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  • 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 · 37 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...
  • F35 Helmet - A fighter pilot helmet with 360 degrees of sky

    11/25/2015 9:34:53 PM PST · by ProtectOurFreedom · 15 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 11/25/15 | Zoeann Murphy
    The F-35 fighter jet, developed by Lockheed Martin, has a fascinating accessory. The pilot’s $400,000 helmet enables him or her to see through the jet’s skin, using a number of specially positioned cameras.
  • F-35 Too Expensive: US Air Force Might Buy 72 New F-15 or F-16 Fighter Jets

    11/20/2015 10:19:27 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 34 replies
    The Diplomat ^ | November 21, 2015 | Franz-Stefan Gady
    The F-35 Joint Strike Fighter might not be produced in sufficient numbers to maintain the U.S. Air Force‚Äôs current operational capabilities due to budgetary constraints, according to Aerospace Daily & Defense Report. As a result the service is considering filling the capabilities gap with 72 Boeing F-15s, Lockheed-Martin F-16‚Äôs, or even Boeing F/A-18E/F Super Hornets. ‚ÄúF-15s and F-16s are now expected to serve until 2045, when an all-new aircraft will be ready, and plans to modernize F-16s with active electronically scanned array radars and other improvements are being revived,‚ÄĚ the article states. U.S. Air Force officials and industry officials revealed...
  • US Software Stranglehold Threatens F-35 Foreign Operations

    11/10/2015 3:46:14 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 14 replies
    Defense-Aerospace.com ^ | Nov 04, 2015 | Giovanni de Briganti
    PARIS --- The unilateral decision by the United States to locate all F-35 software laboratories on its territory, and to manage the operation and sustainment of the global F-35 fleet from its territory, has introduced vulnerabilities that are only beginning to emerge. The biggest risk is that, since the F-35 cannot operate effectively without permanent data exchanges with its software labs and logistic support computers in the United States, any disruption in the two-way flow of information would compromise its effectiveness. All F-35 aircraft operating across the world will have to update their mission data files and their Autonomic Logistic...
  • Pentagon: Here are all the Problems with the F-35 (The F-35 has Another Problem)

    11/07/2015 9:01:59 AM PST · by lbryce · 25 replies
    Business Insider ^ | March 20, 2015 | Jeremy Bender
    The US military's fifth-generation fighter is no stranger to controversy. The F-35, which comes with an estimated $1.5 trillion pricetag over the life of the program, has faced numerous hurdles and delays. Most recently, there have been concerns over its computer systems' vulnerability, and Chinese hackers have possibly stolen classified data related to the project. The F-35's construction has continued, and it is being manufactured across multiple states and different countries. For better or worse, it's going to be the US and its allies' main warplane for decades to come. Despite the setbacks, the F-35 program is continuing and the...
  • New F-35 helmets cost ¬£260,000 each

    10/30/2015 3:38:52 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 24 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 29 Oct 2015
    The helmets for Britain's new Lightning II F-35 stealth jet fighter cost £260,000 each. The high-tech helmets are linked to six cameras embedded in the jet which combine images to provide a 360 degree view allowing the pilot to "see through" the airframe. Flight and targetting information is beamed directly onto the visor, into the line of vision of the pilot. Britain has said it will order 48 of the £70 million jets, which will fly from RAF Marham and the UK's new aircraft carriers. Earlier this month it emerged lightweight pilots have been temporarily banned from flying Britain’s new...
  • Is Israel About to Lose Its Edge in the Air?

    10/17/2015 3:43:48 PM PDT · by PIF · 43 replies
    real clear defense ^ | October 16, 2015 | Patrick Megahan
    The Israeli Air Force (IAF) is one of the most experienced and capable air forces in the world, with roughly 400 American-made F-16 and F-15 fighters in its inventory. For the most part, this force resembles a smaller version of the U.S. Air Force (USAF) ďlegacyĒ fighter fleet Ė fourth generation aircraft originally developed during the 1970s. Like the USAF, however, many of these aircraft are three decades old and nearing the end of their service life. snip If the F-35 cannot hold its own against fourth-generation fighters, which are increasingly equipped with infrared sensors that can detect stealth aircraft,...
  • Hereís Why 'President Trump' Might Dump the F-35

    10/24/2015 7:46:36 AM PDT · by McGruff · 56 replies
    The Fiscal Times ^ | October 23, 2015 | Martin Matishak
    Donald Trump boasts, ďIím the most militaristic person there is,Ē and that heíd build a military force so robust ďno one is going to messĒ with the U.S. Yet at his core, Trump is a businessman. So when the Republican presidential frontrunner looks at the Defense Departmentís multi-billion dollar F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program, he sees a lousy deal. During an interview with conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt, the real estate mogul said he has received briefings on the fighter jet effort and that it has ďbig problems.Ē ďIím hearing that our existing planes are better. And one of the...
  • F-35 non-standard takeoff

