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  • F-35: Is America's Most Expensive Weapon of War the Ultimate Failure?

    03/20/2018 1:54:49 PM PDT · by BBell · 67 replies
    Jim Roche, then-Secretary of the Air Force, made an announcement on October 26, 2001, that all aviation enthusiasts had been waiting for: a winner had been picked to design and build the Joint Strike Fighter. The American people were assured the new jet would enter service in 2008 and be a high-performance replacement for the military’s aging airframes while only costing between $40 million and $50 million. The F-35 has now entered an unprecedented seventeenth year of continuing redesign, test deficiencies, fixes, schedule slippages, and cost overruns. And it’s still not at the finish line. Numerous missteps along the way—from...
  • We Now Know When Navy Aircraft Carriers Will be Armed with F-35s

    03/19/2018 8:28:48 PM PDT · by BBell · 28 replies ^ | 3/19/18 | Kris Osborn
    US Navy leaders have announced that the first-of-its kind carrier-launched F-35C stealth fighter will deploy for its first operational deployment on the USS Carl Vinson -- in 2021. The anticipated historical deployment could be accelerated by the 2019 budget proposal which supports a transition of the F-35C program from a developmental phase to more formal test and evaluation before being declared operational later this year, Rear. Adm. S.D. Conn, Director, Air Warfare Chief of Naval Operations, told Congress. Stealth technology and advanced integrated systems enable the F-35C to counter rapidly evolving air-to-air and surface-to-air threats. Whether the mission requires the...
  • Capability jump: IAF looks to buy fifth-generation F-35 fighter

    02/14/2018 9:36:43 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 1 replies
    Business Standard ^ | February 14, 2018 | Ajai Shukla
    In what would be a huge capability jump, the Indian Air Force (IAF) is increasingly interested in procuring the American F-35 Lightning II for its depleting fighter fleet. Business Standard learns the IAF top brass is formally requesting for a classified briefing by the F-35s prime builder, Lockheed Martin, on the capabilities of the sophisticated, fifth-generation fighter developed under the US Joint Strike Fighter programme. The US government has not formally offered the F-35 to India. A classified briefing would require formal clearance from the US Department of Defence (the Pentagon) and the State Department. The grant of such a...
  • Greek and Armenian Americans Press U.S. Senators to Block F-35 Sale to Turkey

    02/12/2018 1:40:29 PM PST · by Texas Fossil · 24 replies
    The Armenian Weekly ^ | February 9, 2018 | Contributor
    WASHINGTONThe Hellenic American Leadership Council (HALC) and the Armenian National Committee of America (ANCA) have launched a national advocacy campaign encouraging U.S. Senators to block a planned sale of U.S. F-35 stealth fighters to Turkeys increasingly erratic and anti-American Erdogan regime. The ANCA and Hellenic American Leadership Council have joined forces to launch a grassroots campaign to block the impending F-35 sale to Turkey (Graphic: ANCA) This joint Hellenic-Armenian American initiative the most recent in a series of ANCA-HALC advocacy campaigns warns Senators against the dangers of providing Erdogan with advanced weapons that he may turn against our...
  • Israeli Air Force Leaning Toward Upgraded F-15 Over F-35 for Next Fighter Jet Acquisition

    01/29/2018 7:52:44 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 11 replies
    Haaretz ^ | Jan 29, 2018 | Amos Harel
    An Israeli Air Force F-15 on an exercise. Ilan Assayag The Israel Air Force is to decide in a few months between purchasing a third squadron of F-35 fighter jets or the F-15I, which, while less advanced, has other advantages. The acquisition requires the approval of the General Staff and a ministerial committee, but the recommendation of the air force generally carries the day. IAF Commander Maj. Gen. Amikam Norkin, who reportedly is leaning toward the F-15, is to submit a recommendation in May. Israel and the United States agreed last year on the purchase of 50 F-35 fighters, two...
  • Lockheed Touts Non-Existent "Beast Mode" F-35 Configuration With 16 Air-To-Air Missiles

    12/29/2017 7:57:49 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 27 replies
    The Drive ^ | DECEMBER 28, 2017 | TYLER ROGOWAY
    Lockheed Martin has an interesting graphic displayed on their website showing the comparative max loud-outs for stealth combat configuration and for non-stealth combat configurationthe latter of which the company refers to as "beast mode." In the "beast mode" configuration, the graphic depicts an air-to-air optimized load-out that includes a whopping 14 AIM-120 AMRAAMs and a pair of AIM-9X Sidewinder missiles16 missiles in all. But does such a plentiful missile carrying configuration actually exist? No, it doesn't. Not only has this configuration not been tested but as far as we can tell it isn't even slated for development anytime in the...
  • Germany favors Eurofighter as it seeks to replace Tornado

