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  • The Guard at NATOís Northern Gate (Norwegian Air Force)

    09/22/2016 12:25:06 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 9 replies
    AIR & SPACE MAGAZINE ^ | SEPTEMBER 2016 | Carl A. Posey
    Some nights, sitting at a table in a hotel restaurant 17 stories above the BodÝ quay, you may see what looks like a spark rise from the Norwegian coast and fly off into the night. Another follows, then both wink out in the distance. They are F-16s from the Royal Norwegian Air Force (RNoAF) stationed here in BodÝ [pronounced ďBO-dehĒ], either on a training flight or scrambled to intercept an aerial visitor, probably a Russian one, skirting Norwegian airspace. Though the conversation around the restaurant is mostly in Norwegian, you also hear diners chatting in English, a good deal of...
  • U.S. Air Force grounds F-35 fighters over cooling line problems

    09/16/2016 3:05:10 PM PDT · by Chode · 28 replies
    Reuters/U.S ^ | Fri Sep 16, 2016 | Idrees Ali
    The U.S. Air Force has grounded 13 Lockheed Martin Corp F-35A Lightning II aircraft after discovering peeling and crumbling insulation in avionics cooling lines inside the fuel tanks, an Air Force spokeswoman said on Friday. The disclosure was made less than two months after the Air Force announced that an initial squadron of the F-35A stealth fighters were ready for combat, marking a major milestone for the $379 billion program, the Pentagon's largest weapons project.
  • Boeing challenges Denmark over choice of Lockheed Martin jets

    09/15/2016 6:28:48 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 13 replies
    Reuters ^ | Sep 15, 2016
    Boeing formally challenged a decision by the Danish government to pick Lockheed Martin's F-35 fighter jet over its own Super Hornet, saying on Thursday the choice was based on a "flawed evaluation process". Boeing said it had submitted a request to the country's ministry of defence that would require it to provide all materials related to the procurement evaluation and decision announced in June. "We believe the ministry's evaluation of the competitors was fundamentally flawed and inaccurately assessed the cost and capability of the F/A-18 Super Hornet," said Boeing vice president Debbie Rub. In May Boeing challenged the Danish government's...
  • US adds F-15 to $38 billion military aid package for Israel

    09/14/2016 10:11:26 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 9 replies
    FlightGlobal ^ | 15 SEPTEMBER, 2016 | LEIGH GIANGRECO
    US and Israeli diplomats announced the largest military assistance package in US history on 14 September in a $38 billion, 10-year package that will deliver an assortment of American-designed weapon systems, including Lockheed Martin F-35 and Boeing F-15 fighters to Tel Aviv. The agreement, which takes effect on 1 October 2018, pledges $38 billion to Israel over the next decade, including $33 billion in foreign military financing funds and $5 billion for missile defense, US national security advisor Susan Rice said. In a surprise move, Rice added to the F-15E to the mix of weapon systems on the agenda for...
  • F-35 May Never Be Ready for Combat

    09/09/2016 10:10:59 PM PDT · by US Navy Vet · 61 replies
    CENTER FOR DEFENSE INFORMATION AT POGO ^ | September 9, 2016 | By: Dan Grazier & Mandy Smithberger
    The F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program is the most expensive procurement program in Pentagon history. Itís been plagued by schedule delays, gross cost overruns, and a slew of underwhelming performance reviews. Last month the Air Force declared its variant ďready for combat,Ē and most press reports lauded this as a signal that the program had turned a corner. But a memo issued from the Pentagonís top testing official, based largely upon the Air Forceís own test data, showed that the Air Forceís declaration was wildly premature. Dr. Michael Gilmoreís latest memorandum is damning. The F-35 program has derailed to the...
  • Pentagon Tester: F-35 Still Has Serious Problems

    08/25/2016 7:44:06 PM PDT · by Chode · 39 replies
    popularmechanics ^ | Aug 24, 2016 | Kyle Mizokami
    One week after the U.S. Air Force declared the F-35A Joint Strike Fighter ready for combat, the Pentagon's top weapons tester warned that the aircraft is still fraught with problems and that fully-capable planes might not be available before the deadline that marks the end of development and the beginning of realistic combat testing. The Pentagon's director of operational testing, Michael Gilmore, stated in a memo obtained by Bloomberg that the F-35 is "actually not on a path toward success but instead on a path toward failing to deliver" the plane's full combat capabilities on time. Gilmore also said the...
  • AF declares the F-35A Ďcombat readyí

