 2/24/2015 | ANDREA SHALAL
    Feb 24 (Reuters) - Lockheed Martin Corp's F-35 Joint Strike Fighter will start "ski-jump testing" at a Maryland air base this week, while another B-model jet wraps up six months of tests at temperatures as low as minus 40 degrees Fahrenheit (minus 40 Celsius) to as high as 120 F (49 C). Two UK pilots will test the ability of the new warplane to take off from upward-sloping ski-jump ramps used on aircraft carriers like those operated by Britain and Italy. The ramps launch the jets forward and upward, reducing the thrust needed. Sylvia Pierson, spokeswoman for the Pentagon's F-35...
  • Israel signs deal for 14 additional U.S. F-35 warplanes

    02/22/2015 7:26:44 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 26 replies
    Israel's first two F-35s will arrive by the end of 2016, with deliveries scheduled to be completed by 2021, the ministry said. The Pentagon plans to spend nearly $400 billion to develop and build 2,457 of the radar-evading aircraft over the next two decades for the U.S. military and its allies
  • Replacing Trident with jets ‘would save Ł13bn’ (U.K.)

    02/15/2015 5:51:33 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 27 replies
    The Scotsman ^ | 2/15/2015 | ANDREW WHITAKER
    REPLACING Trident with a nuclear deterrent dropped from the air would save up to £13 billion for priority defence equipment spending, a think-tank has claimed in a new report. Trident nuclear submarines at Faslane are an “expensive and excessive” solution to the UK deterrence requirements and would have been ineffective even during the Cold War, CentreForum said in its analysis. Instead, the UK’s forthcoming F-35 Joint Strike Fighters – a stealth aircraft bought for conventional missions – should be adapted to deliver a “minimum nuclear deterrent” based upon a stockpile of 100 British built B61-12 nuclear bombs, the “independent liberal”...
  • NSA Details Chinese Cyber Theft of F-35, Military Secrets

    01/22/2015 6:20:36 PM PST · by Spktyr · 43 replies
    The Washington Free Beacon ^ | 22 Jan 2015 | Bill Gertz
    Subheadline: Chinese hackers pillaged U.S. defense, contractor networks for critical data China obtained more than 50 terabytes of data from U.S. defense and government networks, notably the Joint Strike Fighter’s stealth radar and engine secrets, through cyber espionage, according to newly disclosed National Security Agency documents. A NSA briefing slide labeled “Top Secret” and headlined “Chinese Exfiltrate Sensitive Military Data,” states that the Chinese have stolen a massive amount of data from U.S. government and private contractors. The document was made public by the German magazine Der Spiegel in a two articles detailing how NSA in the mid-2000s was capable...
  • Australia fighter jet data theft 'shows cyber-spy risk'

    01/19/2015 2:47:28 AM PST · by moose07 · 7 replies
    BBC ^ | 19 January 2015 | BBC
    The reported theft by Chinese spies of designs for Australia's new warplane, the US-built F-35 Joint Strike Fighter jet, highlights the risk of cyber-espionage, an Australian minister said. Foreign Minister Julie Bishop also told Sky News she was confident that the US would guard its intellectual property. She was responding to media reports, citing leaked US documents, of the theft of a huge amount of F-35 data. Australia has ordered 72 F-35 jets, due to come into service in 2020. The F-35 is the most expensive defence project in US history. The stealth aircraft, manufactured by US-based Lockheed Martin, was...
  • This photo shows all the weapons the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter is designed to carry

    01/17/2015 5:51:36 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 25 replies
    The Aviationist ^ | David Cenciotti | Jan 16 2015
    Top image shows an F-35A, at Edwards AFB, California,nexto to its F-35 Systems Development and Demonstration Weapons Suite the aircraft is designed to carry. According to Lockheed Martin, the Joint Strike Fighter can carry more than 35-hundred pounds of ordinance in Low Observable (stealth) mode and over 18-thousand pounds uncontested. The Lightning II is conducting testing required for full weapons certification through a campaign which included validating 2B weapons software and successfully executing several weapons separation and engagement tests. “Comprehensive flight test on the F-35A variant GAU-22 25mm gun system is scheduled to begin mid-year at Edwards AFB, Calif., and...
  • The Trillion Dollar F-35 Won't Even Be Able to Shoot Its Gun Until 2019

