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  • FARNBOROUGH: Fighter manufacturers enter dogfight with F-35

    07/11/2014 10:44:44 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 1 replies
    Flight International ^ | 07/11/2014 | CRAIG HOYLE
    Every two years, a select group of Western fighter manufacturers touch down at Farnborough air show to promote their wares in what is perhaps the toughest of all sales categories. As the home show for Eurofighter partner company BAE Systems, the event offers a prime opportunity to highlight the credentials of the Typhoon, as it works with allies Airbus Defence & Space and Finmeccanica’s Alenia Aermacchi to add to their operators list. Austria, Germany, Italy, Saudi Arabia, Spain and the UK have together received more than a combined 400 examples so far, and Oman is under contract to field 12...
  • New U.S. Stealth Jet Can’t Hide From Russian Radar

    04/27/2014 11:56:53 PM PDT · by wetphoenix · 33 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | April 28, 2014 | Bill Sweetman
    America’s gazillion-dollar Joint Strike Fighter is supposed to go virtually unseen when flying over enemy turf. But that’s not how things are working out. The F-35 Joint Strike Fighter—the jet that the Pentagon is counting on to be the stealthy future of its tactical aircraft—is having all sorts of shortcomings. But the most serious may be that the JSF is not, in fact, stealthy in the eyes of a growing number of Russian and Chinese radars. Nor is it particularly good at jamming enemy radar. Which means the Defense Department is committing hundreds of billions of dollars to a fighter...
  • New U.S. Stealth Jet Can't Hide From Russian Radar

    04/28/2014 5:34:34 AM PDT · by Strategy · 28 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | April 28, 2014
    The F-35 Joint Strike Fighter - the jet that the Pentagon is counting on to be the stealthy future of its tactical aircraft - is having all sorts of shortcomings. But the most serious may be that the JSF is not, in fact, stealthy in the eyes of a growing number of Russian and Chinese radars. Nor it is particularly good at jamming enemy radar. Which means the Defense Department is committing hundreds of billions of dollars to a fighter that will need the help of specialized jamming aircraft that protect non-stealthy - "radar-shiny," as some insiders call them -...
  • Ex-Pratt Worker Allegedly Tried To Ship F-35 Files To Iran

    01/16/2014 9:30:03 AM PST · by LurkedLongEnough · 17 replies
    The Hartford Courant (CT) ^ | January 13, 2014 | BRIAN DOWLING
    Pratt & Whitney said Monday it is cooperating with authorities after federal agents arrested a former employee for trying to ship documents to Iran related to the U.S. military's Joint Strike Fighter aircraft. The East Hartford defense contractor, the sole manufacturer of the aircraft's engine, declined to comment on how Mozaffar Khazaee, 59, slipped thousands of pages of documents, diagrams, blueprints and technical manuals out the door before he was laid off in August along with hundreds of other employees. Federal authorities arrested Khazaee at Newark Liberty International Airport in New Jersey on Thursday before he could board a plane...
  • NVG Vdeo: F-35B Accomplishes First Night Vertical Landing Aboard USS WASP

    08/20/2013 9:38:59 AM PDT · by lbryce · 12 replies
    The Aviationist ^ | August 18, 2013 | Stafff
    Direct Video Linki YouTube:F-35B Accomplishes First Night Vertical Landing Aboard USS WASP On Aug. 14, the first DT-II (Developmental Test Phase Two – the second of three planned tests aimed at expanding the F-35B’s shipboard operating envelope for the U.S. Marine Corps) night vertical landing was executed by F-35 Marine Corps test pilot, Lt. Col. C.R. “Jimi” Clift. Clift, a Harrier pilot. The F-35B is the STOVL (Short Take Off Vertical Landing) of the JSF, destined to replace all the USMC assets, including the Harrier jump jet and the F/A-18 Hornet.
  • No, This Isn’t a UFO — It’s Eerie Footage of One of the Government’s Newest Weapons

    08/20/2013 9:28:03 AM PDT · by Kartographer · 8 replies
    The Blaze via Yahoo News ^ | 8/20/13 | Liz Klimas
    One feature that makes Lockheed Martin's F-35B different than other fighter jets is its ability to land on an aircraft carrier without requiring a hook to prevent it from sailing right off the end into the ocean. The F-35B recently completed its first vertical landing at night on the USS Wasp. When visualized through a night vision lens, the F-35B looked just like what you might expect of a Hollywood-stylized UFO.
  • F-35B: Born in the USSR