    10/24/2015 12:49:58 PM PDT · by gorush · 57 replies
    https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=10150113735642761 ^ | March 10, 2011 unknown | e-mailunknown
    23 seconds long ... WATCH THIS GUYS!! Read this text before watching the video - F-35 unintentional loop at takeoff on a carrier. The video is only a few seconds long. This guy clearly has brass and you know the sailors on the flight deck had a cow when they saw this unfold in front of them. Intentional? Hardly! This is unbelievable! F-35 unintentional loop at takeoff, a real "check your laundry" event. A supremely well-trained US Navy pilot, ice running in his veins instead of blood, fully regains control of his $70 million, F-35 joint strike force fighter, after...
  • First F-16V Flies But Its New Features Won't Show Up On USAF Models

    10/23/2015 5:09:20 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 1 replies
    Foxtrot Alpha ^ | October 22, 2015 | Tyler Rogoway
    Lockheedís F-16V testbed flew for the first time yesterday. This face-lift of the F-16 is almost entirely internal, but it gives the most successful 4th generation fighter a quantum leap in capabilities. But donít expect the F-16Vís game-changing features to show up on USAF F-16s anytime soon, and that is a major problem. The F-16V will be available in both upgrade form for older F-16s and in new production aircraft. This new configuration features a slew of upgrades, most notably is Northrop Grummanís APG-83 Active Electronically Scanned Array (AESA) Scalable Agile Beam Radar, also known as SABR. This new radar...
  • Big Liberal Win In Canada Is Bad News For The F-35 Joint Strike Fighter

    10/20/2015 7:37:03 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 25 replies
    Foxtrot Alpha ^ | 10/20/2015 | Tyler Rogoway
    Canada has had its very own F-35 saga over the last decade. In Ottawa, the beleaguered jet is so politically controversial that its procurement has become a major policy differential between the parties. Now, with the Liberals winning yesterdayís vote, it seems nearly impossible for the F-35 to find a home with Americaís neighbor to the north. Just last month, Liberal Party leader Justin Trudeau made it clear that he intends to scrap the F-35 program all together. In its place he intends to run an transparent competition to choose a more affordable fighter. Even without Trudeauís recent comments, it...
  • Lockheed prepares for F-35 program to take off

    10/04/2015 5:14:13 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 23 replies
    Star-Telegram ^ | OCTOBER 2, 2015 | MAX B. BAKER AND STEVE KASKOVICH
    FORT WORTH- An F-35 taxis out of a hangar at the Lockheed Martin Aeronautics plant and proceeds to the edge of a runway, the view of the Fort Worth skyline shimmering in the August heat. A smaller sleek F-16, acting as a chase plane, pulls up behind the F-35 and slowly follows the futuristic stealth fighter as it prepares to take off on another test flight. Soon the two Lockheed Martin jets ó representing the Fort Worth plantís past and future ó take off in a loud roar, quickly becoming small specks in the sky. Over the next few years,...
  • Everyone Who Wanted More F-22s Is Being Proven Right

    10/03/2015 12:27:17 PM PDT · by zeestephen · 14 replies
    Fox Trot Alpha ^ | 25 September 2015 | Tyler Rogoway
    As if they suddenly came to an epiphany, the United States Air Force brass is now admitting what many of us have been screaming about for so long: We didnít build nearly enough F-22s, and the F-35 cannot simply pick up the slack.
  • Inside Britain's £100million stealth fighter that will put the wind up Putin and ISIS

    10/01/2015 5:32:56 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 6 replies
    mail Online ^ | 29 September 2015 | LARISA BROWN
    At the touch of a red button, an RAF pilot obliterates jihadist militants in Syria with a laser-guided missile Ė moments after blowing up an enemy warplane that never saw him coming. This is the worldís most advanced stealth fighter jet, which will soon fly secret missions blitzing enemy strongholds. Britain has so far bought eight F-35b Lightning II jets which are set to fly off two UK aircraft carriers, along with American jets, by 2020. The Daily Mail was given access to the cockpit of the aircraft yesterday as a simulator created a scenario in which the warplane would...
  • Israel to request exclusive use of F-35 in Middle East

    09/25/2015 5:40:32 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 12 replies
    Flightglobal ^ | 25 SEPTEMBER, 2015 | ARIE EGOZI
    Israel is expected to request exclusive access, among Middle Eastern nations, to some US technologies Ė including the Lockheed Martin F-35 Ė as part of a "compensation package" being sought following Washington's support earlier this year for a lifting of economic and trade sanctions on Iran. Likely equipment requests involve additional F-35s, Boeing KC-46A tankers, Bell Boeing V-22 tiltrotors and advanced precision-guided weapons which have yet to be exported by the USA, including bunker-busting weapons. Israel also wants to acquire undisclosed electronic systems that would be crucial to maintain its ability to perform long-range strike missions. The nation's defence ministry...
  • Air Force Instructs Airmen To Say ĎPositive Thingsí About Troubled F-35

