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Title: F-35 Lightning II
Post by: adroth on September 24, 2016, 05:49:25 PM
https://www.f35.com/



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F-35 exports (http://defenseph.net/drp/index.php?topic=515.0)

(http://defenseph.net/bootcamp/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/1280px-Flag_of_Australia.svg_.png)     Australian F-35s (http://defenseph.net/drp/index.php?topic=4393.0)
          
(http://defenseph.net/bootcamp/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/660px-Flag_of_Israel.svg_.png)     Combat debut of Israeli F-35s (http://defenseph.net/drp/index.php?topic=3142.0)
          
(http://defenseph.net/bootcamp/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/1500px-Flag_of_Italy.svg_.png)     Italian F-35s (http://defenseph.net/drp/index.php?topic=4394.0)
          
(http://defenseph.net/bootcamp/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/1200px-Flag_of_Japan.svg_.png)     Japan pays a premium for locally built F-35s (http://defenseph.net/drp/index.php?topic=3130.0)
          
(http://defenseph.net/bootcamp/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/norway_flag.jpg)     Norwegian F-35s (http://defenseph.net/drp/index.php?topic=4395.0)
          
(http://defenseph.net/bootcamp/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/uk.png)     F-35 @ UK (http://defenseph.net/drp/index.php?topic=3442.0)
          
(http://defenseph.net/bootcamp/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/1200px-Flag_of_Turkey.svg_.png)     F-35s for Turkey (http://defenseph.net/drp/index.php?topic=4202.0)


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Stealth fighter at sea (http://defenseph.net/drp/index.php?topic=3200.0)
Title: F35A tailpipe fire investigation
Post by: MCentaur on September 26, 2016, 10:01:37 AM
Alert 5 (http://alert5.com/2016/09/26/initial-investigation-reveals-fire-in-f-35a-tailpipe-at-mountain-home-afb/)

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Initial investigation reveals fire in F-35A tailpipe at Mountain Home AFB

Sources told Aviation Week that a F-35A that caught fire at Mountain Home Air Force Base last week was most likely caused by strong tailwinds as the F135 engine was starting.
An F-35 Lightning II takes off Sept. 13, 2016, at Mountain Home AFB, Idaho. Luke sent jets to Mountain Home AFB because it provides a unique opportunity for developing proficiency in the destruction of surface-to-air threats at their range complex.
Title: Re: F-35 Lightning II
Post by: Ayoshi on October 29, 2016, 12:42:27 PM
Building the F-35 Full Documentary

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QPvzEr33maM

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Timeline: F-35 Joint Strike Fighter Program Milestones

http://aviationweek.com/F35timeline

Title: Re: F-35 Lightning II
Post by: Ayoshi on October 29, 2016, 12:45:55 PM
Up close and personal with the F-35’s 400K USD flight helmet with a X-ray vision-like imagery | the aviationist (http://theaviationist.com/2015/04/03/meet-f-35-400k-usd-helmet/) - Apr 03 2015 -

Here are some interesting images of the F-35’s Helmet Mounted Display System.

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Image credit: Lockheed Martin

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F-35B begins 'ski-jump' trials for carrier operations | IHS Jane's 360 (http://www.janes.com/article/52509/f-35b-begins-ski-jump-trials-for-carrier-operations)
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In the test, which relates to JSF's short take-off and vertical landing (STOVL) F-35B variant, the chief STOVL test pilot from BAE Systems, Peter 'Wizzer' Wilson, took off from Naval Air Station (NAS) Patuxent River in Maryland using a ramp that had been fitted to the Royal Navy's now-decommissioned HMS Illustrious.

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F-35B aircraft BF-04 departs from NAS Patuxent River using the 'ski-jump' launch method that will be used aboard the UK's future aircraft carriers. Source: BAE Systems

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F-35A AF-2 First Gun Live Fire

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CFoJ93Kb5z0

Title: Re: F-35 Lightning II
Post by: Ayoshi on October 29, 2016, 12:49:27 PM
F-35 gets one of its most classified features, and it's fascinating | business insider (http://www.businessinsider.com/f35-gets-classified-features-2015-5) - Jan. 18, 2016

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First, each F-35 variant is assembled in Lockheed Martin's mile-long production facility.
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According to an SAE International report, the first coating process was completed on an F-35B in 2008 and took three days.
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Full Article here (http://www.businessinsider.com/f35-gets-classified-features-2015-5)

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USMC’s F-35B Lightning II aircraft engage in aerial refuel mission | naval-technology (http://www.naval-technology.com/news/newsusmcs-f-35b-lightning-ii-aircraft-engage-in-aerial-refuel-mission-4843296) - 18 March 2016
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According to Sergeant Christopher Coxe, a crew master of Squadron 352 (VMGR-352), a KC-130J Super Hercules military transport aircraft extended its hose to transfer fuel to the aircraft at the receiving end.

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Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 121 pilot and a Dallas native captain Jimmy Braudt said: "The ability to refuel in flight is critical for the supportability and the sustainability of the F-35B during real-world operations.


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USAF F-35A shot down target drone in first live air-to-air kill test | Air Recognition (http://www.airrecognition.com/index.php/archive-world-worldwide-news-air-force-aviation-aerospace-air-military-defence-industry/global-defense-security-news/global-news-2016/august/2808-usaf-f-35a-shot-down-target-drone-in-first-live-air-to-air-kill-test.html) - 02 August 2016
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Immediately prior to launching the AIM-9X, LeClair employed an internally carried AIM-120C missile against another target drone. This target was beyond visual range and the AIM-120C was given a successful self-destruct signal right before target impact.

The AIM-9X is a short-range heat-seeking missile with an off-boresight capability for accuracy and features thrust-vectoring controls for increased turn capability. The F-35 can carry two AIM-9X missiles on its wings.

During previous test shots a self-destruct signal had been sent to the missile prior to it hitting the target.
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An F-35A armed with AIM-9X missile conducting test over California
(Credit: Darin Russell/Lockhead Martin)

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U.S. Navy's F-35C Continues Carrier Qualifications and At-Sea Testing with USS George Washington | navy recognition (http://www.navyrecognition.com/index.php/news/defence-news/2016/august-2016-navy-naval-forces-defense-industry-technology-maritime-security-global-news/4314-us-navys-f-35c-continues-carrier-qualifications-and-at-sea-testing-with-uss-george-washington.html) - 28 August 2016
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During the 20-day testing period, which is set to conclude Sept. 1, objectives included external symmetric and asymmetric weapons loadings; launches and recoveries at maximum weight; approach handling qualities; landing systems certification; and engine logistics.

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ATLANTIC OCEAN (Aug. 2016) An F-35C Lightning II carrier variant, assigned to the Salty Dogs of Air Test and Evaluation Squadron (VX) 23, waits to launch on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73). VX-23 is conducting its third and final developmental test (DT-III) phase aboard George Washington in the Atlantic Ocean. The F-35C is expected to be Fleet operational in 2018. (U.S. Navy photo)

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Alert 5 (http://alert5.com/2016/09/26/initial-investigation-reveals-fire-in-f-35a-tailpipe-at-mountain-home-afb/)

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Initial investigation reveals fire in F-35A tailpipe at Mountain Home AFB

Sources told Aviation Week that a F-35A that caught fire at Mountain Home Air Force Base last week was most likely caused by strong tailwinds as the F135 engine was starting.
An F-35 Lightning II takes off Sept. 13, 2016, at Mountain Home AFB, Idaho. Luke sent jets to Mountain Home AFB because it provides a unique opportunity for developing proficiency in the destruction of surface-to-air threats at their range complex.
Title: Re: F-35 Lightning II
Post by: Ayoshi on October 29, 2016, 12:50:58 PM
Magellan Aerospace Signs Agreement for F-35 Lightning II Assemblies | f35.com (https://www.f35.com/news/detail/magellan-aerospace-signs-agreement-for-f-35-lightning-ii-assemblies) - October 27, 2016
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Magellan Aerospace will be producing F-35 Lightning II horizontal tail assemblies under an agreement with BAE Systems, Magellan announced in an Oct. 27 release. The agreement is the continuation of annual contract awards made to Magellan by BAE Systems for F-35 assemblies, valued at more than $52 million over a two-year period.
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Title: Re: F-35 Lightning II
Post by: Ayoshi on November 03, 2016, 01:54:45 AM
USAF begins returning grounded F-35As to service | IHS Jane's 360 (http://www.janes.com/article/65137/usaf-begins-returning-grounded-f-35as-to-service) - 02 November 2016
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The US Air Force (USAF) has begun returning to service Lockheed Martin F-35A Lightning II Joint Strike Fighters (JSFs) that were grounded in September following the discovery of faulty insulation on coolant lines, the service announced on 1 November.