    06/14/2013 12:05:47 AM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 31 replies
    Russia & India Report ^ | June 10, 2013 | By Rakesh Krishnan Simha
    The American F-35B short takeoff and vertical landing aircraft has its origins in a secret collaboration between Russia’s Yakovlev and Lockheed Martin of the United States. The American F-35B – the naval version of the Joint Services Fighter – was not designed in Fort Worth, Texas, but in Moscow, Russia. The ‘unique’ lift fan and vectoring tailpipe that allows the F-35B stealth fighter to perform vertical takeoffs and landings (VTOL) was designed nearly three decades ago by Russia’s Yakovlev aircraft bureau for their supersonic multi-services fighter, the Yak-141. The Yak-141 was a successful development of the older Yak-38 jump jet....
  • The Gripen Proposition for the Dutch Air Force

    02/04/2013 11:51:41 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 8 replies
    Saab’s Gripen blog ^ | Feb. 3, 2013
    The Gripen Proposition for the Dutch Air Force (Source: Saab’s Gripen blog; posted Feb. 3, 2013) 2013 will be an exciting year for the Dutch Air Force and for Dutch politics. The reason: there is a decision to be taken on the new fighter to replace the outdated F-16s, says a report in Een Vandaag. In a report that looks at the various options that are on offer, Kimo Demoed of Een Vandaag says that while the U.S. F-35 was the dream candidate for the Dutch Air Force for years, the JSF project is anything but smooth: "The costs are...
  • New £150million combat jet is banned from flying in bad weather because it could EXPLODE

    01/20/2013 1:04:14 PM PST · by spetznaz · 36 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 20 January 2013 | James Rush
    It's considered to be the world's most sophisticated superfighter jet, but Britain's new £150million combat aircraft has been banned from flying in bad weather for fears it could explode. Engineers working on the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter have found the jet's fuel tank could explode if hit by lightning. According to reports, the aircraft, which is hoped to enter service for both the RAF and the Royal Navy in five years' time, has also been made more vulnerable to enemy attack than the aircraft it is set to replace, after its weight was reduced in an attempt to increase fuel...
  • F-35 problems on their way to being fixed

    05/18/2012 3:54:58 PM PDT · by Yo-Yo · 30 replies
    Flight International ^ | 5/18/12 | Dave Majumdar
    The F-35 Lightning II is making good progress through flight testing this year, a top Lockheed Martin official says. Most of the biggest challenges faced by the programme should be well on their way to being fixed by the later part of the year. One major issue that has recently popped up on the US Navy's F-35C variant is that the aircraft's tail-hook has had to be redesigned. That is because the existing design has failed to catch an arresting cable during trials. Lockheed is working on a new improved hook design that should fix the problem. "We have modified...
  • UK Reverses Decision On US Fighter Jet Deal

    05/11/2012 8:33:41 AM PDT · by robowombat · 21 replies
    AP ^ | Thu, 05/10/2012 - 9:21am | David Stringer, Associated Press
    LONDON (AP) — Britain's defense secretary is ditching proposals to buy a particular type of F-35 Joint StrikeFighter — reverting to an original plan previously criticized by Prime Minister David Cameron. Defense Secretary Philip Hammond told lawmakers Thursday that Britain would no longer purchase F-35c variants of the Lockheed Martin Corp. fighter jet because the cost of modifications to ships needed to accommodate the plane would be about 2 billion pounds ($3.2 billion). The jet's design — which does not include vertical take-off and landing — means aircraft carriers would need to be fitted with catapults and arrester gears. Hammond...
  • F-35: UK House of Commons Issues Status Report on JSF

