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Re: F-35 Joint Strike Fighter (JSF)
« Reply #4525 on: November 14, 2019, 02:01:52 »
I will paraphrase a popular cartoon character I will gladly buy you a hamburger for one right now. Kick the can down the road in hopes of killing it later. Canada needs a robust fighter that has range such as an F15. Its proven technology and it less expensive. If you want cutting edge go with fighter drones and you wont need pilots just gamers out of high school.

Oh, which remote controlled fighter drone do you speak of? I'll take anything that has a program of record.

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Re: F-35 Joint Strike Fighter (JSF)
« Reply #4526 on: November 14, 2019, 11:13:07 »
A simulation problem with F-35 testing:

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Ongoing Legal Dispute Caused 2.5-Year F-35 System Delay

An ongoing legal dispute between the U.S. government and Lockheed Martin over intellectual property rights has emerged as the source of a 2.5-year-long delay in activating a key F-35 system required to complete initial operational testing and make a full-rate production decision, according to Lt. Gen. Eric Fick, the F-35 program executive officer.

The military’s open-air test ranges lack the capacity to fully test the F-35’s advanced capabilities, so the Director of Operational Test and Evaluation (DOT&E) office is relying on the activation of the Joint Simulation Environment (JSE).

The JSE creates a synthetic world that allows operational testers to gauge the F-35’s performance in theater-level scenarios, with multiple aircraft flying against an adversary’s full arsenal of fighters, missiles and electronic warfare capabilities.

The JSE was supposed to be activated in late 2017, but is currently scheduled to achieve that milestone in July 2020 [emphasis added], Robert Behler, the head of the DOT&E, told lawmakers Nov. 13 during a hearing on F-35 readiness.

DOT&E has completed 91% of open air missions during the Initial Operational Test & Evaluation phase (IOT&E) required to qualify the F-35 for a full-rate production decision, but the testers still need to use the JSE to complete all of the testing. 

Fick acknowledged two weeks ago that an intellectual property dispute had delayed the activation of the JSE, but added more details about the dispute in his testimony to the House Armed Services subcommittee on readiness.

The JSE requires Lockheed to supply the software to enable a function called “F-35 In a Box,” Fick says. This is a software module that allows the JSE to virtually replicate each of the F-35’s sensor subsystems, along with the sensor fusion function embedded in the operational flight program. The  government then would add software modules to replicate various threats, including aircraft, weapons and sensors of various adversaries.

But a dispute arose because Lockheed asserted an intellectual property claim over nine specific algorithms that were included in the F-35 In a Box software package, Fick says.

The government responded by bringing in the Defense Contracts Audit Agency (DCAA) to review Lockheed’s records, Fick says. The DCAA’s auditors determined they could not find the proof in Lockheed’s records that the nine algorithms had been developed solely at Lockheed’s expense, Fick says. Since Lockheed failed to prove its claim, the DCAA determined the nine algorithms belonged to the government. 

Lockheed has appealed the DCAA’s decision to the Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals, which is still being adjudicated, Fick says.

The dispute over JSE feeds into a larger source of tension between the government and contractors over intellectual property rights...
https://aviationweek.com/defense/ongoing-legal-dispute-caused-25-year-f-35-system-delay

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Re: F-35 Joint Strike Fighter (JSF)
« Reply #4527 on: November 18, 2019, 09:05:51 »
https://www.stripes.com/news/us/power-struggle-over-f-35-comes-to-a-head-as-lawmaker-threatens-to-hold-up-contract-1.607669

Power struggle over F-35 comes to a head as lawmaker threatens to hold up contract
 

By AARON GREGG | The Washington Post | Published: November 17, 2019

The U.S. military’s most expensive weapons program seemed to be under threat from all sides at a recent hearing before the House Armed Services Committee, as skeptical lawmakers called out supply chain problems that have meant only a third of the Pentagon’s F-35 fighter jets are capable of carrying out all the missions for which they were built.

Ellen Lord, a former defense executive who is now the Pentagon’s top weapons buyer, admitted that the complicated IT system supporting the fleet’s maintenance infrastructure still falls far short of expectations. Lockheed Martin and the Pentagon’s Joint Program Office are still embroiled in a long-running dispute over who owns the F-35’s complicated algorithms, a debate that could chart the future of the program.

