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- Mar 17, 2009
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Last time it was an avionics coolant line (specifically it's insulation) inside the wing fuel tanks. This time it's a fuel line on the engine.
More at the jumpNearly a day after the Pentagon grounded all U.S. F-35s, the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit and all three active Marine air wings are back to normal F-35 flight operations.
Twitter: https://twitter.com/HMSQnlz/status/1051489641340313601HMS Queen Elizabeth said:Disk Brakes Engaged!
Yesterday one of our #F35 performed the Worlds first Shipborne Rolling Vertical Landing.
With this capability @thef35 can land with increased fuel and munitions load resulting in less wastage.
Looks pretty cool too!
And that flying at 200 mph at 3,000 feet is the best way to avoid ground fire.LowObservable said:It's well known that supersonic stealth fighters are the ideal tools for artillery spotting.
I remember first hearing about that and couldn't help but glee at the idea of some Macross Plus level stuff finally entering the real world. Seeing right through the floor........fredymac said:Odd. You would think this old video might cause some measure of caution in casting easy dismissals.
It is the BlackSwift Hypersonic Cruise Vehicle as featured in Steve Pace's Skunk Works book, the program itself was canceled.TomcatViP said:F-35 and QE
(nice slowdown at the end of 35 rolling out the ski ramp)
(no real interest)
And one of the video posted recently has this (below). What is this?
The Japanese government has decided to procure the F35B short take-off and vertical-landing (STOVL) stealth fighter aircraft as part of the new defense plan to be outlined next month.
In February 2018, the Yomiuri Shimbun reported that Japan was planning to acquire 40 vertical takeoff and landing F-35Bs, which could be operated from these ships with some alterations. In March this year, the ruling LDP called upon the Japanese government to develop its own aircraft carriers and operate F-35B aircraft, which has been thought to include refitting the Izumo class.
Japan to order 100 more F-35 fighters from US
Nikkei staff writers
November 27, 2018 11:26 JST
TOKYO -- Japan is preparing to order another 100 F-35 stealth fighter jets from the U.S. to replace some of its aging F-15s, according to sources.
The plan can be considered a response to China's military buildup, as well as a nod to U.S. President Donald Trump's call for Tokyo to buy more American defense equipment. Japan already intended to procure 42 of the new fighters.
A single F-35 costs more than 10 billion yen ($88.1 million), meaning the additional order would exceed 1 trillion yen.
Japan's government plans to approve the purchase when it adopts new National Defense Program Guidelines at a cabinet meeting in mid-December. It will also include the F-35 order in its medium-term defense program, which covers fiscal 2019 to fiscal 2023. The government wants to obtain 42 F-35s as successors to its F-4s by fiscal 2024.
The 42 fighters Japan originally planned to buy are all F-35As, a conventional takeoff and landing variant. The additional 100 planes would include both the F-35A and F-35B, which is capable of short takeoffs and vertical landings.
At present, Japan deploys about 200 F-15s, roughly half of which cannot be upgraded. The Defense Ministry wants to replace the planes that cannot be upgraded with the 100 F-35s, while enhancing and retaining the remaining F-15s.
To accommodate the F-35Bs, the government intends to revamp the Maritime Self-Defense Force's JS Izumo helicopter carrier to host the fighters.
Japan's neighbors are busy introducing their own advanced military aircraft. China deployed its homegrown J-20 stealth fighter in February, and by 2030 some experts expect the country to build a fleet of more than 250 fifth-generation jets -- as the latest generation of fighters like the F-35 is known.
Russia, too, is expected to introduce its fifth-generation Sukhoi Su-57 in 2019, at the earliest.
To keep up, Tokyo believes it is imperative to significantly increase its procurement of the most sophisticated stealth jets.
At the same time, Trump has repeatedly urged Japan to purchase more American hardware and reduce the trade imbalance between the countries. Buying more of the high-priced fighters is a quick way to do that.
In September, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe told Trump, "Introducing high-performance equipment, including American [materiel], is important for our country to strengthen its defense capabilities."
The source is the daily mail, which is a total rag. Second source?
Who is their source?Deltafan said:https://www.avionews.com/item/1216943sublight is back said:
Ask them... They have certainly mail addresses where you can contact the Daily Mail and Avionews…sublight is back said:Who is their source?Deltafan said:https://www.avionews.com/item/1216943sublight is back said:
Did they actually say anything about coating wear rates?Deltafan said:But maybe you can too ask Vice Adm. Mat Winter, the head of the government’s F-35 Joint Program Office or LM Jeff Babione.sublight is back said:Who is their source?Deltafan said:https://www.avionews.com/item/1216943sublight is back said: