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Re: Lockheed Martin F-35: News ONLY topic
« Reply #1590 on: February 02, 2019, 05:55:47 am »
And nobody is disputing that the F-35 might have issues.  However some, I won't say who, think the best thing Europe in general could do is follow Germany's lead and buy Typhoons instead of F-35s.  (That the Hornet is the mix is a fig leaf for German politicians, nothing more.)  So no, Typhoon availability rates, as they compare to the F-35, aren't exactly irrelevant.

And say, didn't Germany decide some of its new Tiffs only had 1500 hrs of safe flying time on them due to rear fuselage issues production issues? Did that ever get satisfactorily resolved? Wouldn't that mean the limited number of affected B-models we're slamming still have 40% longer service life as is?   I'm sure we could find the same voices discussing the Tiff availability and lifespan issues dripping with the same venom...

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Re: Lockheed Martin F-35: News ONLY topic
« Reply #1591 on: February 02, 2019, 09:34:07 am »
Try as ever I can, I cannot discern the words Random Anti-Typhoon Biatch Session in the topic title.

Plainly my reading skills are up the spout today.

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Re: Lockheed Martin F-35: News ONLY topic
« Reply #1592 on: February 07, 2019, 12:33:57 am »
Further to my random snippet about the RAF ditching 'II' from the aircraft's title, its been pointed out by those who more about RAF serial numbers than I do that the MOD have allocated serials to 'mirror' the English Electric Lightning F.1 allocations, but starting at ZM135 to omit the unfortunate XM134 which crashed after only a few years in service.
Who said nostalgia is dead eh?

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Re: Lockheed Martin F-35: News ONLY topic
« Reply #1593 on: February 07, 2019, 03:24:53 am »
Nobody I know.

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Re: Lockheed Martin F-35: News ONLY topic
« Reply #1594 on: February 26, 2019, 06:40:07 am »
2019 flight demo practice session.


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Re: Lockheed Martin F-35: News ONLY topic
« Reply #1595 on: February 26, 2019, 06:54:37 am »
For not having TVC the controllability shown there at 8:25 is pretty amazing.
"DARPA Hard"  It ain't what it use to be.

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Re: Lockheed Martin F-35: News ONLY topic
« Reply #1596 on: February 26, 2019, 06:58:06 am »
For not having TVC the controllability shown there at 8:25 is pretty amazing.

Impressive high alpha pass leading up to it, too.

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Re: Lockheed Martin F-35: News ONLY topic
« Reply #1597 on: February 26, 2019, 07:42:55 am »
"DARPA Hard"  It ain't what it use to be.

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Re: Lockheed Martin F-35: News ONLY topic
« Reply #1598 on: February 26, 2019, 01:28:55 pm »
MORE Block 4 info

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the last Block 3F software was delivered in December and the first Block 4 update is planned for April 2019.



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MARCH 2019
JOHN A. TIRPAK
EDITORIAL DIRECTOR

Block 4 comprises some 53 improvements to counter both air- and ground-based threats emerging from China and Russia. None of these upgrades will change the aircraft’s outer appearance, or “mold line.” Instead, they are primarily new or enhanced features executed in software, which will be rolled out in stages, with updates every April and October starting in 2019 and continuing through at least 2024.

“Instead of doing two-year deliveries … we decided to go to a more continuous capability framework,” said Vice Adm. Mathias W. Winter, F-35 Program Executive Officer, in a December interview.

Now that Block 3F has been “verified and validated,” the Lightning II is a “mature” system, Winter said, and ready to accept “modernization, enhancement, and improvements.” Exactly how many early production F-35s will be upgraded to the 3F configuration may be revealed in the 2020 budget submission to Congress.   

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Handled at the squadron level, TR3 upgrades can be completed “in a couple of days,” Winter said. That’s in contrast to TR2 modifications that require depot-level installation of structural and component improvements.

 a LOT more at the JUMP
http://www.airforcemag.com/MagazineArchive/Pages/2019/March%202019/Keeping-the-F-35-Ahead-of-the-Bad-Guys.aspx

Parting thought... The pic above shows the JSM, SOM-J, SDB2, ASRRAM, and Meteor as 5 of the new Block 4 weapons.  Thought on the other two?
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WE4-45-1-08     OMHIWDMB
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Re: Lockheed Martin F-35: News ONLY topic
« Reply #1599 on: February 26, 2019, 02:32:50 pm »
The article mentions JSOW C1 as another Block 4 weapon.  It also mentions LRASM, but that may be a current capability, not new in Block 4.

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Re: Lockheed Martin F-35: News ONLY topic
« Reply #1600 on: February 26, 2019, 02:47:44 pm »
JSOW C1 is listed in the annual DOT&E report as a Block 3F weapon.. Odd.
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Re: Lockheed Martin F-35: News ONLY topic
« Reply #1601 on: February 26, 2019, 05:19:08 pm »
 Well, the article is pretty badly written so it might not mean to say that JSOW C1 is in Block 4.

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Re: Lockheed Martin F-35: News ONLY topic
« Reply #1602 on: February 26, 2019, 09:15:33 pm »
JSOW-ER and SPEAR 3 would be my guesses for the 2 missing weapons.

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Re: Lockheed Martin F-35: News ONLY topic
« Reply #1603 on: February 27, 2019, 04:10:56 am »
Got to hand it to the flight control team. They're really making the H-stabs earn their pay. Watching that high-alpha pass...



And watch that second video around 0:42 and 1:48. Effectors flippety-flappin every which way.

However, the display doesn't tell us more about the EM aspects than we already knew.

As for C2D2 and the AFM article. All power to them if they can accomplish all that in the next ~5 years. Particularly swapping out computers and displays at the squadron level.


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Re: Lockheed Martin F-35: News ONLY topic
« Reply #1604 on: February 27, 2019, 04:53:58 am »
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However, the display doesn't tell us more about the EM aspects than we already knew.
IMOHO, this part of the demo (2nd viedo) targets 4th gen fighter display at airshow replicating their moves. High g corner turns (slammed it b/w), "high"* alpha barrel roll (canards does it better if the speed is kept high - see especially the J-20 (I know this one is not strictly a 4th gen - so don't throw me your bugged Huawei   ;) ).

And notice (@ 0:40) the brief high G pull-up weapon bays open to show that there are no limitations in flight domain in that config. 

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For not having TVC the controllability shown there at 8:25 is pretty amazing.
FBW definitively ready for 6th gen


*high for 4th gen design
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