And some lawmakers criticized the terms of Lockheed’s arrangement with the government, saying overly generous intellectual property agreements threaten to lock Lockheed into a wasteful long-term profit machine with limited accountability.
Rep. John Garamendi, D-Calif., threatened to hold up a multibillion-dollar contract if fundamental questions aren’t resolved, suggesting there should be a broader sea change in how military agencies work with weapons builders.
“Heretofore, the contractors have had the long end of the lever, and the government has been on the short end of the lever. … That is going to change,” Garamendi told Lockheed Martin executives assembled at the hearing. “The power is shifting … with the fulcrum moving closer to the government’s side.”

Greg Kuntz, a Defense Department spokesman, said the department’s Joint Program Office “remains committed to aggressively reducing sustainment costs and improving mission capability rates,” adding, “We will continue to partner with Congress and Congressman Garamendi moving forward.”

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Re: F-35 Joint Strike Fighter (JSF)
« Reply #4528 on: November 18, 2019, 10:53:51 »
My guess is that due to the iterative method chosen to develop the F35 and its capabilities that the 2/3  of the fleet that are non-compliant are effectively "proto-type" aircraft.  That will be clogging up the arteries of the maintenance system with lots of "princesses" needing special care and consideration.

My solution would be to set those aircraft aside.  Focus efforts on the 1/3 that are in compliance and build future aircraft to that standard.  Adjust the maintenance programme to suit. Then initiate a separate project to bring the "proto-type" fleet up to the compliant standard.

This was always going to be a feature of the F35 programme. Traditionally proto-type dollars, and even some early model dollars, were lost dollars as the aircraft saw either no service or very short service lives once the field-tested, improved models came on line.  The F35 was sold on the basis that all aircraft would be operational aircraft. But it was also sold on the Continuous Improvement model which effectively implies that the goal posts are constantly moving down field which means that the delta between the initial prototype and the current field standard is always growing. 

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Re: F-35 Joint Strike Fighter (JSF)
« Reply #4529 on: November 18, 2019, 12:37:55 »
Apparently JASDF F-35As can't catch Tu-160:

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https://theaviationgeekclub.com/russian-tu-160-mach-2-bomber-reportedly-left-two-f-35a-fighters-behind-in-the-skies-over-japanese-sea/

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Re: F-35 Joint Strike Fighter (JSF)
« Reply #4530 on: November 18, 2019, 15:16:07 »
Apparent JASDF F-35As can't catch Tu-160:

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Re: F-35 Joint Strike Fighter (JSF)
« Reply #4531 on: November 18, 2019, 15:40:24 »
I wonder how close he got before the TU160 knew he was there?

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Re: F-35 Joint Strike Fighter (JSF)
« Reply #4532 on: November 18, 2019, 16:25:50 »
Armed the F35 would have splashed him.

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Re: F-35 Joint Strike Fighter (JSF)
« Reply #4533 on: November 18, 2019, 19:53:08 »
The Aviationgeek article refers to a Spanish-language article in Sputnik, a Russian government owned news agency noted for its disinformation and Russian propaganda. Here is a Google translation of the Spanish language article:

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Two fifth-generation American F-35A fighters took on a Tu-160 bomber under surveillance, but the Russian heavy aircraft performed a surprise maneuver.

The Russian newspaper Vzglyad, with reference to the Chinese edition Sina, wrote that the American fighters 'lost sight' of the Russian Aerospace Force bomber, who easily moved away from them.

    The Tu-160 was performing a routine flight on November 3 over the Japan Sea (also known as the East Sea) when two F-35s approached, one on either side, intending to escort him.

At this point, the Russian bomber suddenly accelerated, triggering the afterburner and increasing the speed to Mach 2.05, writes Chinese media.

Impressive acceleration

According to the publication, the two F-35A fighters also reacted, but a little too late. When the acceleration was turned on, the radar still detected the Tu-160, but the pilot no longer saw it.

The Chinese edition notes how the 110-tonne Russian aircraft was able to easily move away from the 13-tonne American fighters.

Fighters from NATO and Allied countries are constantly trying to control all flights of the Tu-160 and other Russian bombers.
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Re: F-35 Joint Strike Fighter (JSF)
« Reply #4534 on: November 18, 2019, 22:19:16 »
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When the acceleration was turned on, the radar still detected the Tu-160, but the pilot no longer saw it.

Right, because F-35s are only able to engage targets seen by the Mk 1 eyeball. 

I wonder if the AMRAAM flies faster than Mach 2.05... :whistle:
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Re: F-35 Joint Strike Fighter (JSF)
« Reply #4535 on: November 18, 2019, 22:30:55 »
Right, because F-35s are only able to engage targets seen by the Mk 1 eyeball. 