    08/02/2016 9:30:41 PM PDT · by Enchante · 46 replies
    US Air Force Public Affairs ^ | August 2, 2016 | Air Combat Command Public Affairs
    AF declares the F-35A Ďcombat readyí By Air Combat Command Public Affairs, / Published August 02, 2016 JOINT BASE LANGLEY-EUSTIS, Va. (AFNS) -- The F-35A Lightning II fifth-generation fighter aircraft was declared Ďcombat readyí by Gen. Hawk Carlisle, the commander of Air Combat Command, Aug 2. Carlisle lauded the aircraftís performance, noting that the aircraft had met all key criteria for reaching initial operational capability: Airmen trained, manned and equipped to conduct basic close air support, interdiction and limited suppression/destruction of enemy air defenses in a contested environment with an operational squadron of 12-24 aircraft; the ability to deploy and...
  • Watch The F-35 Fire Its Gun Pod For The Very First Time

    07/29/2016 7:08:54 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 37 replies
    THE DRIVE ^ | July 29, 2016 | Tyler Rogoway
    The F-35A has already fired its internal GAU-22 25mm cannon both on the ground and in the air, and now the gun pod intended for the B and C models, which lack an internal cannon, is being test-fired on the aircraft for the very first time. The gun pod is housed in a semi-low observable (stealthy) enclosure attached to the F-35B and Cís centerlines, between the weapons bays. The gunís ďcommonĒ enclosure design can also be used to house other bolt-on systems in the future. LOCKHEED MARTIN A F-35B loaded with GBU-12 laser guided bombs, AIM-9X Sidewinders, and a gun...
  • Benefit of Stealth Fighter Jet Proves Elusive Subject in Israel

    07/24/2016 6:43:29 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 10 replies
    Haaretz ^ | Jul 23, 2016 | Guy Rolnik
    The Israeli public has become acutely aware of the cost of living and other socioeconomic issues in recent years. But in some areas, the government and economic interests still dictate the agenda and discourse. The best example is the hoopla around Israelís purchase of F-35 Stealth fighter jets. The first eight of the 33 fighter jets Israel ordered are expected to enter service with the Israel Air Force in the fall of 2017. The Joint Strike Fighter F-35 is not only the most expensive plane in history. Itís also one of the weirdest and least successful projects ever by the...
  • F-35 Packs a Punch

    07/13/2016 9:52:35 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 18 replies
    AINonline ^ | July 13, 2016 | Chris Pocock
    The F-35 is sleek and stealthy, thanks to internally-carried weapons, but that limits the operational payload and the jetís air-to-ground capability, correct? To some extent, that is true, but hereís an alternative view. ďItís a bomb truck, capable of carrying 14,000 poundsĖthatís 3,000 pounds more than my F-18s,Ē said Lt. General Jon Davis, head of aviation for the U.S. Marine Corps (USMC). In fact, the F-35 has seven external weapons stations (see diagram). Their use is not part of the initial operating capability (IOC) for either the USMC F-35Bs or the U.S. Air Force F-35As. But a total of nine...
  • Can Britain Afford F-35 Grand Plans?

    07/11/2016 10:45:05 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 4 replies
    AINonline ^ | July 11, 2016 | Chris Pocock
    Britain has big plans for its F-35s, but whether they are affordable remains a big question. Minister for defense procurement Philip Dunne claimed last week that, apart from the U.S., the UK ďwill be the only other nation that can project power.Ē But to meet that ambition, the defense budget must by the early 2020s cover the cost of buying and operating two new 70,000-ton aircraft carriers, and at least two squadrons of F-35Bsóthe most expensive version of the stealth jet to buy and fly. Moreover, those F-35s are priced in dollars, against which the British pound has just sunk...
  • Pratt & Whitney Awarded New Contract for F-35 Engines

    07/08/2016 7:36:36 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 2 replies
    United Technologies Corp. ís jet-engine unit, Pratt & Whitney, received a $1.5 billion contract from the U.S. Department of Defense to build more engines for its F-35 combat jet program. The deal will cover 99 total engines as well as program management, engineering support, spare modules and spare parts. Pratt said Friday that this is the 10th contract with the government for its F135 propulsion systems, which power the fighter jets. Combined with previous awards for the latest batch of engines, the contract totals $1.95 billion, the company said. The new contract for Pratt comes as Lockheed Martin Corp. is...
  • America's new super jet crushes all foes in war game

