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  • Japan to have first aircraft carriers since World War II

    12/17/2018 10:59:27 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 35 replies
    cnn ^ | 12/18/2018
    In its 10-year Defense Program Guidelines, Tokyo said it will buy 42 of the stealthy F-35Bs, which are designed for short-run take offs and vertical landings. Those planes will be available for deployment aboard two flat-top ships, the JS Izumo and JS Kaga, which at more than 800 feet long and displacing 27,000 tons are the largest ships in the Japanese fleet. The Izumo and Kaga have been carrying helicopters designed for anti-submarine warfare since entering service over the past three years. They will need to have their decks reinforced to accommodate the heavier F-35Bs, as well as the heat...
  • 'Elephant Walk-ing' $3 billion worth of F-35 fighter jets

    11/23/2018 2:36:09 PM PST · by Mariner · 38 replies
    endgadget ^ | November 23rd, 2018 | By Steve Dent
    After years of cost overruns and criticism, the US military has started to deploy its stealth-enabled F-35 fighter jet. To communicate that message in no uncertain terms, the Air Force's 388th and 419th Fighter Wings carried out combat exercises meant to test the capabilities of their F-35As. The drill started off with an "Elephant Walk" that placed 36 of the jets (one is missing in this photo) on the runway all at once, worth $3 billion, at least at the current $90 million per airplane price. Apart from creating an intimidating photo, the Air Force wanted to confirm its ability...
  • Belgium picks Lockheed's F-35 over Eurofighter on price

    10/25/2018 8:33:21 AM PDT · by Krosan · 17 replies
    Reuters ^ | OCTOBER 25, 2018 | Robin Emmott
    Belgium said on Thursday it had chosen Lockheed Martin’s F-35 stealth jets over the Eurofighter Typhoon to replace its aging F-16s in a 4 billion euro ($4.55 billion) deal, saying the decision came down to price. ... Belgium joins a list of other European NATO allies, including Britain, the Netherlands, Italy and Turkey, to take the American-made plane, which is also set to be the U.S. military’s main fighter aircraft for decades to come. “We have landed! This government is investing heavily in defense. With the purchase of F-35A fighter planes ... we ensure your safety and that of our...
  • British pilot makes history to become the first to perform 'rolling landing'... (F-35B)

    10/15/2018 7:10:41 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 20 replies
    MAILONLINE ^ | October 15, 2018 | LEIGH MCMANUS
    A British test pilot has made history by performing a ‘rolling landing’ with an F-35 stealth fighter onto the deck of an aircraft carrier Peter 'Wizzer Wilson', a BAE Systems test pilot, put the £120m aircraft down on HMS Queen Elizabeth without using its vertical landing system or a ‘tailhook’. Despite blustery conditions, he performed a more conventional short landing in a world first. The new landing technique means that the cutting-edge jet will now not have to jettison fuel or expensive weapons into the sea before it touches down on the aircraft carrier after a mission. The Royal Navy...
  • Entire F-35 stealth fighter jet fleet grounded by military after crash in September

    10/12/2018 7:56:28 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 17 replies
    fox ^ | Lucas Tomlinson, Travis Fedschun |
    The U.S. military on Thursday grounded its entire fleet of F-35 stealth fighters after one of the jets crashed during a training mission in South Carolina last month, officials said Thursday. The stand down affects more than 200 jets while an "inspection of a fuel tube" in F-35 engines takes place, according to a Pentagon spokesman. “If suspect fuel tubes are installed, the part will be removed and replaced. If known good fuel tubes are already installed, then those aircraft will be returned to flight status. Inspections are expected to be completed within the next 24 to 48 hours,” Joe...
  • Military Grounds Entire Fleet Of F-35 Stealth Fighter Jets

    10/11/2018 10:05:15 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 41 replies ^ | 10/11/2018 | Bill Gallucio
    The United States military announced that they are grounding their entire fleet of F-35 stealth fighter jets. The drastic decision comes just two weeks after one of the jets crashed during a training mission in South Carolina. The Pentagon said that all 280 F-35's currently in service will be checked for faulty fuel tubes before they will be able to fly again. Currently, only half of those aircraft are capable of flying. "The U.S. services and international partners have temporarily suspended F-35 flight operations while the enterprise conducts a fleet-wide inspection of a fuel tube within the engine on all...
  • Israel can beat Russian-supplied S-300 air shield in Syria - minister

    10/06/2018 10:53:00 PM PDT · by Zhang Fei · 16 replies
    Reuters ^ | October 3, 2018 / 11:32 AM | Dan Williams
    JERUSALEM (Reuters) - An Israeli official played down on Wednesday the Russian upgrading of Syria’s air defences, saying the newly supplied S-300 missile system could be defeated by Israel’s stealth fighters and possibly destroyed on the ground. Moscow said on Tuesday that it had delivered the S-300, a decision it took after accusing Israel of indirect responsibility for the downing of a Russian spy plane by Syrian forces as they fired on attacking Israeli jets last month. Damascus and its big-power backer describe the advanced addition to Syria’s arsenal as a major deterrent. Israel and Washington have both voiced misgivings...
  • News Summary-Intelligence Report Saturday 10/6/2018

