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  • Norwegian pilot counters leaked F-35 dogfight report

    03/01/2016 3:11:46 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 16 replies ^ | 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’s 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 “Dolby” 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’s 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’s...
  • 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,...
  • How to Build a $400 Billion F-35 That Doesnt Fly

    03/16/2015 5:27:41 AM PDT · by Pan_Yan · 36 replies
    The Fiscal Times via Yahoo! Finance ^ | March 15, 2015 6:30 AM | Brianna Ehley
    The Pentagons embattled F-35 Joint Strike Fighter continues to be plagued with so many problems that it cant even pass the most basic requirements needed to fly in combat, despite soaring roughly $170 billion over budget. As the most expensive weapons program in the Pentagons history, the $400 billion and counting F-35 is supposed to be unlike any other fighter jetwith high-tech computer capabilities that can identify a combatant plane at warp speed. However, major design flaws and test failures have placed the program under serious scrutiny for yearswith auditors constantly questioning whether the jet will ever actually get off...
  • Oops: US Close-Air Support Bomb Doesn't Fit on the F-35

    03/15/2015 9:49:25 AM PDT · by rktman · 58 replies ^ | 3/14/2015 | Franz-Stefan Gady
    The F-35 Joint Strike Fighter will not receive the software package required to operate the Pentagons top close-air support bomb until 2022, according to The article also stated that the JSF office already had discovered earlier that the precision-guided air-dropped Small Diameter Bomb II (SDB II) does not fit onto Joint Strike Fighter Marine Corps variant without modifications to the aircrafts weapons bay. Yet the Department of Defense will wait until the F-35 B (the Marine Corps variant of the F-35) reaches initial operability before modifying the F-35s armament bay, since the weapon will be useless without the right...
  • Pentagons big budget F-35 fighter cant turn, cant climb, cant run

    07/15/2014 12:38:36 PM PDT · by Rodamala · 53 replies
    Reuters ^ | July 14, 2014 | David Axe
    Americans should be worried. The U.S. military has grounded all its new F-35 Joint Strike Fighters following an incident on June 23, when one of the high-tech warplanes caught fire on the runway of a Florida air base. The no-fly order which affects at least 50 F-35s at training and test bases in Florida, Arizona, California and Maryland began on the evening of July 3 and continued through July 11. To be fair, the Pentagon routinely grounds warplanes on a temporary basis following accidents and malfunctions to buy investigators time to identify problems and to give engineers time...
  • Iranian Caught Stealing Plans for DODs $1.5 Trillion Jet

    04/16/2014 7:00:23 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 32 replies
    The Fiscal Times ^ | January 16, 2014 | David Francis
    Mozaffar Khazaee, a dual U.S.-Iranian citizen who worked for defense contractor Pratt & Whitney, was arrested last week for allegedly trying to smuggle boxes of documents related to the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, the plane expected to be the Pentagons next generation fighter jet. He was picked up in New Jersey on his way to Iran.
  • Pentagon focused on resolving F-35 software issues

    04/01/2012 9:20:55 PM PDT · by U-238 · 41 replies
    Reuters ^ | Reuters
    The Pentagon is focused on resolving complex software issues on the new Lockheed Martin Corp F-35 fighter jet, even as it struggles to drive down costs, a top Pentagon official said on Friday, noting that software failures could "bring us to our knees." Air Force Major General John Thompson, the No. 2 official in charge of the huge multi-nation warplane development program, said the latest restructuring of the program had given officials enough resources and time to address future challenges. "Both the hardware and the software issues that we're addressing are all within the realm of being resolved," Thompson told...
  • F-35C meets US Navy's single-engine derision

    07/28/2009 6:39:56 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 38 replies · 3,114+ views
    Flight Global ^ | July 27, 2009 | Stephen Trimble
    F-35C meets US Navy's single-engine derision By Stephen Trimble When Lockheed Martin rolls out the F-35C on July 28, US Navy pilots will be one step closer to operating a single-engine fighter off a carrier deck. The DEW Line contributor Dave Majumdar explores this issue with an active F/A-18 pilot with more than 1,700 flying hours, who asked to remain anonymous. If there is any doubt that the US Navy aviation community will accept a single-engine fighter, such as the F-35C, one pilot has a clear answer: That "decision has been made" already and, after all, "the Navy is not...
  • New Fighter Jet: Controversial Future of the U.S. Fleet (F-35)

