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Re: Lockheed Martin F-35: News ONLY topic
« Reply #225 on: June 19, 2013, 03:09:15 pm »
"Theft of F-35 design data is helping U.S. adversaries: Pentagon"
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The theft of sensitive design data by hackers targeting programs like the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter takes away a big U.S. advantage by allowing rivals to speed up development of their own stealth aircraft, a top Pentagon official said on Wednesday.

Defense acquisitions chief Frank Kendall told a Senate hearing he was reasonably confident that classified information related to the development of the F-35 was well-protected.

"But I'm not at all confident that our unclassified information is as well-protected," he said.

"A lot of that is being stolen right now and it's a major problem for us," Kendall told a Senate hearing on development of the Lockheed Martin fighter, a so-called fifth generation aircraft capable of evading radar and integrated air defense systems.

The F-35 is the costliest weapons program in U.S. history. The United States is building it along with eight international partners and intends to purchase nearly 2,450 of the aircraft at a cost of almost $400 billion.

Responding to questions from senators concerned about whether cyber theft had left the F-35 vulnerable to attack, Kendall said his primary concern was that the design and production edge had been forfeited to competing powers.

"What it does is reduce the costs and lead time of our adversaries to doing their own designs, so it gives away a substantial advantage," Kendall said.

"It's the amount of time and effort they're going to have to put into getting their next design and staying with us," he added. "And as you're probably well aware, at least two nations are well into developing fifth-generation aircraft right now, so that's a concern."

Kendall did not name specific countries, but China and Russia are among the nations developing fifth-generation fighter jets.

The acquisitions chief said he was working on steps that would result in stronger sanctions against defense contractors who fail to do a better job at protecting their sensitive information systems.

CHINA REPORT

The remarks by the defense acquisitions chief came a month after the Pentagon said in its annual China report that Beijing was using cyber espionage to acquire advanced technologies to fuel its fast-paced military modernization program.

The report for the first time charged that cyber intrusions into U.S. government computer systems appeared to be directly attributable to the Chinese government and military, adding the main purpose was to benefit its defense industries.

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel raised those concerns this month at the Shangri-La dialogue in Singapore, a multinational Asian security event that included a high-level Chinese military delegation.

U.S. President Barack Obama discussed the issue with Chinese President Xi Jinping at their summit in California a few days later, warning that if the intrusions were not addressed they would become a big problem in bilateral economic relations.

China conducted a test flight of its J-20 stealth fighter jet in January 2011 just hours before then-U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates met with then-President Hu Jintao during a visit to Beijing. The test was seen as a show of force by the Chinese military.

A second Chinese stealth fighter, the J-31, made its maiden flight late last year. One security analyst said China's production of a second stealth design in as many years suggested a "pretty impressive level of technical development."

Pentagon officials have played down the Chinese aircraft advances, saying Beijing was still years away from being able to field a stealth aircraft despite the prototypes.

China was suspected of being behind a reported 2009 cyber intrusion that resulted in the theft of a huge amount of design and electronics data on the F-35. Pentagon and Lockheed Martin officials said no classified information was taken.


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Re: Lockheed Martin F-35: News ONLY topic
« Reply #226 on: June 19, 2013, 10:12:56 pm »
From One Generation to the Next 
 
Le Bourget, France—The fifth generation F-35 strike fighter is on pace to cost the equivalent of fourth generation fighters, Steve O'Bryan, Lockheed Martin vice president for F-35 program integration, told reporters here on Wednesday. "We are on a path to reduce the aircraft's cost . . . to what is in about 2020 about $85 million" in then-year dollars factoring inflation, he said during his media briefing at the 50th Paris Air Show. "In today's US dollars, that is about $75 million. We believe that is on par with any fourth generation airplane," he added. O'Bryan said this estimate is the recurring unit flyway cost, which includes the airframe, engine, all missions systems, and any concurrency expenditures. "This is the US government estimate," he noted. Every F-35 production contract that Lockheed Martin has signed thus far has been under the US government's cost estimate, said O'Bryan. For example, the most recent contract—for the fifth batch of low-rate initial production—"was 3 percent below that estimate," he said. "Both Lockheed [Martin] and the US government expect that trend to continue," he said. From the time of LRIP 1 to LRIP 5, "we have dropped the price of the airplane by over 50 percent," said O'Bryan during his June 19 presentation.
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Re: Lockheed Martin F-35: News ONLY topic
« Reply #227 on: June 20, 2013, 11:10:20 am »
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Lockheed, Mitsubishi Heavy Sign Deal for F-35 Assembly
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PARIS --- Lockheed Martin Corp has signed a contract with Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd to begin work on a final assembly and check-out plant for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter in Japan, it said on Wednesday.