    04/05/2012 1:57:53 AM PDT · by U-238 · 1 replies
    Defense Talk ^ | 4/5/2012 | UK Government News
    The F-35 Joint Strike Fighter will be the new multirole fast jet for the Royal Navy and Royal Air Force. It will serve as the strike capability for the new Queen Elizabeth Aircraft Carrier and will partner the Typhoon to form the future fast jet fleet for the RAF. It is a multinational acquisition programme led by the United States in partnership with eight other nations, including the UK. There are three variants of the F-35: F-35A Conventional Takeoff and Landing (CTOL) F-35B Short Takeoff/Vertical Landing (STOVL) F-35C Carrier Variant (CV) The UK selected the Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) in...
  • F-35 Total Costs Soar to $1.5 Trillion; Lockheed Defends Program

    03/30/2012 7:01:37 PM PDT · by U-238 · 14 replies
    AOL Defense ^ | 3/30/2012 | Colin Clark
    Lockheed Martin scrambled today to explain the latest increases in the Joint Strike Fighter's costs, arguing that the three versions of the aircraft "will be comparable to or lower than that of the seven" older airplanes it will replace. Overall, the F-35 will cost an appreciably impressive $1.5 trillion over the 55 years it is expected to be flying, up from an estimated $1 trillion. The latest numbers were released this afternoon as part of the Pentagon's authoritative Selected Acquisition Report. The overall value of the program comes from a Lockheed Martin statement. For perspective on just how much money...
  • Australia's Quickstep completes first F-35 parts

    03/26/2012 6:20:35 PM PDT · by U-238 · 5+ views
    Flight Global ^ | 3/26/2012 | Greg Waldron
    Australian composites manufacturer Quickstep has completed the first production parts it is making for the Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II, with the firm hoping to secure additional work on the programme. The parts have been presented to Northrop Grumman - a major partner in the F-35 programme - for acceptance. They were covered in a July 2011 purchase order from the US company. "The parts, assembled access panels for the F-35 aircraft, represent the first "flying" Group 1 parts manufactured by Quickstep for the [F-35] programme," says Quickstep in a statement. "Quickstep initially expects to manufacture approximately one completed part...
  • F-35A completes first night refueling mission

    03/26/2012 5:54:59 PM PDT · by U-238 · 1 replies · 8+ views
    Lockheed Martin ^ | 3/26/2012 | Lockheed Martin
    The first night refueling in the history of the Lockheed Martin F-35 program was completed Thursday at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif. Piloted by U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Peter Vitt, AF-4, an F-35A conventional takeoff and landing variant, rendezvoused with an Air Force KC-135 tanker and successfully received fuel through the F-35’s boom receptacle. Vitt’s sortie lasted more than three hours. In addition to qualifying with the KC-135, the F-35 Integrated Test Force at Edwards AFB will also conduct night refueling tests with the KC-10.
  • F-35 delays may cost Australia billions

    03/22/2012 11:10:29 PM PDT · by U-238 · 1 replies · 1+ views
    UPI ^ | March 22, 2012 | UPI
    Australian Defense Minister Stephen Smith has decided to delay an order for more JSF F-35 fighters. The Royal Australian Air Force is scheduled to receive a second batch of 58 Joint Strike Fighters, and Smith's decision to delay the order is being criticized, as it may increase their final cost. Both Ministry of Defense and industry critics say the decision could create the air warfare capability gap the government says it is trying to avoid, The Canberra Times reported Thursday. Last month Smith told Parliament he worried that ''a delay in the production of the Joint Strike Fighter and the...
  • 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...
  • F-35A Completes Second Local Sortie at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla.

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

    03/14/2012 8:29:39 PM PDT · by U-238 · 15 replies · 1+ views
    Defense Aerospace ^ | 3/14/2012 | Defense Aerospace
    The Australian Parliament’s Joint Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade has just released a transcript of a Feb. 7, 2012 hearing during which it took evidence on the F-35 program by noted opponents of the program, representing the Air Power Australia think-tank and a private computer simulation firm, RepSim Pty Ltd. Part of the hearing describes the outcome of a famous – but disputed – simulation of F-18E and F-35 fighters engaging in combat against Chinese air force fighters carried out by the Rand Corporation. The outcome is even more disastrous for the Western fighters than previously reported. http://www.defense-aerospace.com/articles-view/verbatim/4/133273/f_35-fares-worse-in-rand-wargame.html
  • Tory about-face on F-35 jets as minister denies ‘definitive decision’ on $16B deal