    11/09/2008 2:10:26 PM PST · by decimon · 35 replies · 1,605+ views
    Live Science ^ | Nov. 8, 2008 | Dave Majumdar
    The F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) is slated to become the backbone of the U.S. tactical aviation fleet. This ambitious program aims to replace the combined U.S. Defense Department arsenal of F-16 Fighting Falcons, F/A-18 Hornets, A-10 Thunderbolts, and the AV-8B Harrier combat aircraft with a single platform capable of being adapted to the divergent needs of the U.S. Air Force, the U.S. Navy, and the U.S. Marine Corps. The new fighter will not only replace those rapidly aging aircraft in the colossal American inventory, but the jet is also expected to become the mainstay of Allied air...
  • Canada raises the spectre of abandoning Lockheeds F-35

    03/16/2012 3:46:14 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 8 replies
    Flight International ^ | 03/16/2012 | Dave Majumdar
    Canada raises the spectre of abandoning Lockheeds F-35 Analysts say Lockheed Martin's F-35 Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) doesn't meet Canada's requirements even as earlier this week a top Canadian official raised the spectre of leaving the programme. "We have not as yet discounted the possibility of backing out of the program," Canadian associate defence minister Julian Fantino told Canada's parliament on 13 March. "The determinate decision has not yet been made about whether we're going to purchase, buy, [and] acquire the F-35," he adds. The Canadian government, lead by prime minister Stephen Harper's Conservative Party has been a particularly vocal...
  • 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...
  • No more money to cover F-35 delays, says USAF

    03/23/2012 6:16:52 AM PDT · by Yo-Yo · 4 replies
    Flight International ^ | 22 March 2012 | Dave Majumdar
    The US Air Force's top civilian leaders say that orders for the Lockheed Martin F-35 Joint Strike Fighter will be cut if costs continue to rise. "We have told the contractor and the programme office that there is no more money," USAF secretary Michael Donley told the US Senate Armed Services Committee on 20 March. "To the extent that if there continues to be cost growth or challenges it's going to be paid for by tails." Donley said that a fiscal year 2013 budget decision to defer production of some aircraft will cost money, but that those numbers are not...
  • F-35 Fighter Costs: Six Ways To Make A Bargain Seem Unaffordable

    03/26/2012 8:53:06 PM PDT · by Neil E. Wright · 4 replies · 40+ views
    Forbes Online ^ | 03/26/2012 | Loren Thompson
    The X-35 Joint Strike Fighter demonstrator performs flight tests at Edwards Air Force Base, California (Photo credit: Wikipedia) The tortured path of the Pentagon’s biggest weapon program is beginning to look like a case study in poor management. The problem isn’t the F-35 fighter, which is making steady progress towards becoming the best tactical aircraft ever built. The problem is a federal acquisition culture that has grown so risk-averse it no longer cares about long-term consequences. That bureaucratic myopia will be in abundant display next month, when the Department of Defense releases updated cost estimates for the fighter program. The...
  • Canadian govt. braces for F-35 report

    03/21/2012 7:41:38 PM PDT · by U-238 · 7 replies · 1+ views
    UPI ^ | 3/21/2012 | UPI
    Canada's government is nervously awaiting an Auditor General's report, which is expected to be highly critical of the F-35 fighter jet procurement program. Some commentators have said that in the aftermath of the report, the government may retreat into a "wait and see" attitude on the project, gauging further developments both in the United States and abroad before making a final decision on purchasing the aircraft. That process could take up to a year. Cost overruns and technical delays have contributed to rising concern with the $382 billion Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter program. The General Accounting...
  • F-35 Reaches Critical Juncture After Strong Year, Official Says

