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  • Israel plans for second F-35 squadron

    03/16/2012 12:54:57 AM PDT · by U-238 · 14 replies
    UPI ^ | 2/27/2012 | UPI
    Despite deepening defense budget cuts, the Israeli air force is reported to be moving toward ordering a second squadron of 20 F-35 stealth fighters from Lockheed Martin, possibly as early as this year. The first 20 Joint Strike Fighters were ordered in October 2010 at a cost of $2.75 billion. Israel ultimately wants to acquire 75 F-35s, to replace Lockheed Martin's F-16I and Boeing's F-15I to form the spearhead of its strategic air power, particularly in terms of long-range strikes against Iran. But the cost in the current budgetary climate is likely to be prohibitive, particularly as Israel's military is...
  • Defending the F-35

    03/16/2012 12:44:48 AM PDT · by U-238 · 9 replies · 1+ views
    Windsor Star ^ | 3/15/2012 | Bryan Mack
    am tired of hearing the endless rhetoric about Canada's purchase of the F-35, so let's talk straight. John Lameck's recent letter, "Single engine, single-minded," attempts to disparage Canada's choice of the F-35 with some criticisms that are patently false. He seems to suggest that Russian radars "see" in the millimetric range, enabling them to discern the size of aircraft. In fact, I believe the radars to which he is referring actually "operate" in the millimetric band of the radio frequency spectrum; their ability to discern the size of an object is more a consequence of the radar's design than its...
  • F-35A Completes Second Local Sortie at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla.

    03/16/2012 12:39:08 AM PDT · by U-238 · 1 replies ^ | 3/14/2012 | United States Air Force
    U.S. Marine Corps Maj. Joseph Bachmann successfully piloted the second F-35 local orientation flight in the skies above the Emerald Coast today. AF-13, an F-35A conventional takeoff and landing variant, launched at 2:30 p.m. CDT and completed a 93-minute flight landing at 4:03 p.m. CDT. At its operational peak, the F-35 Integrated Training Center at Eglin Air Force Base will train approximately 100 F-35 pilots and 2,200 maintainers annually. The wing's two F-35 pilots, in conjunction with its integrated team of military members, civilians and contractors, will begin to slowly build up their number of sorties with an initial goal...
  • Australian Committee Hearing Reveals Details of F-35 Performance in Wargame

    03/14/2012 8:29:39 PM PDT · by U-238 · 15 replies · 1+ views
    Defense Aerospace ^ | 3/14/2012 | Defense Aerospace
    The Australian Parliament’s Joint Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade has just released a transcript of a Feb. 7, 2012 hearing during which it took evidence on the F-35 program by noted opponents of the program, representing the Air Power Australia think-tank and a private computer simulation firm, RepSim Pty Ltd. Part of the hearing describes the outcome of a famous – but disputed – simulation of F-18E and F-35 fighters engaging in combat against Chinese air force fighters carried out by the Rand Corporation. The outcome is even more disastrous for the Western fighters than previously reported.
  • Lockheed advances F-35 contract talks with Japan, Israel

    03/14/2012 3:23:43 PM PDT · by U-238 · 6 replies
    Flight Global ^ | 3/14/2012 | Craig Hoyle
    Lockheed Martin expects to advance its F-35 deals with Japan and Israel within the next few months, leading to combined orders for more than 60 Joint Strike Fighters. Earlier this month, company officials visited Japan to discuss the nation's planned F-X purchase of 42 F-35As, following a competitive selection made last December. Tokyo is expected to approve a letter of agreement for the deal in March, with this document likely to be signed in June, says Stephen O'Bryan, Lockheed vice-president F-35 programme integration and business development. Dismissing Japanese media reports raising concerns over a possible increase in the F-35's unit...
  • Tory about-face on F-35 jets as minister denies ‘definitive decision’ on $16B deal

    03/13/2012 8:43:11 PM PDT · by U-238 · 10 replies
    The National post ^ | 3/12/2012 | Postmedia News
    Two years of unwavering Conservative support for the F-35 took a major hit Tuesday as Associate Defence Minister Julian Fantino said the government has not ruled out walking away from the troubled stealth fighter program. Fantino also revealed a team of defence department officials have been considering “all kinds of contingencies” should the F-35 not be ready to replace Canada’s aging fleet of CF-18s and acknowledged the government does not know how much each F-35 will cost. The revelations led opposition parties to question why the sudden about-face after the Conservatives fought an election, in part, on purchasing the F-35...
  • Lockheed could accommodate UK reversal on F-35 variant