Steve O'Bryan, Lockheed vice president on the F-35 program, announced the contract agreement at the Paris Airshow. He declined to give details on the value of the contract.

A similar facility built in Italy to assemble F-35 jets in Europe cost an estimated 800 million Euros ($1.1 billion).

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Re: Lockheed Martin F-35: News ONLY topic
« Reply #228 on: June 20, 2013, 11:11:37 am »
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Fokker Secures Next Order for F-35 Aircraft Valued at 40 million Euros
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PAPENDRECHT, Netherlands --- Fokker Elmo has secured an additional contract from Lockheed Martin for the delivery of additional Electrical Wiring & Interconnection Systems, valued at 40 million euro’s. Under this contract, Fokker Elmo will be responsible for the manufacturing of electrical systems for the next batch of aircraft.

Fokker Elmo’s production of the F-35 electrical wiring systems involves employment for 150 specialists at Fokker Elmo. The company has been working with Lockheed Martin for the F-35 since 2002.

Hans Büthker, COO of Fokker Technologies and President of Fokker Elmo is ‘very pleased to sign this contract during the Paris Airshow, following the recent milestone of the delivery of the 100th shipset to Lockheed Martin, this underscores the value of the Dutch industrial participation in the F-35 in terms of employment, knowledge and innovation”. The contract was signed in the presence of Dutch Minister of Economic Affairs Mr. Henk Kamp.


Fokker Technologies is the group name for four specialized Fokker Business Units: Fokker Aerostructures, Fokker Elmo, Fokker Landing Gear and Fokker Services. Fokker Technologies develops and produces advanced structures and electrical systems for the aerospace and defense industry, and supplies integrated services and products to aircraft owners and operators. The group achieved a turnover of € 769 million in 2012 with 4,950 employees.

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Re: Lockheed Martin F-35: News ONLY topic
« Reply #229 on: June 20, 2013, 02:22:59 pm »
F-35C CF-07. new pics



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Re: Lockheed Martin F-35: News ONLY topic
« Reply #230 on: June 20, 2013, 02:23:51 pm »
F-35A AF-28 First Flight

Lockheed Martin test pilot Billie Flynn was at the controls for the first flight of F-35A AF-28 (US Air Force serial number 10-5016). The flight occurred on 19 June 2013 with takeoff and landing at NAS Fort Worth JRB, Texas.



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« Reply #231 on: June 22, 2013, 06:49:09 am »
F-35C CF-8 First Flight

Lockheed Martin test pilot Bill Gigliotti was at the controls for the first flight of F-35C CF-8 (US Navy Bureau Number 168735). The flight occurred on 20 June 2013 with takeoff and landing at NAS Fort Worth JRB, Texas.



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Re: Lockheed Martin F-35: News ONLY topic
« Reply #232 on: June 22, 2013, 12:38:46 pm »
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F-35 Is Backbone of Air Force's Future Fighter Fleet, Welsh Says
(Source: US Air Force; issued June 20, 2013)
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. --- The Air Force's most advanced strike aircraft, the F-35 Lightning II, is a vital capability that the nation needs to stay ahead of adversary technological gains, the Air Force chief of staff told a Senate panel here, June 19.