    12/31/2014 7:19:35 PM PST · by thetallguy24 · 67 replies
    Gizmodo ^ | 12/31/2014 | Adam Clark Estes
    At this point, it's not even funny how much the Pentagon has screwed up the development of its new stealth fighter jet, the F-35. But the latest report that the jet's 25mm cannon won't be operational until 2019 at the earliest is just laughable. Even more laughable is that it probably doesn't even need the gun to begin with. Unnamed Air Force officials revealed the bad news in a Daily Beast story about the F-35. Apparently the software that will power the four-barreled rotary cannon on the Air Force version of the jet, the F-35A, won't be ready for at...
  • New U.S. Stealth Jet Can’t Fire Its Gun Until 2019

    12/31/2014 5:11:05 AM PST · by C19fan · 45 replies
    Daily Beast ^ | December 31, 2014 | Dave Majumdar
    The Pentagon’s newest stealth jet, the nearly $400 billion Joint Strike Fighter, won’t be able to fire its gun during operational missions until 2019, three to four years after it becomes operational. Even though the Joint Strike Fighter, or F-35, is supposed to join frontline U.S. Marine Corps fighter squadrons next year and Air Force units in 2016, the jet’s software does not yet have the ability to shoot the onboard 25mm cannon. But even when the jet will be able to shoot its gun, the F-35 barely carries enough ammunition to make the weapon useful.
  • Newest U.S. Stealth Fighter ‘10 Years Behind’ Older Jets

    12/27/2014 4:24:07 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 25 replies
    America’s $400 billion, top-of-the-line aircraft can’t see the battlefield all that well. Which means it’s actually worse than its predecessors at fighting today’s wars. When the Pentagon’s nearly $400 billion F-35 Joint Strike Fighter finally enters service next year after nearly two decades in development, it won’t be able to support troops on the ground the way older planes can today. Its sensors won’t be able to see the battlefield as well; and what video the F-35 does capture, it won’t be able to transmit to infantrymen in real time. Versions of the new single-engine stealth fighter are set to...
  • A New, "Super" F-35 to Rule the U.S. Military?

    12/19/2014 7:50:59 AM PST · by C19fan · 34 replies
    National Interest ^ | December 19, 2014 | David Majumdar
    Advanced derivatives of the tri-service Lockheed Martin F-35 Joint Strike Fighter could replace the Air Force’s F-22 Raptor, Boeing F-15C Eagle and F/A-18E/F Super Hornet, multiple sources told the National Interest. However, they added that the idea of replacing the high flying and fast Raptor with the slower and less agile F-35 was not well received by many within the Air Force. “No doubt that the F-35 will be doing air dominance missions in the future,” one industry official said. “Especially with more internal air-to-air, and maybe a new engine.”
  • F-35, competitors equally capable for most missions: report (Canada)

    12/10/2014 6:52:02 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 19 replies
    Ottawa Citizen ^ | 12.10.2014 | LEE BERTHIAUME
    A highly-anticipated, government-commissioned report on the F-35 and its competitors shows little difference between the four warplanes when it comes to the vast majority of missions they will be required to perform. The only major exception is fighting against another country, though the report says such an event is “highly unlikely” to occur in the future, and even then, “the government is not obliged to undertake such a mission.” The findings are expected to set off another round of bitter debate in the House of Commons and defence circles over whether the government should move ahead with purchasing the F-35....
  • The USAF Has To Re-Paint Its Trucks Because The F-35 Can’t Fly On Warm Fuel

    12/09/2014 10:47:29 AM PST · by Idaho_Cowboy · 90 replies
    Daily Caller via Yahoo ^ | December 9, 2014 | Staff
    After a year of several fleet-wide groundings for the F-35, the latest problem to plague the fifth-generation fighter is forcing the U.S. Air Force to revamp an entirely separate fleet to support the military’s most expensive plane yet. The F-35 can only fly on jet fuel under a certain temperature due to a range of heating issues attributed to the F-35B variant’s short takeoff and vertical landing engine. According to the USAF, the dark-green trucks that carry that fuel absorb too much heat from the sun to keep the planes in the sky.
  • Israel may trim second order of F-35 fighters - newspaper