    10/06/2018 5:21:53 AM PDT · by Nextrush · 2 replies
    Nextrush Free ^ | 10/6/2018 | Nextrush/Self
    The Senate has been in session all night with senators speaking about the nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. The final vote will be today and it could be..... Chicago police officer Jason Van Dyke faces a minimum of six year in prison after being convicted of second degree murder.... A new tone from the European Union about Brexit..... The latest on the disappearance of the Chinese official who heads Interpol is that Chinese authorities took him into custody..... We still don't know what happened to Saudi journalist and critic of hte Saudi Arabian government Jamal Khashoggi.......
  • First F-35B lands on Britain’s new carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth as NATO gets new deterrent

    09/29/2018 1:07:45 PM PDT · by SleeperCatcher · 14 replies
    Great Power War ^ | 9/29/18 | USA Features Media
    It should be noted that the UK retired, and then decided to build, two carriers about the same time that Russian aggression was picking up again following Moscow’s short 2008 invasion of Georgia. Speaking of Russia, the Kremlin’s navy has only one carrier, the aged Admiral Kuznetsov, which was launched in 1985 and which just finished a refit this year and a combat deployment to Syria. While there supporting Russian operations, the ship struggled to remain operational and reports claimed that at least two fighters were lost.
  • News Summary At This Hour-Saturday 9/29/2018

    09/29/2018 5:26:49 AM PDT · by Nextrush · 7 replies
    Nextrush Free ^ | 9/29/2018 | Nextrush/Self
    There's going to be a delay in the final Senate vote on confirming Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. President Trump has gone along with the desire of Arizona Republican Senator Jeff Flake, one of his most outspoken critics, for an FBI investigation.... Yesterday President Trump signed an 854 billion dollar spending plan.... Over 380 are now reported dead on the Indonesian island of Sulawesi following an earthquake and a resulting tsunami... A stabbing attack injured three people in Ravensburg, Germany Friday. Police arrested a teenage suspect identified as a migrant... Former British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson isn't ruling...
  • Pilot ejects from F-35B after $100 million fighter jet crashes for the first time in South Carolina

    09/28/2018 1:19:02 PM PDT · by DFG · 81 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | 09/28/2018 | AFP, HANNAH PARRY, MICHAEL P. HUGHES
    A US F-35 pilot was forced to eject midair after the $100million fighter jet crashed in South Carolina. The aircraft was completely destroyed in the crash during a training exercise Friday, officials said. The crash appears to be the first of its kind for the troubled F-35 program, marking an unfortunate moment for the most expensive plane in history. Speaking on condition of anonymity ahead of an official announcement, a defense official told AFP that the Marine Corps F-35 had crashed outside Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort in South Carolina.
  • Much-maligned F-35B fighter makes combat debut with Afghanistan mission

    09/27/2018 9:39:57 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 16 replies
    The Week, India ^ | September 28, 2018
    The US military announced on Thursday that its F-35B stealth fighter jet had carried out its first combat operation, with a strike mission against Taliban targets in Afghanistan. The fighters were launched by the US Marines from an amphibious assault ship at sea. The F-35B is one of three variants of the F-35 fighter programme, which is the largest and most expensive weapons programme in US history. Last year, the US government revised the F-35 programme's total cost estimate to nearly $406 billion, after it briefly declined to less than $380 billion. The programme has seen significant criticism over its...
  • Boeing Is Pitching the US a New F-15, Using Its Super Hornet Game Plan

    07/18/2018 10:20:24 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 45 replies
    Defense One ^ | JULY 18, 2018 | MARCUS WEISGERBER
    Boeing Is Pitching the US a New F-15, Using Its Super Hornet Game Plan The company convinced the Trump administration to buy advanced F/A-18 jets. Can it do the same with the the F-15? FARNBOROUGH, UK — Boeing is quietly pitching the U.S. Air Force a new F-15 fighter jet using the same business strategy that convinced the Trump administration to buy more Super Hornet warplanes for the Navy. Dubbed the F-15X, the new variant of the venerable jet offers more modern flight controls, cockpit displays, and radar, according to military and industry sources with knowledge of the plan. The...
  • Immediately scrap F-35 sale to Turkey, congresspeople urge Mattis