Testifying before the Senate Appropriations Committee's Subcommittee on Defense, Gen. Mark A. Welsh III said air superiority is critical to the nation's security and how the U.S. military plans to fight.

"The air superiority this nation has enjoyed for 60 years is not an accident and gaining and maintaining it is not easy," Welsh said. "It requires trained proficient and ready Airmen and it requires credible, capable and technologically superior aircraft. I believe the F-35 is essential to ensuring we can provide that air superiority in the future."

The F-35 is an unprecedented fifth generation fighter combining stealth technology with fighter speed and agility, fully integrated sensors and network enabled operations, and state-of-the-art avionics. However, design issues and production costs have put the F-35 program in real jeopardy.

Undersecretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics Frank Kendall told the committee he believe those concerns have been addressed.

"The department's and my focus has been on the efforts to control costs on the program, and to achieve a more stable design so that we could increase the production rate to more economical quantities," Kendall testified. "Indications at this time are that these efforts are succeeding."

The Air Force intends to use a portion of the proposed fiscal 2014 budget to support current defense strategic guidance and modernization programs like the F-35.

"Potential adversaries are acquiring fighters on par with or better than our legacy fourth generation fleet," Welsh told the committee. "They're developing sophisticated early warning radar systems and employing better surface to air missile systems, and this at a time when our fighter fleet numbers about 2,000 aircraft and averages a little over 23 years of age -- the smallest and the oldest in the Air Force's history."

Welsh said America needs the F-35 to stay a step ahead and to "make sure the future fight is an away game and to minimize our risk to our ground forces when conflict inevitably does occur."

"The F-35 is the only real, viable option to form the backbone of our future fighter fleet," he said. "The F-35 remains the best platform to address the proliferation of highly capable integrated air defenses and new air-to-air threats."

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Re: Lockheed Martin F-35: News ONLY topic
« Reply #233 on: June 22, 2013, 02:10:13 pm »
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F-35 – ‘cautiously optimistic’ at the tipping point for programme

"We’re not declaring victory just yet” said Lockheed Martin’s VP Steve O’Bryan of the new “cautiously optimistic” (as described by Pentagon procurement chief) outlook that infuses the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter project. However it was clear in a presentation to the aviation medai at Le Bourget that things were now starting to go in the troubled fighters direction – the good news said O’Bryan meant the programme was at ‘a tipping point’. With 65 F-35s now flying, flight testing is ramping up quickly, with 50% of all flight tests done in the past 12 months.

In addition, both the US Government and the GAO had confirmed that concurrency was starting to pay off – and the flyaway cost (including engines) was dropping. In 2020 the US Government estimates that a F-35 will cost some $85m each or less than half of the 2009 initial examples cost. Adjusted to today’s dollars the 2020 price would be $75m each.

However, O’Bryan was frank in admitting that challenges still persist – especially in the software. The F-35 computer software has around 8.6million lines of code (in comparison an F-22 has around 2million). While 88% of the code is now flying, the remaining 12% is the most difficult part, explained O’Bryan as it integrates existing simpler functions and capabilties together into a whole.

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Re: Lockheed Martin F-35: News ONLY topic
« Reply #234 on: June 23, 2013, 05:11:40 am »
US Navy Fleet Squadron receives 1st F-35C JSF

Release Date: 6/22/2013 3:37:00 PM

SAN DIEGO (NNS) -- The U.S. Navy's Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 101 received the Navy's first F-35C Lightning II carrier variant aircraft from Lockheed Martin today at the squadron's home at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla.

The F-35C is a fifth generation fighter, combining advanced stealth with fighter speed and agility, fully fused sensor information, network-enabled operations and advanced sustainment.

The F-35C will enhance the flexibility, power projection, and strike capabilities of carrier air wings and joint task forces and will complement the capabilities of the F/A-18E/F Super Hornet, which currently serves as the Navy's premier strike fighter.