I wonder if the AMRAAM flies faster than Mach 2.05... :whistle:

First of all most of what I know about fighter bomber stuff and the like I learned from Tom Clancy novels.

Doesn’t the AMRAAM fly at Mach 3ish?

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Re: F-35 Joint Strike Fighter (JSF)
« Reply #4536 on: November 18, 2019, 22:35:59 »
AMRAAM is actually Mach four-ish.

It's a beast where speed is concerned.

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Re: F-35 Joint Strike Fighter (JSF)
« Reply #4537 on: November 18, 2019, 22:36:45 »
Right, because F-35s are only able to engage targets seen by the Mk 1 eyeball. 

I wonder if the AMRAAM flies faster than Mach 2.05... :whistle:

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Re: F-35 Joint Strike Fighter (JSF)
« Reply #4538 on: November 26, 2019, 10:51:52 »
Does US want Denmark to base F-35As in Greenland?

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US ambassador to Denmark claims NATO needs more aircraft power and strengthened surveillance in the Arctic

As the budget for the construction of the F35 hangar continues to rise, now reaching 1.1 billion kroner, the US ambassador to Denmark has encouraged Denmark to buy more F-35 fighter jets.

Denmark has bought 27 F-35 fighter planes from the US, but at least five of those will remain in Arizona, where the Danish pilots are been trained.

Ambassador Carla Sands is concerned that NATO’s aircraft power and surveillance capacities are not enough in the Arctic and that Denmark should fulfill three-year-old promises to strengthen defence and surveillance there [emphasis added].

Ambassador Sands referred to a report from the Ministry of Defence on the tasks in the Arctic from 2016, which show concern about the presence of Russian soldiers in the Arctic. Sands also believes the report shows that the lack of satellites means that Denmark does not monitor Greenland’s skies or waters well enough [emphasis added].

“There are not a lot of aircraft in Denmark. You have 38-40 F-16 aircraft today. It is actually a reduction in the number of aircraft, and Denmark should probably look into it,” Sands told Jyllands-Posten. However, according to the Ministry of Defence, Denmark only owns 30 F-16 planes

An unreachable promise to NATO

The ambassador’s remarks come a few days before the next NATO summit. On December 3 and 4, the NATO Heads of State and Government will meet in London, and it is expected that the US will carry on pushing the other countries to fulfill the 2 percent promise, as it has already demanded a plan to raise the budget from each NATO country.

At the Wales NATO summit of 2014, NATO countries vowed to keep defence spending to at least 2 percent of their GDP. As of 2018, only six members have achieved it: the US, Greece, the UK, Poland, Latvia, and Lithuania. Denmark spends 1.35 percent and plans to raise it to 1.5 by 2023.

“This is the conversation we are having with our NATO partners. We have all committed to try and meet the 2 percent target. I have been here three months, and I am struck by the remarkable strong partnership we have – both bilaterally with Denmark on security issues and also the conversation within NATO,” Stuart Dwyer, US vice ambassador, told TV2.
While Dpnald Trump is not the first US President to demand NATO countries to increase their budgets, his policy style makes it unclear what the consequences will be if NATO countries do not comply.

However, the minister of defence, Trine Bramsen, told Jyllands-Posten there are no plans to buy more fighter aircraft right now. Nor should Trump expect Denmark to present a plan for an increased defence budget at the London summit.
http://cphpost.dk/news/us-wants-denmark-to-buy-more-fighter-jets.html

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Re: F-35 Joint Strike Fighter (JSF)
« Reply #4539 on: November 26, 2019, 14:41:05 »
Trump says Bulgaria is buying F-35. It isn't and no indications it's planning to:

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Remarks by President Trump and Prime Minister Borissov of the Republic of Bulgaria Before Bilateral Meeting [Nov. 25]
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They’ve ordered some F-35s and some other things.  They buy a lot of military equipment from the United States — the best equipment in the world...
https://www.whitehouse.gov/briefings-statements/remarks-president-trump-prime-minister-borissov-republic-bulgaria-bilateral-meeting/

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Re: F-35 Joint Strike Fighter (JSF)
« Reply #4540 on: December 04, 2019, 11:21:48 »
Another aspect of the plane:

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Coming in 2020: A new technology to link F-35 simulators across the globe

 Next year, U.S. Air Force F-35 pilots will be able to hop into a simulator and practice large-scale coordinated attacks with other F-35A users in simulators around the globe, Lockheed Martin’s head of F-35 training said Tuesday.

