its hard to believe there's that many F-35s already delivered in both the US and globally.
I've always felt like it's been in development for so long, as well as me being influenced by the generally slow procurement of other similar 90s aircraft..
The Pentagon is in the early stages of replacing the troubled Lockheed Martin F-35’s autonomous logistics system with a new, cloud-based network, and hopes to get it up and running by the end of 2022.
The Operational Data Integrated Network (ODIN) is intended to reduce workload and increase F-35 mission readiness rates by using a smaller, deployable, commercial and cloud-native architecture. Right now, F-35 users operate the Autonomic Logistics Information System (ALIS) that collects inflight information for maintainers to predict part failures.
ODIN initial delivery is planned for September 2021.
View: https://twitter.com/i/status/1297224445963141130The images come from Ian Knight's twitter account. Knight is a pilot flying with the Royal Netherlands Air Force. He posted some images and video from the mass SDB drop test mission, which saw a full load of eight SDBs being dropped out of an RNLAF F-35A's weapons bays and impact a set of targets with great accuracy. Knight mentions that 16 SDBs were launched in the test and a video he posted shows eight being dropped from a USAF Operational Test (OT) tailed F-35A, which was obviously involved, as well. The RNLAF, a partner in the F-35 program, has been deeply involved with the F-35's flight testing and development with aircraft and personnel operating out of Edwards AFB for years.
The Pentagon's top weapons buyer said Thursday that the Lockheed Martin-built F-35 Joint Strike Fighter should finally go into full production by next March following a series of delays -- the latest for COVID-19 workplace restrictions.Pay-walled unfortunately ---
I know that.The FRP decision has no bearing whatsoever on the annual production rate.
Not quite true since Congress granted EOQ authority and the program has been using itI know that.The FRP decision has no bearing whatsoever on the annual production rate.
It will remove the obligation of annually ordering the jets and let DoD make multi year buys.
EOQ allows 'multi-single year' buys where each single year buy or 'Lot' still incurs some overhead of its own and and kind of hiccup until the Congress formalises each Lot.EOQ authority and the program has been using it
since Lot 13.
They're actually further along than that; #24 was undergoing its test flights back at the end of May, so I could see something more like 26-28 having been delivered now in August.Notice the rate of acquisition with Korea expecting to get the remaining of its 40 airframe on order by the end of next year (from 16 today)!
The main thing MYP gives a program is...EOQ authority. That's the been shown to be the main source of savings.EOQ allows 'multi-single year' buys where each single year buy or 'Lot' still incurs some overhead of its own and and kind of hiccup until the Congress formalises each Lot.EOQ authority and the program has been using it
since Lot 13.
Multi year buys collapse the schedules for these multi single year buys into one saving on these costs and hence are cheaper ( many other factors like confirmed long leads etc)