    07/04/2016 11:26:32 AM PDT · by iowamark · 49 replies
    The Week ^ | July 4 2016 | Daniel Axe
    It's no secret that we at War Is Boring are skeptics when it comes to the F-35 Lightning II. The new, radar-evading, "fifth-generation" warplane is years late, over-budget and‚Ää ¬ó ‚Ääby virtue of its many, sometimes contradictory missions‚Ää ¬ó ‚Äärepresents a design compromise, meaning it's okay at lots of tasks but excels at none of them. Still, the U.S. military plans to replace nearly all of its current tactical jets with as many as 2,400 F-35s at a total program cost, including maintenance, of around $1 trillion.The U.S. Air Force, one of the F-35's main proponents, is understandably optimistic about...
  • For Japan, Air-to-Air Fighters Trump Other Jets

    07/04/2016 10:35:39 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 8 replies
    War is Boring ^ | July 04, 2016 | JAMES SIMPSON
    Could Japan¬ís F-3 program end up being built on the back of the X-2 technology demonstrator? Japanese defense ministry photo In late June, the Japanese ministry of defense made its initial request for information on next-generation jet fighters from manufacturers, kickstarting the long process of replacing the Japanese Air Self-Defense Force¬ís Mitsubishi F-2 multirole fighters with a new ¬ďF-3.¬Ē But as Tokyo looks to counter an increasingly sophisticated Chinese air and naval threat, none of the existing aircraft that are currently available for purchase seems likely to fit Japan¬ís needs. What Japan really wants is the American F-22. Legally barred...
  • Is The F-35 Superior to Russian and Chinese 5th Gen Aircraft?

    07/01/2016 7:31:30 AM PDT · by Purdue77 · 45 replies
    Scout.com ^ | 29 June 2016 | Kris Osborn
    An F-35 fighter pilot says he would be confident flying the Joint Strike Fighter against any enemy in the world, including Russian and Chinese 5th Generation stealth fighters. An F-35 Joint Strike Fighter would be able to use its sensors, weapons and computer technology to destroy Russian and Chinese 5th-Generation Stealth fighters in a high-end combat fight, service officials said. ďThere is nothing that I have seen from maneuvering an F-35 in a tactical environment that leads me to assume that there is any other airplane I would rather be in. I feel completely comfortable and confident in taking that...
  • Remember 1977, When the F-16 Was America's Problem Child?

    06/29/2016 8:56:34 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 36 replies
    Popular Mechanics ^ | Jun 29, 2016 | Kyle Mizokami
    A New York Times newspaper article describes a beleaguered American fighter program enduring delays, escalating costs, and technical problems. Another article about the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter no doubt, right? Nope. It's an article from 1977 about the F-16 Fighting Falcon. The F-16 was the original multinational fighter. Developed by the United States with Belgium, Denmark, the Netherlands, and Norway as partners, the fighter was designed to be an agile, lightweight, daytime fighter to replace aging fighters such as the F-5 Freedom Fighter and the F-104 Starfighter. At $6,091,000 per unitó$27.1 million when adjusted for inflationóit was also supposed to...
  • F-15E Strike Eagles unable to shoot down the F-35s in 8 dogfights during simulated deployment

    06/28/2016 5:54:10 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 51 replies
    The Aviationist ^ | Jun 27 2016 | David Cenciotti
    ď0 losses in 8 dogfights against F-15E Red AirĒ The U.S. Air Force F-35A fleet continues to work to declare the Lightning II IOC (initial operational capability) scheduled in the August Ė December timeframe. Among the activities carried out in the past weeks, a simulated deployment provided important feedbacks about the goal of demonstrating the F-35ís ability to ďpenetrate areas with developed air defenses, provide close air support to ground troops and be readily deployable to conflict theaters.Ē Seven F-35s deployed from Hill Air Force Base, Utah, to Mountain Home AFB, Idaho, to carry out a series of operational tests...
  • AF Commander Wants 75 F-35 Jets, Some with Vertical Takeoff, and Home-Made Tweaking

    06/25/2016 10:43:46 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 9 replies
    The Jewish Press ^ | June 24th, 2016
    IAF Chief Brig. Gen. Tal Kelman, who participated on Thursday in the rollout ceremony for the first F-35 ďAdirĒ single-seat, single-engine, all-weather stealth multirole fighter at the Lockheed Martin factory in Dallas, sees the first 50 jets Israel will be receiving over the next few years as only a beginning. ďWe want to reach 75 jets,Ē Kelman told the IAF blog. ďThe Israeli F-35 is the first fifth generation fighter to arrive in the Middle East, and it will allow us to open a significant gap in our abilities when facing all of the elements in the area.Ē According to...
  • As 10-year war anniversary nears, Israel to receive new stealth fighter jets

