Lockheed Martin F-35: News ONLY topic

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The United States is going to base F-35As at RAF Lakenheath, the first time that American F-35s will be based across the pond in Europe.

This adds to the already growing list of bases from which NATO plans to operate the F-35:
  • United Kingdom (RAF Marham and RAF Lakenheath starting in 2021)
  • Netherlands (Volkel, in 2022 and Leeuwarden TBD)
  • Denmark (Skrydstrup, in 2023)
  • Italy (Amendola and Ghedi in 2022)
  • Norway (Ørland and Evenes in 2022)
  • Belgium (Florennes in 2025 and Kleine-Brogel in 2027)
  • Poland (Łask in 2026, Świdwin TBD)
(Sourced from the article above)
 
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Interesting statement.

It might be possible to use the AETP engine in the Navy’s F-35C carrier version, Bromberg said, if the arresting hook system could be moved to accommodate it. He said Pratt has had discussions with Lockheed Martin to that effect.

“We could modify it to fit around some of the unique elements of the adaptive engine, but that’s work to be done,” he said.
It appears that the current F135-PW-100 doesn’t make use of all the available space in the CTOL variant.
 

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It’s expected that aircraft from VMFA-121 will go aboard the Izumo next week, as the Marine Corps continue their close cooperation with allies that similarly operate, or are in the process of acquiring, short takeoff and vertical landing (STOVL) F-35B variants. In the past, the service has assisted in clearing the type to operate from the British Royal Navy’s aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth and, more recently, the Italian Navy carrier Cavour.

 

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It’s expected that aircraft from VMFA-121 will go aboard the Izumo next week, as the Marine Corps continue their close cooperation with allies that similarly operate, or are in the process of acquiring, short takeoff and vertical landing (STOVL) F-35B variants. In the past, the service has assisted in clearing the type to operate from the British Royal Navy’s aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth and, more recently, the Italian Navy carrier Cavour.


Clearly the USMC is used here to pass a message to the Chinese and their nascent carrier force.
"F-35B can be the center of a naval fighter coalition, flying out of many of our allies large ships: Japan (check) Italy (check) Great Britain (check).
I wonder if they will try this on South Korea Dokdos - waiting for the CVX ?
 

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Should highlight that this marks the (kinda) Milestone C, meaning that JSF program's development of the IOC/FOC aircraft is finally (but yet again, kinda) completed, and is entering the de facto (still not declared for reasons but F-35 procurement you know) FRP that has been delayed for who-knows-how many times. The focus for now seems to be laying down a stable production and procurement policy for the F-35. (edited)


From the article of Air Force Magazine earlier this year they mentioned two things :

1. The long term plan is to have around 220 airframes delivered a year until all US demands are fulfilled.
2. TR3/Block 4 around the horizon planned for Lot 15/2023 (and probably a new powerplant further down the line), the higher ups are rather preferring to wait out for the Block 4 to arrive and get it delivered in higher numbers rather than procuring more Block 3F jets now.

Also the key takeaway for the reason it's only going to remain a "de facto" milestone C and "de facto" FRP is that they are still having problems with JSE due to high volatilities of F-35 aircraft availability and maintenance turn rates, although it should be noted they were and are on a downward trend.

So all in all, although the title says "[...] Until Completion", I'd say that this number would be kept only until mid 2020s (article explicitly mentions 2025 as the earliest date before production increase) when the Block 4 and new powerplant programs would shed more light to the outlook of the future of the program. After then it would be easier to decide on actually declaring Milestone C and ramping up the production to meet the 220 goal that could support the plan to deliver 110 aircrafts to the USAF every year.
 
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General Electric Aviation is pitching its XA100 adaptive cycle engine, which the company is developing as part of the US Air Force’s Adaptive Engine Transition Program.

The XA100 is “drop in” compatible with the F-35A conventional variant used by the Air Force and most international customers, as well as the F-35C carrier variant, said David Tweedie, GE’s head of advanced combat engines. However, the XA100 would have to be majorly modified for use on the F-35B, which can vertically take off and land.

GE’s statement that the XA100 is a drop-in fit for both the F-35A and C variants is an interesting contrast to P&W stating that the XA101 and the CV variant would have hardware interference with the arresting hook.
 

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Whoa. Was on paralay as I was hankering for news on ruskies jets but I saw these. Did google translate and they seemed to imply this is a rear nozzle radar blocker?!? The engineering feat if so is one of the most mind blowing in recent memory. wouldn't this decrease thrust? It surely does look like a radar blocker, but I had no idea you could do this without severe penalties. BhKA7jj.jpg
 

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