    03/13/2012 5:36:34 PM PDT · by U-238 · 5 replies
    Flight Global ^ | 3/15/2012 | Craig Hoyle
    A possible UK decision to reverse a variant switch on the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter would not cause a problem for Lockheed Martin, according to one of the company's senior programme officials. Speculation has mounted over recent weeks that the UK government could backtrack on its decision to shift its interest in the short take-off and vertical landing (STOVL) F-35B to the C-model carrier variant. The move was included as part of its Strategic Defence and Security Review of late 2010, but has prompted concerns over the costs involved with modifying the Royal Navy's future Queen Elizabeth-class aircraft carriers with...
  • Security experts admit China stole F-35 plans (from BEA systems,UK)

    03/11/2012 9:12:50 AM PDT · by derfel · 27 replies
    The Australian ^ | March 12, 2012 12:00AM | The Sunday Times
    CHINESE spies hacked into computers belonging to BAE Systems, Britain's biggest defence company, to steal details about the design, performance and electronic systems of the West's latest fighter jet, senior security figures have disclosed.
  • Loose fasteners blamed for F-35 fuel leak

    03/10/2012 6:19:02 PM PST · by U-238 · 14 replies
    NWF Daily News ^ | 3/9/2012 | NWF Daily News
    Maintainers with the 33rd Fighter Wing have determined that three loose fasteners caused the small fuel leak during the F-35’s first mission flight Tuesday. The wing’s first F-35A Joint Strike Fighter took off at 10:07 a.m. for what was supposed to be a 90-minute flight. The sortie was cut short to roughly 20 minutes when the pilot of an F-16 acting as a chase plane spotted what appeared to a small fuel leak on the F-35. Maintainers with the 33rd Fighter Wing conducted an extensive review of the jet and determined three slightly loose fasteners allowed a small amount of...
  • F-35 Program Head Expresses 'Great Confidence' in Stealth, Sensors

    03/09/2012 5:55:54 PM PST · by U-238 · 7 replies
    AOL Defense ^ | 3/8/2012 | AOL Defense
    The program executive officer for the problem-plagued F-35 said Thursday he has "great confidence" the multi-service fighter can deliver the oft-promised stealth and the sophisticated package of sensors. Vice Adm. David Venlet said he has "measured data" to show that. In a late afternoon address to an audience of defense and financial industry representatives, Venlet said all the current problems with the Lockheed Martin-built aircraft that have been highlighted in the media and congressional hearings "are in the normal range of fighter aircraft development." The problems Venlet cited included the sophisticated helmet that should allow the pilot to see on...
  • F-35B training kick-off set for early April

    03/08/2012 10:56:13 PM PST · by U-238 · 8 replies
    Flight Global ^ | 3/9/2012 | Flight Global
    The US Marine Corps hopes to start F-35B local area flights at Eglin AFB, Florida, in early April with operational student pilots starting to train in the autumn, a service senior official says. "We anticipate flying at Eglin to start in the next month," the official says. "And our first student pilots to start training next fall to coincide with the delivery of the operational squadron aircraft at MCAS [Marine Corps Air Station] Yuma [Arizona]." But before training operations can begin, the Marines and other services need to be confident that the F-35 is robust enough to withstand the rigors...
  • Norway F-35 decision about 4 to 5 weeks away

    03/08/2012 10:51:12 PM PST · by U-238 · 8 replies
    Flight Global ^ | 3/8/2012 | Flight Global
    Norway's defence secretary Roger Ingebrigtsen and an entourage of military officials visited the F-35 test force at Edwards AFB, California, during the last week of February. The visit to the desert base comes at a time when Norway is trying to finalise how many aircraft it will ultimately buy. "Right now we're in the process where the Norwegian government is about to make a recommendation to their parliament as far as how many F-35s we want to buy and where we should base these aircraft," says Major Eystein Kvarving, a spokesman for the Norwegian Defence Ministry on 29 February in...
  • Seoul fears delivery delays of F-35 jets

    03/06/2012 9:19:28 PM PST · by U-238 · 2 replies
    The Korean Times ^ | 3/5/2012 | Lee Tae-hoon
    Chances are high for the government to pick the F-35 fighter jet as the mainstay of the Air Force later this year, but it is doubtful whether the new aircraft can be delivered to Korea as promised from 2016. Seoul is expected to announce the winner of the bidding for its next-generation fighter acquisition project in October this year in line with its plan to introduce 10 advanced jets in 2016 and 2017, respectively, and the remaining 40 by 2020. “Lockheed Martin officials recently informed us that the F-35 development and testing is progressing faster than anticipated and that they...
  • USAF training command set to start F-35 operations

