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Like the RCAF test pilot suggested: smart test pilots sneak out towards the corners of the envelope. They start with light-weight and low air-speed to prove that the maneuver is possible, then repeat tests with progressively heavier weights and faster airspeeds until the test pilot gets scared.
Then they write operational limits well short of configurations that scared test-pilots.
 

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"There are old pilots and there are bold pilots..."

Though in some programs test pilots have had no choice but to really push the limits, fast.
 

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It's now ufficiale, F-35 is the incarnation of being hot & glamor (2019 video that I hadn't seen before) :

 
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1,000 Hours on the Clock and Counting
(Source: Australian Department of Defence; issued June 05, 2020)

The first Australian F-35A aircraft to roll off Lockheed Martin’s Texas production line back in 2014 has completed 1,000 flying hours over the skies of Arizona.

Australian F-35A pilot Flight Lieutenant Adrian Herenda was at the controls of A35-001 as the clock ticked over 1000 hours.

The former F/A-18A pilot has been flying the F-35A for about 12 months and said it was a good feeling to be flying the jet when it reached the milestone.

"The F-35A provides the pilot with phenomenal situational awareness, which is a significant benefit when operating in complex threat environments," Flight Lieutenant Herenda said.

Aircraft A35-001 is currently being operated by the international Pilot Training Centre (PTC) at Luke Air Force Base (AFB) in the US as part of a pool of training aircraft qualifying F-35A pilots and maintainers from across the globe.

Director General Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) Air Commodore Damien Keddie said A35-001 reaching 1000 flying hours was an important achievement for the Australian F-35A Project.

"It demonstrates the maturity of our F-35A capability and showcases the importance of the international F-35 partnership," Air Commodore Keddie said. "A35-001 is one of five Australian aircraft at Luke AFB, with other F-35 partner nations also contributing aircraft to the PTC in a show of global collaboration that has been the cornerstone of the F-35 Program since the earliest days."

Air Vehicle Sub-Project manager Squadron Leader Brook Porter, of JSF Branch in Capability Acquisition and Sustainment Group (CASG), said as the first Australian F-35A, A35-001 was the visible symbol of a new type of weapon system that had already provided reliable pilot training for Australia and the F-35 Cooperative Partnership.

"In reaching this milestone, A35-001 typifies the extraordinary contribution that Australia has made as a partner nation within the global F-35 Program," Squadron Leader Porter said.

"It’s another significant step forward as the F-35A weapon system continues its successful path to becoming our future fighter capability – a capability that provides obvious benefits to Defence but is also highly profitable to Australian industry, with more than 50 Australian companies winning more than A$1.7 billion in production contracts to date."

Project Engineering Manager Timothy Rafferty, of JSF Branch, said the milestone signified the maturity of the platform and associated support systems.

"Given A35-001 completed most of its 1,000 flying hours at the PTC, this milestone highlights the contribution Australia has made to the collaborative training environment, with more than 1,000 F-35 pilots now qualified and flying with their respective services," Mr Rafferty said.

Australia has now accepted 26 F-35A aircraft in total. In addition to the five at the PTC, 17 are operating at No. 3 Squadron and No. 2 Operational Conversion Unit at RAAF Base Williamtown. The remaining four jets are scheduled to transit from the US to Australia before August.

Mr Rafferty said JSF Branch personnel played a key role in the acquisition, initial certification and airworthiness management of Australia’s F-35A fleet from 2014 until mid-2018. In 2018, the Air Combat Systems Program Office (ACSPO) in CASG assumed responsibility for airworthiness and overall sustainment management of the fleet.

"This demonstrates the critical and ongoing collaboration taking place as we work to ensure all 72 jets are delivered to Australia by the end of 2023 for Final Operating Capability [FOC]," he said.

Squadron Leader Porter said the Mission Systems team in JSF Branch was focused on ensuring Australia's needs were rolled into the weapon system as the aircraft evolved over its life cycle.

"Since 2014, we [Australia] have grown our fleet to 26 aircraft, established training systems, simulators and the complex Autonomic Logistics Information System, developed electronic warfare reprogramming capabilities and upgraded RAAF bases to handle the F-35A. We have also assisted in the creation of Australian-based industry support," Squadron Leader Porter said.

"We have increased our pace from a crawl to a jog, with ACSPO and Air Combat Group rapidly taking up the reins and doing so with aplomb."

It was important to acknowledge that the achievement of the 1000 flying hours milestone was the result of "tireless work by so many people, past and present, working together".

"There is a lot more work to be done and we are well prepared," he said.

This is the final year of the RAAF's contribution to the PTC. From 2021, all F-35 training is planned to be conducted in Australia.
 

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Just found this video on YouTube about the F-35 performing a 52 F-35 Lightning 2 show of force at Hill Air Force Base.

 

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95 F-35 approved by U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee (+6 ex-Turkish) :

 

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From unnamed.jpg
To


The Lightning Taube, your target Deli*:

some locally-made systems have been partially tested in different scenarios, but the test aircraft will allow these new systems to be put completely through their paces.

