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    Post  JohninMK on Sun Apr 24, 2016 6:26 pm

    max steel wrote:Should avoid War is Boring. Biased FS
    I hear what you say but as long as you treat it with care it can be quite interesting. Especially on more historical subjects.

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    Post  Grazneyar on Sun Apr 24, 2016 7:29 pm

    My friend in military that serves in Serbian Air Force still told me first hand that back in like 2010. or so, when Serbia said they would accept some preliminary offers for future fighter got documented offer regarding EF2000, where they listed prices including pilot ladders with price tag of 15.000 euros.
    As shocking and grotesque as that number is, it comes as no surprise to me.

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    Post  JohninMK on Thu Apr 28, 2016 1:03 am

    Another Senate F-35 examination, this time software and CAS, oh and the size of the procurement team

    F-35 chief considers fix for troubling Block 3i software faults 27 April, 2016 By: James Drew Washington DC

    After 15 years of development and billions of dollars of investment, software glitches continue to hamper Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II operations and in one case, just one of six US Air Force F-35As on a mock deployment to Mountain Home AFB in Idaho were able to takeoff during an alert launch exercise.

    “The Air Force attempted two alert launch procedures during the Mountain Home deployment, where multiple F-35A aircraft were preflighted and prepared for a rapid launch, but only one of the six aircraft was able to complete the alert launch sequence and successfully takeoff,” the Pentagon’s top weapons tester disclosed in written testimony to Congress on 26 April. “Problems during startup that required system or aircraft shutdowns and restarts – a symptom of immature systems and software – prevented the other alert launches from being completed.”


    All the gory details at https://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/f-35-chief-considers-fix-for-troubling-block-3i-soft-424650/



    Followed by

    Congress to block A-10 retirement pending F-35 combat evaluation 27 April, 2016 By: James Drew Washington DC

    The chairman of the US Senate House Armed Services Committee says lawmakers aren't likely to authorise the retirement of any more legacy warplanes until there is “no doubt” that the Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II can adequately fulfil its intended roles.

    The statement by Senator John McCain at a Joint Strike Fighter congressional hearing on 26 April comes as members of the House Armed Services Committee (HASC) consider legislation to outlaw retirement of the Fairchild Republic A-10C, at least until the F-35 completes its initial operational evaluation and comparison testing with the “Warthog”. The Air Force wants to start drawing down A-10C squadrons beginning in fiscal 2018 and the final airframe would move to desert storage in 2021.

    The F-35 isn’t expected to begin its operational assesment until late 2017 or perhaps even some time in 2018, but language included in HASC chairman Mac Thornberry’s mark of the fiscal year 2017 defence policy bill would retain 171 A-10Cs until JSF operational testing is complete.


    Again much more at

    https://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/congress-to-block-a-10-retirement-pending-f-35-comba-424673/



    Now get your head round this


    F-35 office has 2,590 staff and $70 million annual budget 27 April, 2016 By: James Drew Washington DC

    It takes 2,590 military personnel, government civilians and full-time equivalent contractors and $70 million per year to run the world’s largest and most expensive military aircraft programme, the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter.

    That’s according to the US Defense Department's F-35 chief Lt Gen Christopher Bogdan, who disclosed the staff count and annual budget of the F-35 Joint Programme Office (JPO) at a congressional hearing about the $379 billion fighter procurement this week.

    The numbers include the two F-35 test forces located Naval Air Station Patuxent River in Maryland and Edwards AFB in California.

    Headquartered near the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia, the JPO is managing the acquisition of 2,443 aircraft for the US military services as well as hundreds more for the UK, Italy, the Netherlands, Turkey, Australia, Norway, Denmark, Canada, Israel, Japan and South Korea.


    More at https://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/f-35-office-has-2590-staff-and-70-million-annual-b-424696/

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    Re: F-35 Development and News Thread:

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    Re: F-35 Development and News Thread:

    Post  ahmedfire on Fri May 06, 2016 3:26 am

    some ignorant defencetalk forum guys always posting this picture What a Face


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    Re: F-35 Development and News Thread:

    Post  magnumcromagnon on Fri May 06, 2016 5:21 am

    ahmedfire wrote:some ignorant defencetalk forum guys always posting this picture What a Face


    Laughable infographic, if I wasn't already sleepy I would reply to this succinctly. Maybe GarryB could adequately respond to this?

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    Re: F-35 Development and News Thread:

    Post  GarryB on Sat May 07, 2016 12:09 pm

    Hahahahaaha... I guess all I need to do is make up another poster with Kh-101 with a range of 5,500km to destroy any airbase the F-35 might be operating from and a picture of a MiG-31BM with a radar range of 400km and an air to air missile that outranges anything the F-35 can carry that is air to air. (R-37M has a range in the domestic model of at least 300km... no doubt when they have perfected scramjet technology with the Zircon system they will no doubt apply the technology to their AAMs too.)

    Of course that would be as dumb as this chart because the range of the so called standoff weapons the F-35 don't matter if they get shot down by the S-400 battery before they can hit anything.

    The pathetic weapons capacity of the F-35 will make it even more one sided... something the USAF has already worked out on its own with BS about a C-130 sizes support drone that flys around with the F-35 carrying extra weapons... of course a C-130 full of weapons will be even easier to take down.

    Of course the amusing thing is that it claims effective range for the S-400 should be shorter because a fighter sized aircraft can manouver... hilarious...

    Even a super manouverable super fighter that is not carrying lots of air to ground weapons can't manouver that much in one second... and impact minus one second an S-400 missile travelling at about 1.5km/s plus will be 1.5km away... one second later it will explode... what sort of turn will take an F-35 outside the warheads radius of effect considering the warhead is 150kgs and is directed at the target on detonation...

    More importantly the S-400 will be part of an air defence network with all sorts of sensors and support systems... over the horizon radar will likely detect F-35s from 6,000km.


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    Re: F-35 Development and News Thread:

    Post  Militarov on Sat May 07, 2016 1:10 pm

    "Not expected effective ranges for the S400 are probably less than said ranges, since fighters can maneuver"....

    As someone who served in Air defence i will just laugh at this. So silly statement which is less than partially true, and without actual proper explanation means nothing.

    To understand how silly this sounds you need to put both systems in "tactical situation".

    Also how comes he did not mention how half of these warloads from F35 greatly depend in terms of range and effect on altitude and speed from which they are being launched.


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    Post  max steel on Thu May 19, 2016 10:18 pm

    Upgrades Keep Navy Air-to-Air Weapons on the Cutting Edge

    One of the missiles is 8 years old, the other is pushing 30. But steady technology upgrades have kept these two Navy air-to-air weapons on the cutting edge.

    The younger one is the AIM-9X Block II. The older is the AIM-120D AMRAAM — advanced medium-range air-to-air missile.

    The 9X Block II was introduced in 2008, but did not go into full rate production until 2015. It’s the latest member of the Sidewinder missile family that dates back to the mid-1970s.

    The 9X Block II can do things its predecessors could hardly have imagined. For example, it is equipped with a 360-degree engagement capability and a data link, said Capt. Jim Stoneman, chief of the Navy’s Air-to-Air Missiles Program Office. That enables a pilot to fire the missile first and then aim it at a target.

    “The pilot can shoot and then pass more information to the missile” via the data link to vector the missile to a target, Stoneman said during a briefing May 16 at the 2016 Sea-Air-Space Exposition. The missile’s 360-degree capability enables it to engage targets — even those behind the aircraft, he said.

    On some planes, such as the F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter, pilots will be able to aim the missiles using sights built into their helmets.

    Although the Sidewinder was developed as a short-range missile meant for close-in kills, the Block II’s range has been “about doubled,” Stoneman said, making it into a “beyond-visual-range” weapon.

    A Block III version of the 9X is on the drawing board, but for now remains unfunded, Stoneman said.

    The AIM-120D is the latest version of the AMRAAM, which the Navy and Air Force have used since 1987. The D model also features a data link that enables a pilot to fire the missile and then send it targeting information, Stoneman said.

    It has an improved Global Positioning System guidance system and enhanced anti-jamming capabilities to shield in the midst of enemy electronic warfare. After several years of testing, the 120D is now making its way to the fleet, Stoneman said.

    Software upgrades are under way, and those should further increase the capability of the “Delta” model, he said. For now, there are no plans for a follow-on missile, he said.

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    Re: F-35 Development and News Thread:

    Post  GarryB on Fri May 20, 2016 11:50 am

    The 9X Block II can do things its predecessors could hardly have imagined. For example, it is equipped with a 360-degree engagement capability and a data link, said Capt. Jim Stoneman, chief of the Navy’s Air-to-Air Missiles Program Office. That enables a pilot to fire the missile first and then aim it at a target.

    Yeah... the only problem with that of course is that like all rocket powered missiles there is no throttle so the first critical seconds of flight when the missile is accelerating off the rail if it is turning 180 degrees its range and speed will be pathetic compared to if you pulled back on the flight stick and pointed your aircraft at the target before launch and it flew straight off the rail directly at the target.

    Range head on at high altitude against a fast target would be 25-30km... an over the shoulder shot and it is more like 5km... and an aircraft behind you firing up your ass their missile will get to you faster because it does not have to turn 180 degrees...

    This sounds like a sales pitch where fat slob can beat bruce lee because he has guided bullets... I would still put money on bruce...


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    Re: F-35 Development and News Thread:

    Post  max steel on Tue May 24, 2016 5:50 pm

    F-35 Visits the Netherlands



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    The Royal Netherlands Air Force's 2 new F-35 fighter jets will fly from the United States to the Netherlands for the first time on 23 May 2016. Among other things, the 2 F-35s will be carrying out a number of noise-level test flights above the Leeuwarden and Volkel air bases. The aircrafts will stay in the Netherlands for approximately 3 weeks.




    Air Force Open Days

    The Royal Netherlands Air Force Open Days coincide with the 3-week visit of the F-35s. The aircrafts will be on show to the public during this event, which takes place at Leeuwarden Air Base on 10 and 11 June. This makes the Royal Netherlands Air Force the first in Europe to display the aircrafts.

    Residents living in the surrounding area of the Leeuwarden and Volkel air bases wish to compare the noise level of the F-35 with that of the F-16 currently in use. During the noise-level test flights, both aircraft will fly the arrival and departure flight-paths in quick succession. This will allow local residents to familiarise themselves with the aircraft and experience the noise the jet produces in their own living environment. In order to support the noise-level discussion, the National Aerospace Laboratory (NLR) has set up five noise assessment points around each air base. These will measure peak values at places such as residential centres and bicycle paths.

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    First Dutch F-35 lands at Leeuwarden F-001

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    Post  AlfaT8 on Wed May 25, 2016 9:26 pm

    Pentagon Delays F-35 Tests as Software Glitch Shuts Down Jets Mid-Flight

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    Bogdan confirmed that the jets have also faced a series of ongoing software glitches that cause systems to shut down in midair, requiring a complete reboot, but said that the delays were traced to software upgrades and compatibility patches, rather than to defects in the F-35’s computer system.

    http://sputniknews.com/military/20160525/1040252715/pentagon-fighter-jet-f35-obama.html

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    Post  max steel on Wed May 25, 2016 9:29 pm

    Marine Pilots Say Software Rarely a Problem for F-35B

    As the US Air Force prepares to declare its F-35A jets operational in just a few short months, the service is still working through software glitches that cause the jets systems to fail and need to be rebooted — sometimes mid-flight.

    But the Marines, who have been flying their F-35Bs operationally since last summer, say they rarely see such shutdown events.

    The test pilots at Edwards Air Force Base, California, see the systems on their F-35A jets fail even before takeoff about once every three flights. But the Marine Corps jets at Marine Corps Air Station Yuma, Arizona, almost always start up clean, Capt. Jordan Hedges, F-35B pilot and powerline office in charge, told Defense News in a recent interview.

    During a development test flight of an Air Force F-35A at Edwards early this month, the jet’s team was on the ground troubleshooting for nearly two hours before the aircraft finally launched. But for the Marines at Yuma, it usually only take 15 or 20 minutes to ready the plane for takeoff, Hedges said.

    “If we fly a flight, come back, get gas, basically our wheels touch the ground and go back out, sometimes we have issues with the mission systems coming back online after that power cycle,” Hedges said. “But they usually do come back, it just takes them a little while.”