The capability, called Distributed Mission Training, will allow an unlimited number of F-35 simulators to be networked, enabling high-end training, said Chauncey McIntosh, Lockheed’s vice president for F-35 training and logistics.

“We’ve been testing to ensure that it’s ready to go with our first customer at Nellis Air Force Base [in Nevada]. We’ve got hardware that’s going up there this month and we’re starting our test connections, and everything is looking very well [regarding] this product,” he said during a briefing at the Interservice/Industry, Training, Simulation and Education Conference.

“Essentially we’re waiting just to get the accreditation from the government. We’ll connect that [hardware] and then we’ll start running tests on site with software. And then we’ll go to our final delivery in spring of 2020," he told Defense News.

Currently, F-35 bases can only link as many simulators as they have on site — usually as many as four. However, the Distributed Mission Training capability, or DMT, will allow every U.S. Air Force base to connect up to four of its F-35 simulators with those of every other air base, McIntosh said.

At some point, F-35A simulators may also be able to regularly connect with any other aircraft simulator that can be supported on the same network...
https://www.defensenews.com/digital-show-dailies/itsec/2019/12/04/coming-in-2020-a-new-technology-that-will-link-f-35-simulators-across-the-globe/

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Re: F-35 Joint Strike Fighter (JSF)
« Reply #4541 on: December 11, 2019, 14:08:32 »
Note also Turkey, F-15EX, B-21, KC-46:

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Congress Gives Air Force 12 Extra F-35s; OKs Almost $1B For NGAD
Worried about readiness, Congress demands that DoD acquisition czar Ellen Lord undertake a sweeping study of "sustainment cost data related to the F–35 program."

The Air Force got authorization in the new NDAA for an extra $1 billion for 12 additional F-35As [emphasis added], but the new funds come with a raft of oversight measures and new reporting requirements.

A summary of the bill’s language put out by House Republicans states that the new planes are “to address an identified Air Force unfunded requirement and accelerate delivery of needed 5th generation capability and $440 million for the purchase of additional F-35s originally ordered by Turkey [emphasis added].”

Altogether, DoD asked for 78 F-35 Joint Strike Fighters in its budget request; the conference bill pumps that up to 90 [emphasis added. The Senate version of the NDAA would have authorized 94; the Senate Appropriations Committee’s bill would have pumped the number to a whopping 96. The House NDAA bill authorized 90 — echoing House appropriators.

The NDAA agreement further provides “the necessary authority for buying F-35 long lead spare parts in bulk to help achieve better cost savings for the F-35 and authorizes buy-to-budget authority to capitalize on lower unit cost savings,” the summary states.

Congress also gave a thumbs up to 10 F-35Bs and 20 F-35Cs requested by the Navy and Marine Corps [emphasis added--so USAF getting 60 planes].

However, the lawmakers’ generosity comes with its own price tag. The bill requires a number of reports on the overarching F-35 program with an eye to increasing congressional oversight.

In particular, the DoD Comptroller must submit along with DoD’s fiscal 2021 budget request a report that provides:

    An assessment of “the progress of manufacturing processes improvement under the program;”
    A review of “the progress and results of the Block 4 Upgrade and Continuous Capability Development and Delivery Program and other follow-on modernization development and testing efforts.”
    An assessment of the DoD’s “schedule for delivering software upgrades in six month, scheduled increments.”
    A review of the “progress and results of any other significant hardware development and fielding efforts necessary for the F–35 Block 4 Upgrade  and Continuous Capability Development and Delivery Program.”

In addition, Congress orders the Air Force and Navy Secretaries to  jointly develop a joint service cost estimate for the life-cycle costs of the F–35 aircraft program and the Director of Cost Assessment and Program Evaluation to conduct another independent life-cycle cost estimate.

With an eye to the program’s long-standing troubles with readiness and sustainability, the NDAA conference report demands that DoD Acquisition czar Ellen Lord  provide Congress with a sweeping study of “sustainment cost data related to the F–35 program, including a comparison in itemized forma of the cost of legacy aircraft and the cost of the F–35 program, based on a standardized set of criteria.” no later than 180 days after the bill is passed. This provision was included in the House Armed Services Committee version of the bill.

The study must include a cost-reduction plan for operation, maintenance and sustainability of the aircraft; a review of F-35 “reliability and maintainability metrics” to ensure that they are in line with operational requirements and determine whether improvements can be made; and a review of the ALIS logistics system.

