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  • US Senate passes defense bill to ban Turkey from buying F-35 Fighter jets

    05/26/2018 9:15:04 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 14 replies
    A U.S. Senate committee passed a $716 billion defense policy bill on Thursday, including a measure to prevent Turkey from purchasing Lockheed Martin F-35 Joint Strike Fighter jets.The amendment to the National Defense Authorisation Act, from Democratic Senator Jeanne Shaheen and Republican Senator Thom Tillis, would remove Turkey from the F-35 program over its detention of U.S. citizen Andrew Brunson, Shaheen’s office said.Brunson, a Christian pastor who may be jailed for up to 35 years, has denied terrorism and spying charges in a Turkish court this month. He has been in pre-trial detention since 2016.It also faults NATO ally Turkey...
  • Israel Might Have the Ultimate Weapon: Custom-Built F-35 Stealth Fighters

    05/26/2018 7:26:04 AM PDT · by BBell · 18 replies
    http://nationalinterest.org/ ^ | 5/25/18 | Sebastien Roblin
    On May 22, Israeli Air Force commander Amikam Norkin announced that its F-35I stealth fighters had flown on two combat missions on “different fronts,” showing as proof a photograph of an F-35 overflying Beirut. While details on those missions have not been released—apparently, they were not deployed in a massive Israeli air attack on Iranian forces in Syria that took place on May 9—this nonetheless apparently confirmed the first combat operations undertaken by any variant of the controversial stealth jet, which is currently entering service with the militaries of ten countries after undergoing over two decades of development. In fact,...
  • U.S. Senate defense bill would bar Turkey from buying F-35 jets

    05/26/2018 6:30:44 AM PDT · by BBell · 11 replies
    https://www.reuters.com/ ^ | 5/24/18 | Patricia Zengerle
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. Senate committee passed its version of a $716 billion defense policy bill on Thursday, including a measure to prevent Turkey from purchasing Lockheed Martin F-35 Joint Strike Fighter jets.The amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act, or NDAA, from Democratic Senator Jeanne Shaheen and Republican Senator Thom Tillis, would remove Turkey from the F-35 program over its detention of U.S. citizen Andrew Brunson, Shaheen’s office said. Brunson, a Christian pastor who could be jailed for up to 35 years, denied terrorism and spying charges in a Turkish court this month. He has been in pre-trial...
  • IAF commander: Israel first to use F-35 jet in combat

    05/22/2018 8:52:18 AM PDT · by MtnClimber · 15 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 22 May, 2018 | Anna Ahronheim
    Israel has struck targets in the Middle East with the F-35 Adir stealth fighter jet twice, Israel Air Force Commander Maj.-Gen. Amikam Norkin said Tuesday, becoming the first country to use the US-made jet in combat. “We are flying the F-35 all over the Middle East. It had become part of our operational capabilities. We are the first to attack using the F-35 in the Middle East and have already attacked twice on different fronts,” he said during the IAF Senior Air Force Conference in Herzilya. Norkin made the comments while showing a picture of one Israeli F-35 flying over...
  • Israel becomes first country in the world to use F-35 stealth fighter in combat [tr]

    05/22/2018 5:29:54 AM PDT · by C19fan · 36 replies
    Reuters ^ | May 22, 2018 | Staff
    Israel has become the first country to have used the U.S.-made F-35 stealth fighter jets in combat, the Israeli air force chief said on Tuesday. Major-General Amikam Norkin said Israel is operating the fighter planes 'all over the Middle East' and have used them in attacks on two different fronts - believed to be Syria and Lebanon. Maj. Gen. Norkin claimed that the planes had come under fire in Syria, but had been able to avoid '100 ground to air missiles'.
  • This Is What A Boeing F-32 Would've Looked Like If Lockheed Lost The JSF Competition

    05/20/2018 5:00:03 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 31 replies
    The Drive ^ | MAY 19, 2018 | TYLER ROGOWAY
    In 2001, Boeing's X-32 stood off against Lockheed's X-35 in a fly-off for the massively lucrative Joint Strike Fighter contract. Making a stealth fighter capable of carrying a significant payload while also having a version that can take off in short distances and land vertically was quite the task, and both companies went about solving the problem very differently. In the end, the X-32 lost to the X-35 for a number of reasons that we will get into in a future post, but many who were taken aback by the X-32's 'unique' looks didn't realize that Boeing had already planned...
  • 6th Generation Swede: The Saab Gripen E