    12/11/2017 8:14:46 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 15 replies
    Reuters ^ | December 12, 2017 | Sabine Siebold
    BERLIN (Reuters) - The German Defence Ministry said on Monday that the European fighter jet was the leading candidate to replace its Tornado jets, which it wants to start phasing out in 2025. The ministrys position appears to contradict that of the German air force, whose chief indicated last month that he preferred Lockheed Martins F-35, which meets the militarys requirements of stealth and long-distance operational capabilities. In a letter to a Greens lawmaker who had inquired about the deliberations, the ministry said the F-35 and Boeings F-15 and F-18 fighters were secondary options. The indicated view of the inspector...
  • Germany Says the F-35 is the "Preferred Choice" to Replace its Tornados

    11/09/2017 7:25:47 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 9 replies
    The Drive ^ | NOVEMBER 8, 2017 | JOSEPH TREVITHICK
    Despite a plan to jointly develop its own fifth generation fighter jet with France, Germany is still very interested in joining the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program. The German Air Force, or Luftwaffe, is looking hard at the American jet as it presses for purchases of an already in production or development design to replace its aging Panavia Tornado swing-wing combat aircraft. The F-35 is the preferred choice on a shortlist of aircraft the Luftwaffe is looking at to replace its approximately 85 Tornados, a senior service official speaking anonymously under the Chatham House Rule, told Janes 360, according to...
  • UAE Could Become the First Middle Eastern Country After Israel to Get the F-35

    11/07/2017 8:16:26 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 8 replies
    The Drive ^ | NOVEMBER 6, 2017 | JOSEPH TREVITHICK
    Despite apparent plans to buy advanced Russian fighter jets and the United States rebuffing the requests for years, the United Arab Emirates reportedly remains interested in joining the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program. The U.S. government has had long-standing concerns that such a sale could undermine Israels so-called qualitative military edge in the region, but jets controversial and centralized computer brain, known as the Autonomic Logistics Information System (ALIS), might actually help soothe those fears. On Nov. 4, 2017, Defense News reported that experts and insiders had made clear that the UAE had a continued desire to buy F-35s, in...
  • Simplicate and Add Lightness! Designing the F-45 Mustang II

    10/18/2017 2:28:39 PM PDT · by Jeff Chandler · 63 replies
    National Review ^ | March 13, 2017 4:00 AM | MIKE FREDENBURG
    When replacing the failed F-35, the U.S. should focus on building large numbers of a reliable, lightweight fighter design. EDITORS NOTE: This article concludes Mike Fredenburgs series on replacing the disastrous F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program. Part I explains why the program should be considered a failure and argues that the Trump administration should proactively cancel the F-35. Part II lays out the measures the Pentagon should undertake to bridge the gap between the F-35s cancellation and the production of a new replacement fighter.
  • The F-35 Rumor Mill Is Spinning After Israeli Counter Strike On Syrian SAM Site

    10/18/2017 5:44:35 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 43 replies
    The Drive ^ | OCTOBER 17, 2017 | TYLER ROGOWAY
    A day after Israel's counter attack on a Syrian SA-5 surface-to-air missile site we are learning more about the incident, and unfortunately, some questionable outlets and commentators are spreading rumors that imply one of Israel's F-35Is was the aircraft targeted by Syrian missiliers, and that the aircraft was damaged in the attack. It appears that the first sortie put "more than one" aircraft within the effective range of the Syrian SA-5 missile that fired at the flight according to an Israeli Defense Forces spokesman. The engagement supposedly occurred at around 9AM local time. It remains unclear the exact mix of...
  • The Air Force Just Bought 100 Stealth Fighters That Cant Fight

    10/16/2017 7:03:45 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 86 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | 10.15.17 | DAVID AXE
    The U.S. military has signaled that it might cancel essential upgrades for more than 100 early model F-35 stealth fighters flown by the Air Force, rendering the radar-evading jets incompatible with many of the latest weapons. In that case, some 6 percent of the flying branchs planned 1,700-strong F-35 fleet would be unfit for combat, sticking U.S. taxpayers with a $20 billion tab for fighters... that cant fight. Experts say the military never should have bought the planes the first place, as they rolled out of Lockheed Martins Fort Worth factory before the F-35s design was complete and thoroughly testeda...
  • Plan to buy used fighter jets from Australia far from straightforward, experts say (Canada)

    10/16/2017 7:00:35 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 7 replies
    CBC News ^ | Oct 16, 2017 | Murray Brewster
    Canada's plan to shop for used Australian fighter jets rather than buy new Boeing Super Hornets may backfire, according to defence experts, because the U.S. government will ultimately have a say on whether a deal proceeds. Even though the FA-18 Hornets are nearly three decades old, require regular corrosion maintenance and are nearing obsolescence, their proposed resale would still require Washington's approval because they are advanced warplanes, originally manufactured in the U.S., a former Royal Australian Air Force officer told CBC News. "I imagine all of it is going for a fair bargain price," said Peter Layton, a fellow at...
  • Top British pilot hoping to be the first to fly off HMS Queen Elizabeth says he is 'exhilarated ...