    06/20/2016 7:00:41 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 12 replies
    The Jerusalem Post ^ | Jun 19, 2016 | YAAKOV LAPPIN
    The Israeli defense establishment calls it a game changer, and views it as the plane that will provide the country with unparalleled aerial capabilities against its enemies. On Wednesday, the IAF will move a step closer to deploying the F-35 Lightning II, one of the worldís most advanced stealth fighter jets, when the first of its fifth-generation warplanes is officially rolled out by manufacturer Lockheed Martin. Defense officials say the jets will transform Israelís combat capabilities and significantly upgrade the air forceís ability to confront the threats posed to it, particularly by Hezbollah. Wednesdayís ceremony, to be attended by Defense...
  • The US may restart production of the world's most lethal combat plane

    06/07/2016 11:42:00 AM PDT · by bkopto · 55 replies
    Business Insider ^ | May 26, 2016 | Alex Lockie
    US Air Force Gen. Mark Welsh made comments at an Air Force Association event on Thursday that were uncharacteristically bullish on the prospect of restarting the F-22 program. Lockheed Martin shuttered the F-22 program almost five years ago. Since then, the top Air Force brass has been focused on the troubled F-35 program as well as looking decades forward to the Next Generation Air Dominance program. In April, however, Rep. Mike Turner of Ohio said in Congress: "In light of growing threats from a resurgent Russia and an aggressive China, further exploration into restarting the F-22 line is deserved." Welsh's...
  • Liberals planning to buy Super Hornet fighter jets before making final decision on F-35s

    06/06/2016 4:25:17 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 5 replies
    OTTAWA CITIZEN ^ | 06.04.2016 | Lee Berthiaume, Ottawa Citizen and John Ivison |
    OTTAWA ó The Liberal government is intent on buying Super Hornet fighter jets, according to multiple sources. Prime Minister Justin Trudeauís cabinet reportedly discussed the issue last week, and while no formal decision was taken, one top-level official said: ďThey have made up their minds and are working on the right narrative to support it.Ē Rather than a full replacement of the air forceís aging CF-18 fighter fleet, itís believed the purchase will be labelled an interim measure to fill what Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan has warned is a pending ďgapĒ in Canadaís military capabilities. The Liberals promised during the...
  • The Navy has a shortage of fighter jets ó will it hurt our ability to fight future wars?

    05/28/2016 8:39:40 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 16 replies
    The Virginian-Pilot ^ | May 27, 2016 | Mike Hixenbaugh and Courtney Mabeus
    A Navy captain from Virginia Beach was testifying before Congress on Thursday about the shortage of flyable fighter jets at Oceana Naval Air Station. As he spoke, word came to military officials seated behind him: A pair of F/A-18F Super Hornets from Oceana had ďa mid-air mishapĒ off the coast of North Carolina, forcing four aviators to eject and sending their $57 million aircraft hurtling into the Atlantic Ocean. Capt. Randy Stearns, commodore of Strike Fighter Wing Atlantic, was briefed on the training accident involving two of his jets during a short recess from the hearing, then returned to the...
  • The future of the RSAF? (Singapore and F-35)

    05/22/2016 5:05:16 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 2 replies
    THE STRAITS TIMES ^ | MAY 22, 2016 | Jermyn Chow
    Welcome to Dallas Fort Worth, where production of what has been labelled the world's most advanced fighter jet is continuing apace. The F-35 Joint Strike Fighter can travel at nearly twice the speed of sound, has stealth features that make it tough to detect by enemy planes and radars, and high-tech systems which let it strike the enemy first before being spotted. But the plane, which Lockheed Martin started developing in 2001, has also become a lightning rod for criticism. It has faced delays, ballooning production costs and a series of production flaws, such as a fuel tank prone to...
  • F-35 Beats Every Other Fighter Jet In Scandinavian Air Force Evaluations

    05/16/2016 1:01:34 PM PDT · by Yo-Yo · 21 replies
    Foxtrot Alpha ^ | 5/13/16 | Andrew P Collins
    After evaluating the Eurofighter Typhoon, Boeing F/A-18 Super Hornet and Lockheed Martin F-35 as Denmarkís next primary fighter jet, the countryís government is recommending the F-35 ďunequivocallyĒ as superior in ďstrategic, military, economic, and industrial aspects.Ē Is this a needed win for this troubled jet? Thatís the exact language from the Danish government, which has posted an entire website explaining how they decided that the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter is far and away the best possible plane to replace the countryís current fighting fleet of F-16s. Those jets have been flying for about 35 years, and are approaching the end...
  • F35 wins Denmark Competition