With regard to other major Air Force programs, Congress fully authorizes the service’s $3 billion funding request for the B-21 Raider; and its $1 billion request for eight F-15EX aircraft to begin replacing aging F-15C/D Eagle aircraft with a proviso demanding a comprehensive report on the program; and $2.3 billion for 12 KC-46 Pegasus tankers [emphasis added].

Appropriators on both sides of Capitol Hill also fully funded the F-15EX request in their 2020 budget bills. The two sides are still locked in tough negotiations, especially over the Trump Administration’s request to shift operations and maintenance funding to the southern border wall.

As the Air Force begins gearing up to build the aircraft to succeed the F-35, the NDAA authorizes $955 million for the Air Force Next Generation Air Dominance (NGAD) Program, cutting the $1 billion request by $45 million — a far smaller cut than the House Armed Services Committee version of the NDAA that would have chopped the program in half [emphasis added].

But not everything went the Air Force’s way. The bill prevents the Air Force from spending any funds to retire the RC-135 reconnaissance aircraft until DoD Secretary Mark Esper “certifies to the congressional defense committees that equivalent RC-135 capacity and capability exists to meet combatant commander requirements for indications and warning, intelligence preparation of the  operational environment, and direct support to kinetic and nonkinetic operations.”
https://breakingdefense.com/2019/12/congress-gives-air-force-12-extra-f-35s-oks-almost-1b-for-ngad/

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Re: F-35 Joint Strike Fighter (JSF)
« Reply #4542 on: December 18, 2019, 15:42:31 »
Israelis getting readly to make some decisions:

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Lockheed Presses For Sale Of 75 F-35s To Israel; Boeing Touts F-15s
A senior military source told Breaking Defense that both competitors are needed and the question is -- is who will get bought first: "The IAF needs 75 F-35s and the advanced version of the F-15, and the question is, who will be the first to be purchased."

TEL AVIV: The final push is on between Boeing and Lockheed Martin as Israel closes in on a final decision– which to buy first, more F-35s or an advanced version of the F-15 similar to the F-15X the US Air Force will buy.

A senior military source told Breaking Defense that both competitors are needed and the question is — is who will get bought first: “The IAF needs 75 F-35s and the advanced version of the F-15, and the question is, who will be the first to be purchased.”

Lockheed Martin sent Gary North, the company’s VP for customer requirements, the former head of Pacific Air Forces to press the company’s case. Aside from the expected claim that the F-35 is the best solution for the Israeli Air force’s challenges in the region, North said the unit price of LRIP Lot 14 will be $77.9 million, which means that the last six F-35s in the 50 aircraft contract will carry this price tag. They will be delivered in 2024. According to the best public estimate from the Pentagon, the F-15X will cost $90 million a copy, according to its Cost Assessment and Program (CAPE) analysts.

North said that the price of the F-35 flight hour is going down, and is, as Lockheed keeps promising and the government keeps doubting, going to to be $25,000 by 2025.

The Lockheed Martin senior official said that the radar of the F-35 is capable of detecting low flying threats like Iranian cruise missiles. North revealed that the F-35 test aircraft will be delivered to the IAF in the summer of 2020.

The IAF has prepared a list of weapon systems and “functional” systems that it intends to test on the special F-35 test aircraft.

The special test aircraft has been manufactured according to specifications that took two years to prepare.

The special aircraft is designed to adapt Israeli-developed systems to the IAF’s F-35s. “All our platforms have been upgraded to enable stretching the flight envelope while using the unique weapon systems made by the Israeli industries,” an IAF officer from its flight test center said.

Since the stealth fighter aircraft arrived, some Israeli-made systems have been tested in different scenarios, including during combat operations across the Middle East. But the test aircraft will allow these tests to be fully performed. We can’t offer many other details.

North said that the US and Israel are still negotiating how much the Israelis will be allowed to interface with the F-35’s core systems. While the US has claimed for years that partners and allies aircraft will have the same capabilities as those bought by the US, those negotiations make it clear there are limits. The test aircraft will help Israeli enhance the capabilities of the F-35 Adir in air-air and air-ground missions using highly classified Israeli systems developed for this purpose.

Israeli defense companies have been busy adapting operational systems for use on the F-35, including  electronic systems and special weapons systems. These initial designs have been updated based on Israel’s combat experience, with the aircraft striking targets across the Middle East.

