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Re: Lockheed Martin F-35: News ONLY topic
« Reply #1665 on: March 29, 2019, 10:54:04 am »
Clipped. I don't know of any with a retraction capability. The cool kids now have free-flyers popped from a standard chaff-flare dispenser.

Wouldn't they slow down fairly quickly and be easy to discern?
They are also relatively low powered and "dumb" when compared to the signals that can be pumped out of a towed decoy.

On the clip vs real-back-in, they are clipped now but IIRC there is talk of developing a retractable version.

Other than cost, why would you want to?   Seems like it would limit one's maneuverability.  Not something I'd think you'd want to do with a missile inbound.
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Re: Lockheed Martin F-35: News ONLY topic
« Reply #1666 on: March 29, 2019, 11:25:27 am »
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S. Korea's Air Force to welcome arrival of 2 F-35A stealth fighters

SEOUL --- The [Republic of Korea] Air Force received two U.S.-made F-35A fighter jets at a key base in South Korea on Friday, to join the ranks of Asia's few radar-evading warplane operators, Seoul's arms procurement agency said.

They arrived at an air base in Cheongju, 140 kilometers south of Seoul, at 2:35 p.m. today, after several stopovers for refueling following their departure from Luke Air Force Base in Arizona last Friday, the Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) said.

The date for their full operational deployment has yet to be decided, but a ceremony to publicize their introduction is expected to take place next month or in May, DAPA said. The two fighters are among the six F-35As that the Air Force had received in the U.S. until last year.

A total of 10 F-35A fighters, manufactured by the U.S. defense firm Lockheed Martin, are set to arrive in South Korea by the end of this year. In 2014, Seoul decided to purchase 40 F-35As for deployment through 2021 at a cost of 7.4 trillion won (US$6.5 billion).

"We expect (the F-35As) to enhance the Air Force's operational capabilities in response to the neighboring countries' introduction of stealth fighters, and to strengthen the readiness posture against threats from all directions," DAPA chief Wang Jung-hong said.

In 2017, South Korean Air Force pilots began receiving training on the operation of the fifth-generation warplane.

The F-35A fighter is expected to serve as a centerpiece of South Korea's strategic targeting scheme against potential enemy forces. It can fly at a top speed of Mach 1.8 and carry top-of-the line weapons systems, such as joint direct attack munitions.

The F-35A is the fighter's air force variant, while the F-35B and F-35C are for marine and aircraft carrier-based operations, respectively.

Amid diplomatic efforts to denuclearize North Korea and foster lasting peace on the peninsula, Pyongyang has responded sensitively to Seoul's new fighter deployment plan.

In January, the Rodong Sinmun, the newspaper of the North's ruling Workers' Party, warned that the introduction of the F-35As could spoil the atmosphere of efforts to improve inter-Korean military ties.

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Re: Lockheed Martin F-35: News ONLY topic
« Reply #1667 on: March 29, 2019, 07:11:40 pm »
On the clip vs real-back-in, they are clipped now but IIRC there is talk of developing a retractable version.
Other than cost, why would you want to?   Seems like it would limit one's maneuverability.  Not something I'd think you'd want to do with a missile inbound.
You'd clip it if a missile hit the decoy, but the idea there is that if the enemy doesn't launch a missile you can just utilise the decoy basically as a towed jammer, retracting it and using it multiple times throughout a mission (so long as it has the battery / power delivery system to enable such a thing).

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Re: Lockheed Martin F-35: News ONLY topic
« Reply #1668 on: March 31, 2019, 12:51:41 pm »
I think the Mach 1.8 top speed of the F-35 noted here is interesting. Wouldn't be different than a loaded F-16.

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Re: Lockheed Martin F-35: News ONLY topic
« Reply #1669 on: April 01, 2019, 01:00:52 pm »
 S-400 or F-35? Turkey’s Erdogan Must Choose
By Bradley Bowman and Andrew Gabel on April 01, 2019 at 3:15 PM

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https://breakingdefense.com/2019/04/s-400-or-f-35-turkeys-erdogan-must-choose/

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Re: Lockheed Martin F-35: News ONLY topic
« Reply #1670 on: April 01, 2019, 01:22:01 pm »
"Japan Air Self Defense Force Stands Up First F-35A Lightning II Fighter Squadron"
By Franz-Stefan Gady
April 01, 2019

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https://thediplomat.com/2019/04/japan-air-self-defense-force-stands-up-first-f-35a-lightning-ii-fighter-squadron/

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Re: Lockheed Martin F-35: News ONLY topic
« Reply #1671 on: April 02, 2019, 04:44:33 pm »
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Re: Lockheed Martin F-35: News ONLY topic
« Reply #1673 on: April 06, 2019, 02:31:24 pm »
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U.S. Considers Extending F-35 Jet Sales to Romania, Poland: Report
(Source: Radio Free Europe - Radio Liberty; posted April 05, 2019)
Reuters is reporting that the United States is considering expanding sales of Lockheed Martin-made F-35 fighter jets to five new countries, including Romania, Poland, and Greece.

The news agency reported on April 4 that Vice Admiral Mathias Winter, who is chief of the military’s F-35 office, said that "future potential Foreign Military Sales customers include Singapore, Greece, Romania, Spain, and Poland.

The comments came in written testimony by Winter submitted to the U.S. House of Representatives and seen by the news agency.
https://armedservices.house.gov/_cache/files/2/4/246f864f-c4dd-47b7-863c-850d24d13173/9CB09E104F296E4B32DE2DBC8642F289.hhrg-116-as25-bio-winterm-20190404.pdf

Belgium in 2018 was the first new customer for the F-35 in several years, deciding on the U.S.-made warplane in a $4.55 billion deal over the Eurofighter Typhoon.

Nine other countries have signed up to buy the fighter-jets -- Britain, Australia, Italy, Norway, the Netherlands, Israel, Japan, South Korea, and Turkey.

However, Washington has suspended Turkey's participation in the F-35 program over Ankara’s decision to purchase Russian S-400 missile defense systems against U.S. and NATO opposition.

Other U.S. allies, including Finland, Switzerland, and the United Arab Emirates, have also considered purchasing F-35 jets.

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Re: Lockheed Martin F-35: News ONLY topic
« Reply #1677 on: April 12, 2019, 02:15:52 am »
Did they ever retrieve the aircraft?

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Re: Lockheed Martin F-35: News ONLY topic
« Reply #1678 on: April 15, 2019, 03:53:18 pm »
Air Force's F-35A Deploys to Middle East for First Time

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15 Apr 2019
Military.com | By Oriana Pawlyk
The U.S. Air Force's F-35A variant has officially deployed to the Middle East.

Air Forces Central Command announced Monday that F-35 fifth-generation fighters from the 388th and 419th Fighter Wings at Hill Air Force Base, Utah, have deployed to Al Dhafra Air Base, United Arab Emirates to keep watch in the region.

It's the first time Air Force F-35s have deployed to the Middle East.

More at the JUMP
https://www.military.com/daily-news/2019/04/15/air-forces-f-35a-deploys-middle-east-first-time.html

Official Press release:
https://www.afcent.af.mil/News/Article/1813833/us-air-forces-f-35a-lightning-ii-arrives-for-first-middle-east-deployment/
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Re: Lockheed Martin F-35: News ONLY topic
« Reply #1679 on: April 16, 2019, 10:03:41 am »
FlightGlobal article : Greece eyes F-35s as F-16 replacement

https://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/greece-eyes-f-35s-as-f-16-replacement-457481/