    05/12/2016 2:05:11 PM PDT · by ameribbean expat · 5 replies
    BreakingDefense.com ^ | 05.11.2016 | Sydney Freeber
    UPDATING with Aboulafia analysis of questionable pricing] The F-35 just won a competition ó and it wasnít even close. In every category, from combat performance to cost, the Danish government rated Lockheedís F-35A Joint Strike Fighter as superior to Airbusís Eurofighter Typhoon and Boeingís F/A-18F Super Hornet.
  • Danish government expected to recommend Lockheed Martin F-35 jet

    05/12/2016 1:40:10 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 2 replies
    Reuters ^ | MAY 11, 2016
    COPENHAGEN, denmark ē Denmarkís government will recommend the purchase of at least 27 F-35 stealth fighters built by Lockheed Martin Corp., people familiar with the matter said on Wednesday. Denmark would be the 11th country to buy the radar-evading jets, joining the United States, Britain, Australia, Turkey, Italy, Norway, the Netherlands, Israel, South Korea and Japan. The selection by Denmarkís minority Liberal government follows intense public debate about the cost of modernizing the countryís air force, but it can still be blocked by parliament, where opposition politicians are urging budget restraint. Danish Prime Minister Lars Loekke Rasmussen called a press...
  • Israelís F-35s Will Be Unique In More Ways Than One

    05/04/2016 12:42:06 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 14 replies
    War is Boring ^ | May 4, 2016 | DAVID AXE
    An F-35. U.S. Air Force photo Israel is practically a launch customer for the American-designed F-35 stealth fighter. The Jewish state plans on declaring its first squadron of the radar-evading jet combat-ready by the end of 2017. That’s just two years after the U.S. Marine Corps’ declaration of war-readiness for its F-35s — and one year later than the U.S. Air Force’s own planned introduction of the new plane. And Israel’s F-35s will be unique. While most foreign customers of the stealth fighter plan to operate fairly standard F-35s, Tel Aviv is heaping its own special tech onto the airframe. And that’s...
  • F-35 office has 2,590 staff and $70 million annual budget

    04/29/2016 9:59:04 AM PDT · by maddog55 · 21 replies
    Flight Global ^ | 27 April, 2016 | James Drew
    It takes 2,590 military personnel, government civilians and full-time equivalent contractors and $70 million per year to run the worldís largest and most expensive military aircraft program, the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter. Thatís according to the US Defense Department's F-35 chief Lt Gen Christopher Bogdan, who disclosed the staff count and annual budget of the F-35 Joint Program Office (JPO) at a congressional hearing about the $379 billion fighter procurement this week. The numbers include the two F-35 test forces located Naval Air Station Patuxent River in Maryland and Edwards AFB in California. Headquartered near the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia,...
  • Only One of Six Air Force F-35s Could Actually Take Off During Testing

    04/29/2016 10:35:37 AM PDT · by JhawkAtty · 40 replies
    Fortune ^ | APRIL 28, 2016 | Clay Dillow
    Software glitches continue to dog the nationís newest fighter jet. Five of six Air Force F-35 fighter jets were unable to take off during a recent exercise due to software bugs that continue to hamstring the worldís most sophisticatedóand most expensiveówarplane. During a mock deployment at Mountain Home Air Force Base in Idaho, just one of the $100 million Lockheed Martin F-35s was able to boot its software successfully and get itself airborne during an exercise designed to test the readiness of the F-35, FlightGlobal reports. Nonetheless, the Air Force plans to declare its F-35s combat-ready later this year. Details...
  • Congress to Air Force: You Can't Retire the A-10 Until the F-35 Proves It's Better

    04/28/2016 12:03:53 PM PDT · by Stand Watch Listen · 59 replies
    Popular Mechanics ^ | Apr 27, 2016 | Kyle Mizokami
    Congress to Air Force: You Can't Retire the A-10 Until the F-35 Proves It's Better Legislators want proof the F-35 can take over the aging tank-killer's job Congress threw down the gauntlet at the Air Force on Monday, introducing legislation to mandate keeping the A-10 Thunderbolt IIóaffectionately known as the Warthogóin service until the service can prove the new F-35 Joint Strike Fighter can take over its job. As reported by DefenseNews, Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee Mack Thornberry has introduced legislation to forbid the Air Force from retiring the plane. Thornberry's proposed law would prohibit the Air...
  • John McCain: F-35 is 'a scandal and a tragedy'

    04/28/2016 1:49:06 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 47 replies
    CNN ^ | April 27, 2016 | Ryan Browne
    <p>Washington (CNN)Sen. John McCain slammed the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter's troubled history Tuesday, saying it "has been both a scandal and a tragedy with respect to cost, schedule and performance."</p> <p>The development of the Joint Strike Fighter, a fifth-generation stealth jet, has been beset by spiraling costs and schedule delays. The program's price tag is nearly $400 billion for 2,457 planes -- almost twice the initial estimate.</p>
  • $400bn F-35 fighter jet now has computer 'brain' problem which could see entire fleet grounded