    03/05/2012 7:42:05 PM PST · by U-238 · 7 replies
    FlightGlobal ^ | 3/4/2012 | Dave Majumdar
    US Air Force operational testers will start receiving their first Lockheed Martin F-35A Joint Strike Fighters at Edwards AFB in California in late June, a service official says. According to the official, the 31st Test and Evaluation Sqn will initially receive four aircraft, with more to follow later. If flight operations at Eglin AFB, Florida - scheduled to start on 6 March - ramp-up quickly to begin pilot training, the official says he is optimistic the operational testers can start flying by the end of June. The unit will initially start with local area flight operations designed to familiarise pilots...
  • Norway upbeat on F-35; Florida test flight set

    03/05/2012 7:11:04 PM PST · by U-238 · 3 replies
    Reuters ^ | 3/4/2012 | Reuters
    Norway's No. 2 defense official said he was more upbeat about the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program than in a long time after visiting a test site in California last week and meeting with the eight other partners on the program. Defense State Secretary Roger Ingebrigsten said on Monday that Norway was finalizing its plans to buy "approximately 50 fighters," but did not expect any significant cost increases to its order. Lockheed Martin Corp is developing three variants of the radar-evading, supersonic fighter jet for the United States and eight partner countries - Canada, Britain, Australia, Turkey, Denmark, Norway, Italy...
  • Fifth generation fighters crucial to air superiority

    03/05/2012 12:21:07 AM PST · by U-238 · 22 replies
    Defense Talk ^ | 3/4/2012 | Defense Tech
    The Air Force is the world's most advanced air and space force and, with the integration of fifth generation aircraft, is gaining new tactical advantages that transcend beyond just stealth into areas such as enhanced maneuverability, multi-role capabilities and fused sensor and avionics systems that can communicate with other weapons systems. That's why it is imperative that U.S. forces continue to develop and begin to use fifth-generation fighters as they transition to the new Pacific-based strategy, according to Lt. Gen. Herbert J. "Hawk" Carlisle, Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations, Plans and Requirements, Headquarters U.S. Air Force. During the Air...
  • Pentagon Slackens Difficult-To-Achieve JSF Performance Requirements

    03/04/2012 6:49:49 PM PST · by U-238 · 11 replies
    Inside Defense ^ | 3/3/2012 | inside Defense
    The Pentagon last month relaxed the performance requirements for the Joint Strike Fighter, allowing the Air Force F-35A variant to exceed its previous combat radius -- a benchmark it previously missed -- and granting the Marine Corps F-35B nearly 10 percent additional runway length for short take-offs, according to Defense Department sources. On Feb. 14, the Joint Requirements Oversight Council -- in a previously unreported development -- agreed to loosen select key performance parameters (KPPs) for the JSF during a review of the program convened in advance of a high-level Feb. 21 Defense Acquisition Board meeting last month, at which...
  • Support cited for F-35 fighter after joint meeting

    03/03/2012 5:35:49 PM PST · by U-238 · 8 replies
    Reuters ^ | 3/2/2012 | Andrea Shalal-Esa
    The United States and eight other countries helping to develop the new F-35 Joint Strike Fighter underscored their full and continued support for the program, according to two sources who attended a gathering hosted by Canada. Despite U.S. plans to put off orders for 179 planes over the next five years and a steady drip of news about technical problems and developmental issues, a statement issued by Canada on Friday cited "good progress" on the program. Julian Fantino, Canada's associate minister of National Defence, hosted a dinner on Thursday and all-day meeting at his country's embassy in Washington, D.C., on...
  • F-35: BAE Systems faces turbulent times over carriers

    03/02/2012 9:20:33 PM PST · by U-238 · 1 replies
    BBC ^ | 3/2/2012 | By Jonathan Beale
    The Ministry of Defence has confirmed it is reviewing parts of the programme to build two new aircraft carriers for the Royal navy, throwing doubt over the planned use of the Lockheed Martin F-35 fighter plane. This decision could have a major impact on BAE Systems, which is involved in the aircraft's development. The cost of the two new Queen Elizabeth class carriers - originally ordered under the last Labour government - have already risen dramatically from £3.5 billion to around £7 billion. Changes ordered by the coalition government could see those costs rise even further. The current confusion is...
  • UK aircraft carrier plans in confusion as ministers revisit square one