    10/14/2017 8:24:48 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 25 replies
    MAILONLINE ^ | 14 October 2017 | Charlie Moore
    This proud RAF pilot is hoping to be the first to fly an F-35 fighter jet off HMS Queen Elizabeth, Britain's brand new aircraft carrier. Squadron Leader Andy Edgell, one of Britain's top airmen, is currently testing our 11 new F-35s in the United States ahead of their sea trials on the warship next year. In an exclusive interview with MailOnline, the 37-year-old father of three said he is 'exhilarated by every flight' in the 1,200mph attack planes equipped with bombs and heat-seeking missiles. 'She's marvellous,' Edgell said of the F-35 from the air base in Maryland where the testing...
  • JSF in the mix for UAE (search for next-generation fighter)

    10/09/2017 5:11:52 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 2 replies
    Arabian Aerospace ^ | 9 October 2017 | Jon Lake
    The UAE has evaluated a number of fighter aircraft including the Dassault Rafale, Boeings Advanced Super Hornet and Advanced F-15 and the Eurofighter Typhoon. Emirati attention now seems to have switched back to the Advanced F-15, already entering service with the Royal Saudi Air Force as the F-15SA and now ordered by Qatar as the F-15QA. These orders promise to keep the F-15 production line out to 2022. Following a meeting between US Defence Secretary, James Mattis, and Sheikh Mohammad Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, deputy supreme commander of the UAE Armed Forces and Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, reports emerged...
  • US approves sale of 3,900 SDB IIs for Australia F-35s

    10/03/2017 8:40:00 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 8 replies
    FLIGHTGLOBAL.COM ^ | October 04, 2017 | GREG WALDRON
    The US State Department has approved the sale of 3,900 Raytheon GBU-53/B Small Diameter Bombs Increment II (SDB II) weapons to Australia for use with its Lockheed Martin F-35As. The $815 million Foreign Military Sale package includes the 3,900 weapons, test equipment, training equipment, and other support, says the Defense Security Cooperation Agency on its web site. "The proposed sale of SDB II supports and complements the ongoing sale of the F-35A to the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF)," says the DSCA. "This capability will strengthen combined operations, particularly air to ground strike missions in all-weather conditions, and increase interoperability...

    08/27/2017 6:01:29 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 16 replies
    The Jerusalem Post ^ | AUGUST 27, 2017 | ANNA AHRONHEIM
    Israels Ministry of Defense has completed the acquisition process of an additional 17 F-35 stealth jets, officially giving the Israel Air Force two squadrons of the worlds most advanced fighter planes. The purchase of the 17 additional planes, whose delivery will be completed by December 2024, was approved by the cabinet in November and the contract was signed by the director general of the Ministry of Defense Maj.-Gen (res) Udi Adam. Israel, which has already received five F-35 Adir jets now being tested by the IAF, will receive an additional two next week and another two jets by November, bringing...
  • Taiwan stitches together F-35 request

    08/18/2017 11:14:37 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 14 replies
    SHEPHARD ^ | 18th August 2017 | Wendell Minnick
    Taiwan is preparing to draft a request for price and availability for F-35 aircraft to replace its ageing Dassault Mirage-2000 fighters, now numbering 56 from the original 60 procured during the 1990s. Sources at the biennial Taipei Aerospace and Defence Technology Exhibition (TADTE), held from 17-19 August, indicate Taiwans President, Tsai Ing-wen, was buoyed by her congratulatory phone call to US President Donald Trump in December which may have given her administration a false sense of hope for continued US arms sales. Proponents of the Lockheed Martin F-35 have even created a military-style patch with the Taiwan flag on it...
  • Can an F-35 Detect and Defeat a Chinese J-20 or Russian PAK-50?

    07/31/2017 7:00:06 AM PDT · by Carbonsteel · 8 replies ^ | 7/30/17 | Kris Osborn
    The Air Force is accelerating development of a special, high-tech, on-board threat library for the F-35 designed to precisely identify enemy aircraft operating in different high-risk areas around the globe - such as a Chinese J-20 stealth fighter or Russian T-50 PAK FA 5th Gen fighter, service leaders said. Described as the brains of the airplane, the "mission data files" are extensive on-board data systems compiling information on geography, air space and potential threats in areas where the F-35 might be expected to perform combat operations, Air Force officials explained. "Mission data files are the key that unlocks the F-35,"...
  • The ghost squadron: As 3.1billion Big Lizzie aircraft carrier goes to sea without any planes ...

    06/28/2017 5:37:20 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 11 replies
    MAILONLINE ^ | 28 June 2017 | PADDY DINHAM
    The 3.1billion HMS Queen Elizabeth aircraft carrier proudly hit the waters earlier this week - but currently its crew only has replica planes to practise with. Life-size models of the F-35 Lightning II jets have dubbed the 'faux fighters' and will be pushed around the tarmac at Cornwall's RNAS Culdrose, so flight deck teams can get a feel for the world's most advanced warplanes. The real jets will be deployed on the 65,000-tonne Queen Elizabeth - dubbed 'Big Lizzie' - was put into the sea for the first time in Scotland. Life-size copies of the F-35 Lightning II jets will...