    05/16/2018 8:31:31 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 27 replies
    Hush-Kit ^ | May 12, 2018
    Is the Gripen E too good to be true? Hushkit met Richard Smith the Head of Marketing & Sales for the Saab Gripen to find out more. When I interviewed the widely respected aviation journalist Bill Sweetman in 2013, I pointed out the Typhoon, F-22 and F-35 programmes have all received a great deal of criticism, but could he give an example of a well-run military aircraft project? He replied: “Almost anything from the land of blondes, aquavit and IKEA.” In an article Sweetman wrote for Aviation Week he argued that there the case for describing the forthcoming Gripen E/F...
  • Three U.S. senators move to block F-35 transfers to Turkey

    04/27/2018 4:48:04 AM PDT · by huldah1776 · 19 replies
    U.S. News & World Report ^ | April 26, 2018 | Reuters Staff
    WASHINGTON (REUTERS) - Three U.S. senators introduced a measure on Thursday aimed at blocking the transfer of Lockheed Martin's F-35 Joint Strike Fighter to Turkey, a NATO ally and one of nine partner nations involved in producing the high-tech, radar-evading aircraft. The bill, by Republicans James Lankford and Thom Tillis, and Democrat Jeanne Shaheen, comes at a time of deteriorating relations between the United States and Turkey, which supported the fight against Islamic State but has become increasingly worried about U.S. backing for Kurdish fighters in north Syria. snip Turkey plans to buy more than 100 of the F-35 aircraft....
  • Eurofighter doubts U.S. will use nuclear certification to tilt German jets bid

    04/25/2018 8:38:19 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 12 replies
    Reuters ^ | April 25, 2018 | Andrea Shalal
    BERLIN (Reuters) - The head of Eurofighter on Wednesday said he did not expect the United States to slow certification of the European fighter’s ability to carry nuclear weapons as a way to influence a competition to replace Germany’s aging 90 Tornado jets. The Eurofighter is a joint project between British defense group BAE, European airplane maker Airbus and Italy’s Leonardo. Airbus and Eurofighter on Tuesday submitted six binders of information to the German defense ministry, which has said it will prioritize a European fighter, but has also asked for information about the Lockheed Martin F-35 fighter jet and Boeing...
  • Exclusive: Lockheed Martin to propose stealthy hybrid of F-22 and F-35 for Japan - sources

    04/22/2018 4:41:27 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 18 replies
    The decision on whether to release parts of the highly classified aircraft designs and software to help Japan stay ahead of Chinese advances will test President Donald Trump’s promise to overhaul his country’s arms export policy. The proposed aircraft “would combine the F-22 and F-35 and could be superior to both of them,” said one of the sources. Japan, which is already buying the radar-evading F-35 to modernize its inventory, also wants to introduce a separate air superiority fighter in the decade starting 2030 to deter intrusions into its airspace by Chinese and Russian jets. The country’s air force currently...
  • Lockheed Should Restart the Raptor Line If Japan Wants An F-22-F-35 Hybrid

    04/20/2018 7:34:41 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 23 replies
    The Drive ^ | APRIL 20, 2018 | TYLER ROGOWAY
    Reuters has published a report that came as little surprise to us at The War Zone regarding Tokyo's interest in having Japanese industry work with Lockheed Martin to develop a semi-indigenous fighter that combines the best attributes of the F-35 Lightning and F-22 Raptor. The Reuters report states in part: "Lockheed has discussed the idea with Japanese defense ministry officials and will make a formal proposal in response to a Japanese request for information (RFI) after it receives permission from the U.S. government to offer the sensitive military technology, said the sources, who have direct knowledge of the proposal. The...
  • F-35 completes comprehensive flight tests without a single loss or fatality

    04/18/2018 10:11:34 AM PDT · by PreciousLiberty · 23 replies
    New Atlas ^ | April 14th, 2018 | David Szondy
    Lockheed Martin's three F-35 Lightning II strike fighter variants have completed what the company called the most comprehensive flight test program in aviation history. On April 11 at US Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Maryland, Navy test aircraft CF-2 carrying external 2,000-lb (907-kg) GBU-31 Joint Direct Attack Munitions (JDAM) and AIM-9X Sidewinder heat-seeking missiles completed the final developmental test flight of the System Development and Demonstration (SDD) phase of the program. According to Lockheed, a team of over a thousand SDD flight test engineers, maintainers, pilots, and support personnel completed full flight-envelope tests on all three variants of the F-35,...
  • The F-22 and F-35 Are America's Best Fighters (but They Can't Communicate)

    04/14/2018 1:59:33 PM PDT · by BBell · 14 replies
    http://nationalinterest.org/ ^ | 4/7/18 | Paul Szoldra
    The Air Force plans to start fixing the problem by 2021, according to Bloomberg. It will probably cost a fortune, so if you have the means, it may be good to check out some Lockheed stock. The F-35 Lightning II jet can’t communicate all that well with its little brother the F-22 Raptor. Because of course it can’t. Just like a government-built round peg that’s supposed to go into a square hole, the F-22’s communications systems can’t send its “most sensitive data” to other planes besides other F-22s since they are different from everything else, including the F-35, according to...
  • Exclusive: Pentagon Stops Accepting Lockheed F-35 Jets Over Repair Cost Dispute

