Lockheed Martin F-35: News ONLY topic

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Keeping all F-35 flying with the expected availability rate has been a challenge for the Air Force given part availability and challenges in the program.

Pausing (or at least slowing down) the massive acquisition process for one year to keep-up with the inherent challenges, consolidate a stock of parts and let the latest version be finalized could be seen as an appropriate move for them. Given that other countries or services are not planning similar moves would tell us that this is Air Force related (and not a Lockheed thing) and should not affect the program given the massive orders from foreign partners.

I wonder if we have experienced a similar move during the Phantom or F-16 years.
 

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“The U.S. F-35As, the four that we have right now, are in use, and they’ve been very effective doing some elegant ISR activities. And it just reveals to us how much greater capability we’re going to have once we get our full fleet on board,” [Air Force Gen. Tod D.] Woltersolters said.


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Swiss chief army vision on the F-35:

Pour une défense adéquate, quatre avions de combat devraient constamment être simultanément en vol, a expliqué Thomas Süssli dans une interview publiée samedi dans la "Schweiz am Wochenende". Avec ses 36 jets F-35, les capacités excéderaient ainsi pas plus d'un mois (Nldr. pour l'instant, la Suisse ne dispose pas encore des avions F-35) En 2003, la capacité de défense de l'armée a été revue, dans une optique de qualité au lieu de quantité, a-t-il rappelé.
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Thomas Süssli s'est aussi exprimé sur le fait d'adhérer à l'OTAN. Un tel scénario n'est pas à l'ordre du jour, même si la situation est tendue, selon lui.

"Cependant, si la Suisse se retrouve entraînée dans une guerre, ses obligations liées au droit de la neutralité tombent, et elle pourrait par exemple collaborer avec ses pays voisins." C'est pourquoi il est important que les systèmes militaires helvétiques soient compatibles avec ceux de ces pays et qu'il y ait des exercices communs.
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For an adequate defense [of our airspace], four combat aircraft should constantly be in the air simultaneously, explained Thomas Süssli in an interview published on Saturday in the "Schweiz am Wochenende". With its 36 F-35 jets, the capacities would thus exceed no more than a month (Nldr. for the moment, Switzerland does not yet have F-35 planes) In 2003, the defense capacity of the army has been reviewed, with a view to quality instead of quantity, he recalled.
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Thomas Süssli also spoke about joining NATO. Such a scenario is not on the agenda, even if the situation is tense, according to him.

“However, if Switzerland finds itself drawn into a war, its obligations linked to the law of neutrality fall away, and it could, for example, collaborate with its neighboring countries.” This is why it is important that Swiss military systems are compatible with those of these countries and that there are joint exercises.
 

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Swiss chief army vision on the F-35:

Pour une défense adéquate, quatre avions de combat devraient constamment être simultanément en vol, a expliqué Thomas Süssli dans une interview publiée samedi dans la "Schweiz am Wochenende". Avec ses 36 jets F-35, les capacités excéderaient ainsi pas plus d'un mois (Nldr. pour l'instant, la Suisse ne dispose pas encore des avions F-35) En 2003, la capacité de défense de l'armée a été revue, dans une optique de qualité au lieu de quantité, a-t-il rappelé.
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Thomas Süssli s'est aussi exprimé sur le fait d'adhérer à l'OTAN. Un tel scénario n'est pas à l'ordre du jour, même si la situation est tendue, selon lui.

"Cependant, si la Suisse se retrouve entraînée dans une guerre, ses obligations liées au droit de la neutralité tombent, et elle pourrait par exemple collaborer avec ses pays voisins." C'est pourquoi il est important que les systèmes militaires helvétiques soient compatibles avec ceux de ces pays et qu'il y ait des exercices communs.
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For an adequate defense [of our airspace], four combat aircraft should constantly be in the air simultaneously, explained Thomas Süssli in an interview published on Saturday in the "Schweiz am Wochenende". With its 36 F-35 jets, the capacities would thus exceed no more than a month (Nldr. for the moment, Switzerland does not yet have F-35 planes) In 2003, the defense capacity of the army has been reviewed, with a view to quality instead of quantity, he recalled.
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Thomas Süssli also spoke about joining NATO. Such a scenario is not on the agenda, even if the situation is tense, according to him.

“However, if Switzerland finds itself drawn into a war, its obligations linked to the law of neutrality fall away, and it could, for example, collaborate with its neighboring countries.” This is why it is important that Swiss military systems are compatible with those of these countries and that there are joint exercises.
Wow…he pretty much came right out and said “we might need to network with NATO”.
 

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Wow…he pretty much came right out and said “we might need to network with NATO”.
Given Russia's recent invasion of Ukraine I won't be surprised if Switzerland decides to join NATO.
I would be, though it appears they are keeping corporation or joint operations open as an option.
 

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Starlink’s tests with the US Air Force seem to be successful. The Air Force noted that the 388th Fighter Wing saw connection speeds that were about 30 times faster than current milsat systems during its weeklong tests. The compact nature of the satellite solution was also highlighted, with the US Air Force noting that a Starlink dish was linked to a gateway router that can be fitted into the F-35A’s travel pod.