    03/21/2012 4:34:17 PM PDT · by U-238 · 6 replies · 1+ views
    Defense Talk ^ | Wednesday, March 21st, 2012 | American Forces Press Service
    The F-35 Lightning II joint strike fighter program -- the centerpiece of future tactical aviation and a key to implementing new military strategic guidance -- made strong progress in its development last year, a defense official said today. Frank Kendall, acting undersecretary of defense for acquisition, technology and logistics, told the House Armed Services Committee that the fighter aircraft is essential to the Defense Department, and that it made "strong progress" in 2011. "Last fall, the department engaged in a strategy and budget review, where everything -- and I do mean everything -- was on the table," Kendall said. "After...
  • UK Aircraft carriers 'may get jump jets'

    03/19/2012 8:51:26 PM PDT · by U-238 · 27 replies
    British Forces News ^ | 3/19/2012 | Kaija Larke
    It is reported that spiralling costs for the new aircraft carrier programme could force the Government to scrap the cat and trap version of the new Joint Strike Fighter in favour of a jump-jet variant. The Guardian and the Telegraph newspapers both report Defence Secretary Philip Hammond wants a U-turn after projected costs for modifying the carriers to take the F-35C fighters reached as much as two billion pounds. It is understood Prime Minister David Cameron has been warned the carrier programme could be delayed by as much as seven years or until 2027 if existing plans are...
  • 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...
  • Ron Pauls Soros Defense Plan

    01/02/2012 8:38:41 AM PST · by mnehring · 89 replies
    It was recently observed that Ron Paul was to the left of Obama on national security and the best evidence for that statement can be found when one year ago Ron Paul joined forces with Barney Frank​ on a proposal to gut national defense via a panel of experts, quite a few of whom were tied to George Soros​. In July 2010, Barney Frank and Ron Paul co-authored a Huffington Post article rolling out their Sustainable Defense Task Force. The Task Force “consisting of experts on military expenditures that span the ideological spectrum” would recommend a trillion dollars in defense...
  • New cracks stop vertical landings on some F-35Bs

    11/18/2011 2:06:29 PM PST · by Yo-Yo · 17 replies
    Flight Global ^ | 11/18/2011 | Stephen Trimble
    Three of the five developmental Lockheed Martin F-35Bs have developed tiny cracks in a lift fan-related component which prevent the flight-test aircraft from reconfiguring in flight and landing vertically. Two flight-test aircraft - BF-1 and BF-2 - are now being modified with a redesigned actuator support beam, according to the joint programme office. BF-4 has also developed "hairline" cracks in the same part, but is continuing to fly in conventional mode only until the part is modified, the programme said. The potential for cracks to develop in the actuator support beam was identified several years ago. A redesigned beam was...
  • F-35B makes 1st vertical landing on US Navy vessel

    10/04/2011 8:46:41 PM PDT · by Jeff Head · 51 replies
    JEFFHEAD.COM ^ | Ocotber 5, 2011 | Jeff Head
    The F-35B, the VSTOL version of the Joint Strike Fighter made its first vertical landing on a US Navy Amphibious assault Ship, the USS Wasp LHD-1. F-35B makes vertical landing on USS Wasp, LHD-01 Here is the link to a video of the same: F-35B Makes 1st Vertical Landing onboard a US Navy LHD
  • Save the Lightning (F-35)

    09/06/2011 9:56:30 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 19 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | September 6, 2011 | Thomas Donnelly
    Save the Lightning Why we need the F-35 By Thomas Donnelly The Weekly Standard Tuesday, September 6, 2011 Thanks to the provisions of the Budget Control Act and the subsequent directions of President Obama's budget director, Jack Lew, the Department of Defense is figuring out how to trim $1 trillion from its current and planned budgets. Perhaps the principal target in the sights is the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program (aka the Lightning II)—a fact that neatly encapsulates the Pentagon's severe budgetary, programmatic, operational, and strategic problems. It's only modest hyperbole to conclude that as fares the Lightning, so fares...
  • Meet the F-35B: US Marine Corps' (Premier) Version of Lockheed-Martin's 'Lightning II'