In addition to the special capabilities Israel plans to install on their F-35s, the IAF wants to perform all heavy maintenance — depot-level — in Israel but North said the aircraft has been designed so that it does not need depot maintenance...
https://breakingdefense.com/2019/12/lockheed-presses-for-sale-of-75-f-35s-to-israel-boeing-touts-f-15s/

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Re: F-35 Joint Strike Fighter (JSF)
« Reply #4543 on: December 31, 2019, 12:24:02 »
Production proceeding up as F-35A price goes down:

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Lockheed Martin hits 2019 F-35 delivery target of 131 jets

Lockheed Martin Corp (LMT.N) said on Monday it has reached its 2019 target to deliver 131 F-35 fighter jets to the United States and its allies, as the defense contractor built 47% more jets this year.

The world’s largest defense contractor delivered a total of 134 of the stealthy jets this year and aims to deliver 141 F-35s in 2020.

The most common variation of the jet, the F-35A, now costs $77.9 million, beating its goal of lowering the price to below $80 million a year earlier than expected.

The F-35 program, which makes up about 25% of Lockheed’s annual revenue [emphasis added], has long aimed at expanding the fleet to more than 3,000 jets and bringing the unit price of the F-35A below $80 million through efficiencies gained by bulk orders.

Earlier this year, Pentagon announced pricing details for its agreement with Lockheed that lowers the cost of the F-35 jets it plans to purchase through 2022 by 12.7%, which may encourage other nations to buy the warplane.

In 2019, international deliveries jumped 43% to 30 jets for international partner nations [emphasis added].

More U.S. allies have been eyeing a purchase of the stealthy jet including Finland, Switzerland and the United Arab Emirates...
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-lockheed-f35/lockheed-martin-hits-2019-f-35-delivery-target-of-131-jets-idUSKBN1YY1D3

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Re: F-35 Joint Strike Fighter (JSF)
« Reply #4544 on: January 11, 2020, 13:32:11 »
Is split buy with Super Hornet for nuke role still a possibility (USN SH-s have no nuclear capability)? What about risk to FCAS next-gen fighter program with France/Airbus if don't go all Typhoon?

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Looks like Germany, under French pressure (FCAS), still won't go for F-35A to replace aging Tornados for NATO nuke role--maybe 40 Eurofighters and 40 EA-18G Growlers for nuke role:

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In Germany, gridlock over nuclear-capable fighter jet

Germany's Air Force has a special mission: deliver American nukes in the case of a nuclear strike. But its Tornado fleet is rapidly nearing the end of its shelf life. So why has Germany yet to decide on a replacement? [read on]
https://www.dw.com/en/in-germany-gridlock-over-nuclear-capable-fighter-jet/a-51897327

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Re: F-35 Joint Strike Fighter (JSF)
« Reply #4545 on: January 11, 2020, 13:45:13 »
There're some old F104s in the USAF's boneyard being restored for the Yanks Air Museum in Chino, Calif. They can hurl nukes. Maybe if Germany ...



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Re: F-35 Joint Strike Fighter (JSF)
« Reply #4546 on: January 15, 2020, 15:26:09 »
ALIS is leaving Wonderland to be replaced by the mighty ODIN!

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F-35 logistics system to be reinvented and renamed, official says

The computer-based logistics system of the F-35 stealth fighter jet made by Lockheed Martin (LMT.N), which has been plagued by delays, will be replaced by another network made by the same company, a Pentagon official said on Tuesday.

The Autonomic Logistics Information System (ALIS) was designed to underpin the F-35 fleet’s daily operations, ranging from mission planning and flight scheduling to repairs and scheduled maintenance, as well as the tracking and ordering of parts.

Ellen Lord, the Pentagon’s chief weapon’s buyer, said ALIS would be replaced with Lockheed Martin’s Operational Data Integrated Network (ODIN), which will be streamlined for efficiency “with the voice of the maintainer and the pilots at the forefront of the requirements list.”

Lord told Reuters outside a closed-door briefing to U.S. Congress that Lockheed Martin, the F-35’s prime contractor, would work on ODIN under the current ALIS funding profile without additional cost to the taxpayer.

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) had estimated that ALIS would have cost more than $16.7 billion over its multi-decade “life cycle”.

ALIS was blamed for delaying aircraft maintenance, one of the very things it was meant to facilitate.

“One Air Force unit estimated that it spent the equivalent of more than 45,000 hours per year performing additional tasks and manual workarounds because ALIS was not functioning as needed,” the GAO said in a November report.

By December 2022, ODIN will have replaced ALIS in all F-35s except those deployed remotely or on ships, Lord said [emphasis added, sure?].
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-pentagon-f35/f-35-logistics-system-to-be-reinvented-and-renamed-official-says-idUSKBN1ZE00D

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