    04/22/2016 12:11:32 PM PDT · by MaxistheBest · 22 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 04/22/2016 | ELLIE ZOLFAGHARIFARD and MARK PRIGG
    The F-35 Joint Strike Fighter has been hailed as the 'most expensive weapon in history.'But despite a price tag of $400 billion for 2,457 planes, the fifth-generation fighter has been plagued with issues. Now, a new report says problems with its logistics software system could ground the entire fleet. The issue is with what the Department of Defense officials call the 'brains' of plane, also known as the Autonomic Logistics Information System (ALIS). A Government Accountability Office report says a failure 'could take the entire fleet offline' because there is no backup system.
  • Is the $400 billion F-35's 'brain' broken?

    04/21/2016 12:21:19 PM PDT · by don-o · 46 replies
    CNN ^ | April 21, 2016 | By Zachary Cohen
    (CNN)Almost 2,500 of the world's most advanced warplanes, with a total price tag of $400 billion, and they may not have a "brain" in the bunch? That's the fear of federal watchdogs who say problems with the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter's complex logistics software system could lead to a grounding of the entire fleet, not to mention future cost increases and schedule delays. Documenting risks to the F-35's Autonomic Logistics Information System, which Department of Defense officials have described as the "brains" of the fifth-generation fighter, an April 14 Government Accountability Office report says a failure "could take the entire...
  • How Israel Wants To Soup Up Its Fleet Of F-35s

    04/08/2016 7:54:27 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 31 replies
    Foxtrot Alpha ^ | April 07, 2016 | Tyler Rogoway
    USAF photo Israel has done amazing things with their imported U.S. fighter aircraft, innovating and tailoring their capabilities to meet their unique needs. They want to continue this legacy with the F-35. Part of this initiative now includes the ability to externally modify their new stealth jets with the addition of conformal fuel tanks. Conformal fuel tanks give a fighter jet more fuel load with minimal performance penalties and do not occupy precious weapon stations and induce large amounts of drag like traditional drop tanks do. When combined with drops tanks, a conformal fuel tank-equipped fighterís range can be massively...
  • Lockheed F-35 service life extended to 2070

    03/25/2016 9:51:56 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 23 replies
    Flightglobal.com ^ | March 25, 2016 | JAMES DREW
    The projected life of the F-35 Lightning II has been extended by six years to 2070 after the US military services tweaked the number of flight hours their fleets should log before retirement. According to the Pentagonís selected acquisition report (SAR), published on 25 March, the total cost of developing, building, basing, operating and maintaining 2,457 aircraft has increased by 6.8% to $1.5 trillion (2015 dollars) compared to one year ago. The bulk of that increase is attributed to the US Air Force, which has altered the assumed number of hours that each of its conventional-variant F-35As will fly in...
  • Japan, mulling new fighter jets, opens talks with defense contractors

    03/25/2016 5:00:06 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 12 replies
    Reuters ^ | March 24, 2016 | Siva Govindasamy
    Japan has opened talks with Western defense contractors about building a new generation of fighter jets, sources say, in what would mark an important milestone in Tokyoís strategy to maintain its air superiority over rival China. The discussions with defense companies including Boeing Co. and Lockheed Martin Ltd. come as Japan readies its ATD-X experimental aircraft for its first test flights within days. Stealth fighter technologies being tested on the ATD-X, being developed by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries and the Japanese Ministry of Defenseís Technical Research and Development Institute, would also be incorporated into the new fighter, dubbed the F-3, industry...
  • Navy Carrier Built For F-35s Is Done Being Rebuilt So That It Can Operate F-35s

    03/23/2016 11:42:21 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 22 replies
    Foxtrot Alpha ^ | March 23, 2016 | Tyler Rogoway
    The USS America, a Gator Navy amphibious assault ship built specifically to accommodate Marine Corps F-35Bs, has just left port for sea trials after having to be overhauled for ten months immediately following its original introduction into the fleet due to issues over carrying the aircraft it was designed for. The USS America already had its well deck, used for launching and recovering hovercraft and beach landing ships for ambibous operations, omitted in its design to focus on aviation capabilities. In other words, it is an aircraft carrier not an amphibious assault ship. The main problem is that the ship...
  • Fighter jet a 'jackass of all trades' (F-35 for Australia)