Maintainers from the 388th and 419th Fighter Wings at Hill Air Force Base (AFB) in Utah found that 57 aircraft had faulty coating on avionics cooling lines installed in their fuel tanks. The USAF said it then grounded 10 of these US and Foreign Military Sales aircraft "out of an abundance of caution", while repairs were carried out.

Two of the grounded Hill AFB aircraft were returned to flight status on 24 October, with three more set to follow by 4 November. All 10 affected aircraft should be returned to service by the end of the year.

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After the discovery of faulty insulation on coolant lines caused a temporary flight restriction for 10 F-35A Lightning IIs at Hill Air Force Base, Utah, repaired jets are beginning to fly again. Two aircraft returned to flight on 24 October. All the affected jets at Hill AFB are scheduled to return to service before the end of the year. Source: US Air Force
Title: Re: F-35 Lightning II
Post by: Ayoshi on November 11, 2016, 12:51:26 AM
Fokker wins F-35 landing gear maintenance contract | Air Recognition (http://www.airrecognition.com/index.php/archive-world-worldwide-news-air-force-aviation-aerospace-air-military-defence-industry/global-defense-security-news/global-news-2016/november/3067-fokker-wins-f-35-landing-gear-maintenance-contract.html) - 10 November 2016
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GKN Aerospace’s business unit Fokker has been chosen to maintain and service the landing gear for the F-35 fleet in Europe and the Pacific. The Dutch Ministry of Defence announced the selection on Nov. 7, 2016, in a press release.

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The selection covers the maintenance of wheels, brakes and shock strut assemblies of the F-35 landing gear, starting in 2021. GKN Aerospace’s Fokker business unit has many years of landing gear related experience in maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) of amongst others the F-16 landing gear and the NH90 helicopter landing gear. As well as the maintenance activities, the landing gear business is also involved in the design and manufacture of the F-35 arresting gear and in the development of the F-35 composite landing gear drag brace.

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Fokker has been selected to maintain F-35 landing gear systems in Europe and the Pacific (Credit: GKN Aerospace/Fokker)
Title: Re: F-35 Lightning II
Post by: Ayoshi on November 20, 2016, 04:09:33 AM
Pentagon's Top Weapons Tester: F-35 Still Challenged | aviation week (http://aviationweek.com/blog/pentagons-top-weapons-tester-f-35-still-challenged) - Nov 16, 2016
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The Pentagon's top weapons tester has never been shy about hammering Lockheed Martin's F-35. In an Oct. 14 memo to the Defense Secretary (http://aviationweek.com/site-files/aviationweek.com/files/uploads/2016/11/16/F35memo.pdf), Director of Operational Test and Evaluation J. Michael Gilmore once again slammed the program for continued schedule delays, insufficient testing progress, and ongoing challenges with major systems. He "very strongly" recommended DOD restructure the program.

The full 8-page document (http://aviationweek.com/site-files/aviationweek.com/files/uploads/2016/11/16/F35memo.pdf) surfaces as Gilmore turns up the heat on the F-35 program. In the memo, Gilmore repeated his claim that the F-35 “clearly” will not be able to finish its development phase - called System Development and Demonstration (SDD) – and begin operational testing as planned in August 2017. The full flight envelope, weapons clearances and verified mission data file for the aircraft’s final warfighting software load, Block 3F, will not be available before May 2018, DOT&E states in the memo.

USAF completes insulation repairs on operational F-35s | flight global (https://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/usaf-completes-insulation-repairs-on-operational-f-3-431639/) - 18 November, 2016
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The coolant line glitch hit 57 aircraft in September, including 15 fielded F-35As and 42 production aircraft. Repairs to the fielded jets began 7 October and later that month, two F-35As at Hill Air Force Base, Utah were returned to flying operations. In early November, the USAF also fixed one Norwegian jet stationed at Luke AFB, AZ.

Meanwhile, Lockheed has completed repairs on seven aircraft on its production line and is working on four more jets, a Lockheed spokesman tells FlightGlobal.
Title: Re: F-35 Lightning II
Post by: Ayoshi on November 27, 2016, 02:31:42 AM
USS America with 12 F-35Bs on Board | The Aviationist (https://theaviationist.com/2016/11/25/we-went-aboard-uss-america-during-usmc-f-35b-proof-of-concept-sea-trials/) - Nov 25 2016

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The USS America (LHA-6) cruises off the coast of S. Cal with 10 USMC F-35Bs topside (2 more below) from VMFA-211 & VMX-1, as well as a UH-1Y, AH-1Z, & SH-60. Taken during the “Proof of Concept” demonstration Nov. 19, 2016.
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USMC F-35B of VMFA-211 launches off the USS America (LHA-6) during USMC proof of concept capabiliity demonstration November 19, 2016.
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F-35B of USMC VMFA-211 perfroms vertical landing on the USS America (LHA-6) during integrated USN/USMC “proof of concept” exercise November 19, 2016.


YouTube video: We went aboard USS America during USMC F-35B Proof Of Concept Sea Trials (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3bG5v2d1XrI)
Title: Re: F-35 Lightning II
Post by: Ayoshi on December 05, 2016, 01:35:29 AM
Rheinmetall and Day & Zimmermann to make medium-calibre ammunition for USAF F-35 | Air Recognition (http://www.airrecognition.com/index.php/archive-world-worldwide-news-air-force-aviation-aerospace-air-military-defence-industry/global-defense-security-news/global-news-2016/december/3115-rheinmetall-and-day-zimmermann-to-make-medium-calibre-ammunition-for-usaf-f-35.html) - 02 December 2016
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The new joint venture combines the Rheinmetall Group's expertise in ammunition design and development with D&Z's outstanding manufacturing capabilities. Trading under the name Rheinmetall, Day & Zimmermann Munitions (RDZM), the company will operate out of Rosslyn, Virginia. Rheinmetall and D&Z each have a 50% stake in the joint venture, whose focus is on medium-calibre and indirect fire solutions.

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Gun test firing from an airborne F-35A. Picture: Lockheed Martin
Title: Re: F-35 Lightning II
Post by: Ayoshi on January 16, 2017, 02:28:20 AM
US Marine Corps deploys first F-35B squadron to Japan | air recognition (http://www.airrecognition.com/index.php/archive-world-worldwide-news-air-force-aviation-aerospace-air-military-defence-industry/global-defense-security-news/global-news-2017/january/3221-us-marine-corps-deploys-first-f-35b-fighter-squadron-to-japan.html) - 11 January 2017
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The US Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 121, an F-35B squadron with 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing, departed Marine Corps Air Station Yuma, Arizona, transferring to Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, Japan, Jan. 9, 2017, the service announced yesterday on its website.
Title: F-35s arrive in California
Post by: adroth on January 29, 2017, 07:22:55 AM
http://www.combataircraft.net/2017/01/26/f-35cs-arrive-in-california/

In what Lockheed Martin described as ‘a great day in Naval Aviation history’, four F-35C Lightning IIs arrived at Naval Air Station Lemoore, California, yesterday, January 25. NAS Lemoore becomes the first West Coast naval installation to have F-35Cs permanently assigned and is designated as the Navy’s only West Coast ‘Master Jet Base’.