    Occasionally, Hedges sees one of his jets’ systems fail during flight, a recurring problem on all three F-35 variants caused by the software glitch. If Hedges sees one of his systems is degraded, he must re-cycle the power on that particular system — just like an iPhone, the operator turns the power off and then turns it back on.

    But these incidents happen very infrequently, Hedges said. And even when it does happen, he just has to push one button to fix the problem.

    “If you need the radar for the mission and your radar just happens to have a bad day, that would obviously degrade the ability of that mission,” Hedges said. “It just depends, again the frequency of having those is fairly infrequent in my experience.”

    Hedges, who used to fly AV-8 Harriers, said overall he is happy with his experience flying the F-35B.

    “It definitely handles better than a Harrier, I know that’s not saying a ton, but I think it handles really well,” Hedges said. “I have not found it lacking in any way, but obviously we have yet for our envelope to get opened up for us to really see what it can do.”

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    Post  George1 on Fri Jun 17, 2016 8:58 am

    Lockheed Threatens Economic Harm to Canada for Refusing to Buy F-35

    Read more: http://sputniknews.com/military/20160616/1041478841/lockheed-extorts-canada-purchase-f35.html#ixzz4BokJGxxv


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    Post  max steel on Wed Jun 22, 2016 10:01 pm

    Pentagon’s Renewed Vow to Build 2,443 F-35s Depends on Budgets

    The Pentagon still plans a fleet of 2,443 F-35 jets, but the costliest U.S. weapons program may face cuts under the next president if defense dollars continue to be reduced, according to the Defense Department’s No.2 official.

    The Pentagon’s focus “for the foreseeable future is to acquire F-35s at the highest rate affordable” even though the goal for a fleet of 2,443 of the fighter jets built by Lockheed Martin Corp. “was established prior to the last two decades’ force reductions” and before budget caps reduced planned levels of spending through 2021, Deputy Defense Secretary Robert Work wrote in a letter to congressional defense leaders May 25.

    The Pentagon wants to increase the purchase rate of F-35s for the U.S. Air Force, Navy and Marine Corps to 92 annually by 2020 from 38 last year. The number jumps to 120 a year when foreign sales are included. For this year, Congress added 11 aircraft to the 57 requested. The Pentagon said in March that the program’s projected cost for development and acquisition dropped by $12.1 billion to $379 billion.

    Per-Plane Cost

    That will help bring down the per-plane cost, Work wrote in an interim report under a requirement in this year’s defense budget for the Pentagon to reevaluate whether the long-standing requirement of 2,443 jets -- including 1,763 for the Air Force -- remained valid.

    With U.S. defense policy putting increasing emphasis on countering a resurgent Russia in Europe and a more assertive Chinese military, Work said it’s “conceivable that we may need more F-35s than the current program” calls for.

    Work’s letter comes as the often-criticized F-35 is enjoying some successes. Three of the four congressional defense committee added aircraft to the fiscal year request of 63. Air Force officials say there are no known technical obstacles to declaring as soon as August that as many as 24 jets have initial combat capability. The Marine Corp version is set to fly next month to the Farnsborough Air Show in the U.K.

    Still, Pentagon officials acknowledged last month that the operational combat testing intended to evaluate whether the aircraft is combat-effective and can be maintained in the field won’t begin until 2018 -- about a year later than planned.

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    USAF Weighing Replacement F-35 Ejection Seat

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    Post  max steel on Wed Jun 29, 2016 9:54 pm

    Marine Corps Will Get Its Second F-35B Squadron This Week

    A Yuma, Arizona-based Marine AV-8B Harrier squadron will officially be redesignated Thursday as it welcomes brand-new F-35B Joint Strike Fighters.

    Marine Attack Squadron 211 will be the second operational F-35B squadron for the Marine Corps, coming online 11 months after the service announced initial operating capability for the aircraft last July. It joins Yuma-based Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 121 in operating the fifth generation aircraft.

    The Harrier is set to retire in 2026, and Hornets will fly into the 2030s. This new squadron of F-35s becomes operational as the Corps prepares to deploy its first squadron of the fifth-generation fighters next year.

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    F-35A nearly combat ready

    The first off-station deployment exercise for the F-35A Lightning II confirmed that the Air Force’s newest fighter jet is on track to reach initial operational capability later this year.

