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Re: Lockheed Martin F-35: News ONLY topic
« Reply #15 on: December 13, 2012, 11:44:39 am »
F-35 Fast Facts for Dec 11th, 2012

http://f-35.ca/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/F-35-Fast-Facts-December-11-2012.pdf

Previously unreported Tidbits:
-- On November 3, CF-2 flew an HMD Jitter FTR mission completing first pilot evaluation.
-- On November 14, during setup for a 45,000 ft test point, AF-4 flew to 50,000 ft, the design altitude limit. This is the first time F-35 has flown to 50K.
-- On November 30, BF-1 accomplished the longest duration F-35 hover at 10 minutes.
-- On December 3, BF-1 accomplished its 200th vertical landing at PAX and completed maximum weight hover, vertical landing and 90 degree translation on December 6.
-- On December 6, BF-4 flew the first STOVL mode night ops, including night hover.
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Re: Lockheed Martin F-35: News ONLY topic
« Reply #16 on: December 13, 2012, 05:49:50 pm »
Not Precisely news, Dated March, 27, 2012
But, IMO very illustrative



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Re: Lockheed Martin F-35: News ONLY topic
« Reply #17 on: December 15, 2012, 03:26:39 pm »
Bad news in Canada (can't afford the numbers they need), mixed news in Australia (looking at another 24 Shornets due to previous JSF delays), better news in Britain (order holding at 48, looking to buy as many as 100 over time).  Best read at the jump.

http://www.defensenews.com/article/20121215/DEFREG02/312150002/Experts-Canada-s-Potential-F-35-Cut-Would-Hurt-Mission?odyssey=tab|topnews|text|FRONTPAGE

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Re: Lockheed Martin F-35: News ONLY topic
« Reply #18 on: December 16, 2012, 01:29:10 am »

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Re: Lockheed Martin F-35: News ONLY topic
« Reply #19 on: December 16, 2012, 02:05:20 am »
Why do they need the Navy version?. Is Turkey going to order an LHA/LHD ship?

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Re: Lockheed Martin F-35: News ONLY topic
« Reply #20 on: December 16, 2012, 09:10:24 am »
Turkey is building a LHA or equiv.  they are reportedly ordering the CV variant (not STOVL) though.  It could be a typo or possibly misreporting of the STOVL.
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Re: Lockheed Martin F-35: News ONLY topic
« Reply #21 on: December 17, 2012, 01:49:30 pm »

AETC declares Eglin ready for F-35 training
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12/17/2012 - EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla -- Following an independent evaluation of Eglin's capability to conduct F-35A Lightning II pilot training, Air Education and Training Command announced today the 33rd Fighter Wing can do so, starting in January.
http://www.eglin.af.mil/news/story.asp?id=123330196

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Re: Lockheed Martin F-35: News ONLY topic
« Reply #22 on: December 19, 2012, 01:31:32 am »
A little Stars and Stripes blurb.  http://www.stripes.com/news/panetta-says-first-f-35-overseas-deployment-planned-for-iwakuni-1.201222
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Panetta Says First F-35 Overseas Deployment Planned for Iwakuni

...“We are also enhancing our presence and capabilities in the region,” Panetta said. “That includes reallocating the naval fleet to achieve in these next few years a 60/40 split between the Pacific and the Atlantic Oceans — hopefully, we will do that by 2020 — increasing Army and Marine presence in the region after Iraq and Afghanistan, locating our most advanced aircraft in the Pacific, including new deployments of F-22s and the MV-22 Ospreys to Japan, and laying the groundwork for the first overseas deployment of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter to Iwakuni in 2017”...
I'm a little surprised the guy already has a time and place in mind.

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Re: Lockheed Martin F-35: News ONLY topic
« Reply #23 on: December 19, 2012, 11:39:57 am »
Lockheed Martin F-35: News ONLY topic

Some posts had to be removed again, sorry.
Please read the very first post in this thread again and stick to it !

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Re: Lockheed Martin F-35: News ONLY topic
« Reply #24 on: December 19, 2012, 11:55:40 am »
Norway Wants To Have Its First F-35 In Norway By 2017

http://blogs.ottawacitizen.com/2012/12/19/norway-wants-to-have-its-first-f-35-in-norway-by-2017/

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Norwegian Minister of Defence Anne-Grete Strøm-Erichsen, who Monday [Dec 17th] met with US Secretary of Defence Leon Panetta at the Pentagon.