    11/17/2014 4:47:19 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 4 replies
    Reuters ^ | Nov 17, 2014
    Israel is likely to place a second order for between 12 and 15 U.S.-made F-35 fighter jets, around half the number previously mentioned by defence sources in both countries, an Israeli newspaper reported on Monday. A reduced Israeli purchase may dent international confidence in the Lockheed Martin Corp plane and set back Israeli efforts to get a lower unit price because of advance orders. Israel bought 19 F-35s for $2.75 billion in 2010, with delivery scheduled between 2016 and 2018. Defence Minister Moshe Yaalon, who visited the United States last month, agreed a preliminary deal for 25 to 31 more...
  • Chinese Espionage, Weapons Shift Asian Power Balance

    11/10/2014 10:09:13 AM PST · by raptor22 · 1 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | November 10, 2014 | Investor's Business Daily
    Military Superiority: China's new Shenyang J-31 stealth fighter could be the equal of our F-22s and F-35s, U.S. pilots say, and is just one of the weapons that may thwart America's "pivot" to the Pacific. The J-31, a fifth-generation stealth fighter, will make its official debut at the Zhuhai International Air Show Nov. 11-16 in southern China's Guangdong province. As one U.S. pilot with F-35 experience told USNI News of the J-31 and other new Chinese fighters: "I think they'll eventually be on par with our fifth-gen jets — as they should be, because industrial espionage is alive and well."...
  • Israeli ministers oppose acquisition of more F-35 fighter jets

    11/06/2014 10:19:57 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 5 replies
    Haaretz ^ | Nov. 6, 2014 | Amir Oren
    Several ministers, headed by Strategic and Intelligence Affairs Minister Yuval Steinitz, strongly objected to purchasing more F-35 fighter jets at the ministerial committee for defense purchases’ meeting Wednesday. The Defense Ministry and Israel Air Force submitted to the committee a proposal to buy a second squadron of the advanced fighter jets at the expected cost of some $4.5 billion. Steinitz spearheaded the objection to buying 31 jets, which will be added to the 19 ordered in the first deal. Steinitz is in favor of buying numerous cheap missiles to be launched from the sea, surface and air, and for increasing...
  • U.S. Pilots Say New Chinese Stealth Fighter Could Become Equal of F-22, F-35

    11/05/2014 11:10:21 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 19 replies
    USNI News ^ | November 5, 2014 | Dave Majumdar
    China’s new Shenyang J-31 stealth fighter — making its debut next week at the Zhuhai international airshow — could eventually become more than a match for American stealth fighters in battle, several U.S. military and industry officials told USNI News. The J-31 is China’s latest crack at developing a modern so-called fifth-generation stealth fighter — equivalent in ability to Lockheed Martin’s F-22 Raptor or F-35 Lighting II Joint Strike Fighter. “They’re still in the glossy brochure phase of development, so they still look ten feet tall and bulletproof,” one senior U.S. fighter pilot familiar with the F-35 program told USNI...
  • U.S. Marines to Retire Harrier Fleet Earlier Than Planned, Extend Life of Hornets

    11/03/2014 10:39:47 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 12 replies
    USNI News ^ | November 3, 2014 | Dave Majumdar
    The U.S. Marine Corps will phase out the Boeing AV-8B Harrier II jump jet by 2025 — about five years earlier than planned — and will instead extend the life of its fleet of aging Boeing F/A-18 Hornet strike fighters, according to the service’s recently released 2015 aviation plan. In previous years, the service had said it would replace its increasingly older fleet of original model Boeing F/A-18A – D Hornet strike fighters before retiring the Harriers before replacing both fighters with the Lockheed Martin F-35 Lighting II Joint Strike Fighter (JSF). Now, the Harrier will be retired in 2025...
  • Britain orders more F-35s as part of biggest-ever defence project

