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Offline Abraham Gubler

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Re: Lockheed Martin F-35: News ONLY topic
« Reply #30 on: December 28, 2012, 03:40:17 pm »

http://www.thestar.com/business/article/1307937--f-35-a-case-study-in-deficient-decision-making-olive

There is that "acquisition malpractice", again.   :o

There is no news in that article. Just the opinion of some tabloid scribe who knows less about this project than anyone who frequents this forum.
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Re: Lockheed Martin F-35: News ONLY topic
« Reply #31 on: December 28, 2012, 06:51:37 pm »
A deal for LRIP-6 already?
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Lockheed gets up to $4.9 billion in further F-35 funding

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Lockheed Martin Corp on Friday was awarded up to $4.9 billion in additional funding for its F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program, the Pentagon announced on Friday, providing a significant end-of-year boost in orders for the largest U.S. defense contractor.

The U.S. Defense Department said it had reached agreement with Lockheed on a preliminary contract valued at up to $3.68 billion for 31 F-35s in a sixth batch of planes to be built for the U.S. military, with details to be finalized the coming year.

It also awarded Lockheed additional separate contracts valued at up to $1.2 billion for spare parts and sustainment of the new radar-evading warplane...
More at the jump.  http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/politics/sns-rt-us-lockheed-fighterbre8br0jh-20121228,0,2659364.story

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Re: Lockheed Martin F-35: News ONLY topic
« Reply #32 on: December 29, 2012, 12:50:08 am »
A deal for LRIP-6 already?
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Lockheed gets up to $4.9 billion in further F-35 funding

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Lockheed Martin Corp on Friday was awarded up to $4.9 billion in additional funding for its F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program, the Pentagon announced on Friday, providing a significant end-of-year boost in orders for the largest U.S. defense contractor.

The U.S. Defense Department said it had reached agreement with Lockheed on a preliminary contract valued at up to $3.68 billion for 31 F-35s in a sixth batch of planes to be built for the U.S. military, with details to be finalized the coming year.

It also awarded Lockheed additional separate contracts valued at up to $1.2 billion for spare parts and sustainment of the new radar-evading warplane...
More at the jump.  http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/politics/sns-rt-us-lockheed-fighterbre8br0jh-20121228,0,2659364.story

More likely to be the initial moves to secure funding for LRIP VI so initial parts can be ordered and production started on components so production lines don't run dry. You would see more news from officail sources if the final agreement had been reached.

The key word is preliminary as we have found the devil is in the detail and that can take quite a long time for both parties to agree the final deal. The other point of note is that its only for 31 aircraft, is this the revised plan post fiscal cliff or could numbers be capped even further ?

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Re: Lockheed Martin F-35: News ONLY topic
« Reply #33 on: December 29, 2012, 01:47:03 am »
LRIP VI has been in negotiation since mid year (Acquisition Decision Memo on July 6). This isn't the initial parts contract that was awarded years ago. BTW LRIP VI was planed for 36 aircraft (23 -A, 6 -B, 7 -C). So why only 31? That's the number of US aircraft the other five are for partner nations.
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Re: Lockheed Martin F-35: News ONLY topic
« Reply #34 on: December 29, 2012, 08:28:53 am »
Is this news ONLY topic or news and personal commentaries topic???

Well, indeed, it was an attempt to keep at least one thread about the F-35 clean of discussions, which,
as we found out more than once, always leads to quarrels and in the end to personal insults.
Don't know if it will be helpful to sanction those members, who try to outmanoeuvre the locking of the
"No Holds Barred" thread ? Maybe we have to think about it ...
Or simply close this thread, too ?
So, last warning, ONLY NEWS, or this thread gets locked !   >:(
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Re: Lockheed Martin F-35: News ONLY topic
« Reply #35 on: January 08, 2013, 01:49:28 pm »
F-35C CF-6 in VFA-101 scheme as the first F-35C for Eglin. (Photo by Randy Crites)

found at http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=596729847010991&set=a.137862012897779.26971.137792852904695&type=1&theater

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Re: Lockheed Martin F-35: News ONLY topic
« Reply #36 on: January 08, 2013, 02:58:16 pm »
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BAE flight test trainers have been begun teaching RAF and Royal Navy pilots how to land the F-35B on the simulated rolling deck of the HMS Queen Elizabeth, reports the MoD. BAE says they are teaching pilots in their Lancashire-based simulators to use the shipborne rolling vertical landing (SRVL) method – a manoeuvre that requires the pilot to fly at about 60 knots (111 kilometres per hour) with a flight path of six to seven degrees in order to land on deck. This method, says BAE, allows the F-35B to reduce impact force of landing, preserving the air frame. Lockheed Martin incorporated the SRVL system for the UK at an initial cost of some USD 13 million (GBP 8 million). The US has not planned to land the F-35 STOVL on its carriers using SRVL.
Nothing else related to the F-35 at the link.  http://defencereport.com/wires-brief-uk-pilots-practice-landing-f-35-next-cia-chief-takes-heat-pakistan-india-skirmish-erupts/