    09/06/2011 6:31:04 AM PDT · by Reaganite Republican · 29 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | September 6, 2011 | Reaganite Republican
    The USMC's own Joint Strike Fighter(JSF) variantbrings unique STOVL capabilities... Descended from the X-35 prototype, the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program is primarily funded by the US and UK in an effort to replace aging fleets across all services- lead contractor on the massive project being Lockheed Martin. To this point, only 13 test aircraft of all types have been constructed- most are in test/trainer service, and the stealthy single-seat, single-engine (Mach 1.6) fighters average $122M a copy. The Defense Department is planning to buy over 2400 planes, making it the most expensive defense program in US history... although...
  • Entire U.S. Stealth Fighter Fleet Grounded

    In past few decades, the U.S. Air Force has spent untold billions researching and developing a family of stealth fighter jets that are supposed to be generations ahead of any dogfighters in the sky. But after building more than 170 F-22 Raptors and a handful of F-35 Joint Strike Fighters, not a single one is available for service. The Air Force currently has zero flyable stealth fighters. None.
  • F-35 grounding explained

    08/09/2011 7:54:58 PM PDT · by Yo-Yo · 10 replies
    Australian Aviation ^ | Wednesday August 10 2011
    Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Executive Vice President and F-35 program head, Tom Burbage, was in Canberra on August 9 to brief media on the latest developments with the JSF program. During the briefing, Burbage explained that the 20-strong JSF fleets recent grounding was a precautionary measure following the failure of an Integrated Power Pack (IPP) - a large APU-like component which provides starting power for the main engine and doubles to provide bleed air to cool the aircrafts systems - on one of the flight test articles at Edwards AFB, AF-4. The airplanes are in a stop mode right now because...
  • Officers feared purchase of Super Hornets a ploy to cut JSF orders

    08/04/2011 8:59:49 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 1 replies
    The Australian ^ | August 05, 2011 | Mark Dodd
    Officers feared purchase of Super Hornets a ploy to cut JSF orders # Mark Dodd # From: The Australian FEARING orders for the Joint Strike Fighter aircraft would be cut, Senior Royal Australian Air Force officers assured the Howard government the ageing fleet of F-111 bombers could fly until mid 2013. Launched this week, Air Force, by News Limited journalist Ian McPhedran, details the claims made by former Defence Minister Brenadan Nelson that the government's surprise decision to buy 24 Super Hornets prompted the air force officers' fears that future JSF orders would be cut. Dr Nelson said it became...
  • On the Marines' Wish List: A Pricey Jet Fighter

    07/29/2011 10:55:14 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 21 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | JULY 30, 2011 | NATHAN HODGE
    On the Marines' Wish List: A Pricey Jet Fighter . By NATHAN HODGE NAVAL AIR STATION PATUXENT RIVER, Md.As Washington flirts with default, the U.S. Marine Corps ferried journalists Friday to a Navy base in southern Maryland to view an exotic spectacle: the new Marine stealth jet, the F-35B Joint Strike Fighter, taking off and landing. According to military officials, this was the media's first chance to see the supersonic aircraft's most unique feature, its ability to hover and land vertically. It was also a chance for the Marine Corps to argue for keeping the program funded in an era...
  • US Debt Crisis Further Delays Australias Purchase of New F-35s

    07/26/2011 8:03:17 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 5 replies
    US Debt Crisis Further Delays Australias Purchase of New F-35s As the US government grapples on addressing its budget issues, Australia's planned upgrade on its air defence capability could run into more glitches, according to the country's defence chief. Already hampered by delays and rising costs, Australia's proposed purchase of F-35 combat planes from the United States could meet new issues as the US Congress and US President Barack Obama struggle to strike a compromise that would resolve America's debt crisis, according to Defence Minister Stephen Smith. With the two branches of the US government currently deadlocked on any possible...
  • Risks in British Switch to Carrier Version of F-35 Identified

    07/18/2011 9:15:29 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 12 replies
    AIN Online ^ | July 18, 2011 | Chris Pocock
    Risks in British Switch to Carrier Version of F-35 Identified By: Chris Pocock July 18, 2011 A report by the UKs National Audit Office (NAO) has listed some risks arising from the decision by UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) to switch its Joint Strike Fighter selection from the F-35B STOVL (short takeoff and vertical landing) version to the F-35C carrier version. The decision was part of a defense review that delayed the in-service date of one of two new aircraft carriers to which the MoD was already fully committed, until 2018. The other new carrier will be kept in reserve...
  • First F-35 arrives at Eglin