    10/28/2014 11:30:55 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 5 replies
    The Daily Telegraph, UK ^ | October 28, 2014 | Alan Tovey, Industry Editor
    UK orders four more F-35B stealth jets as partners work to reduce the cost of the controversial fighter-bomber British defence and engineering companies including BAE Systems and Rolls-Royce have been given a boost after the Ministry of Defence struck a deal to order the first production batch of F-35 fighter-bombers. Defence Secretary Michael Fallon said the MoD had reached an agreement in principle to buy four F-35 Lightning II stealth aircraft. About 15pc of each aircraft is manufactured in Britain and BAE is the only tier one partner in the F-35 programme, which is headed by Lockheed Martin and is...
  • EXCLUSIVE – GRIPEN NG WILL HAVE WIDE DISPLAY (similar to F-35)

    10/26/2014 4:19:43 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 1 replies
    defesanet ^ | 10/09/2014 | Nelson Düring
    Art presented by COPAC showing a Wide Area Display integrated to Gripen NG cockpit. In the art HUD is not presented. Art - FAB Gripen NG fighter contract, currently being dealt between Swedish SAAB company and Coordinating Commission for Combat Aircraft Program (Comissăo Coordenadora do Programa Aeronave de Combate - COPAC), representing Brazilian Air Force (FAB) is in the last stages, one year after the formal announcement in December 18th, 2013. One relevant detail was defined by FAB. DefesaNet obtained from two sources near to negotiations that Gripen NG, Brazilian Version, will have a Wide Area Display. This is a...
  • Critics Of A Missile Australia Wants For Its F-35s Say It Can Make Its Own Decision To Kill

    10/24/2014 2:37:02 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 8 replies
    Business Insider, Australia ^ | 10/24/2014 | PETER FARQUHAR
    Picture courtesy of Kongsberg. Australia’s new fighter jets could be armed with controversial robot-controlled missiles that critics claim can “make decisions to kill without human interference”. The Joint Strike Missile is close to final development by Norway’s Kongsberg Gruppen. It’s a $1.3 billion bet by the country to make it the standard weapon for the F-35. Back in June, Australia was one of the first countries to express interest in arming its F-35 fleet with the JSM. It’s also been pitched to Japan and South Korea but now it’s close to completion, it’s looking increasingly likely to become the missile...
  • F-35A Fighter Jets to Be Poorly Armed (Korea's funding issue)

    10/17/2014 7:35:00 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 8 replies
    The Chosun Ilbo ^ | 10/17/2014 | Chosun Ilbo
    Only about half of the Air Force's next-generation F-35A fighter jet, which cost a hefty W121 billion, will be fully armed due to lack of combat weapons (US$1=W1,062). Seoul decided to buy 40 F-35As at a total cost of W7.34 trillion last month and claimed that would allow the Air Force to "overwhelm" North Korea. But it has bought only half the weapons needed for the F-35As in a war, according to Air Force data submitted to Saenuri Party lawmaker Song Young-keun Wednesday. The Air Force has secured a mere 45 percent of air-to-air missiles that would be used against...
  • Kongsberg sees billions of dollars in possible missile sales

    10/13/2014 8:41:24 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 7 replies
    Reuters ^ | Oct 13, 2014 | ANDREA SHALAL
    Kongsberg Gruppen ASA says its Naval Strike Missile (NSM) and a sister missile developed to go into the bomb bay of the F-35 fighter jet could generate billions of dollars of new revenues for the Norwegian company in coming years. Walter Qvam, president and chief executive of Kongsberg, told Reuters that Russian aggression in Ukraine was seen as a "serious new situation" in Europe, and was already starting to drive European defense spending higher. Kongsberg was seeing higher demand for its air-defense system, he said. Kongsberg, which is celebrating its 200th anniversary this year, is trying to pump up its...
  • Why the F-35 is a sitting duck for the Flankers (Russian brag alert)