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Re: Lockheed Martin F-35: News ONLY topic
« Reply #37 on: January 09, 2013, 10:34:10 am »
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Re: Lockheed Martin F-35: News ONLY topic
« Reply #39 on: January 11, 2013, 01:36:01 pm »
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Turkey Postpones Order for Its First Two F-35 Fighters

ANKARA — Turkey said Jan. 11 it has postponed an order to purchase its first two U.S.-made F-35 fighter jets due to technical problems and rising costs, but said it still intends to buy 100 more in the long run...
Not much more than that at the jump, and no indication of delay's timeline.  http://www.defensenews.com/article/20130111/DEFREG04/301110015/Turkey-Postpones-Order-Its-First-Two-F-35-Fighters?odyssey=tab|topnews|text|FRONTPAGE

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Re: Lockheed Martin F-35: News ONLY topic
« Reply #40 on: January 12, 2013, 02:00:30 pm »
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F-35 Marine Model Stress Testing Halted Over Cracks

Durability testing on the most complicated version of Lockheed Martin Corp.’s (LMT) F-35 was halted last month after “multiple” cracks were discovered in the fighter jet, according to the Pentagon’s testing office.
The previously undisclosed halt in high-stress ground testing involves the F-35B, the Marine Corps' version that must withstand short takeoffs and landings on carriers and amphibious warfare vessels, according to an annual report on the F-35 that Defense Department testing chief Michael Gilmore sent to Congress yesterday. Flight testing wasn’t affected.
Development of the F-35, the Pentagon’s costliest weapons system, has been marked by delays and cost increases. The Pentagon estimates the total cost for development and production of 2,443 F-35s will be $395.7 billion, a 70 percent increase since the initial contract with Bethesda, Maryland-based Lockheed Martin was signed in 2001.
Durability testing is intended to stress an airframe, assessing its capability to achieve a projected aircraft lifetime of 8,000 “equivalent flight hours.”
Testing for the Marine short-takeoff-and-vertical landing version was progressing this year until last month’s halt “after multiple new cracks were found in a bulkhead flange” on the fuselage’s underside during an inspection after the equivalent of 7,000 hours of testing, according to the report to Congress. The cracks were confined to that area.
Testing of the F-35B model had been restarted in January 2012 after a 16-month delay caused by the discovery, analysis and repair of a previous crack in the plane’s bulkhead. All three models of the F-35 are required to go through ground testing to the equivalent of 16,000 hours of flight...
Recriminations follow at the jump.  http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-01-12/f-35-marine-model-stress-testing-halted-over-cracks.html

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Re: Lockheed Martin F-35: News ONLY topic
« Reply #41 on: January 12, 2013, 04:30:57 pm »
http://media.bloomberg.com/bb/avfile/rboZtDuN4Gwk

This is the bit we should be reading ! DoD 2012 JSF Development update report

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Re: Lockheed Martin F-35: News ONLY topic
« Reply #42 on: January 13, 2013, 06:51:30 am »
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Re: Lockheed Martin F-35: News ONLY topic
« Reply #43 on: January 13, 2013, 04:28:18 pm »
Reuters' take on the report.
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Pentagon report cites "lack of maturity" of Lockheed F-35 jet

Lockheed Martin Corp's's new F-35 fighter jet has completed over a third of its planned flight tests, but it Still faces problems with the helmet needed to fly the plane, software development and weapons integration, according to a report by the Pentagon's chief weapons tester.

The 18-page report, sent to Congress on Friday, included a detailed account of those issues and others, which it said underscored the "lack of maturity" of the $396 billion weapons program, the Pentagon's most expensive ever.

The program exceeded the number of flight tests and specific system tests planned for 2012 but lagged in some areas due to unresolved problems and newly discovered issues, the report said. It said Lockheed did not accomplish all the tests planned for 2012, but boosted the year's total of specific tests by bringing forward some evaluations planned in later years.

The program has already completed over 20,000 tests, but has 39,579 more such tests...
More at the jump.  http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/01/13/us-lockheed-fighter-idUSBRE90C00D20130113

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Re: Lockheed Martin F-35: News ONLY topic
« Reply #44 on: January 15, 2013, 03:38:01 am »
DefenseNews' take on it: Report: Lightning a Threat to JSF; Cutting Weight Erodes Safety

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Despite undergoing regular test flights, the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, called the Lightning II, remains vulnerable to its namesake — lightning.

Additionally, attempts to lighten the JSF by 11 pounds may have left the fifth-generation stealth fighter more vulnerable than the aircraft it will replace.

Those are among the findings of a new report from the Pentagon’s Operational Test and Evaluation office (OT&E), first obtained by Time magazine. Test flights are “not permitted” within 25 miles of known lightning conditions due to a needed redesign to the On-Board Inert Gas Generating System (OBIGGS), which maintains correct oxygen levels in the fuel tank. The system is crucial to protecting the engine from exploding in case of a lightning strike.
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