The aircraft joined Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 125 ‘Rough Raiders’ which is now reestablished as a training squadron.

The F-35Cs were flown from Eglin Air Force Base, Florida by pilots from VFA-125, led by Commander John Turner Jr.

By the end of 2017, the base will have 10 F-35Cs assigned, building to more than 100 jets in the early 2020s.

The F-35C carrier variant will make its first deployment in 2021 when VFA-147 ‘Argonauts’ embarks in the USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70). The ‘Argonauts’ will transition from the F/A-18E to the F-35C in 2018.

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Title: Re: F-35 Lightning II
Post by: Ayoshi on February 08, 2017, 02:14:45 AM
Operational USAF's F-35A fighter jet fires air-to-air missile for the first time | Air Recognition (http://www.airrecognition.com/index.php/archive-world-worldwide-news-air-force-aviation-aerospace-air-military-defence-industry/global-defense-security-news/global-news-2017/february/3275-operational-usaf-s-f-35a-fighter-jet-fires-air-to-air-missile-for-the-first-time.html) - 06 February 2017
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The US Air Force 33rd Fighter Wing loaded and shot the first air-to-air missiles from an operational F-35A during a weapons system evaluation at Tyndall Air Force Base, Jan. 31, 2017, just two weeks after loading and releasing the first live air-to-ground weapons in Air Education and Training Command.

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An F-35A assigned to the 33rd Fighter Wing takes off January 31, 2017, at Eglin Air Force Base, Florida (Credit: Staff Sgt. Peter Thompson/USAF)
Title: Re: F-35 Lightning II
Post by: Ayoshi on February 20, 2017, 03:57:47 PM
USAF seeks interim 500 lb bomb with moving target capability for F-35 | IHS Jane's 360 (http://www.janes.com/article/67679/usaf-seeks-interim-500-lb-bomb-with-moving-target-capability-for-f-35)
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The US Air Force (USAF) is seeking an interim 500 lb-class weapon with a moving target capability for the Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter (JSF).

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Weapons Suite the aircraft is designed to carry. The USAF now wants to add an interim 500 lb-class bomb with a moving target capability. Source: Edwards AFB[/center]

Possible contenders for the requirement include the Boeing GBU-54/B Laser JDAM based on the MK 82 or BLU-111 500 lb bombs; as well as the Lockheed Martin Dual Mode Plus LGB kit fitted to the MK 82 or BLU-111.

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An F-35A, at Edwards AFB, California, is pictured with the F-35 Systems Development and Demonstration
Title: Re: F-35 Lightning II
Post by: Ayoshi on March 18, 2017, 02:59:47 PM
F-35 successfully test fires MBDA's ASRAAM missile for the first time | air recognition (http://www.airrecognition.com/index.php/archive-world-worldwide-news-air-force-aviation-aerospace-air-military-defence-industry/global-defense-security-news/global-news-2017/march/3358-f-35-successfully-test-fires-mbda-s-asraam-missile-for-the-first-time.html) - 15 March 2017
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The trials are the first time a British-designed missile has been fired from the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, and the first time any non-US missile has been fired from the aircraft.

Conducted from both Naval Air Station Patuxent River and Edwards Air Force Base in the USA, the effort has seen both flight trials and air-launched firings of the ASRAAM successfully take place.

MBDA is currently under contract, awarded in 2016, to produce the highly capable infra-red (IR) guided air-to-air missile for the UK’s F-35s. ASRAAM’s large rocket motor and clean aerodynamic design gives it a high kinematic capability that delivers superior end-game performance compared with other countries’ in-service IR missiles.

The trials were conducted by the integrated test teams at Patuxent and Edwards, which include Lockheed Martin, BAE Systems, MBDA and Northrop Grumman.
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A USAF F-35A fighter jet test firing MBDA's ASRAAM missile (Credit: Lockheed Martin)
Title: Re: F-35 Lightning II
Post by: Ayoshi on April 23, 2017, 12:06:23 AM
F-35 drops PGM on a moving target using Block 3F software | IHS Jane's 360 (http://www.janes.com/article/69744/f-35-drops-pgm-on-a-moving-target-using-block-3f-software) - 21 April 2017
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The Joint Program Office (JPO) for the Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) has for the first time dropped a Raytheon GBU-12 Paveway II precision-guided munition (PGM) against a moving target using the aircraft's Block 3F software.

The inert drop, which was announced on 20 April, took place at Naval Air Weapons Station China Lake in California and involved a carrier-variant F-35C from the 461st 'Deadly Jesters' Flight Test Squadron (FTS) attacking a remotely controlled pick-up truck.

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An F-35C from the 461st 'Deadly Jesters' Flight Test Squadron drops a GBU-12 PGM over Naval Air Weapons Station China Lake in California. Source: Lockheed Martin
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The target for the test was a remotely controlled pick-up truck. (Lockheed Martin)
Title: Re: F-35 Lightning II
Post by: Ayoshi on May 29, 2017, 12:36:43 PM
F-35A Apparently Cleared for More Aerobatics During Airshows: New Video Shows A Full Aileron Roll Eventually Added To The Display | The Aviationist (https://theaviationist.com/2017/05/19/f-35a-apparently-cleared-for-more-aerobatics-during-airshows-new-video-shows-a-full-aileron-roll-eventually-added-to-the-display/)
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In this new video, however, at the 1:36 point in the video the F-35 pulls slightly nose-up, then executes a rather smart looking right aileron roll, the first we’ve seen in any Heritage Flight or, for that matter, the first ever USAF F-35A complete aileron roll seen at an airshow.

F-35A Lightning II 2017 Planes of Fame Air Show

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ii93rnAxxJo
Title: Re: F-35 Lightning II
Post by: Ayoshi on June 02, 2017, 02:50:32 PM
Pratt & Whitney pitches souped up version of the F-35 engine | Defense news (http://www.defensenews.com/articles/pratt-whitney-pitches-new-f-35-engine-upgrade) - May 31, 2017
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WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — Pratt & Whitney is pitching a souped up version of the F-35’s engine that would add thrust and cut down fuel consumption, company officials disclosed on Wednesday.

The upgrade, which the company is calling the F135 Growth Option 1.0, could be cut into the existing production line by the early 2020s, said Matthew Bromberg, president of Pratt & Whitney military engines. Pratt manufactures the F135 for all three F-35 models as well as aircraft purchased by international customers.

Pratt & Whitney recently completed performance tests of an early version of the system, called the fuel burn reduction demonstrator engine, which proved that the upgrade could improve thrust by up to 10 percent and reduce fuel consumption by up to 6 percent, he said. Reporters got to see the prototype in action during a May 30 demonstration at the company’s test rigs.

Title: Re: F-35 Lightning II
Post by: Ayoshi on June 17, 2017, 12:39:56 PM
Varley Ground to develop new portable ground facilities for USAF F-35 program | Air Recognition (http://www.airrecognition.com/index.php/archive-world-worldwide-news-air-force-aviation-aerospace-air-military-defence-industry/global-defense-security-news/global-news-2017/june/3545-varley-ground-to-develop-new-portable-ground-facilities-for-usaf-f-35-program.html) - 16 June 2017
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The deployable ground facilities can expand to three times the size of a shipping container and will be capable of supporting F-35 missions by housing the aircraft’s support system – the Autonomic Logistics Information System (ALIS) – and house all support personnel for the program. The F-35’s ALIS provides the off-board information system hardware, software and data that performs maintenance management; fault diagnostic; supply support; mission planning; and training management.