    03/01/2012 6:31:07 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 11 replies · 11+ views, ^ | 1 March 2012 | Richard Norton-Taylor
    UK aircraft carrier plans in confusion as ministers revisit square one Decision expected by Easter on which US joint strike fighter Britain will buy: ministers now want to revert to original choice Britain's troubled and increasingly expensive plan to equip the navy with new aircraft carriers has been plunged into fresh turmoil as ministers consider reversing their earlier decision to change the type of plane that should fly from them, it has emerged. The government announced in last autumn's strategic defence review that it had decided to buy the "cats and flaps" (catapults and arrester gear) version of the US...
  • Japan says it may cancel F-35 order if prices rise

    02/29/2012 2:20:46 AM PST · by U-238 · 12 replies
    Boston Globe ^ | 2/29/2012 | Eric Talmadge
    Japan may cancel its multibillion-dollar plans to buy dozens of F-35 stealth fighter jets from the United States if prices continue to rise or delays threaten the delivery date, its defense minister said Wednesday. Defense Minister Naoki Tanaka said failure by manufacturer Lockheed Martin to deliver on time at current price levels would force Tokyo to consider switching to a different aircraft. Japan announced late last year that it would purchase 42 F-35 jets in a deal expected to cost more than $5 billion. The next-generation fighter is set to become the centerpiece of the U.S. military and allied air...
  • F-35 cost squabble in Norway

    02/28/2012 7:21:03 PM PST · by U-238 · 18 replies
    The Foreigner ^ | 2/28/212 | Lyndsey Smith
    Tri-partite Coalition Party the Socialist Left (SV) has called for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter price not to exceed the defence budget of 40 billion kroner. Labour (Ap) wishes to allocate extra money, whilst the Centre Party (Sp) will not comment. Bård Vegar Solhjell, SV’s parliamentary leader, believes that an aging population, climate and education are more important. He told Aftenposten, “Few would argue that military threats are among our most important challenges. We cannot live with the fact that the armed forces and national insurance being the only major initiatives forward, without caring about education and the climate.” Decisions...
  • Is The F-35 Strike Fighter The Military Chevy Volt?

    02/27/2012 4:54:12 PM PST · by raptor22 · 53 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | February 27, 2012 | IBD staff
    Defense: Pilots who arrived a year ago to train on the fighter of the future are still waiting as safety concerns, cost overruns and questions about the whole program's feasibility mount. The F-35 is meant to be America's next-generation fighter, the heir to the Air Force's F-15 Eagle and the Navy's and Marines' F/A-18 Hornet. Those two aircraft have fulfilled their air superiority and ground-attack roles well, yet many are well beyond their expected life expectancy. The F-35 would fill America's defense needs in an age of budget constraints, we were told. So far it has not been a smooth...
  • F-35 Procurement Troubles Don’t Dampen Pilots’ Enthusiasm

    02/26/2012 10:59:37 PM PST · by U-238 · 3 replies
    National Defense Magazine ^ | 2/24/2012 | Sandra Erwin
    Three new F-35B Joint Strike Fighters will officially be joining the 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing's Fighter Attack Training Squadron 501 following a Feb. 24 ceremony at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. The rollout of three airplanes is largely symbolic considering that the squadron was activated two years ago in anticipation of having 15 to 20 aircraft. But this debut nonetheless is a “huge deal,” says Marine Corps Col. Arthur Tomassetti, vice commander of the 33rd Fighter Wing, which oversees pilot and crew training for all three F-35 variants that will be flown by the Air Force, the Navy and the...
  • Lifetime Cost to Run F-35 fighter: About $1 Trillion

    02/26/2012 2:31:38 PM PST · by lbryce · 25 replies
    Yahoo News via Reuters ^ | February 26, 2012 | Andrea Shalal-Esa
    The Pentagon estimates that it will still cost about $1 trillion to operate a fleet of 2,443 F-35 fighter jets over the next 50 years, but is continuing to analyze how to drive that staggering sum down, a top U.S. Marine Corps official told Reuters. Lieutenant General Terry Robling, deputy Marine Corps commandant for aviation, said top defense officials agreed last week to continue low-rate production of the new radar-evading warplane built by Lockheed Martin Corp, while keeping a close eye on the cost of maintaining and operating the new jets. "Everybody was on board with ... the program," Robling...
  • Marine Corps aviation introduces F-35B Lightning II into fleet