    04/12/2018 6:16:11 AM PDT · by BBell · 9 replies
    http://www.oann.com/ ^ | 4/11/18 | Mike Stone
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Department of Defense has stopped accepting most deliveries of F-35 jets from Lockheed Martin Corp because of a dispute over who will cover costs for fixing a production error, three people familiar with the matter said. Lockheed confirmed on Wednesday that the Pentagon had halted deliveries of the jet over a contractual issue, but did not give further details. Last year, the Pentagon stopped accepting F-35s for 30 days after discovering corrosion where panels were fastened to the airframe, an issue that affected more than 200 of the stealthy jets. Once a fix had been...
  • Air Showdown: America's F-22 & F-35 Stealth Fighters vs. Russia's S-400 (Who Wins?)

    04/09/2018 12:49:58 PM PDT · by Mariner · 33 replies
    The National Interest ^ | April 9th, 2018 | Dave Majumdar
    Russian air defenses may appear formidable as part of Moscow’s increasingly sophisticated anti-access/area denial (A2/AD) capability, but areas protected by these systems are far from impenetrable bubbles or 'Iron Domes’ as some analysts have called them. While it is true that a layered and integrated air defense may effectively render large swaths of airspace too costly—in terms of men and materiel—to attack using conventional fourth generation warplanes such as the Boeing F/A-18E/F Super Hornet or Lockheed Martin F-16 Fighting Falcon, these systems have an Achilles’ Heel. Russian air defenses will still struggle to effectively engage fifth-generation stealth aircraft such as...
  • UAE banks on Trump to turn F-35 ban upside-down

    04/04/2018 9:25:41 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 5 replies
    Arabian Aerospace ^ | 3 April 2018
    The Lockheed Martin F-35A Joint Strike Fighter promises to bring advanced operational capabilities to those air forces that operate it, and to allow a previously unknown degree of interoperability and harmonization with the US Air Force. Advanced sensors, low observability (‘stealth’) and connectivity combine to give unmatched mission performance and survivability, and the aircraft is increasingly being seen as something that no air force that aspires to ‘full spectrum’ capability can do without. At the same time, development of the F-35A has been beset by technical, political and cost difficulties, and Lockheed Martin and the US Government have been keen...
  • One of America's Top Allies Has Lots to Say About the F-35

    04/02/2018 9:01:06 AM PDT · by BBell · 19 replies
    http://nationalinterest.org ^ | February 16, 2017 | Brendan Nicholson
    Within days, Australians will get to see the first of the RAAF’s new Joint Strike Fighters—just months after the jet’s noisiest critics told an inquiry it was a ‘jackass of all trades and masterful of none’. Two members of the Air Power Australia group went on to tell the Senate committee the aircraft was ‘a broken and obsolete design, unsuitable for modern combat’. The reality, say Australian fighter pilots and senior members of the ADF with intimate knowledge of the JSF’s capability, is vastly different. RAAF chief, Air Marshal Leo Davies, tells The Strategist that while the JSF, now officially...
  • Amir Tsarfati's update on the Gaza confrontation and the U.S. role in Syria & more

    03/31/2018 1:53:10 PM PDT · by firebrand · 15 replies
    Behold Israel YouTube Channel ^ | March 31, 2018 | Amir Tsarfati
    An excellent update that should not be missed for anyone following the current scene at the Israeli border with Gaza, and also, even more important, a spot-on discussion of America's involvement in Syria. The UN's always anti-Israeli take on things, the Israeli F-35 surveillance flights over Iran, the Saudi reaction to Trump's comment on "soon" removal of troops from Syria, and more. The Easter teaching comes tomorrow and promises to be a beautiful one. Can't wait. Happy Spring Holidays to all, in my new PC vocabulary.
  • Report: Israeli Stealth Fighters Fly over Iran

    03/29/2018 2:44:13 PM PDT · by noiseman · 53 replies
    The Jerusalem Post ^ | 3/29/18 | YASSER OKBI/ MAARIV HASHAVUA,JPOST.COM STAFF
    Two IAF F-35 Adir fighter jets entered Iranian airspace undetected, according to the Kuwaiti newspaper Al-Jarida. Two Israeli F-35 fighter jets entered Iranian airspace over the past month, Kuwaiti newspaper Al-Jarida reported on Thursday. The act is a signal of heightened regional tensions, especially in light of recent Israeli military attacks in Syria, including against Iranian bases in the country.
  • F-35: Is America's Most Expensive Weapon of War the Ultimate Failure?

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