- Our goal is to introduce a bill to Parliament early 2013 which allows us to receive the first aircraft to Norway in 2017. We have already ordered two aircraft for training purposes that are to be delivered in 2015, followed by another two in 2016, but these are to be based in the US. This new order is therefore a new major milestone for us.

Our cost estimates remain stable and we are confident in our choice.

I understand that some partner nations are currently making an effort to ensure that their respective fighter procurement processes are as comprehensive and as well structured as they can be, and this is to be expected – this is after all a major investment. We have no doubt, however, that this is a necessary investment and that it will help strengthen the ability of our Armed Forces to contribute to Norwegian security for several decades to come, concludes Ms Strøm-Erichsen.
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Re: Lockheed Martin F-35: News ONLY topic
« Reply #25 on: December 19, 2012, 01:04:44 pm »
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F-35 Deal Targets Lower Price, More Shared Risk

The Pentagon and Lockheed Martin have finally agreed on a 4% decrease in the target cost for the next production lot of stealthy F-35s after more than a year of antagonistic negotiations.

Target per-unit airframe costs are as follows for the three variants of the Joint Strike Fighter (JSF): $105 million for the conventional-takeoff-and-landing F-35A; $113 million for the short-takeoff-and-vertical-landing F-35B and $125 million for the carrier suitable F-35C, according to Joe Dellavedova, a spokesman for the JSF program executive officer. Low-rate, initial production (LRIP) lot 5 includes 32 aircraft — 22 F-35As, three F-35Bs and seven F-35Cs, all for the U.S.

The contract’s total value is $3.8 billion and covers the airframe only; negotiations between the Pentagon and Pratt & Whitney on purchasing the F135 engines for the single-engine fighter are still ongoing, Dellavedova says...
  More at jump.  http://www.aviationweek.com/Article.aspx?id=/article-xml/awx_12_17_2012_p0-529388.xml
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Re: Lockheed Martin F-35: News ONLY topic
« Reply #26 on: December 19, 2012, 05:16:51 pm »
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Lockheed Profit on F-35 Jets Will Rise With New Contract

Lockheed Martin expects to earn a profit in the high single digits under a new contract signed last week for the fifth batch of its radar-evading F-35 fighter planes, company officials said.  Lockheed executives have said the company earned about 4 percent during its decade-long effort to design and develop the plane...

...The Pentagon will require Lockheed to cover a slightly larger share of any cost overruns than it did on the last batch. The company will also have to fix some of the technical problems with the planes without earning a profit on that work...
Rest of the article is news already in the thread.  http://www.nytimes.com/2012/12/18/business/lockheeds-profit-on-f-35-will-rise-with-new-pentagon-contract.html?src=recg&_r=0

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Re: Lockheed Martin F-35: News ONLY topic
« Reply #27 on: December 20, 2012, 08:35:39 am »
F-35B achieves milestone flight
 
Marine Corps test pilot Maj. C. R. Clift flies BF-1 on a short take off and vertical landing mode mission, Dec. 7. The flight marked the 1,000th developmental test flight for the F-35B Lightning II in the program’s system development and demonstration phase. The F-35B is the Lightning II variant designed for the U.S. Marine Corps as well as F-35 international partners in the United Kingdom and Italy. The F-35B is capable of short takeoffs and vertical landings to enable air power projection from amphibious ships, ski-jump aircraft carriers and expeditionary airfields. The F-35B is undergoing flight test and evaluation at NAS Patuxent River, Md., prior to delivery to the fleet. (Photo courtesy of Lockheed Martin)
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Re: Lockheed Martin F-35: News ONLY topic
« Reply #28 on: December 28, 2012, 02:22:38 pm »

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Re: Lockheed Martin F-35: News ONLY topic
« Reply #29 on: December 28, 2012, 02:33:50 pm »
The author show some lack of perspective in claiming F-35 to be the  "biggest" fiasco in the "history of military aviation".   There are quite a few samples flying and shooting.  So much bigger fiascos are not hard to find.
 
 
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