The test aircraft will enable each of the Israeli F-35s to function as a “Target Generator” for all Israeli ground and naval forces thanks to what some have described as an Israeli-built command-and-control system.



*Crazy when you see Germans depriving themselves of it.
 
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That's funny. Nobody in that report seems to notice that canceling a buy of 4 NH90 to make room in the functioning budget of 30 of the most advanced fast jet in the world while still looking for a replacement helicopter is not... talking about it gracefully.
:rolleyes:

Regarding Block 4, a lot of the upgrade have been introduced earlier than planned, leaving room for introduction of new capabilities. I would guess that the increase in budget is somewhat for those.
 
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"As a safety precaution, the JPO recommended to unit commanders that they implement a lightning flight restriction for the F-35A, which restricts flying within 25 miles of lightning or thunderstorms,” Lockheed said. “We are working with the F-35 Joint Program Office (JPO) on a root cause corrective action investigation to determine next steps.”
 

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The U.S. would be able to buy Turkey’s Russian-made S-400 air defense system under legislation proposed in the Senate last week. The proposal is one powerful lawmaker’s attempt to alleviate the impasse between Washington and Ankara over the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter.
Senate Majority Whip John Thune, R-S.D., has proposed an amendment to the 2021 National Defense Authorization Act that would allow the purchase to be made using the U.S. Army’s missile procurement account. The move comes a year after the U.S. expelled NATO ally Turkey from the multinational F-35 program because it received the S-400 in a $2.5 billion deal.

 

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The U.S. would be able to buy Turkey’s Russian-made S-400 air defense system under legislation proposed in the Senate last week. The proposal is one powerful lawmaker’s attempt to alleviate the impasse between Washington and Ankara over the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter.
Senate Majority Whip John Thune, R-S.D., has proposed an amendment to the 2021 National Defense Authorization Act that would allow the purchase to be made using the U.S. Army’s missile procurement account. The move comes a year after the U.S. expelled NATO ally Turkey from the multinational F-35 program because it received the S-400 in a $2.5 billion deal.

Never happen but it would be hysterical.
 

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You never know. Once Turkey will have secured their position in Lybia (and that won't be free of confrontations with "Russian" mercenaries), the leanest path for them would be to re-engage univocally with the US.
 
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You never know. Once Turkey will have secured their position in Lybia (and that won't be free of confrontations with "Russian" mercenaries), the leanest path for them would be to re-engage univocally with the US.
But why would Russia ever actually deliver them? Or have they already?
 

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At least one battery has been delivered and the Russians have vowed to complete the order. That said, hocking the S400s would be a huge about face for Erdogan and embarrassing, and it would be a huge slap in the face to Russia. I think it would take Russian aircraft openly engaging the Turks in Syria for that to be remotely possible.
 

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It's pre-approval for a possible sale. Whether or not Japan actually places the order however...
 

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It's pre-approval for a possible sale. Whether or not Japan actually places the order however...

It still had to have been triggered by a request from the Japanese. Its not as though the DSCA just goes around randomly approving sales...
 

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The Navy plans to field its AGM-88E AARGM on F-35, and the Air Force is considering the weapon, as well.
"The need for a structural modification.." why was this not in the original builds... more cups of gravy off the Gravy train.
 

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It sounds like the aircraft are being modified to be able to carry the AGM-88 externally. I assume this is a stop gap measure until the SiAW enters service. As for the HTS, I would not have thought integration would be necessary, since the F-35's ability to geolocate emissions is probably already superior to that system. I assume there is some software associated with providing the HARM with the right bearing/coordinates that would need to be updated.
 

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AARGM-ER will fit internally in the Alpha/Charlie bays. The modification is solely to allow the carriage of aft-heavy weaponry. It was a KPP for AARGM-ER to fit in the F-35A/C weapons bay, but the weight distribution is a bit different and needs to be accounted for.

F-35s have no need for the HTS, the ASQ-239 is more than capable of performing the role.
 

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I didn't realize the USAF was buying AARGM-ER? I thought it was adopting the similar SiAW instead?
 

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That article references the SiAW...it is clear that the USAF is supporting the project, but it isn't clear to me that they are buying exactly the same product as the USN. If they are, then they are also buying an additional variant, which is fine...I think it would be stupid for the USAF *not* to be invested in this program, given how much they can leverage it across their F-35A fleet. But everything I've read indicates they aren't buying the USN version but are instead getting the SiAW. If I'm wrong and they are buying exactly the same product, bully for them - not sure why they need a separate weapon.
 

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SiAW is AARGM-ER with a new warhead and seeker. As far as weapons handling and separation testing are concerned it should be identical.
 

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My point being, I didn't think the USAF was buying AARGM-ER. I thought they had their own version with a different warhead, and the USN version was not going to touch a USAF F-35A. I thought that weapon would not see service for a while. Presumably the F-35 is already getting modified for the USN to take the AARGM-ER, so what exactly is this contract for? Just so the 'A' version can carry it as well as the C?
 
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