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The portable cabins will also be capable of holding the off-board system that will be used across the F-35A, F/A-18F Super Hornet, E/A-18 Growler and P-8 Poseidon airframes.
Title: Re: F-35 Lightning II
Post by: adroth on July 02, 2017, 03:15:41 PM
@ 2017 Paris Air Show

https://youtu.be/EKKpUv_qlC0

https://youtu.be/Wx897WbMUSc

Title: Re: F-35 Lightning II
Post by: Ayoshi on July 17, 2017, 12:55:08 PM
Marine Corps, Air Force F-35 Jets Take Part In Red Flag Exercise Together For The First Time | The Aviationist (https://theaviationist.com/2017/07/13/marine-corps-air-force-f-35-jets-take-part-in-red-flag-exercise-together-for-the-first-time/) - Jul 13 2017
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Red Flag is simply one of the largest and more realistic exercises in world, designed to simulate the first 10 days of a modern conflict.

Hundred of combat aircraft along with pilots, ground forces, intelligence analysts, cyber and space operators take regularly part in RF exercises at Nellis AFB, just outside of Las Vegas, Nevada, to validate tactics and weapon systems employment within the context of the Nevada Test and Training Range.

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According to Holst, Red Flag allows each service and subordinate unit to understand the capabilities of other services, units and their equipment.

“For example, the E/A-18G exists in the Navy and the Air Force doesn’t really have a comparable asset to that. There may be situations where the only F-35s in theater are Marine Corps F-35s … and you have to integrate the F-35s into the entire package,” said Holst. “It’s always going to be necessary to bring everyone’s assets together and practicing that is really important.”

The F-35s of both variants should play a dual role: “combat battlefield coordinators,” collecting, managing and distributing intelligence data while also acting as “kinetic attack platforms,” able to drop their ordnance on the targets and pass targeting data to older 4th Gen. aircraft via Link-16, if needed. More or less what done by the USMC F-35B in exercises against high-end threats carried out last year with some jets configured as “bomb trucks” and others carrying only internal weapons.

As a side note it’s worth mentioning that the integration of the F-35A and B variants is something another partner nation is going to explore in the future. In fact, Italy will have both A and B variants, with the STOVL (Short Take Off Vertical Landing) ones serving both the Air Force (that has already taken on charge its first 7 F-35As with the eight example that has recently performed its maiden flight at Cameri FACO) and the Italian Navy, that will use them on the Cavour aircraft carrier. One day we will analyse (again) whether the F-35B was really needed by the ItAF, but this is going to be another story.
Title: Re: F-35 Lightning II
Post by: Ayoshi on July 19, 2017, 03:31:38 PM
F-35B begins new ski-ramp testing campaign | IHS Jane's 360 (http://www.janes.com/article/72352/f-35b-begins-new-ski-ramp-testing-campaign) - 17 July 2017
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The F-35 Lightning II Pax River Integrated Test Force has begun a second round of land-based F-35B ski-ramp testing at Naval Air Station (NAS) Patuxent River in Maryland ahead of First of Class Flight Trials (FOCFT) on the UK Royal Navy (RN) carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth , scheduled for 2018.

The Phase 2 test programme began in June and is designed to expand the ski-jump envelope. This includes launches with external stores, increased crosswind conditions, and take offs at a range of different speeds.

The RN’s two new Queen Elizabeth-class aircraft carriers feature a 12.5-degree ski-ramp on the bow. This serves to launch aircraft upward and forward, allowing the short take-off vertical landing (STOVL) F-35B to improve its payload radius.

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F-35B test aircraft BF-1 seen during Phase 2 ski ramp testing. The aircraft is pictured here configured with external pylons and AIM-9X missiles. Source: Dane Wiedmann/Lockheed Martin
Title: Re: F-35 Lightning II
Post by: Ayoshi on July 27, 2017, 04:37:57 PM
Lockheed Martin F-35s Surpass 100,000 Flight Hours, System Development On Track | Air Recognition (http://www.airrecognition.com/index.php/archive-world-worldwide-news-air-force-aviation-aerospace-air-military-defence-industry/global-defense-security-news/global-news-2017/july/3645-lockheed-martin-f-35s-surpass-100-000-flight-hours-system-development-on-track.html) - 25 July 2017
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The remaining development flight testing includes validating the final release of 3F software, F-35B ski jump testing, F-35B austere site operations, high-Mach Loads testing for both the F-35B and F-35C and completion of the remaining weapons delivery accuracy tests.

Major SDD fleet test milestones in recent months include:

Completed testing for the F-35A's final envelope involving high risk 'edge of the envelope' maneuvers, stressing the aircraft to its limits in structural strength, vehicle systems performance, and aerodynamics while proving excellent handling qualities.

Completed all U.K. Weapon Delivery Accuracy tests for the AIM-132 ASRAAM and Paveway IV weapons, and completed 45 of 50 SDD Weapon Delivery Accuracy tests including multiple target and multiple shot engagements as well as internal gun and centerline external pod 25mm gun accuracy tests.

Performed multi-ship mission effectiveness tests, such as Offensive Counter-Air and Maritime Interdiction, demonstrating the performance of the F-35 System.

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F-35 tracking to SDD flight trials completion by end of year | IHS Jane's 360 (http://www.janes.com/article/72582/f-35-tracking-to-sdd-flight-trials-completion-by-end-of-year) - 25 July 2017
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Lockheed Martin and the F-35 Joint Program Office (JPO) are on track to compete System Design and Development (SDD) flight testing of the Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) programme before the end of the year, it was announced on 25 July.

The remaining development flight testing includes validating the final release of Block 3F software, F-35B ‘ski jump’ testing, F-35B austere site operations, high-Mach loads testing for both the F-35B and F-35C, and completion of the remaining weapons delivery accuracy tests.

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An inverted F-35C launches an AIM-9X missile during a live fire test event as part of the SDD flight trails campaign. Source: Lockheed Martin
Title: Re: F-35 Lightning II
Post by: Ayoshi on August 18, 2017, 03:04:41 PM
The F-35 Is Going to the Pacific Theater to Oppose North Korea | Popular Mechanics (http://www.popularmechanics.com/military/aviation/news/a27809/the-f-35-is-going-to/) - Aug 17, 2017
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By the early 2020s, the United States and its allies in the Pacific plan to have more than 100 stealthy F-35 Joint Strike Fighters stationed near North Korea, according to Aviation Week (http://aviationweek.com/defense/f-35-newest-thorn-north-korea-s-side?NL=AW-05&Issue=AW-05_20170817_AW-05_24&sfvc4enews=42&cl=article_1&utm_rid=CPEN1000002485151&utm_campaign=11332&utm_medium=email&elq2=e29bf61eb4b34371aee6991e3407afe1). Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 121, the "Green Knights," were the first squadron of F-35s sent to the Pacific theater. They are currently deployed to Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni in Japan, and the jets participated in training exercises in South Korea in March.

Dozens of F-35 squadrons are to follow. The Air Force is preparing to station the F-35As of the 34th Fighter Squadron out of Hill AFB, Utah, in the Pacific region in the coming months. Japan will receive 38 of its 42 planned F-35s starting this year, and F-35 deliveries to South Korea will begin next year, as the first South Korean aircraft just hit the Lockheed Martin assembly line in Fort Worth, Texas.
Title: Re: F-35 Lightning II
Post by: Ayoshi on September 02, 2017, 05:21:57 PM
USMC F-35B fighter jets in show of force over Korean Peninsula | Air Recognition (https://www.airrecognition.com/index.php/archive-world-worldwide-news-air-force-aviation-aerospace-air-military-defence-industry/global-defense-security-news/global-news-2017/august/3702-usmc-f-35b-fighter-jets-in-show-of-force-over-korean-peninsula.html) - 31 August 2017
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The United States’ newest and most advanced fighter, the U.S. Marine Corps’ F-35B Lightning II, joined U.S. Air Force B-1B Lancers for the first time in a sequenced bilateral mission with Japan and Republic of Korea air forces in Northeast Asia August 30, the US Pacific Command said today.