Its stellar performance aside, the US Air Force noted that what really made Starlink stand out was the fact that the system is simple and easy to set up — so much so that virtually any Airman can be trained to set up the entire satellite solution in less than ten minutes. This was something that was highlighted by 1st Lt. Corbin Meredith of the 388th Operations Support Squadron.

“Really, what we want to have is options for communications. We don’t have the infrastructure in every possible location, but with this, we could go to SATCOM or cellular LTE and then go to offline capabilities as a last resort. The fact that anyone can be trained to set it up gives us more manpower options and brings another element to creating Multi-Capable Airman,” Meredith noted.

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Interesting...for whatever reason the US hasn't based any 5th gen aircraft near the Russian border. In fact I think only a handful of F-22s were sent to Spain. Perhaps it was seen as escalatory to do so.
 

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Interesting...for whatever reason the US hasn't based any 5th gen aircraft near the Russian border. In fact I think only a handful of F-22s were sent to Spain. Perhaps it was seen as escalatory to do so.
There are US F-35s over there.
 

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4 USAF F-35 regularly fly from NATO countries that share borders with Ukr

See above post 3243 & 3112

Six U.S. F-35A Lightning II fighter jets deployed from Germany to multiple countries on NATO’s eastern flank on Thursday for air policing flights in solidarity with the transatlantic alliance.
 

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Old news, but the US (and other NATO nations) have deployed F-35s to Germany and neighbours of Ukraine (and hence Russia).



 

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^ thanks for posting that! was going to yesterday but forgot.
well America, here is the "light" carrier that some people keep pushing for! (although it seems to be able to carry even more than some stovl carriers in Europe and Asia even).

I assume that in that picture the hanger is empty and that in reality, they'd probably store 7 or 8 of those aircraft downstairs.
still might be a bit cramp?
 

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It is a brilliant move really. The USN always refused to go the CVV way for good and bad reasons: essentially it would be an inferior ship threatening its supercarriers.
So they pulled the "light carrier" out of the USMC amphibious, once they grew large enough (30 000 to 50 000 tons). By slightly tweaking the largest amphibious, trading the well deck and hospital facilities for an improved F-35 capability.

The F-35 "package" (AMRAAM + stealth + supersonic + VSTOL) helped that to happen.

Way to go !
 

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^ thanks for posting that! was going to yesterday but forgot.
well America, here is the "light" carrier that some people keep pushing for! (although it seems to be able to carry even more than some stovl carriers in Europe and Asia even).

I assume that in that picture the hanger is empty and that in reality, they'd probably store 7 or 8 of those aircraft downstairs.
still might be a bit cramp?
Doesn't seem too bad (source: same link as above)
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^ sorry, the way I typed it made it seem like I was referring to the hangar being cramped.
I was thinking of the flight deck. If you moved 8 of them down stairs.
the top deck still seems a big cramp. (you're basically moving one row of the f-35s in the front, or the group of F-35s in the back).
 

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From above you get a better feel for the available space, or lack of it.

And this with a diagram of the layout for flight operations with 22 aboard. But one permanently on the starboard lift seems a bit unworkable as does the one on the take off run. So 20 is probably the max. IIRC the forward hangar bay is reduced height.
 

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Don't forget the largest USMC amphibs tonnage is a bit more than freakkin' Charles de Gaulle carrier: 45 000 tons. Plus their hull shape and propulsion plants are not only designed for lower speeds (much less than 27 kt), but also to house voluminous landing vehicles.

So there is probably plenty of room inside, and even more without a well deck and reduced hospital facilities.

I wonder if an angled deck could be added just to push the basic concept a little further ? Although F-35B don't expressly need it. And it may carry the idea too far from USMC amphibs and uncomfortably close from USN carriers...
 

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From above you get a better feel for the available space, or lack of it.

And this with a diagram of the layout for flight operations with 22 aboard. But one permanently on the starboard lift seems a bit unworkable as does the one on the take off run. So 20 is probably the max. IIRC the forward hangar bay is reduced height.

Actually that layout has seven forward, seven aft, and seven in the hanger...so the aircraft on the elevator might just be notionally one of the seven from the hanger being moved; if you take that one out you have twenty aircraft.

The USN was sufficiently impressed with their first F-35 deployment that they are already talking about growing the squadron to 14 or perhaps embarking two of ten for twenty. Everything I've read about actual deployments seems to indicate that F-35 is a huge leap forward in situational awareness electronically; everyone wants more.
 

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I understand the enthusiasm about the light carrier concept and the mobile basing and new attack vectors that it opens up.
However, we still need to keep in mind the limitations of such a platform. An LHA has just about enough room (10k cuft for armament) and fuel to maintain 'light carrier' ops tempo for a couple of days.
Severe limitations like mobility of the platform itself along with curtailed capability of a 'half airwing' means that you still need to have various support assets attached to it for it to function properly.
 

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