    A declaration of IOC means the F-35A will be combat ready.

    Seven F-35A aircraft and 181 personnel from Hill’s active duty 388th Fighter Wing and Reserve 419th Fighter Wing pushed the aircraft to its limits at Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho, during the training June 6-17.

    The simulated deployment tested the F-35A against a stringent set of IOC requirements to include basic close air support, aerial interdiction and limited suppression and destruction of enemy aircraft.

    “This was really the capstone event in our preparations to reach IOC and it was a resounding success,” said Col. David Lyons, 388th FW commander. “By any measure, the aircraft did well. We should be ready to declare IOC very soon.”

    While at Mountain Home, Hill’s pilots and maintainers achieved a 100 percent sortie generation rate with 88 of 88 flights and a 94 percent hit rate with 15 of 16 bombs on target. Maintainers achieved 92.3 percent Mission Capable rate.

    “As a longtime F-16 pilot, I can tell you these numbers are impressive,” said Col. David Smith, 419th FW commander. “The F-35 performed phenomenally.”

    Hill’s F-35A pilots flew large-force exercises with F-15Es from Mountain Home’s 366th Fighter Wing and remained undefeated during air-to-air engagements against red air, or “enemy” aircraft.

    The Autonomic Logistics Information System – the aircraft’s complex information technology infrastructure known as ALIS – and the mission systems software performed very well, according to Capt. Richard Palz, 34th Aircraft Maintenance Unit, officer in charge.

    A small team of Lockheed Martin contractors provided ALIS and logistics support just as they would during real-world deployments and their spare parts and logistics support was excellent, Lyons said.

    Known for its highly advanced stealth capability, the F-35 is the world’s most advanced multi-role fighter and is designed to gather, fuse, and distribute more information than any aircraft in history. It can penetrate enemy territory that non-stealth aircraft such as the F-16, A-10, and F-15 cannot.

    The Air Force’s first operational F-35A arrived to the 388th FW’s 34th Fighter Squadron here in September 2015. Hill AFB now has 21 pilots and 106 maintainers who are qualified on the F-35A.

    "Since the aircraft's arrival last fall there have been too many milestones to count and we're making great progress," said Lt. Col. George Watkins, 34th FS commander. "The Mountain Home deployment marks another significant milestone in validating the F-35A's capabilities as we pursue IOC."

    In February, Hill F-35A pilots dropped laser-guided bombs at the Utah Test and Training Range in Utah’s west dessert, marking the first time these weapons were employed by a combat-coded unit. In May, Hill’s F-35 pilots began flying routine four-ship configurations. Hill’s fleet of F-35 aircraft has also received lightning protection and anti-ice modifications, and pilots are now using the lightweight “Gen-3” helmet.

    The base is slated for three operational F-35 squadrons and a total of 78 aircraft by the end of 2019. The 388th and 419th FWs fly and maintain the Air Force’s newest fighter aircraft in a Total Force partnership, which capitalizes on the strengths of the active duty and reserve components.

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    US Marine Corps F-35s Cleared for Farnborough


    Two US Marine Corps F-35Bs on Tuesday completed validation flights with the UK government, clearing the jets to perform at Farnborough International Airshow next week.

    During a validation flight, the UK Ministry of Defence confirms that an aircraft’s flight profile meets regulations and approves it for the show. The two jets took off around 2 p.m. from RAF Fairford and flew to Farnborough, landing back at Fairford after about 20 minutes.

    The F-35Bs will do practice runs for the Royal International Air Tattoo (RIAT) on Wednesday, said Lt. Col Richard Rusnok, one of the Marine Corps F-35B pilots in town for the air shows.

    The Air Force F-35As, which will fly only at RIAT, conducted their flight validation at Langley Air Force Base in Virginia before the jets flew across the Atlantic Ocean last week, said Maj. Will Andreotta, F-35A heritage flight team commander and an F-35 pilot.

    One of the A-variants conducted a practice flight Tuesday morning, Andreotta said. A different F-35A will run through the same profile Wednesday morning, and the F-22s will practice Thursday.

    “It’s our first time flying in the UK so they have different rules. We’re doing actually a new profile here that we don’t do [in the US],” he said. “So today was one of those days to go out there and kind of look at the overall lay of the land, see where the show line is, where the crowd lines are. Obviously safety is our priority while we’re over here.”