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U.S. Marine Corps’ F-35B Lightning II fighters assigned to the Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, Japan are joined by Republic of Korea Air Force F-15K fighters during a 10-hour mission from Andersen Air Force Base, into Japanese airspace and over the Korean Peninsula, August 30th (Credit: JASDF)
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U.S. Marine Corps’ F-35B Lightning II fighters assigned to the Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, Japan are joined by Republic of Korea Air Force F-15K fighters during a 10-hour mission from Andersen Air Force Base, into Japanese airspace and over the Korean Peninsula, August 30th (Credit: ROKAF)
Title: Re: F-35 Lightning II
Post by: Ayoshi on September 19, 2017, 05:34:08 PM
AFA 2017: Pentagon plans updated F-35 post-Block 3 development acquisition strategy | IHS Jane's 360 (http://www.janes.com/article/74179/afa-2017-pentagon-plans-updated-f-35-post-block-3-development-acquisition-strategy) - 19 September 2017
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The Pentagon is planning an updated acquisition strategy for post-Block 3 development efforts of its Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter with a goal of continuous capability development, as opposed to major changes every month.
Title: Re: F-35 Lightning II
Post by: Ayoshi on September 25, 2017, 02:28:27 PM
Some F-35s could remain without fully combat-capable software | Defense news (http://www.defensenews.com/digital-show-dailies/air-force-association/2017/09/22/some-f-35s-could-remain-without-fully-combat-capable-software/)
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National Harbor, Md. — The Defense Department is considering a plan that would keep about one hundred F-35s in an earlier software configuration not optimized for combat.

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The JPO is conducting a business case analysis to see whether it would be worth conducting the modifications or if that money would be better spent ramping up production and further modernizing the Block 3 jets. That could mean that a portion of the F-35 fleet will never be fit for combat, and could instead be used for testing or training.

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Ground crew maneuver the F-35B at Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort on March 8, 2016. UK personnel from the Royal Navy and Royal Air Force are embedded with the US Marine Corps on the F-35 operational training program, based in Beaufort, South Carolina. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)
Title: Re: F-35 Lightning II
Post by: Ayoshi on September 28, 2017, 12:52:54 PM
USMC continues development of F-35's tactical capabilities | IHS Jane's 360 (http://www.janes.com/article/74424/usmc-continues-development-of-f-35-s-tactical-capabilities) - 27 September 2017
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The US Marine Corps (USMC) is continuing to develop the tactical operating capabilities of the Lockheed Martin F-35B Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter (JSF), with the first 'hot loading’ exercise of live missiles announced on 25 September.

Aircraft and personnel from Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VFMA) 121 conducted ‘hot-load’ training of an AIM-120 Advanced Medium-Range Air-to-Air Missile (AMRAAM) onto an F-35B during Weapons and Tactics Instructor Course (WTI) 1-18 in Yuma, Arizona, on 21 September.

A ‘hot-load’ involves replenishing the aircraft’s ordnance while the engine is still running, and is conducted to save turnaround times between missions. As noted by the USMC, the exercise was conducted to ensure both pilots and ground crew have a real example of operations should those units deploy. “It’s critical in developing our expeditionary capabilities,” a technician with VFMA 121 was quoted as saying.
Title: Re: F-35 Lightning II
Post by: Ayoshi on October 08, 2017, 12:04:21 PM
USAF reaches milestone with 500th F-35 Lightning II pilot taking to the sky | Air Recognition (https://www.airrecognition.com/index.php/archive-world-worldwide-news-air-force-aviation-aerospace-air-military-defence-industry/global-defense-security-news/global-news-2017/october/3794-usaf-reaches-milestone-with-500th-f-35-lightning-ii-pilot-taking-to-the-sky.html) - 06 October 2017
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The US Air Force trained and graduated the 500th F-35 Lightning II pilot across the joint and international enterprise Sept. 19, 2017, at Eglin Air Force Base. Maj. Chris Campbell, 461st Flight Test Squadron director of operations, is an F-16 Fighting Falcon test pilot with more than 1,000 fighter hours and 245 combat hours. He began F-35 Lightning II fighter pilot training at the 33rd Fighter Wing this summer and became the 500th pilot to graduate the program.

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Since F-35 pilot training began in 2011, the Air Force has trained and graduated 500 pilots across the joint and international enterprise (Credit: U.S. Air Force/Staff Sgt. Jensen Stidham)
Title: Re: F-35 Lightning II
Post by: Ayoshi on October 25, 2017, 03:13:48 PM
Pentagon kicks off intensive F-35 cost review | Airforce Times (https://www.airforcetimes.com/air/2017/10/24/pentagon-kicks-off-intensive-f-35-cost-review/)
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Washington — The U.S. Defense Department’s deep dive into the F-35’s cost is officially underway, as a team of Pentagon officials works their way through the massive supply chain of the joint strike fighter, a top official said Monday.

The Pentagon knows how much it’s paying for the F-35, but the deep dive will help officials understand the true cost of the jet and why, as well as what can be done to whittle down the price tag even further, said Shay Assad, the department’s director of defense pricing.

Over the next several weeks, the assessment team will meet with the three major contractors on the F-35 — prime contractor Lockheed Martin, as well as BAE Systems and Northrop Grumman, which make major portions of the fuselage — and lay out the parameters of the review.
Title: Re: F-35 Lightning II
Post by: Ayoshi on November 04, 2017, 05:13:22 PM
USAF F-35As Deploy to Japan For Pacific Command Theater Security Program Ahead Of Trump’s Asia Trip | The Aviationist (https://theaviationist.com/2017/11/02/usaf-f-35as-deploy-to-japan-for-pacific-command-theater-security-program-ahead-of-trumps-asia-trip/) - Nov 02 2017
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In what appears to be a continuation of U.S. preparedness in the Asian theater amidst tensions with North Korea, the U.S. Air Force has deployed the first two of twelve F-35A Lightning II joint strike fighters to Kadena Air Base in the Okinawa prefecture of Japan.
The F-35As deployed to Kadena are from the 34th Fighter Squadron, the “Rude Rams” of the 388th Fighter Wing at Hill AFB, Utah. The twelve F-35As will be supported by 300 Airmen from Hill AFB also deployed to Kadena. They are currently scheduled to remain in the region for six months according to the USAF.

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An F-35 Lightning II, from Hill Air Force Base Utah, prepares for take-off at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Oct. 13, 2017. The aircraft was on its way to the 2017 Seoul International Aerospace & Defense Exhibition in South Korea. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Heather Redman)
Title: Re: F-35 Lightning II
Post by: adroth on November 19, 2017, 04:28:25 PM
From: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QvbUyc49MWY

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Title: Re: F-35 Lightning II
Post by: Ayoshi on November 23, 2017, 02:01:10 PM
USAF commences Pacific deployment of F-35 | Janes (http://www.janes.com/article/75885/usaf-commences-pacific-deployment-of-f-35) - 22 November 2017
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Twelve aircraft and more than 300 personnel from the 388th and 419th Fighter Wings (FWs) based at Hill Air Force Base (AFB) in Utah have now begun Theater Security Package (TSP) operations out of Kadena Air Base (AB).