By 2025, the Navy's aircraft carrier-based air wings will consist of a mix of F-35C, F/A-18E/F Super Hornets, EA-18G Growlers electronic attack aircraft, E-2D Hawkeye battle management and control aircraft, Unmanned Carrier Launched Airborne Surveillance and Strike (UCLASS) air vehicles, MH-60R/S helicopters and Carrier Onboard Delivery logistics aircraft.

VFA 101, based at Eglin Air Force Base, will serve as the F-35C Fleet Replacement Squadron, training both aircrew and maintenance personnel to fly and repair the F-35C.

www.navy.mil/submit/display.asp?story_id=74982
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Re: Lockheed Martin F-35: News ONLY topic
« Reply #235 on: June 25, 2013, 04:24:17 pm »
F-35B BF-32 First Flight

Lockheed Martin test pilot Billie Flynn was at the controls for the first flight of F-35B BF-32 (US Navy Bureau Number 168730). The flight occurred on 21June 2013 with takeoff and landing at NAS Fort Worth JRB, Texas.
 
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 Ordered from LRIP4 BF-32 with Block 2.A Mission Systems.

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« Reply #236 on: June 26, 2013, 03:19:35 pm »
The second production U.S. Navy F-35C carrier variant takes off from Naval Air Station Fort Worth en route to Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., June 25, 2013. The aircraft will be used for pilot and maintainer training.

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« Reply #237 on: June 26, 2013, 03:20:35 pm »
Third F-35 for the UK Arrives at Eglin Air Force Base

FORT WORTH, Texas, June 26, 2013 – The third Lockheed Martin [LMT] F-35B Short Takeoff/Vertical Landing (STOVL) Lightning II for the United Kingdom arrived at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., yesterday where it will be used for pilot and maintainer training. U.S. Marine Corps Lt. Col. Roger Hardy piloted the aircraft known as BK-3 (ZM137) on its 90-minute ferry flight from the Lockheed Martin F-35 production facility at Naval Air Station Fort Worth Joint Reserve Base.

“Today’s arrival of BK-3 is the latest step in delivering the F-35’s unprecedented capability to UK Defence,” said Group Captain Harv Smyth, the UK’s Joint Strike Fighter National Deputy. “With each passing day, our ‘Lightning’ programme is maturing. In less than a year, we have taken ownership of our first three aircraft and begun both pilot and engineer training. The ‘Lightning’ truly represents a turning point for U.K.’s Combat Air capability and will dramatically increase our ability to defend national sovereignty interests and ensure security around the globe.”

The F-35 Lightning II is a 5th Generation fighter, combining advanced stealth with fighter speed and agility, fully fused sensor information, network-enabled operations and advanced sustainment. Lockheed Martin is developing the F-35 with its principal industrial partners, Northrop Grumman and BAE Systems, headquartered in the U.K. The U.S. Marine Corps plans to declare Initial Operational Capability with the STOVL in 2015.

The program’s more than 500 British suppliers will build 15 percent of each F-35 produced. U.K. industry is responsible for numerous F-35 components including the aft fuselage, fuel system, crew escape system and more. Key F-35 suppliers in the U.K. include BAE Systems, GE Aviation, Martin-Baker, SELEX, Cobham, Ultra Electronics, UTC Actuation Systems and Rolls-Royce. Over the next 40 years, U.K. industry will continue to play a vital role in the F-35’s global production, follow-on development and sustainment, bringing strong economic benefits to the country and generating tens of thousands of jobs.



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Re: Lockheed Martin F-35: News ONLY topic
« Reply #238 on: June 27, 2013, 02:55:37 pm »
Israel will be first partner to use the F-35. IOC in 2018.

http://www.aviationweek.com/Article.aspx?id=/article-xml/awx_06_26_2013_p0-591841.xml&p=1

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One of the advantages of the F-35 is the aircraft’s ability to fly long-range missions with internal weapons, accelerate faster and maintain higher speed, compared to current F16s or F-15s or any of the opposing force combat aircraft (flying with internal fuel).