    09/23/2015 5:47:44 PM PDT · by markomalley · 40 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 9/23/15 | Jonah Bennett
    An Air Force public affairs document marked ďnot for public useĒ instructs airmen to praise the troubled F-35 program and to ďdebunk false narrativesĒ in reports surrounding the F-35.The eight-page document explicitly asks airmen to shill for the program by emphasizing ďthe importance of the Air Force fielding the capability and having the capacity to best support combatant commander needs,Ē reports David Axe at War is Boring.The document bashes reports the aircraft is too expensive, is behind schedule and wonít be able to achieve its mission. And it provides airmen with a list of convenient, ready-to-use answers to rely on...
  • U.S. Refuses to Transfer Key Tech for Fighter Jet Project (F-35 for Korea)

    09/22/2015 6:07:37 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 11 replies
    The Chosun Ilbo ^ | September 22, 2015
    The U.S. has refused to transfer core technologies connected to the next-generation F-35 fighter jets to Korea, throwing plans to acquire 40 of them for the Air Force into disarray. Lockheed Martin, the manufacturer, had agreed in negotiations in September last year to transfer the technologies to Korea. But U.S. government intervention means the entire project worth W20 trillion is up in the air (US$1=W1,177). According to data New Politics Alliance for Democracy lawmaker Ahn Gyu-baek obtained from the Defense Acquisition Program Administration, the military signed the contract with Lockheed Martin last September to buy 40 F-35As for W7.34 trillion....
  • Pentagon officials call into question tests used to certify F-35

    09/16/2015 5:22:59 AM PDT · by maddog55 · 8 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 02:56 EST, 16 September 2015 | Dailymail.com Reporter
    The tests used by the military on the latest breed of stealth jet, which was declared to be 'ready for combat' this spring, have been called into question by the Pentagon. The F-35, which is one of the most highly anticipated advancements in military history has had more than its fair share of problems. Now according to a report seen by the Washington Post, a top weapons tester at the Pentagon has declared the testing exercise to be 'so flawed that it 'was not an operational test Ö in either a formal or informal sense of the term.' The report...
  • Not A Big Surprise: The Marines' F-35 Operational Test Was Far From Operational

    09/14/2015 10:05:43 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 40 replies
    Foxtrot Alpha ^ | 9/14/15 | Tyler Rogoway
    The Project On Government Oversight (POGO) has a damning report on the F-35Bís shipboard ďOperational TestĒ trials that occurred last May. It paints a dismal picture of an aircraft that is so far from being ďoperationally capableĒ itís almost comical at this point. As a result, it proves what many of us already know: the Marinesí declaration of F-35B initial operational capability made this Summer was a farce. The F-35Bís Operational Test trials aboard the USS Wasp late last May were widely portrayed as a big success and proof that the troubled aircraft had progressed past many of the issues...
  • Israel to double attack range of F-35 Stealth fighter

    09/11/2015 5:47:41 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 21 replies
    GLOBES, Israel ^ | 10/09/2015 | Ran Dagoni
    The first two Lockheed-Martin F-35's, called Adir (Awesome) in Hebrew, will be delivered to the IAF in December 2016, Shortly before the US Congress votes on the nuclear agreement with Iran, Israel has publicly announced the efforts of its air force to double the flight range of the F-35 Stealth strike fighters, the fifth generation of the air force's planes. The Israeli version of the plane, manufactured by Lockheed Martin according to Israeli specifications, is called Adir (Awesome). The first two Adirs will be delivered to the Israel Air Force (IAF) in December 2016, and will join the Golden Eagle...
  • Can a New Stealth Bomber Make Up for Americaís Crappiest Warplane?

    09/09/2015 7:09:07 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 57 replies
    Daily Beast ^ | 09/09/2015 | David Axe
    The Pentagon sank $400 billion into the F-35 stealth jetóonly to have it come up way short. So theyíre working on a secret new bomber to handle the job instead. Government officials and aerospace executives have met in secret. Engineers have drawn up blueprints, crafted components, and assembled prototypes, all under strict confidentiality agreements. Lobbyists are prowling the halls of Congress and the Pentagon, smiling, shaking hands, exerting influence. For the first time in more than three decades, the Pentagon and Americaís aerospace industry are uniting to build a big, expensive, high-tech stealth bomber. And thatís a huge deal for...
  • Lockheed Worried about IDF Unauthorized ĎModificationsí in F-35