    07/15/2011 7:20:01 AM PDT · by saminfl · 18 replies
    Northwest Florida Daily News ^ | July 15, 2011 | ANGEL McCURDY
    First F-35 arrives at Eglin By ANGEL McCURDY Northwest Florida Daily News 315-4432 |   EGLIN AFB — The first F-35 landed at the 33rd Fighter Wing on Thursday to applause and cheers. The first production model of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter arrived at Eglin Air Force Base about 1:15 p.m. from Lockheed Martin’s production plant in Fort Worth, Texas. “This is an extremely exciting day for us. We’ve been waiting two years for this day,” Col. Andrew Toth, commander of the 33rd, said as he waited for the jet to arrive. “Having it here is just outstanding....
  • Israel sticks to F-35 despite possible lag to 2018

    05/09/2011 8:49:05 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 16 replies
    Reuters Alertnet ^ | 09 May 2011 | Dan Williams
    Israel sticks to F-35 despite possible lag to 2018 Israel sticks to F-35 despite possible lag to 2018 09 May 2011 11:30 Source: reuters // Reuters JERUSALEM, May 9 (Reuters) - Israel may get its first F-35 warplanes, seen as a bulwark against arch-enemy Iran, from the United States only in 2018 due to production delays, an Israeli newspaper said on Monday. But the Haaretz daily said Israel is unlikely to buy jets from a rival American manufacturer as a stop-gap. Israel bought around 20 of the radar-evading Lockheed Martin Corp F-35s, along with ancillary equipment, for $2.75 billion last...
  • With F-35 delay, IAF looking at purchase of used F-15s

    04/13/2011 8:13:48 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 8 replies
    The Jerusalem Post ^ | 04/13/2011 | YAAKOV KATZ
    With F-35 delay, IAF looking at purchase of used F-15s By YAAKOV KATZ 13/04/2011 Delivery of Joint Strike Fighter only expected in 2018, air force considers buying used squadron from US, upgrading older jets. Fearing major delays to the Joint Strike Fighter, the IAF is exploring whether to purchase a used squadron of F-15 fighter jets from the US Air Force, as it faces a possible drop in its number of combat aircraft. Israel decided to purchase a squadron of 20 F-35 stealth fifth-generation JSFs, which are made by Lockheed Martin, last year in a massive $2.75 billion deal, to...
  • Venlet Briefs Foreign JSF Partners In Rome

    11/18/2010 11:27:51 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 3 replies
    Aviation Week and Space technology ^ | 11/15/2010 | Amy Butler
    Senior U.S. defense and Lockheed Martin officials have wrapped up a semi-annual Joint Executive Steering Board meeting with international Joint Strike Fighter partners in Rome, a defense official says. The Nov. 11 session came just after the chairmen of a White House-chartered deficit-reduction commission proposed sharply curtailing U.S. orders for the single-engine F-35. The political bombshell, and the forthcoming technical baseline review (TBR), which will establish new schedule and cost guidelines for the stealthy fighter program, might have hijacked discussions even if they were not on the formal agenda for the meetings, according to one official. Navy Vice Adm. David...
  • Major F-35B Component Cracks In Fatigue Test

    11/17/2010 5:00:55 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 17 replies
    Aviation Week and Space Technology ^ | 11/17/2010 | Bill Sweetman
    The aft bulkhead of the F-35B BH-1 fatigue-test specimen has developed cracks after 1,500 hours of durability testing, Ares has learned. This is less than one-tenth of the planned fatigue test program, which is designed to prove an 8,000-hour airframe life with a safety factor of two. The bulkhead design was modified in the course of the jet's weight-saving redesign in 2004-05, switching from forged titanium - proven on the F-22 - to a new aluminum forging process developed by Alcoa. According to Lockheed Martin,"the cracks were discovered during a special inspection when a test engineer discovered an anomaly." The...
  • Scrap the MMRCA, buy US F-35s