    02/26/2012 1:14:49 AM PST · by U-238 · 11 replies
    DVIDS ^ | 2/21/2012 | Lance Cpl. Glen Santy
    A century after 1st Lt. Alfred A. Cunningham took his first flight in 1912, Marine Corps aviation introduced the F-35B Lightning II aircraft into its fleet. The short takeoff vertical landing variant combined with fifth generation capabilities is a breakthrough in itself, matching the importance of the first Marine aviator and starting a new chapter in Marine Corps aviation history. 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing's Marine Fighter Attack Training Squadron 501 hosted the ceremony inducting the F-35B Lightning II multirole, joint strike fighter, into the Marine Corps aviation arsenal at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., Feb. 24 at 2 p.m. Gen....
  • F-35 Pilots’ New Helmet

    02/24/2012 5:06:40 PM PST · by U-238 · 21 replies
    Defense Tech ^ | 10/13/2011 | Defense Tech
    You’re looking at what may well be the helmet worn by the first F-35 Joint Strike Fighter pilots at the plane’s schoolhouse at Eglin Air Force Base, Fl. It’s the basis for BAE Systems’ alternate JSF helmet that is being developed due to issues with the plane’s futuristic — and kind of crazy – looking helmet made by Vision Systems International. BAE’s brain bucket is based on the one used by Eurofighter Typhoon pilots. However, for F-35, BAE will remove the Typhoon’s display system — housed in the giant forward part of the helmet — and will replace it with...
  • Air Force F-35s, Drones May Square Off in Budget Battle

    02/23/2012 4:38:32 PM PST · by U-238 · 8 replies
    National Defense Magazine ^ | 2/1/2012 | Dan Parsons
    Unmanned aerial vehicles have become a potent portion of the U.S. Air Force inventory and an indispensable weapon in the global war on terror. But a budget crunch and turf wars with old-guard pilots could threaten progress made during 10 years of combat, experts said. “There’s not going to be a way of putting this genie back in the bottle,” retired Navy Vice Adm. Joseph W. Dyer told National Defense. “The world has changed. That doesn’t mean advocates of today’s manned aircraft won’t try to put it back in the bottle. But it ain’t going.” The Defense Department is aiming...
  • UPDATE 1-Turkey keeps plan to buy 100 F-35 fighter jets

    02/23/2012 5:10:00 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 13 replies · 2+ views
    Reuters ^ | Thu Feb 23, 2012
    UPDATE 1-Turkey keeps plan to buy 100 F-35 fighter jets * Turkey not currently thinking of abandoning purchases * Partners reconsidering orders amid delays, rising costs * Turkey to order two jets for 2015 delivery ISTANBUL, Feb 23 (Reuters) - Turkey is sticking to plans to buy 100 of Lockheed Martin's F-35 fighter jets for $16 billion, with an initial order of two planes for delivery in 2015, its defence minister said, amid concerns about the project's delays and rising costs. The Pentagon has said the $382 billion programme to build the radar-evading warplane was still showing "continued progress" and...
  • Lockheed looks to Asia, buoyed by Japan F-35 win

    02/22/2012 8:40:27 PM PST · by U-238
    Flight Global ^ | 2/15/2012 | Greg Waldron
    Lockheed Martin is confident about the prospects of the F-35A Lightning II in the Asia-Pacific region, following its recent victory in Japan's 42 aircraft F-X competition. "The Japan selection is an indication of the confidence that's growing in the programme among the international customer base for the F-35," said Dave Scott, director of Lockheed Martin's F-35 international business development. "It was a very important decision." Scott said Lockheed Martin is in discussions with Mitsubishi Heavy Industries about the local assembly line for the aircraft. Under the F-X deal, the first four aircraft will be delivered to Japan in the USA...
  • Japan tells U.S. it may halt F-35 purchase if prices rise

    02/22/2012 7:59:57 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 6 replies · 1+ views
    The Mainichi Daily News ^ | February 23, 2012
    Japan tells U.S. it may halt F-35 purchase if prices rise TOKYO (Kyodo) -- The Defense Ministry has indicated to the U.S. Department of Defense the possibility of halting purchases of the F-35 stealth jet, which Japan has picked as its next-generation mainstay fighter, if prices skyrocket, sources close to Japan-U.S. ties said Wednesday. In a letter dated Feb. 13, the ministry expressed its concern to the Pentagon over a rise in the price tag of the F-35, which is being developed by an international consortium led by U.S. aircraft maker Lockheed Martin Corp., the sources said. The ministry also...
  • IAF looking for second stealth fighter squadron