The deployment which began earlier in November will see the F-35As operate alongside USAF Boeing F-15C Eagle fighters from the 18th FW that are co-located at Kadena AB. For the next six months, the TSP will provide reassurance to regional allies that will primarily take the form of joint training missions.

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A US Air Force F-35A Lightning II from Hill Air Force Base, Utah, taxis for take-off on 16 November at Kadena Air Base, Japan. The F-35A is being deployed under USPACOM’s Theater Security Package (TSP) to the Pacific. Source: US Air Force
Title: Re: F-35 Lightning II
Post by: Ayoshi on December 27, 2017, 05:21:27 PM
F-35 test pilots complete Weapons Delivery Accuracy flight trials | Air Recognition (https://www.airrecognition.com/index.php/archive-world-worldwide-news-air-force-aviation-aerospace-air-military-defence-industry/global-defense-security-news/global-news-2017/december/3955-f-35-test-pilots-complete-weapons-delivery-accuracy-flight-trials.html) - 21 December 2017
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Testers from the 461st Flight Test Squadron and F-35 Integrated Test Force completed a major test milestone bringing the F-35 Lightning II’s full combat capabilities closer to the battlefield, said the US Air Force 412th Test Wing Public Affairs on December 20, 2017.

Weapons Delivery Accuracy flight tests began in July 2013 and wrapped up earlier this month. The WDA portion of the F-35 developmental test and evaluation mission ensures the fifth-generation fighter’s weapons system can deliver lethal ordnance both air-to-air and air-to-ground using the jet’s warfighting Block 3F software.

The ITF used all three F-35 variants and delivered air-to-air missiles including AIM-120s, the AIM-9X and the United Kingdom’s advanced short range air-to-air missile. The WDA tests also confirmed air-to-ground delivery of the Paveway IV laser-guided bomb, GBU-39 small diameter bomb, GBU-12, GBU-31 joint direct attack munition and the AGM-154 joint standoff weapon.

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An Edwards Air Force Base F-35A Lightning II fires an AIM-120 Advanced Medium-Range Air-to-Air Missile as part of Weapons Delivery Accuracy testing (Credit: Chad Bellay/Lockheed Martin)

Title: Re: F-35 Lightning II
Post by: Ayoshi on January 26, 2018, 03:59:56 AM
USMC continues expeditionary roll-out of F-35B with first sloped landings | Janes (http://www.janes.com/article/77337/usmc-continues-expeditionary-roll-out-of-f-35b-with-first-sloped-landings) - 25 January 2018
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Aircraft and personnel from the F-35 Patuxent River Integrated Test Force (ITF) performed vertical landing trials of an F-35B on a specially constructed sloped surface at Marine Corps Auxiliary Landing Field Bogue, North Carolina, on 16 January.

As noted by the US Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR), the trials were focused on simulating expeditionary conditions as the programme moves towards its initial operational test and evaluation phase.

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An F-35B performs a vertical landing on a sloped surface as part of a wider US Marine Corps effort to develop the expeditionary capabilities of the platform. Source: Lockheed Martin
Title: Re: F-35 Lightning II
Post by: adroth on February 04, 2018, 05:44:52 PM
USMC continues expeditionary roll-out of F-35B with first sloped landings
Gareth Jennings, London - Jane's Defence Weekly
25 January 2018

http://www.janes.com/article/77337/usmc-continues-expeditionary-roll-out-of-f-35b-with-first-sloped-landings?utm_campaign=PC6110_E18%20DF%20NL%20Airforces%2030_01_18&utm_medium=email&utm_source=Eloqua
   
The US Marine Corps (USMC) is continuing to develop the tactical operating capabilities of the Lockheed Martin F-35B Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter (JSF), with the first sloped-surface landing announced on 22 January.

Aircraft and personnel from the F-35 Patuxent River Integrated Test Force (ITF) performed vertical landing trials of an F-35B on a specially constructed sloped surface at Marine Corps Auxiliary Landing Field Bogue, North Carolina, on 16 January.

As noted by the US Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR), the trials were focused on simulating expeditionary conditions as the programme moves towards its initial operational test and evaluation phase.

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The Paxuxent River ITF will analyse nearly 200 data test points to assess how well the F-35B operates on varying slopes, the impacts of head and tailwinds, and the effect of aft centre of gravity in conjunction with ground slopes.
Title: Re: F-35 Lightning II
Post by: Ayoshi on April 15, 2018, 06:33:43 AM
F-35 completes developmental flight testing | Janes (http://www.janes.com/article/79250/f-35-completes-developmental-flight-testing) - 12 April 2018
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As noted by Lockheed Martin, since aircraft AA-1 took to the skies for the first time in December 2006 the F-35 flight test programme has conducted more than 9,200 sorties spanning over 17,000 hours. During this time, it has executed more than 65,000 test points to verify the design, durability, software, sensors, weapons capability, and performance for all three F-35 variants. The test team has conducted six at-sea detachments and performed more than 1,500 vertical landing tests on the F-35B variant. In total, the developmental flight test team completed 183 weapon separation tests; 46 weapons delivery accuracy tests; and 33 mission effectiveness tests, which included numerous multi-ship missions of up to eight F-35s against advanced threats.

The final SDD flight occurred on 11 April at Naval Air Station Patuxent River in Maryland. During the flight, US Navy F-35C test aircraft CF-2 completed a mission to collect loads data while carrying external 2,000 lb GBU-31 Joint Direct Attack Munitions (JDAM) and AIM-9X Sidewinder air-to-air missiles.

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The final SDD-phase test flight, pictured, involved a US Navy F-35C collecting loads data. SDD will continue through to a full-rate production decision. Source: Lockheed Martin
Title: Re: F-35 Lightning II
Post by: Ayoshi on May 03, 2018, 09:52:02 AM
Pentagon awards contract to Lockheed Martin for F-35 fleet support | Air Recognition (http://www.airrecognition.com/index.php/archive-world-worldwide-news-air-force-aviation-aerospace-air-military-defence-industry/global-defense-security-news/global-news-2018/may/4248-pentagon-awards-contract-to-lockheed-martin-for-f-35-fleet-support.html) - 01 May 2018
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More than 280 F-35 aircraft have been delivered and are now operating from 15 bases around the globe. More than 580 pilots and 5,600 maintainers have been trained and the F-35 fleet has surpassed more than 130,000 cumulative flight hours.

The F-35 weapons system reliability continues to improve, and newer aircraft are averaging greater than 60 percent availability with some operational squadrons consistently at or above 70 percent availability.
Title: Re: F-35 Lightning II
Post by: Ayoshi on June 17, 2018, 12:35:29 AM
Pratt & Whitney is pitching a new version of the F-35 engine | Defense news (https://www.defensenews.com/industry/2018/06/13/pratt-whitney-is-pitching-a-new-version-of-the-f-35-engine/)
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The new Growth Option 2.0 upgrade for the F135 engine, launched on Tuesday, adds a more advanced power and thermal management system that could be used to help the F-35 incorporate new weapons and sensors, the company said.

It also integrates a new compressor and turbine technologies that yield greater thrust and fuel savings, which were part of the Growth Option 1.0 concept unveiled in 2017.

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Pratt in 2017 tested an early version of the Growth Option 1.0 motor called the fuel burn reduction demonstrator engine, which demonstrated that the upgrade could improve thrust by up to 10 percent and reduce fuel consumption by up to 6 percent.

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Pratt has already begun testing some technologies from the Growth Option 2.0 suite in various rigs and demonstrators. Bromberg called the upgrades “relatively low risk” and said it could probably be proven out in a four-year technology demonstration program.