    10/19/2010 12:54:45 AM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 7 replies
    Business Standard ^ | 10/19/2010 | Ajai Shukla
    Given the global buzz around the Indian Air Forces (IAFs) ongoing $10-billion procurement of 126 medium multi-role combat aircraft (MMRCA), my suggestion to scrap the process and, instead, go in for a straight buy of Lockheed Martins F-35 Lightening II fighters is admittedly radical. But consider this: when the F-35 enters service, a couple of years from now, it will comfortably outclass every one of the six fighters that the IAF is currently evaluating. Thereafter, through the entire 30-40 year service life of the selected MMRCA, the IAF will fly a second-rung fighter when it could have gotten the best....
  • F-35 flight testing resumes after software glitch is fixed

    10/06/2010 11:01:04 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 22 replies
    Star Telegram ^ | 10/6/2010 | Bob Cox
    Flight testing of F-35 jets has resumed after a one-week grounding to fix a potentially hazardous software glitch. One of the two F-35A models, like those that will be built for the Air Force and most foreign customers, flew late Tuesday at Edwards Air Force Base in California and was scheduled to fly again late Wednesday. New software had to be installed in all six of the aircraft in flight testing and two others that have been flown but are undergoing follow-up service work. Flying was stopped after ground testing found that software controlling fuel pumps could shut down the...
  • F-35: Centerpiece of 21st century global security

    07/19/2010 6:49:40 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 29 replies · 1+ views ^ | 7/19/2010 | John R. Kent
    The 5th generation F-35 Lightning II stealth fighter will serve as the centrepiece for 21st century global security while strengthening international political and industrial partnerships, a senior Lockheed Martin F-35 executive said Monday at the Farnborough Air Show. "As we continue to define what a next generation multirole fighter is and bring to the world a profound increase in capability over the best existing fighters, Im most proud that were able to do it affordablyat about the price of fourth generation aircraft," said Tom Burbage, Lockheed Martin executive vice president and general manager of F-35 Program Integration. "The program continues...
  • Dutch May Pull Out Of Next F-35 Phase

    07/01/2010 4:23:23 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 8 replies
    Aviation Week and Space Technology ^ | 07/01/2010 | Robert Wall
    The U.S. Joint Strike Fighter program office is developing options to allow the Netherlands to withdraw from the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter initial operational test and evaluation phase. A Dutch delegation recently met with U.S. officials to discuss the issue. The Dutch participation in the IOT&E phase is in limbo as a result of a combination of factors: a parliamentary move prior to recent general elections and the uncertainty over the countrys leadership owing to no clear election outcome. Prior to the election, parliament voted to end its participation in the IOT&E phase, but program supporters say the vote should...
  • Israel wants F-35 logistics center in Negev

    06/25/2010 3:09:01 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 4 replies
    Globes Online ^ | 6/26/2010 | Ran Dagoni
    Israel wants the Obama administration and Lockheed-Martin Company to set up a US-run logistics and maintenance center for the F-35 Lightning II fighter jet in the Negev, reports "Defense News", quoting US and Israeli government and industry sources. Lockheed-Martin is the chief contractor for the F-35, which is due to become the next-generation mainstay of the Israel Air Force. Defense News" says that Israeli officials consider construction of a large logistics center to be a critical factor for independent operational capabilities, especially since airports and seaports are liable to be targets of rocket and missile attacks in a war. Ministry...
  • Marine Corps F-35 goes supersonic

    06/19/2010 11:58:42 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 12 replies · 156+ views ^ | 6/14/2010 | by John R. Kent
    F-35 Joint Strike Fighter short takeoff/vertical landing (STOVL) variant flew faster than the speed of sound for the first time June 10, achieving a significant milestone. The aircraft accelerated to Mach 1.07 (727 miles per hour) on the first in a long series of planned supersonic flights. "For the first time in military aviation history, supersonic, radar-evading stealth comes with short takeoff/vertical landing capability," said Bob Price, Lockheed Martin's F-35 U.S. Marine Corps program manager. "The supersonic F-35B can deploy from small ships and austere bases near front-line combat zones, greatly enhancing combat air support with higher sortie-generation rates." The...
  • Flight Tests Of Next F-35 Block Underway