    02/20/2012 8:36:38 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 9 replies
    The Jerusalem Post ^ | 02/21/2012 | YAAKOV KATZ
    IAF looking for second stealth fighter squadron By YAAKOV KATZ 21/02/2012 Goal is to qualify for long-range missions; if ordered over next year, more F-35s could arrive by 2020. The Israel Air Force is moving forward with plans to purchase a second squadron of F-35 Joint Strike Fighters and hopes to be able to place the order in the coming year and after resolving the standoff with the Treasury over the defense budget. According to initial plans, the IAF would place the order for the second squadron in late 2012-early 2013 and begin receiving the planes in 2020. It is...
  • F-35 makes first test flights with external weapons

    02/20/2012 7:31:48 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 45 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | February 20, 2012 | W.J. Hennigan
    F-35 makes first test flights with external weapons By W.J. Hennigan, Los Angeles Times February 20, 2012, 3:36 p.m. The F-35, the military's next-generation fighter jet, has begun its first flight tests carrying external missiles at Edwards Air Force Base in the Mojave Desert. The stealthy, supersonic fighter, built byLockheed Martin Corp., has been undergoing tests since its first flight in late 2006. The F-35, known as the Joint Strike Fighter, will be used by the Navy, Marines and Air Force. Three versions of the F-35 are being built — one that can operate off aircraft carriers, one capable of...
  • New Fighter Acquisition Uncertainty Revving Up F-15 Prospects

    02/15/2012 8:31:05 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 4 replies
    Defense Update ^ | February 15, 2012 | Noam Eshel
    New Fighter Acquisition Uncertainty Revving Up F-15 Prospects Recent orders for F-15 fighters from Saudi Arabia are securing the future for the Boeing F-15 production line at least until the year 2018. Beside the Saudi mega deal, South Korea has an ongoing tender for the third phase of the FX, while the US Air Force is looking into possible upgrades to keep its F-15C/Es at least through the decade. The USAF is expected to begin evaluating life extensions for the Eagle soon. Such programs could address avionics, radar and survivability enhancements. Boeing is offering an advanced cockpit configuration for future...
  • UPDATE 1-Italy cuts F-35 fighter orders by 30 pct

    02/15/2012 4:38:36 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 2 replies
    Reuters ^ | 15th Feb 2012 | Antonella Cinelli and Steve Scherer
    UPDATE 1-Italy cuts F-35 fighter orders by 30 pct ROME, Feb 15 (Reuters) - Italy will cut its order for Lockheed Martin Corp's radar-evading F-35 fighter planes by more than 30 percent as part of Prime Minister Mario Monti's battle against state spending, Defence Minister Giampaolo Di Paola said on Wednesday. Italy plans to buy 90 warplanes instead of the 131 it agreed to purchase a decade ago, Di Paola said in testimony to the joint Senate and Chamber of Deputies defence committees. 'It's a significant reduction that is coherent with our need to reduce spending,' he said. The reduction...
  • Pentagon, Lockheed see price of F-35 going up

    02/15/2012 1:10:09 AM PST · by U-238 · 11 replies
    Reuters ^ | 2/14/2012 | Walter Gibbs and Andrea Shalal-Esa
    Delays in U.S. and international orders for Lockheed Martin Corp's new F-35 fighter jet will increase its total cost, Lockheed and U.S. officials said on Tuesday, as Italy announced a cut in spending on the warplane. On Monday, the Pentagon confirmed plans to put off orders for 179 F-35s over the next five years to save $15.1 billion and allow more time for testing, a third restructuring in recent years. U.S. officials insist they have not changed their plans to develop and buy 2,443 jets at a cost of $382 billion over the next few decades. Continued schedule delays and...
  • Italy widely expected to scale back F-35 orders

    02/12/2012 6:28:05 PM PST · by U-238 · 14 replies
    Reuters ^ | 2/10/2012 | Reuters
    Italy seems certain to scale back its major investment in Lockheed Martin Corp's F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, heightening uncertainty over the troubled stealth jet's future. Defence Minister Giampaolo Di Paola has said repeatedly since January that the country's originally planned order of the 131 supersonic warplanes by 2018 was being "reviewed" because military spending cuts were necessary as part of Prime Minister Mario Monti's austerity plan to shore up public accounts. General Claudio Debertolis, secretary general of the Defence Ministry and the country's armaments chief, confirmed to lawmakers on Tuesday that cuts were expected. "There will be a revision of...
  • Aussies’ modest proposal: Sell us F-22s, mate