    During heritage flights, the aircraft typically conducts three maneuvers. The pilots first conduct an “arcing” or “banana pass,” which gives the crowd a view of the top of the jet, then do a “flat pass” where the aircraft flies straight and level. In the US, the pilots fly over the crowd before breaking formation and landing, but because flying over the crowd is prohibited in the UK, the pilots will instead repeat either a flat or arching base, Andreotta said.

    The F-35As will be joined during the heritage flight by an F-22 and a P-51 Warbird but will not be practicing in the UK with the other aircraft before the demonstration at RIAT, said Master Sgt. Samuel Smith, F-35 heritage flight team chief.

    “It’s our eighth air show, so we've actually done this quite a few times,” he said.

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    Post  JohninMK on Thu Jul 07, 2016 11:50 am

    The hard reality of imposing a 'network connected to the apron' fighter onto basically a WW2 airfield with HAS is starting to surface. Many of you reading this are network savvy, imagine hi bandwidth Wi-Fi to each plane or ripping up the hardstandings for cable. How the hell anyone imagined that could operate in an equal adversary situation is beyond me, but then the USAF hasn't operated in that environment since 1946.

    One of the problems perhaps when decisions on new planes are made by ex-cockpit staff as opposed to anyone with ground crew experience. The latter never making it up that far the promotion greasy pole.

    Now that the beleaguered F-35 joint strike fighter is, according to official statements, flight ready, the US Air Force is faced with a new problem: upgrading bases abroad to accommodate the aircraft.

    The Royal Air Force base at Lakenheath, England, is preparing to accept a fleet of 54 F-35s by 2020, with the first batch to be stationed overseas. While the plane has seen its share of troubles, including software glitches, faulty engines, and flight performance issues, Col. Robert Novotny’s chief worry is the base itself.

    "For me the concern I have when I look at Lakenheath is not the F-35," the commander of the 48th Fighter Wing, stationed at the base, told Defense News. "For me the concern I have is: Are we going to be able to build enough stuff fast enough?"

    The upgrades include maintenance requirements needed to accommodate the plane’s unique features.

    "There is some construction that needs to be done for the communication bandwidth requirements that we don’t have here, and there are some infrastructure improvements, power wise, because there’s going to be a lot of demand on the power system," he said.

    New housing and living facilities will also be needed for some 1,200 new military personnel needed for the fleet.

    But while the RAF needs to spend roughly $200 million in making upgrades to base facilities, Novotny isn’t sure the money will be provided in time. Additionally, he expressed concern that a number of other military bases in the region are also in need of upgrades, and Lakenheath may not get priority.

    "We’ve had about three or four formal meetings with folks from the United States and the [UK] Royal Air Force and Ministry of Defense. These are big meetings. The engineers come in, we’ve looked at our power requirements, we’ve looked at our connectivity requirements. We’ve looked at our space on the flightline," he said. "And so we’ve done quite a bit of design."

    It may be a while before plans come to fruition, however. The estimated completion date has already been pushed back to 2022, two years after the first F-35s are scheduled to arrive.


    http://sputniknews.com/europe/20160707/1042556329/f-35-uk-base-upgrades.html

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    Post  JohninMK on Sat Jul 09, 2016 11:15 am

    Another suspect source but seems a pretty straight article. To me, this is the F-35s biggest problem once it is airborne. More positive stuff tho' at link

    But the F-35 has one other serious liability, Kofman said—adding that U.S. Navy pilots are skeptical about single-engine designs. The F-35’s single Pratt & Whitey F135 engine—while immensely powerful, producing about 43,000lbs of thrust—also runs extremely hot. Unlike the Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor, where the exhaust its F119 engines are flattened to reduce their infrared signature, the F-35 does not have any substantive measures to reduce the visibility of its exhaust from the enemy. The Russians—who build excellent infrared sensors—could use the F-35’s thermal signature to develop a weapons quality track to engage the stealthy new jet. “It’s probably has the hottest engine on the face of the planet,” Kofman said.

    http://nationalinterest.org/blog/the-buzz/the-f-35-lethal-velociraptor-or-easy-pray-russia-or-china-16873

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    Post  JohninMK on Sat Jul 09, 2016 12:05 pm

    Now for a much more positive article on the F-35, not so much about it as a fighter but as a flexible and ubiquitous intelligence gathering asset.