    06/13/2010 1:32:00 AM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 26 replies · 690+ views
    Aviation Week and Space Technology ^ | 6/12/2010 | Graham Warwick
    Amid restructuring and soaring cost projections, the Joint Strike Fighter is ticking off milestones that were expected months ago, but the gathering test pace must be maintained if the program is to stay on its new track and avoid further delays and cost growth. In two key milestones, the first Lockheed Martin F-35 mission-system test aircraft, BF-4, has returned to flight after modification, and the 737-based Cooperative Avionics Test Bed (CATBird) has begun flying with the latest Block 1 software for the mission system. Development of all software (on and off board) is more than 80% complete, but the mission-system...
  • IAF to pick new fighter by end of July

    06/08/2010 10:04:46 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 4 replies · 41+ views
    The Jerusalem Post ^ | 6/9/2010 | Yaakov Katz
    The defense establishment will hold a series of high-level consultations over the next month with the aim of determining, by the end of July, whether it will buy the fifth-generation stealth Joint Strike Fighter. The first meeting will be held in the coming weeks and be led by IDF Chief of General Staff Lt.- Gen. Gabi Ashkenazi as well as OC Israel Air Force Maj.-Gen. Ido Nehushtan. The second meeting, scheduled for the end of this month, will be led by Defense Ministry director-general Udi Shani. The final meeting, scheduled for July, will be headed by Defense Minister Ehud Barak....
  • Dutch parliament wants out of F-35(Update)

    05/25/2010 10:22:25 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 10 replies · 509+ views
    Star Telegram ^ | 5/25/2010 | Bob Cox
    The Dutch parliament has voted to pull out of the F-35 joint strike fighter program and cancel an order for one jet the nation has already placed, according to Defense News, which confirmed the development with the Dutch Embassy in Washington. The Netherlands was one of the first countries to sign on to the F-35 development program and one of the biggest foreign contributors. A Dutch Embassy spokesman said the decision would have to be reviewed when a new government takes office after June 9 elections. The Ministry of Defense has repeatedly reaffirmed its decision to participate in F-35 development...
  • USAF Disputes Navy F-35 Cost Projections

    05/25/2010 9:40:13 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 7 replies · 331+ views
    Aviation Week And Space Technology ^ | 5/25/2010 | Amy Butler
    USAF Air Combat Command chief Gen. William Fraser says he does not agree with the Navys projections that the F-35 will cost more to maintain than previously expected. Officials at Naval Air Systems Command (Navair) have predicted a higher cost for operating the system over 65 years than has the Joint Strike Fighters joint program office (JPO), which is managing procurement of the triservice, nine-nation aircraft. The Navair study recently stated that 65 years of sustainment for the single-engine stealthy fighter could cost about $442 billion (Fiscal 2002 dollars) more than planned. We dont agree with the Navy numbers, Fraser...
  • Navys Projected Strike Fighter Shortfall in 2017 Based on Current Usage Rates

    05/24/2010 10:07:42 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 10 replies · 312+ views
    Defense Tech ^ | 5/24/2010 | Defense Tech
    The Navy held a conference call with reporters today to shoot down any rumors that its going soft on the carrier version (F-35C) of the Joint Strike Fighter in favor of the F/A-18E/F Super Hornet. The Navy intends to buy 124 Super Hornets in a multiyear purchase plan between FY 20102013, for a grand total of 515 F/A-18E/F/G aircraft, said Rear Adm. Mike Manazir, head of naval aviation programs. But the fact that the Navy continues to buy large numbers of Super Hornets does not mean it doesnt plan to buy even more F-35s, a true game changing 5th generation...
  • The F-35 Will Cost About What An F-16 Costs

    05/03/2010 9:23:17 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 22 replies · 796+ views
    Lexington Institute ^ | 4/13/2010 | Loren B. Thompson, Ph.D.
    With the best of intentions, Congress and the Obama Administration have implemented a series of acquisition-reform measures that are making the problem worse. Efforts to clarify the cost of programs are sowing confusion. Efforts to reduce risk are raising costs. Efforts to restore confidence are undermining political support. In short, acquisition reform is backfiring. A case in point is the F-35 joint strike fighter, a program that will replace the Cold War tactical aircraft of three U.S. military services and at least nine allies with a stealthy, multi-role fighter. According to the Pentagon's most recent Selected Acquisition Report on the...
  • Israeli JSF talks end with stalemate

    04/28/2010 9:55:52 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 5 replies · 346+ views
    Flightglobal ^ | 4/27/2010 | Arie Egozi
    Two recent rounds of US/Israeli talks about the sale of Lockheed Martin F-35s to the Israeli air force have ended with the same gap that has so far prevented the signature of a letter of agreement. The talks are to resume in May, with Israeli sources saying that "more time and goodwill is needed before an agreement can be signed". Discussions have centred on major issues, including the extent to which Israel will be allowed to install its own electronic warfare systems in the stealth fighter, and the extent of industrial co-operation for its companies. The Israeli air force is...
  • Israeli helmet tested in first F-35 mission flight

    04/16/2010 8:08:29 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 4 replies · 494+ views
    Geostrategies Direct ^ | 4/16/2010 | Geostrategies Direct
    Israeli-designed helmet-mounted display unit has been included in the first mission systems-equipped flight of the Joint Strike Fighter. Lockheed Martin has used the Israeli-designed HMDS in a test flight on April 7 of the F-35 stealth fighter. L-M said the helmet-mounted display system, designed by Israel's Elbit Systems, marked the first time an F-35 was flown with mission systems. "Today's flight initiates a level of avionics capability that no fighter has ever achieved," L-M's F-35 deputy program manager Eric Branyan said. "The F-35's next-generation sensor suite enables a new capability for multi-role aircraft, collecting vast amounts of data and fusing...
  • Docs Say F-35B Too Hot, Noisy

    04/14/2010 9:15:06 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 13 replies · 799+ views
    DoD Buzz ^ | 4/12/2010 | Colin Clark
    When the Marine Corps commandant says equipment he is buying for his people works and is safe, we listen. So when Gen. James Conway told us the vertical takeoff version of the Joint Strike Fighter was not too hot to damage carriers or amphibious ships and was not too loud to harm crews or communities, we listened. So did some folks on Capitol Hill and they questioned whether the Marine leadership was singing too sweet a song. Testing documents obtained by DoD Buzz, said by congressional sources to be the most recent available, raise serious questions about the effects of...
  • Lockheed F-35 Projected Cost May Rise an Additional $51 Billion

    04/12/2010 8:30:34 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 7 replies · 423+ views
    Buisness Week ^ | 4-13-2010 | Tony Capaccio
    The cost of Lockheed Martin Corp.s F-35 fighter, the most expensive U.S. weapons program, may rise as much as $51 billion beyond the $328 billion estimate given to Congress April 1, according to a worse-case Pentagon scenario. The cost per plane would then be $155 million, 91 percent higher than the $81 million projected when the program began in 2002. The programs total cost, calculated in current dollars, would increase 64 percent to $379 billion. The Pentagons independent cost-analysis office is compiling projections to comply with a law that demands an assessment of any weapons program that exceeds its original...
  • Multipurpose Bomb Rack program reaches Milestone B

    04/11/2010 9:24:23 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 6 replies · 541+ views
    U.S. Navy Press ^ | 4/10/2010 | U.S. Navy Press
    he U.S. Navys first bomb rack design effort in four decades recently met a new milestone. The BRU-69/A multipurpose bomb rack (MPBR) received a Milestone B approval, which authorizes the program to move into the System Development and Demonstration phase. The Navy awarded the Engineering Manufacturing Development contract to Raytheon March 29. The 210-pound rack will replace the current inventory of BRU-33, BRU-41, BRU-42 and BRU-55 racks. By replacing four racks with one, the MPBR will significantly reduce the Aircraft Armament Equipment (AAE) logistical footprint, aircraft turnaround time and life-cycle cost, said Capt. Carl Chebi, NAVAIRs Precision Strike Weapons (PMA-201)...