    03/22/2016 2:42:26 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 16 replies
    AAP ^ | MARCH 22, 2016 | RASHIDA YOSUFZAI AND LISA MARTIN
    The company building Australia's next-generation fighter planes says it would be naive to pretend there aren't problems with the fleet. But air force chiefs are confident the controversial F-35 Lightning Joint Strike Fighters are the best the Department of Defence can get. Australia is spending $17.1 billion to acquire 72 of the Lockheed Martin planes by 2023. But they've been dismissed as an expensive flop with the jets facing difficulties including pilot visibility issues, stealth coatings peeling off, an inability to fly during lightning storms due to the risk of exploding, and software problems. A report by the Pentagon's top...
  • U.S. General Admits F-35 Is Actually Three Separate Airplanes

    03/14/2016 6:35:50 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 25 replies
    War is Boring ^ | March 14, 2016 | DAVID AXE
    The whole idea behind the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter was for it to be, you know, joint. That is to say, the same basic plane would work for the U.S. Air Force, Navy and Marine Corps and foreign countries. Lockheed Martin is designing the F-35 to meet all the requirements of all three U.S. military branches from the outset, with ó in theory ó only minor differences between the Air Forceís F-35A, the Marinesí F-35B and the Navyís F-35C. The variants were supposed to be 70-percent common. But Lt. Gen. Christopher Bogdan, head of the JSF program office, told a...
  • Radar glitch requires F-35 fighter jet pilots to turn it off and on again

    03/08/2016 5:07:09 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 14 replies
    the guardian, U.K. ^ | MAR 8, 2016 | Samuel Gibbs
    The much maligned F-35 Joint Strike Fighter has yet another problem with its software: the radar stops working requiring the pilot to turn it off and on again. The Lockheed Martin plane, which has been in development since 2001 and is the most software-driven warplane ever built, has experienced several failures and setbacks that have seen its cost balloon and its delivery delayed. Each jet is now expected to cost about £100m. From structural problems that made it vulnerable to lightning strikes Ė ironic given itís called the Lightning II Ė to weight issues, bugs within its software and its...
  • Norwegian pilot counters leaked F-35 dogfight report

    03/01/2016 3:11:46 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 16 replies
    Flightglobal.com ^ | March/01/2016 | STEPHEN TRIMBLE
    A Norwegian fighter pilot has published a soft rebuttal to a damaging critique leaked last summer about the Lockheed Martin F-35A¬ís dogfighting prowess, contradicting many of the critical points made in the scathing review written by a Lockheed test pilot. Royal Norwegian Air Force Maj Morten ¬ďDolby¬Ē Hanche, a US Navy test pilot school graduate with 2,200 flight hours in Lockheed F-16s, has flown several mock dogfights from Luke AFB in Arizona since becoming the nation¬ís first F-35 pilot last November. These have yet to advance to performing "dissimilar" training against other aircraft types. In a blog post on Norway¬ís...
  • Israel Reconsidering 2008 Purchase of U.S. Jets

    02/29/2016 5:45:08 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 13 replies
    Israel National News ^ | Feb 29, 2016 | Hillel Fendel
    Israel Reconsidering 2008 Purchase of U.S. Jets; Cabinet Mulls Cancelling Acquisition of Flawed Fighter-Jet Rejected By Most NATO Air Forces A welcome decision made back in 2008 to purchase U.S.-made Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) jets no longer appears very attractive in 2016 Ė and Israel is considering backtracking on it. So say Israeli government sources quoted by Middle East Newsline (MENL). For one thing, the much-touted JSF has some inherent flaws, such as inadequate range, weapons payload and stealth capability. In addition, the Americans refuse to share the JSF source code with Israel. Israel would not be able to modify...
  • All the ways the F-35 is screwed up, according to the Pentagon‚Äôs top weapons tester

    02/06/2016 7:44:03 AM PST · by don-o · 87 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | 2/4/16 | Dan Lamothe
    The Pentagon's top weapons tester has condemned aspects of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program in a new report, raising questions about the $1.5-trillion effort's ability to meet its already slipped production schedule, synthesize information on the battlefield and keep aircraft available to fly. The 82-page report was distributed to Congress last month, and released publicly this week. It was completed by Michael Gilmore, the Pentagon's director of operational test and evaluation. He reports directly to Defense Secretary Ashton B. Carter, and carries out independent assessments for both Carter and members of Congress.
  • Stealth fighter prototype unveiled

    02/03/2016 3:18:26 AM PST · by WhiskeyX · 6 replies
    YouTube ^ | January 29, 2016 7:28 am JST | Nikkei Asian Review
    TOKYO -- A demonstration unit of the X-2 stealth fighter made its debut Thursday, with the Japanese-built experimental aircraft promising greater maneuverability than other stealth planes. The jet will take its maiden flight the week of Feb. 15 or Feb. 22. Designer and builder Mitsubishi Heavy Industries will hand it over to the Ministry of Defense's Acquisition, Technology and Logistics Agency at the end of March. The X-2 is under development as the government
  • Australia Should Buy F-22s, Not F-35s, Says Retired RAAF Wing Commander