But he declined to talk about completed testing or to quantify the new power and cooling improvements, saying only that they were “significant.”
Title: Re: F-35 Lightning II
Post by: adroth on June 21, 2018, 12:57:12 PM
F-35 at Paris Air Show 2017

https://youtu.be/RHwfROk3CBc
Title: Re: F-35 Lightning II
Post by: Ayoshi on June 25, 2018, 08:54:22 PM
Joint Strike Missile enters final development phase | Janes (http://www.janes.com/article/81272/joint-strike-missile-enters-final-development-phase) - 22 June 2018
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The Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace Joint Strike Missile (JSM) has entered its final phase of development following the successful conclusion of its last qualification flight test (FTM-5) in March this year.

Pending a Final Design Review in June, development of the missile is scheduled for completion by the end of 2018, following which it will be prepared for integration, carriage, and release trials with the Royal Norwegian Air Force’s (RNoAF’s) F-35A Lightning II multirole stealth fighter.

FTM-5 was the culmination of a four-year flight test campaign to qualify the missile for integration with the RNoAF’s F-35A. In a first end-to-end flight test for the missile, a JSM equipped with a live warhead was launched from a legacy F-16C/D Fighting Falcon from the US Air Force’s 445th Flight Test Group against a ‘realistic’ land target at the Utah Test and Training Range in the United States.
Title: Re: F-35 Lightning II
Post by: Ayoshi on October 02, 2018, 03:25:21 AM
Lockheed Martin picks Harris for F-35’s next-generation computer processor | Janes (https://www.janes.com/article/83448/lockheed-martin-picks-harris-for-f-35-s-next-generation-computer-processor) - 30 September 2018
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The ICP acts as the aircraft’s brains, processing data for communications, sensors, electronic warfare (EW), guidance and control, cockpit, and helmet displays, according to a joint Lockheed Martin-Harris statement. This new processor is a key element of the planned Technology Refresh 3 modernisation that takes advantage of fast evolving computing power to ensure the advanced F-35 remains ahead of developing threats.

Additional elements in the technology refresh include the Panoramic Cockpit Display Electronic Unit and Aircraft Memory System, which were also recompeted and awarded to Harris last year.

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The new Integrated Core Processor (ICP) that Harris will provide for the F-35. (Harris)
Title: Re: F-35 Lightning II
Post by: Ayoshi on October 30, 2018, 09:46:26 AM
F-35 reaches lowest price per unit in program history | Air Recognition (http://www.airrecognition.com/index.php/archive-world-worldwide-news-air-force-aviation-aerospace-air-military-defence-industry/global-defense-security-news/global-news-2018/october/4537-f-35-reaches-lowest-price-per-unit-in-program-history.html) - 01 October 2018 12:09
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For the eleventh consecutive year, the cost of an F-35A was lowered.  The F-35A unit price including aircraft, engine and fee, is $89.2 million. This represents a 5.4 percent reduction from the $94.3 million it cost for an F-35A in Low-Rate Initial Production Lot 10 (LRIP 10).

In LRIP 11, the F-35B unit cost was lowered to $115.5 million.  This represents a 5.7 percent reduction from the $122.4 million it cost for the short-takeoff and landing variant in LRIP 10. The F-35C unit cost was lowered to $107.7 million. This represents an 11.1 percent reduction from the $121.2 million it cost for the carrier variant in LRIP 10. The LRIP 11 agreement funds 91 aircraft for the U.S. Services, 28 for F-35 International Partners and 22 for F-35 Foreign Military Sales customers. Deliveries will begin in 2019.

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F-35 Lightning II's from Hill Air Force Base, Utah, fly in formation during a training flight May 2, 2017
(Credit: U.S. Air Force/Senior Airman Christine Groening)
Title: Re: F-35 Lightning II Elephant Walk
Post by: Ayoshi on November 25, 2018, 05:49:13 PM
From: The Aviationist

388th and 419th Fighter Wing Have Just Staged The F-35’s First “Elephant Walk” With 35 Lightning II Aircraft At Hill AFB (https://theaviationist.com/2018/11/19/388th-and-419th-fighter-wing-have-just-staged-the-f-35s-first-elephant-walk-with-35-lightning-ii-aircraft-at-hill-afb/) - November 19, 2018

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This is the JSF’s first “Elephant Walk”.

According to the Hill Air Force Base FB page this is happening now: F-35A pilots from the 388th and 419th Fighter Wing prepare for takeoff as part of a combat power exercise happening now the airbase in Utah.

We can count as many as 35 F-35 Lightning II aircraft taxiing as part of what is usually dubbed an “Elephant Walk”.

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Image credit: United States Air Force/Cynthia Griggs

Check Out These Cool Videos Of the Largest F-35 Formation Ever (https://theaviationist.com/2018/11/22/check-out-these-cool-videos-of-the-largest-f-35-formation-ever/) - November 22, 2018
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35x F-35A from the 388th and 419th Fighter Wing staged the type’s first “Elephant Walk” at Hill Air Force Base on Nov. 19, 2018.

As already reported, such “Elephant Walk” exercises consist in a certain number of aircraft (not only attack or fighter jets, but also cargo or tankers) that taxi in close formation or in sequence right before a minimum interval takeoff and, depending on the purpose of the training event they then either take off or taxi back to the apron. During the first ever F-35 Elephant Walk stage at Hill AFB, Utah, the aircraft eventually took off, as the following videos show.

Here’s an interesting clip showing both the takeoff and the landings and taxi of the aircraft:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Fd2pfvu4jQ

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=69wlCPkkaCo
Title: Re: F-35 Lightning II
Post by: Ayoshi on December 26, 2018, 12:19:40 AM
Lockheed Martin meets 2018 F-35 production targe | Janes (https://www.janes.com/article/85407/lockheed-martin-meets-2018-f-35-production-target) - 24 December 2018
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The 91 deliveries in 2018 represent a 38% increase from 2017 and roughly a 100% production increase compared with 2016. Lockheed Martin is scheduled to deliver more than 130 F-35s in 2019, which would represent another 40% increase in production.

This 91st aircraft, delivered on 20 December, is a US Marine Corps (USMC) F-35B short take-off and vertical landing (STOVL) variant to be delivered to Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort in South Carolina. Other deliveries in 2018 included 54 F-35s for the US, 21 for international partner nations, and 16 for Foreign Military Sale (FMS) customers.

More than 355 F-35s have been delivered to date and are now operating from 16 bases worldwide. The unit price of a F-35A conventional variant is USD89.2 million and the F-35 enterprise is on track to deliver an USD80 million F-35A by Lot 14 in 2020, according to Lockheed Martin.
Title: Re: F-35 Lightning II
Post by: Ayoshi on January 03, 2019, 03:57:24 AM
IAI establishes production line for F-35 wing skins | Janes (https://www.janes.com/article/85441/iai-establishes-production-line-for-f-35-wing-skins) - 31 December 2018
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srael Aerospace Industries (IAI) has inaugurated a new line for the production of stealth-enabling wing skins for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter.

Deliveries of an initial order of 700 are expected to begin in 2019, IAI said. The production system involves a technology described as Automatic Fibre Placement that puts down layers of 3mm threads to form a skin.

The coating kits will be delivered over the coming 20 years, and will generate hundreds of millions of dollars in revenue, IAI said in a statement.
Title: Re: F-35 Lightning II
Post by: Ayoshi on January 07, 2019, 01:48:02 AM
Pentagon announces F-35 global transportation and distribution, regional warehouse assignments | Janes (https://www.janes.com/article/85542/pentagon-announces-f-35-global-transportation-and-distribution-regional-warehouse-assignments) - 04 January 2019
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Key Points
* The Pentagon announced F-35 global T&D and regional warehouse assignments to DLA and USTRANSCOM
* This could be the first step in a major effort by the Pentagon to reduce costs for the government
Title: Re: F-35 Lightning II
Post by: Ayoshi on January 20, 2019, 12:25:26 AM
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An F-35C Lightning II test aircraft conducts the first separation of a Joint Standoff Weapon C from an F-35 Joint Strike Fighter. (U.S. Navy via Raytheon)

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Pentagon considers an ICBM-killing weapon for the F-35, but is it affordable? | Defense News

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The Trump administration’s Missile Defense Review, released Thursday after months of anticipation, carves out an enticing new potential role for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter.