    10/12/2014 3:31:06 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 23 replies
    Russia & India Report ^ | October 12, 2014 | Rakesh Krishnan Simha
    Outgunned by the Su-30 family of aircraft and suffering critical design flaws, the American F-35 is staring down the barrel of obsolescence – and punching a gaping hole in western air defences. Built to be the deadliest hunter killer aircraft of all time, the F-35 has quite literally become the hunted. In every scenario that the F-35 has been wargamed against Su-30 Flankers, the Russian aircraft have emerged winners. America’s newest stealth aircraft – costing $191 million per unit – is riddled with such critical design flaws that it’s likely to get blown away in a shootout with the super-maneuverable...
  • Looks Like China’s Sending a Stealth Fighter to Sea

    09/28/2014 9:57:59 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 60 replies
    War is Boring ^ | 9/27/2014 | David Axe
    J-31 mock-up appears on carrier deck A full-scale model of China’s J-31 stealth fighter prototype has appeared on the flight deck of the Chinese navy’s aircraft carrier mock-up, fueling speculation that the radar-evading jet could become part of China’s carrier air wing. If so, China would enter the race alongside the United States to be the first to deploy a stealth jet on a flattop. The U.S. Navy is struggling to develop the F-35C stealth fighter to fly from the American fleet’s 10 large carriers starting no earlier than late 2018. China often builds mock-ups of its new warships on...
  • South Korea Formally Announces Intent to Buy 40 Lockheed Fighter Jets

    09/24/2014 8:17:57 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 9 replies
    The New York Times ^ | SEPT. 24, 2014 | CHOE SANG-HUN
    SEOUL, South Korea — South Korea formally announced on Wednesday that it would buy 40 F-35A fighter jets from the American defense contractor Lockheed Martin in a deal that includes transfers of technology for the development of the country’s own advanced fighter jet. South Korea picked Lockheed Martin’s F-35A as the sole choice for its air force’s new fighter jet in November and has since been negotiating the terms of the deal. On Wednesday, Defense Minister Han Min-koo called a meeting of top military procurement officials to approve the purchase, the Defense Acquisition Program Administration said in a news release....
  • The F-35's X-Ray Vision Is The Future Of Naval (And All Other) Warfare

    09/19/2014 11:21:22 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 19 replies
    Foxtrot Alpha ^ | 19 September 2014 | Tyler Rogoway
    One of the most 'popular' features on the controversial F-35 is the jet's Distributed Aperture System (DAS). DAS creates an all-seeing sphere and classifies and relays data and video to the pilot's helmet and to the jet's mission computers. This game-changing system has now been adapted for the high seas, and it won't stop there. DAS accomplishes its unique task via a constellation of electro-optical cameras installed around the F-35, each staring in a separate direction. Then, a powerful computer processor "stitches" these video images together to create a continuous viewable video "sphere." When the DAS imagery is paired with...
  • Integrating Typhoon and F-35: The Key to Future British Air Power

    09/10/2014 7:22:21 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki
    Royal United Services Institute ^ | 9 Sep 2014 | Justin Bronk
    British combat air post-2020 will depend on the RAF’s Typhoon fast jet fleet – currently planned to total 107 aircraft at the end of this decade – and the F-35 Lightning II strike fighter, operated jointly by the RAF and the Royal Navy. Then-Secretary of State for Defence Phillip Hammond said in July 2012 that the UK would buy up to forty-eight F-35B short take-off, vertical landing (STOVL) aircraft in the next ten years of the newly agreed equipment plan. These will not only form the fixed-wing complement of the new Queen Elizabeth-class aircraft carriers, but will also deploy with...
  • Exclusive: Canada seen buying fighter jets from U.S., not Europe - source

    09/04/2014 9:34:21 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 13 replies
    Reuters ^ | Sep 4, 2014 | RANDALL PALMER, DAVID LJUNGGREN AND ANDREA SHALAL
    (Reuters) - Canada is likely to choose between two major U.S. firms when it buys a new fleet of jet fighters, excluding two European competitors, according to a source with direct knowledge of the matter. The source, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, said Lockheed Martin Corp's F-35 stealth fighter and Boeing Co's F-18 E/F Super Hornet were deemed more suitable for the variety of tasks the military has laid out. The source said that while the F-35 had scored well on the various tests laid out by the military, the Super Hornet was almost as capable and had...