    06/15/2018 1:21:06 PM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 8 replies
    Ahval (Events) News ^ | Jun 15 2018 | Michael Mackenzie
    It would be “inconceivable” for the United States to go through with a deal supplying advanced F-35 fighter jets to Turkey, 44 members of the House of Representatives have warned in a letter to U.S. Secretary of Defense James Mattis. Turkey, a NATO ally of the United States and a low level partner in the jet’s production, is set to receive the first of 100 of the jets on order at a rollout ceremony in the United States scheduled for Jun. 21. However, the deal has met with intense resistance from congress, both houses of which have produced bipartisan motions...
  • Turkey receives official invitation for F-35 delivery

    06/15/2018 9:01:02 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 18 replies
    Daily Sabah ^ | 6-4-18 | none stated
    Turkish authorities have received an official invitation to receive the country's first next-generation F-35 Lightning II jet on June 21, according to the Turkish daily, Hürriyet. "Lockheed Martin would be happy to see you by our side during ‘The Republic of Turkey F-35 Delivery Ceremony' at Fort Worth on June 21," said the official invitation letter from Lockheed Martin, the main manufacturer of the aircraft. The handover of the first warplane will take place after the reception on June 21, the invitation letter added. Turkey's first F-35A will enter service in November 2019 after the completion of a pilot training...
  • Why Lawmakers Are Trying To Block Delivery Of Fighter Jets To Turkey

    06/15/2018 8:46:49 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 24 replies
    WUWM NPR Milwaukee ^ | June 14, 2018 10:50 pm | David Welna
    If all goes as planned, a long-anticipated ceremony will be held in Fort Worth, Texas on the first official day of summer. It's to mark the nation of Turkey taking possession of its first F-35 jet fighter. The F-35 is widely considered the world's most advanced and versatile warplane. Not only has Turkey ordered more than 100 of them - it's also part of a nine-nation consortium manufacturing the 300,000 parts that make up Lockheed Martin's 5th-generation stealth fighter. But there may be a problem. Congress is moving to block delivery of the F-35 to this nation that's been part...
  • Former Rolls-Royce engineer arrested amid fears China tried to obtain F-35 fighter jet details<tr>

    06/14/2018 8:43:36 AM PDT · by BBell · 20 replies
    Former Rolls-Royce engineer 'arrested under Official Secrets Act' amid fears China tried to obtain F-35 fighter jet detailsA man in his 70s has been arrested as part of a probe under the Official Secrets Act, police said on Thursday, amid reports he was a former Rolls-Royce engineer suspected of divulging secrets about Britain's new stealth fighter to China. Scotland Yard said the man was arrested on Tuesday afternoon and taken to a police station in Derbyshire before being released under investigation. A search at an address in Derbyshire was ongoing while a search warrant was also executed at an office...
  • Israel Turns Artillery Rocket Into Supersonic 'Rampage' Air-Launched Stand-Off Weapon

    06/11/2018 7:26:36 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 8 replies
    The Drive ^ | JUNE 11, 2018 | JOSEPH TREVITHICK
    Israeli Military Industries Systems, or IMI Systems, in cooperation with Israel Aerospace Industries, abbreviated IAI, is close to finishing development of a new air-launched, precision-guided, high-speed weapon called Rampage that can hit targets more than 90 miles away. The announcement comes as Israel steps up its cross-border campaign against Iran and its interests in neighboring Syria, which has seen an increasing emphasis on stand-off capabilities given the complex air defense environment in that country, but the weapon could also be especially attractive to a number of foreign military forces. The two Israeli state-run companies officially unveiled the new weapon in...
  • It Takes 41,500 Hours Of Labor To Build A Single F-35A According To New Report

    06/07/2018 10:04:40 AM PDT · by Yo-Yo · 9 replies
    The War Zone ^ | June 6, 2018 | Tyler Rogoway
    The first of the UK's F-35Bs arrived at RAF Marham today to much fanfare. It was a big, long-awaited milestone not only for the Royal Navy and Royal Air Force, but also for the F-35 program. Meanwhile the U.S. Government Accountability Office, better known as the GAO, has released a new report on the status of the F-35 program overall. One of the most interesting tidbits in the report was metrics on how many man hours of labor it takes to manufacture each type of F-35 and how those numbers have changed over time. The chart below shows exactly...
  • Turkey says will go elsewhere if U.S. fails to deliver F-35 jets (LMAO)

    05/30/2018 11:24:30 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 20 replies
    Ahval (Events) News ^ | May 30 2018 | none stated
    Turkey will knock on another door if the United States does not allow it to buy Lockheed Martin's F-35 advanced fighter jets, broadcaster NTV quoted Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu as saying. The United States is due to deliver the first of more than 100 F-35 jets to Turkey next month, but a bill making its way through U.S. Congress is aiming to block the sale of the jets. Çavuşoğlu has previously stressed that Turkey would not be deterred by sanctions. Çavuşoğlu also said Turkey's ambassador to Washington, who was recalled for consultations following the attacks by Israeli forces against Palestinian...