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

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

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

    03/09/2012 5:55:54 PM PST · by U-238 · 7 replies
    AOL Defense ^ | 3/8/2012 | AOL Defense
    The program executive officer for the problem-plagued F-35 said Thursday he has "great confidence" the multi-service fighter can deliver the oft-promised stealth and the sophisticated package of sensors. Vice Adm. David Venlet said he has "measured data" to show that. In a late afternoon address to an audience of defense and financial industry representatives, Venlet said all the current problems with the Lockheed Martin-built aircraft that have been highlighted in the media and congressional hearings "are in the normal range of fighter aircraft development." The problems Venlet cited included the sophisticated helmet that should allow the pilot to see on...
  • Norway F-35 decision about 4 to 5 weeks away

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    02/24/2012 6:07:03 AM PST · by Yo-Yo · 50 replies · 1+ views
    Flight International ^ | 2/24/12 | Craig Hoyle
    Lockheed Martin's short take-off and vertical landing F-35B has made its first flight with a key weapon system for the US Marine Corps installed. Flown from the US Navy's Patuxent River test site in Maryland on 22 February, test aircraft BF-2 carried a 25mm gun pod on a centreline weapons station, in addition to two Raytheon AIM-9X Sidewinder air-to-air missiles beneath its outboard wing stations. "Significant weapons testing for the F-35B and F-35C variants is scheduled for 2012, including fit checks, captive carriage, pit drop and aerial drop tests," said Lockheed. Meanwhile, Royal Air Force experimental test pilot Sqn Ldr...
  • FIRST F-35B FLIGHT WITH EXTERNAL WEAPONS

    02/23/2012 8:28:10 PM PST · by A.A. Cunningham · 9 replies · 1+ views
    F-35 Lightning II ^ | 23 February 2012 | NAVAL AIR SYSTEMS COMMAND
    F-35 Lightning II Program Public Affairs Release – 2012 02 23 FIRST F-35B FLIGHT WITH EXTERNAL WEAPONS NAVAL AIR SYSTEMS COMMAND, PATUXENT RIVER, Md. – Over an Atlantic test range, Lockheed Martin test pilot Dan Levin flies F-35B test aircraft BF-2 with external weapons pylons for the first time Feb. 22. The test measured flying qualities with external pylons, inert AIM-9X Sidewinder air-to-air missiles and centerline 25 mm gun pod. Significant weapons testing for the F-35B and F-35C variants is scheduled for 2012, including fit checks, captive carriage, pit drop and aerial drop tests. The F-35B is the variant of...
  • F-35 makes first test flights with external weapons

    02/20/2012 7:31:48 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 45 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | February 20, 2012 | W.J. Hennigan
    F-35 makes first test flights with external weapons By W.J. Hennigan, Los Angeles Times February 20, 2012, 3:36 p.m. The F-35, the military's next-generation fighter jet, has begun its first flight tests carrying external missiles at Edwards Air Force Base in the Mojave Desert. The stealthy, supersonic fighter, built byLockheed Martin Corp., has been undergoing tests since its first flight in late 2006. The F-35, known as the Joint Strike Fighter, will be used by the Navy, Marines and Air Force. Three versions of the F-35 are being built — one that can operate off aircraft carriers, one capable of...
  • UPDATE 1-Italy cuts F-35 fighter orders by 30 pct

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

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

    02/12/2012 6:28:05 PM PST · by U-238 · 14 replies
    Reuters ^ | 2/10/2012 | Reuters
    Italy seems certain to scale back its major investment in Lockheed Martin Corp's F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, heightening uncertainty over the troubled stealth jet's future. Defence Minister Giampaolo Di Paola has said repeatedly since January that the country's originally planned order of the 131 supersonic warplanes by 2018 was being "reviewed" because military spending cuts were necessary as part of Prime Minister Mario Monti's austerity plan to shore up public accounts. General Claudio Debertolis, secretary general of the Defence Ministry and the country's armaments chief, confirmed to lawmakers on Tuesday that cuts were expected. "There will be a revision of...
  • JSF 'no match' for latest Russian fighters or Chinese radar