    09/07/2015 12:09:49 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 15 replies
    THEJEWISHPRESS.COM ^ | September 6th, 2015
    Israel is in the process of preparing the infrastructure and capabilities needed to start operating its first F-35 Adir (Heb = Great) stealth strike fighters by the end of 2017, Defense News reported. The first pair of Adirs will arrive by December 2016, and fly out of the IAF Nevatim Air Base in the Negev. According to the IDF blog, the new squadron of 19 F-35 jets will be incorporated into the Israeli Air Force beginning in 2019. The newly engineered fighters are a step up from the F-16I, especially with the addition of new state-of-the-art stealth technology and avionics....
  • Retired Danish fighter pilots favour the Super Hornet over the F-35 and Eurofighter

    08/21/2015 5:10:40 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 4 replies
    Ottawa Citizen ^ | August 21, 2015 | David Pugliese
    Some Defence Watch readers have been pointing to a recent article published by Politiken, a Danish newspaper. The piece was written by three former Royal Danish Air Force pilots Ė Michael Huusom, Niels Gunnar SÝrensen and Ole Ryberg. With just a few months remaining until Denmark is expected to choose a fighter jet replacement for the countryís F-16s, the three pilots compare the options Denmark is considering: Lockheed Martinís F-35, Boeingís Super Hornet, and the Eurofighter Typhoon. As one Defence Watch reader noted, the pilots argue that it is time to reassess the myth about the F-35 being the favourite...
  • Report: F-35 Inferior to Older US, Foreign Fighters

    08/18/2015 1:23:33 PM PDT · by lbryce · 44 replies
    Military.com ^ | August 11, 2015 | Travis J. Tritten
    The F-35 Lightning II passed a major milestone last month when the Marine Corps declared it operational, but the accomplishment has not silenced critics. A Washington think tank released a report Tuesday that found the 5th-generation jet Ė billed as the world's most advanced fighter Ė will be outmaneuvered in dogfights with current Russian and Chinese jets as well as the U.S. aircraft it is slated to replace. The report comes after details were leaked last month on a test flight where the F-35 was bested in most aerial maneuvering by an F-16. "The F-35 will find itself outmaneuvered, outgunned,...
  • More troubling results from the new F-35 Lightning: Outmaneuvered, outgunned by the MiG-29?

    08/15/2015 6:36:09 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 66 replies
    Hotair ^ | 08/15/2015 | Jazz Shaw
    Last month we talked about some early flight test reports which hinted that the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter might be in trouble after years of development and hundreds of billions of dollars of funding. At that time the military was evaluating the jet in early tests against our own previous generation fighters and the results were mixed at best. Now that the aircraft has been at least initially approved, additional analysis is coming in. One such study is broken down by Martin Matishak at the Fiscal Times and, rather than stacking up the Lightning against our own Tomcats and...
  • F'd: How the U.S. and Its Allies Got Stuck with the World's Worst New Warplane

    08/14/2015 11:39:31 AM PDT · by C19fan · 32 replies
    Real Clear Defense ^ | August 14, 2015 | David Axe
    From all the recent sounds of celebrating coming out of Washington, D.C., you might think the Pentagonís biggest, priciest and most controversial warplane development had accelerated right past all its problems. The price tagócurrently an estimated $1 trillion to design, build and operate 2,400 copiesóis steadily going down. Production of dozens of the planes a year for the Air Force, Navy and Marine Corps is getting easier. Daily flight tests increasingly are hitting all the right marks. Or so proponents would have you believe.
  • Report Argues That The F-35 Is Totally Inferior To Foreign Fighters

    08/12/2015 1:55:37 PM PDT · by Nachum · 80 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 8/12/15 | Jonah Bennett
    A new report released by the National Security Network argues that the F-35 is ultimately inferior relative to foreign fighters and even older aircraft models in the U.S. arsenal. As the most expensive weapons program in Pentagon history, at an estimated cost of $1.4 trillion, the F-35 has attracted a significant amount of both praise and negative attention. Gen. Joseph Dunford recently stated that while heíll consider reviewing the total number of F-35s that the DOD is planning to purchase, the overall program will be left intact, dimming the hopes of some critics who think that the program should be...
  • Chinaís Expert Fighter Designer Knows Jets, Avoids Americaís Mistakes

    07/30/2015 5:55:15 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 16 replies
    War is Boring ^ | July 29, 2015 | ROBERT BECKHUSEN
    There’s aircraft designers, and then there’s ace designers. There are thousands of engineers around the world producing planes, but ace designers only come along once every few decades. The United States had Kelly Johnson, the designer of the SR-71 Blackbird. Germany’s Willy Messerschmitt produced a line of famous fighter planes. The Soviet Union’s Mikhail Simonov created the muscular Su-27 fighter-bomber to compete with America’s F-15 Eagle. Each of these aces were highly skilled, but they also owed much of their success to circumstance. They came along when their respective governments invested millions — or billions — of dollars into transforming brainpower into cutting-edge combat...