    02/03/2016 1:49:03 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 10 replies
    GIZMODO Australia ^ | 02/02/2016 | CAMPBELL SIMPSON
    A submission to a Senate inquiry into the feasibility of Government‚Äôs planned purchase of at least 72 F-35 Lightning II fighter jets says that the multirole planes will be instantly outmatched in air superiority by the airborne wings of competing countries in the region like China and Indonesia, and will fare even worse against future threats. It suggests ‚ÄĒ hypothetically ‚ÄĒ that Australia instead push for the F-22 Raptor, a jet that the United States has never sold to even its closest military allies. In the submission to the Senate Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade‚Äôs Joint Strike...
  • The F-35: America's 'everything' fighter jet is a total disaster

    01/27/2016 3:01:44 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 31 replies
    The Week ^ | 01/27/2016 | Pascal-Emmanuel Gobry
    The F-35 is an absolute disaster, and it needs to go. The scandals around it are legion. The supersonic stealth plane called F-35 Joint Strike Fighter was supposed to be the greatest and best military plane the world has ever seen. While the United States' stealthy F-22 is an "air superiority" plane, ensuring the country's dominance over the skies, which is why exporting it is illegal, the F-35 was supposed to be able to do everything, and be the standard fighter-bomber of the U.S. and most countries with which the U.S. has friendly relations. It was supposed to be stealthy,...
  • Despite Decades of Stealth, Sticking Points Bedevil F-35 Jet

    01/24/2016 11:29:20 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 14 replies
    The New York Times ^ | JAN. 24, 2016 | CLYDE HABERMAN
    One of the earliest stealth weapons on record was a stone used by the young Israelite David to kill the Philistine giant Goliath. In the biblical account, David shunned the conventional armaments of his time: sword, helmet, armor. Instead, he went forth with a slingshot and a few stones, kept undetected in a pouch. As any schoolchild knows, one well-aimed fling was all it took to put Goliath down for good. The big guy never saw it coming. It is not clear to what extent David tested his weapon before doing battle, but he presumably had experimented. The first Book...
  • American Gripen: The Solution To The F-35 Nightmare

    01/22/2016 7:09:51 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 34 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 1/22/2016 | David Archibald
    One thing that has helped keep the F-35 program going is a perception that there is no ‚ÄėPlane B.‚Äô As Margaret Thatcher famously said,‚ÄúThere is no alternative.‚ÄĚ No matter how bad the F-35 is, it is going to be built because the U.S. Air Force needs something to replace its worn-out fighters. That appears to be the fallback position in Lockheed Martin‚Äôs marketing plan for the F-35. The Department of Defence though is fully aware of the extraordinary cost of the F-35 relative to its performance and is looking to scale back its procurement. That could result in a death...
  • The U.S. Navy Struggles to Keep Hornets Flying While the F-35 Stalls

    01/05/2016 9:47:28 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 50 replies
    Popular Mechanics ^ | Jan 5, 2016 | Kyle Mizokami
    Faced with delays in the adoption of the F-35, the U.S. Navy is trying to keep F/A-18 Hornet and Super Hornet fighters flying until replacements arrive. According to Military Times, the service is stretching the lifespan of existing planes, keeping them in the air far longer than originally planned. The U.S. Navy's F/A-18C Hornets comprise half of the fighter force on a typical Nimitz-class aircraft carrier. These older Hornets, known as "legacy Hornets" to differentiate them from the Super Hornet, were only meant to fly an average 6,000 hours. Generally speaking, this works out to about 20 years of peacetime...
  • US Air Force Might Buy 72 new upgraded F-15 2040C or upgraded F-16 Fighter Jets

    11/29/2015 8:12:51 PM PST · by Mariner · 60 replies
    Next Big Future ^ | November 29th, 2015 | brian wang
    The U.S. Air Force might buy 72 upgraded F-15, F-16 or even F-18 fighter aircraft due to low F-35 production rates and the high cost of the F-35. The U.S. Air Force ‚Äúis struggling to afford 48 F-35s a year‚ÄĚ for the first years of full-rate production a senior Air Force officer told Aerospace Daily & Defense Report. Full rate-production is slated to begin in 2019 and the U.S. Air Force wants to buy 60 planes in 2020, and 80 F-35 per year after that. This year, the Air Force is to receive 28 F-35s, whereas in 2016 the number...