To further extend the F-35’s range, Lockheed Martin is exploring an innovative concept from Israel, of using unique drop tanks, developed by Elbit Systems Cyclone. Designed in a similar concept to the F-22 under-wing drop tanks, these tanks, each containing 425 gal. of fuel, will use special attachment pylons that would completely separate from the wing, regaining full stealth capability after separation. An additional 900 gal. of fuel will significantly extend the F-35I range, enabling the IAF to operate its new stealth fighter at the “outer ring” of operation without mandatory aerial refueling.

Other good stuff in the article.
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Re: Lockheed Martin F-35: News ONLY topic
« Reply #239 on: June 28, 2013, 02:53:46 am »
From defense-aerospace.com:
Italy Government Coalition Averts Split Over F-35 Jet Purchase (excerpt) + Italy Pays $200.3M for Each of its First F-35s
 
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The literal translation of the motion’s language is “Regarding the F-35 program, the government commits itself not to proceed with any further acquisition if Parliament has not ruled on the issue.”
This means that, while the government has avoided a vote to pull out of the program, and while Parliament has approved acquisition decisions made to date, it will subject future decisions to much closer scrutiny.
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Italy Pays $200.3M for Each of its First F-35s
 
 
(Source: defense-aerospace.com; published June 27, 2013)
 
   
 
 PARIS --- On June 26, just before the Parliamentary debate, the Italian newsletter Analisi Difesa published a very interesting analysis of what Italy has paid to date for the F-35 aircraft it has ordered. The figures it published were obtained from confidential sources it did not better identify.
It should be noted that these figures do not include R&D costs already paid by Italy, nor the €800m+ cost of building and setting up the Final Assembly and Check-Out (FACO) facility in Cameri, near Turin.
As of mid-June, Italy’s total procurement payments stand at €396.4 million, with another €516 million falling due by Dec. 31. Also coming due this year is a €60.3 million payment for long-lead items on future orders for 7 additional F-35As and the first F-35B STOVL aircraft, for a total of €972.7 million.
This is what this amount has paid for, according to Analisi Difesa:
- LRIP 6: three F-35As for the air force:
Since this order was approved in 2009, Italy has paid €323 million for the three aircraft and their engines and €26.5 million euros for logistic support. Two other payments (an additional €45 million for the aircraft and €68 million for support) come due by Dec. 31, 2013.
In all, Italy will have paid €462.5 million for the first three (LRIP 6) aircraft it is buying, which works out to €154.1 million per aircraft ($200.3 million at current exchange rates).
This is 58% more than the €97.9M unit price that Gen. Claudio Debertolis, Italy’s National Armaments Director, provided to Parliament in December 2012.
In a general discussion of F-35 costs, not specifically related to Italy, Lockheed Martin spokesman Benjamin J. Boling told Defense-Aerospace.com June 25 that aircraft “costs continue to decrease with each successive LRIP lot.” Unit costs for the F-35A had decreased from $78.7 million reported in 2011 to $76.8 million in 2012, he said quoting the Selected Acquisition Reports (SAR) released by the Pentagon.
- LRIP 7: 3 F-35As for the air force:
In 2011, Italy signed an order for Lot 7 long lead items (€47.4 million). Two more payments fall due by December: one for the aircraft and their engines (€314 million) and one for logistic support (€89 million).
- LRIP 8: Italy is buying 4 F-35As in this lot:
In 2012, Italy paid €38.1 million for Lot 8 long-lead items.
- LRIP 9: Italy is buying 3 F-35As and one F-35B for the navy in this lot:
Earlier this year, Italy paid €22.2 million for Lot 9 long-lead items.
 
To sum up, by December 2013 Italy will have paid €973.2 million towards its first 14 F-35 aircraft, with a similar amount to be paid in future years. This works out to an average of about €138 million (or $179 million) per aircraft.
 
As we have said before, we recognize that dividing total contract cost by the number of aircraft is an imperfect way of computing average unit costs, but it is the only method available given the way that the Pentagon releases contractual information relating to the program.
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The numbers calculated by Analisi Difesa can be compared to the numbers quoted in the Fiscal Year 2014 Budget Request.
 
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