    02/09/2012 8:39:32 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 17 replies · 1+ views
    DoD Buzz ^ | February 9th, 2012 | Philip Ewing
    Aussies’ modest proposal: Sell us F-22s, mate For F-35 proponents, every sunrise brings new reasons for unease about the future of the program. It regularly gets bad headlines in the U.S. The Brits now say they’ll wait until 2015 before committing to buy any more jets. And as we’ve talked about before, there are rumblings Down Under that suggest the Australians may be losing their patience. But proponents in the U.S. and Australia can take heart about one thing — these are the guys they’re up against: Some of the most vehement critics of Australia’s involvement in the Joint Strike...
  • JSF 'no match' for latest Russian fighters or Chinese radar

    THE stealth qualities of the futuristic F-35 Joint Strike Fighter on order for the Royal Australian Air Force are overrated and the plane's combat performance greatly exaggerated, a defence lobby group has claimed. The complaints by Air Power Australia, longtime critics of the $16 billion JSF acquisition, were made last night before a public hearing of parliament's defence sub-committee. Latest-generation Russian fighters such as the Sukhoi T-50 would easily defeat the F-35 in air-to-air combat, Air Power's Peter Goon said, referring to recent modelling tests by his organisation. "The aircraft we are planning to buy is carrying over 2000 pounds...
  • Did Chinese Espionage Lead to F-35 Delays?

    02/07/2012 5:46:31 AM PST · by spetznaz · 11 replies · 1+ views ^ | 7 Feb 2012
    Did Chinese cyber spying cause the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter’s cost spikes and production delays? That’s the question Pentagon budget officials are asking according to Aviation Week. Chinese spies apparently hacked into secure conference calls and listened to meetings discussing the classified technologies aboard the jets. In particular, China may have stolen info about the F-35’s secure communications and antenna systems; leading to costly software rewrites and other redesigns to compromised parts of the plane. The worst part, this problem isn’t just limited to the F-35, though the program’s size and the fact that it’s information systems were apparently designed...
  • F-35 may fail to meet key requirements (South Korea)

    02/07/2012 5:29:18 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 10 replies
    The Korea Times ^ | 02-07-2012 | Lee Tae-hoon
    [Exclusive] F-35 may fail to meet key requirements By Lee Tae-hoon The United States Air Force (USAF) variant of Lockheed Martin’s F-35 will likely fail to meet two of the Korean Air Force’s key requirements — the ability to carry weapons externally and fly at Mach 1.6 (1,930 kilometers per hour) or faster, an industry insider said Tuesday. He pointed out that the Korean military has clearly outlined the two key features as compulsory requirements in its request for proposal (RFP) released Jan. 30. “The maximum speed of the F-35 Lightning II, which is still under development, is Mach 1.6,...
  • Britain won't decide on F-35 fighter numbers till 2015

    02/07/2012 5:01:20 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 5 replies
    Reuters ^ | Tue Feb 7, 2012 | Rhys Jones
    Britain won't decide on F-35 fighter numbers till 2015 LONDON (Reuters) - Britain has deferred to 2015 a firm commitment on how many Lockheed Martin Corp F-35 Joint Strike Fighter jets it will buy, adding to uncertainties over the multinational program which has recently been questioned in the U.S. Congress. "We will not make final decisions on the overall number of aircraft we will order before the next planned Strategic Defence Review (in 2015)," a Ministry of Defence MoD spokeswoman said on Tuesday, adding an initial order would be placed next year. The F-35 project ranks as the most expensive...
  • United States has not offered F-35 Joint Strike Fighters to India: Pentagon

    02/04/2012 2:24:47 PM PST · by ravager · 39 replies
    India Defence ^ | 02-03-2012
    Press Trust of India has quoted Pentagon spokesperson Commander Leslie Hullryde confirming that, contrary to press reports, the United States has not made available Lockheed Martin's advanced, fifth generation fighter jet F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighters to India. However, it was noted that should India express an interest, the United States would submit technical information and initiate a discussion. "Should India indicate interest in purchasing the JSF, the United States would be prepared to provide information on the JSF and its requirements (infrastructure, security, etc) to support India's future planning" The Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II is a family...
  • U.S. plans $2.8 billion upgrade of F-16 fighter

    02/02/2012 8:37:23 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 23 replies
    Reuters ^ | Feb 2, 2012 | Jim Wolf
    U.S. plans $2.8 billion upgrade of F-16 fighter 7:14pm EST By Jim Wolf WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Air Force said Thursday it plans a $2.8 billion upgrade of about 350 of its aging F-16 multi-role fighter planes to help offset slower purchases of the next-generation F-35 Joint Strike Fighter. The work, running into the 2020s, will extend the service life of select F-16 airframes. Other upgrades include advanced radar, sensors, cockpit display, electronic warfare and communications capabilities, the service said. "We have worked through the implications of the delays in the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program," Air Force Secretary...
  • Rick Santorum and Darrell Issa (Santorum on radical Islam and Defense, etc.)