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

    02/07/2012 5:46:31 AM PST · by spetznaz · 11 replies · 1+ views
    Defensetech.org ^ | 7 Feb 2012
    Did Chinese cyber spying cause the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter’s cost spikes and production delays? That’s the question Pentagon budget officials are asking according to Aviation Week. Chinese spies apparently hacked into secure conference calls and listened to meetings discussing the classified technologies aboard the jets. In particular, China may have stolen info about the F-35’s secure communications and antenna systems; leading to costly software rewrites and other redesigns to compromised parts of the plane. The worst part, this problem isn’t just limited to the F-35, though the program’s size and the fact that it’s information systems were apparently designed...
  • Britain won't decide on F-35 fighter numbers till 2015

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

    02/04/2012 2:24:47 PM PST · by ravager · 39 replies
    India Defence ^ | 02-03-2012
    Press Trust of India has quoted Pentagon spokesperson Commander Leslie Hullryde confirming that, contrary to press reports, the United States has not made available Lockheed Martin's advanced, fifth generation fighter jet F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighters to India. However, it was noted that should India express an interest, the United States would submit technical information and initiate a discussion. "Should India indicate interest in purchasing the JSF, the United States would be prepared to provide information on the JSF and its requirements (infrastructure, security, etc) to support India's future planning" The Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II is a family...
  • Navy's £5bn Harrier jet replacement 'unable to land on aircraft carriers'(F-35C)

    01/16/2012 3:38:04 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 59 replies · 2+ views
    The Daily Telegraph ^ | 16 Jan 2012 | Andrew Hough, and Thomas Harding
    Navy's £5bn Harrier jet replacement 'unable to land on aircraft carriers' The Royal Navy's multi-billion pound fighter plane programme is under threat amid claims that its new all-purpose jets cannot land on aircraft carriers, it has emerged. Leaked Pentagon documents claim a design flaw in the Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) has caused eight simulated landings to fail. The “F-35 Joint Strike Fighter Concurrency Quick Look Review” claimed the flaw meant that the “arrestor” hook, used to stop the plane during landing, was too close to the plane’s wheels. When a fighter lands on an aircraft carrier an arrestor cable catches...
  • Lockheed-Martin's VTOL Carrier Version of the Joint Strike Fighter (F-35C) Takes Flight

    12/04/2011 10:57:22 AM PST · by Reaganite Republican · 2 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | December 04, 2011 | Reaganite Republican
    First time in the air now for the Navy's carrier version of the Lockheed-Martin F-35 Lightning II, the F-35C- like all variants a descendant of the F-35X JSF (Joint Strike Fighter). While the F-35 program is not without it's problems, Navy test pilot Lt. Chris Tabert successfully flew the F-35C test aircraft -which features Harrier-type VTOL capabilities via advanced thrust-vectoring- on Nov. 18, the first launch of the carrier variant of the Joint Strike Fighter from the Navy's new electromagnetic aircraft launch system, 'set to install on future USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78)'... nice piece of kit, this thing: [YouTube] Video/specs/more at...
  • 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...
  • US offers India the Joint Strike Fighter, top defence technology

    11/01/2011 8:58:12 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 13 replies
    US offers India the Joint Strike Fighter, top defence technology Washington, Nov 2 (IANS) Although the US lost out in the bid to sell India 126 multi-role combat jets, it has offered New Delhi ''top-of-the-line technology'', including ''the best in the world'' Joint Strike Fighter (JSF). "The US F-16 and F-18 competed, but were not down-selected, in the Medium Multi-Role Combat Aircraft (MMRCA) competition in April 2011," the US defence department said in a report to the US Congress on US-India Security Cooperation. "Despite this setback, we believe US aircraft, such as the Joint Strike Fighter (JSF), to be the...
  • 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
  • Australia, Canada Share Concern About JSF Delay

    09/13/2011 11:23:01 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 1 replies
    Australia, Canada Share Concern About JSF Delay (Source: Australian Associated Press; published Sept. 12, 2011) Australia and Canada share a common concern that the new Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) will be delayed, possibly requiring acquisition of an expensive interim air combat capability. To present a united front, Australia and Canada will now conduct top level talks on procurement and capability issues of mutual concern. As well as JSF, that will also touch on submarines, with both Australia and Canada experiencing big problems on maintaining submarine capability. Visiting Canadian Defence Minister Peter MacKay said Canada wasn't backing away from plans to...