    Much ado has been made over the F-35's Automated Logistics Information System (ALIS) backend cyber support infrastructure. It's supposed to do everything from controlling the F-35's worldwide parts supply chain to mission planning and debriefing. This system, among the F-35's most troubled components, could be viewed as the jet's cyberspace Achilles' heel. Alternatively, it could be a huge asset, when you consider the potential it holds for electronic intelligence gathering on an unprecedented scale.

    http://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/4291/could-the-f-35-become-the-biggest-electronic-intelligence-collection-system-ever-devised

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    Post  max steel on Thu Jul 21, 2016 4:30 pm

    Next Challenges For F-35: Logistics And Data-Sharing


    F-35 proves it can deploy outside the U.S., but now the program must manage a global network of maintenance and data sharing.Two years after an engine fire thwarted the F-35’s planned debut in the U.K., the jet has proved it can deploy overseas, with appearances at three major European air shows in the last two months. Now it is up to the policy makers to tackle the thorny logistics of operating a fifth-generation fighter program across 12 different nations, each with unique infrastructure and security requirements.

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    Marine F-35B takes part in Red Flag 16-3

    For the first time, the United States Marine Corps will be participating with their F-35B during the three-week Red Flag 16-3 exercise at Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada.

    With the Marine Corps bringing this multi-role, next generation fighter, this year’s 16-3 iteration of Red Flag marks a historic moment in the Air Force’s premier air combat training exercise.

    Working with multiple branches, the F-35B, assigned to the Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 121, which is part of 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing and based out of Marine Corps Air Station Yuma, Arizona, will be an intricate part of the demanding exercise that provides aircrews with multiple and intense air combat sorties in a controlled training environment.

    “Red Flag is a military integration, getting to work hand-in-hand with the Air Force, Navy, and Army that are all out here,” said Sgt. Jason Gilbert, VMFA-121 mechanic. “Just bringing all of the U.S.’s combat air forces together to show we are one team, one fight. We can get this done.”

    Since the F-35 program is operational and rapidly accelerating the opportunity to work in a joint environment is a valuable aspect of this Red Flag for the Marines, as well as their only opportunity before being based at Marine Corps Air Station in Iwakuni, Japan.

    “For us this is our one opportunity to integrate in multi-service before being based in January of 2017,” said Maj. Brendan Walsh, VMFA-121 operations officer. “Red Flag also provides us the opportunity to integrate and train in a multi-service, contested environment.”

    The training provided during Red Flag has been a smooth endeavor with the Marine pilots and maintainers eager to take full advantage of the opportunity.

    “I think it’s a very fortunate opportunity for the Marine Corps to be a big player in this Red Flag with the F-35s,” said Gilbert. “It gives our pilots the opportunity to show the F-35 is the best jet out here. The Air Force works a lot the like the Marine Corps, so participating in Red Flag has been pretty smooth.”

    With this participation in Red Flag it is an opportunity for the Marines to showcase the differences of the F-35B from legacy Air Force tactical fighter fleets with its air-to-air and air-to-ground capabilities.

    “The difference between the Marine F-35 and the Air Force F-35 is that the Air Force version does conventional takeoffs and landings whereas the Marine Corp F-35 has the ability to do a short take off and a vertical landing,” said Gilbert.

    This capability of being able to land vertically grants the Marine fighters unique abilities that the other models of the F-35 cannot do.

    “The vertical landing and takeoff not only give the opportunity to base ourselves on amphibious ships, but also expediting sites that we can construct and conventional aircraft cannot use,” said Walsh.

    With the F-35 becoming a linchpin for future coalition operations, the chance to bring the air frame to Red Flag and participate in a multiservice exercise has proven to be a valuable one for the Marine fighter unit.

    “This Red Flag has been a huge success for our Marines,” said Walsh. “We look forward to the upcoming weeks and showcasing the capabilities of our airframe.”

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    Post  George1 on Thu Aug 04, 2016 2:36 am

    The US Air Force announced the F-35A has reached initial combat readiness

    http://bmpd.livejournal.com/2051493.html


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