    02/02/2012 7:00:56 AM PST · by Sun · 8 replies ^ | February 01, 2012 | Hugh Hewitt
    HH: snip General Jerry Boykin, a great America, was dis-invited, or was actually asked by West Point to withdraw from a prayer breakfast there after opposition surfaced from CAIR.snip RS: Well, on the USS Yorktown in Charleston harbor, Jerry Boykin endorsed me for president. snip RS: So I’m very proud of having his endorsement. This is a man who has spoken clearly, concisely about the threat of radical Islam. And I am not surprised given this administration who has sanitized every reference to Islam or Muslim out of every Defense Department document when it comes to the threat assessment against...
  • Congressional caucus is determined to save F-35

    01/30/2012 10:19:22 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 16 replies
    McClatchy Newspapers ^ | Jan. 30, 2012 | James Rosen & Rob Hotakainen
    Congressional caucus is determined to save F-35 WASHINGTON -- For all its high-tech stealth and record cost, the F-35 joint strike fighter embodies the droll military motto "hurry up and wait." Conceived in the heady post-Cold War 1990s, the futuristic fifth-generation jet fighter was to be a technological marvel built in a rush and paid for with "peace dividend" dollars. But now the fighter is billions over budget and years behind schedule. With the Pentagon facing $1 trillion in possible cuts, the F-35's high cost makes it a prime target. But thanks in part to campaign contributions from its main...
  • Struggling in US, F-35 fighter pushes sales abroad

    01/27/2012 5:01:31 PM PST · by NYFreeper · 6 replies
    Fox News ^ | January 27, 2012 | Associated Press
    Detractors say the F-35 stealth fighter, the costliest military plane ever, is destined to go down as one of the biggest follies in aviation history. But it may have found a savior: deep-pocketed U.S. allies hungry to add its super high-tech capabilities to their arsenal. Read more:
  • UK considers Rafale and F-18 as 'interim aircraft'

    01/26/2012 8:11:46 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 12 replies
    Defence Management ^ | 26 January 2012
    UK considers Rafale and F-18 as 'interim aircraft' 26 January 2012 Ministry of Defence concerns over the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter have led to military chiefs looking at other fast jets for the UK's aircraft carrier, it has been reported. According to The Times, Admiral Sir Trevor Soar, the current commander-in-chief fleet, said concerns were growing about rising costs and delays in the JSF programme, something now worsened by order cuts from the US. Soar, who was addressing defence companies at the ADS Maritime Interest Group, reportedly said the UK might not receive the $100m per piece F-35 jets until...
  • [Exclusive] Boeing may give up offering stealthy jet

    01/25/2012 5:03:35 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 1 replies
    The Korea Times ^ | 01-25-2012 | Lee Tae-hoon
    [Exclusive] Boeing may give up offering stealthy jet Little progress made in weapons bay development By Lee Tae-hoon Industry insiders raised questions Wednesday about whether U.S. aerospace giant Boeing will fulfill its pledge to offer F-15 Silent Eagles (F-15 SEs) with an internal weapons bay and twin canted tails, two of the core technologies for stealth jets, to Seoul. A source familiar with Boeing’s plan to modify its F-15s said little progress has been made in the making of the F-15SE, especially in the development of its conformal weapons bay (CWB), which allows the aircraft to carry weapons internally. “Only...
  • Is F-35 program flying high or sputtering?

    01/21/2012 7:50:37 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 28 replies · 1+ views
    Star Telegram ^ | Jan. 21, 2012 | Bob Cox
    Is F-35 program flying high or sputtering? By Bob Cox Now that the F-35 joint strike fighter program has gotten a pat on the back and morale boost from Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, officials at Lockheed Martin hope to put their recent run of bad report cards and bad press behind them. All those problems with the F-35 that have been reported of late? They're not that bad; they're being fixed. Just watch, they say. "We're starting to see a lot of good stuff happening," Tom Burbage, Lockheed's co-executive vice president and general manager overseeing the F-35 program, said...