The jet “has a capable sensor system that can detect the infrared signature of a boosting missile and its computers can identify the threatening missile’s location,” the review states. “It can track and destroy adversary cruise missiles today, and, in the future, can be equipped with a new or modified interceptor capable of shooting down adversary ballistic missiles in their boost phase and could be surged rapidly to hot spots to strengthen U.S. active defense capabilities and attack operations.”

The report gives the Air Force and Missile Defense Agency six months to deliver a report on how best to integrate the F-35 into the larger missile defense architecture.

https://www.defensenews.com/air/2019/01/17/pentagon-considering-an-icbm-killing-weapon-for-the-f-35-but-can-it-afford-it/

Title: Re: F-35 Lightning II
Post by: Ayoshi on January 25, 2019, 10:13:28 AM
Lockheed Martin awarded support contract for US Lot 13 F-35 | Air Recognition (http://www.airrecognition.com/index.php/archive-world-worldwide-news-air-force-aviation-aerospace-air-military-defence-industry/global-defense-security-news/2019-news-aerospace-industry-air-force/january/4794-lockheed-martin-awarded-support-contract-for-us-lot-13-f-35.html) - 24 January 2019 10:19
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Through this contract, Lockheed Martin is expected to bring support to all its customers by procuring them AME and AME spares for the F-35 Lightning II aircraft, until May 2023.

As a reminder, the Lot 13 of F-35 Lightning II aircraft commenced on October 2018 and has to end on or about December 2021. US, British, Italian, Australian, Turkish, Norwegian, Danish, Dutch aircraft deliveries are estimated to commence in January 2021 and to be completed by the end of 2021.
Title: Re: F-35 Lightning II
Post by: Ayoshi on January 29, 2019, 02:23:55 AM
BAE Systems to undertake ‘Project Heisenberg’ of upgraded F-35 EW suite | Janes (https://www.janes.com/article/85990/bae-systems-to-undertake-project-heisenberg-of-upgraded-f-35-ew-suite) - 28 January 2019
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The US Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) disclosed on 25 January that BAE Systems will conduct tests of a modified version of its AN/ASQ-239A suite aboard the CATBird surrogate test aircraft. This demonstration of elements of the EW/countermeasures suite on the modified Boeing 737 airliner known as the Cooperative Avionics Test Bed (CATBird) is referred to as Project Heisenberg.

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This contract supports the multiple variants of the F-35, with an award anticipated for the third quarter of fiscal year 2019 (FY 2019).

As noted by BAE Systems, the AN/ASQ-239 system protects the F-35 against current and emerging threats. "Equipped with offensive and defensive electronic warfare options for the pilot and aircraft, the suite provides fully integrated radar warning, targeting support, and self-protection, to detect and defeat surface and airborne threats."

The company added, "The system provides the pilot with maximum situational awareness, helping to identify, monitor, analyse, and respond to potential threats. Advanced avionics and sensors provide a real-time, 360° view of the battlespace, helping to maximise detection ranges and provide the pilot with options to evade, engage, counter, or jam threats.
Title: Re: F-35 Lightning II
Post by: Ayoshi on February 04, 2019, 01:32:14 AM
From: Air Recognition

F-35A costs to fall below $US 80 million a unit in 2023 (http://www.airrecognition.com/index.php/archive-world-worldwide-news-air-force-aviation-aerospace-air-military-defence-industry/global-defense-security-news/2019-news-aerospace-industry-air-force/january/4806-f-35a-costs-to-fall-below-us-80-million-a-unit-in-2023.html) - 30 January 2019 16:37
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Nowadays, according to Lockheed Martin, a F-35A Lightning II costs $US 89 million while the F-35B short takeoff/vertical landing variant costs $US 115 million and the F-35C carrier variant costs $US 107 million.

Lockheed Martin plans to deliver 131 fighters this year, compared to the 91 F-35 fighters delivered in 2018. Within two years, company officials expect to deliver more than 161 fighters per year. This increasing of the quantities to be produced is driven by the ability to lock in lower prices for large quantities of raw materials and components and the enhancement of the efficiencies in the production process of Lockheed Martin.


F-35B could hit service life limit by 2026 (http://www.airrecognition.com/index.php/focus-analysis-photo-report-aviation-defence-industry/aviation-defence-industry-technology/4811-f-35b-could-hit-service-life-limit-by-2026.html) - 01 February 2019 10:12
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According to the US Pentagon, some structural defects have been discovered on the F-35B, meaning the earliest F-35Bs delivered by Lockheed Martin could reach a service life limit by 2026, after only but 2,100 flight hours. Initially, the design specification of the F-35B was scheduled to allow the aircraft reaching 8,000 flight hours. Though, early production models fall "well under" the durability requirement, according to Robert Behler, director of operational test and evaluation (DOT&E).

The new DOT&E assessment comes after several years of durability testing that exposed multiple structural issues. Lockheed Martin completed 2 service lifetime cycles of durability testing on a static F-35B airframe called BH-1, but canceled a plan in February 2017 to perform a 3rd series. “Items identified in the Annual DOT&E report are well understood and have been resolved in partnership with the F-35 Joint Program Office or have an agreed path forward to resolution,” Lockheed said in a statement to Aerospace DAILY. Moreover, planned design changes should allow the early F-35Bs to meet the service life requirement of 8,000 flight hours, a program source says.
Title: Re: F-35 Lightning II
Post by: Ayoshi on February 05, 2019, 01:01:12 AM
DOT&E says F-35A gun accuracy issues remain | Janes (https://www.janes.com/article/86122/dot-e-says-f-35a-gun-accuracy-issues-remain) - 01 February 2019
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Key Points
* The F-35A continues to have issues with gun accuracy as identified in last year's DOT&E report
* The programme is considering options for re-boresighting and correcting gun alignments

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Gun accuracy issues on the F-35A continue, the Pentagon's chief weapons tester said in a new report. Source: Lockheed Martin
Title: Re: F-35 Lightning II
Post by: Ayoshi on February 14, 2019, 12:09:38 AM
South Korean consortium selected for F-35 MRO | Janes (https://www.janes.com/article/86336/south-korean-consortium-selected-for-f-35-mro) - 13 February 2019
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DAPA said it was notified of the decision by the US Department of Defense (DoD). It added that the selection of Team ROK followed a review undertaken by the DoD of proposals to expand MRO involvement in the F-35 programme by countries involved in developing the aircraft and by countries committed to procuring the platform.

DAPA said that Team ROK has been allocated responsibility to provide MRO services in support of components and systems across three areas: avionics, "machinery and electronics", and in-flight egress systems, adding that the decision supports local industry's efforts to gain access to the F-35 global supply chain and, at a wider level, to boost the country's defence exports.
Title: Re: F-35 Lightning II
Post by: Ayoshi on February 15, 2019, 04:11:14 AM
Australia secures additional F-35 support work | Janes (https://www.janes.com/article/86377/australia-secures-additional-f-35-support-work) - 14 February 2019
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The additional work features the provision of maintenance, repair, overhaul, and upgrade (MRO&U) services for avionics, composites, electric components, hydraulics, and other systems on board the F-35.

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The additional work was assigned by the United States’ F-35 Joint Program Office and follows its announcement in 2014 to assign Australia as provider of support services for F-35s operating in the South Pacific region.
Title: Re: F-35 Lightning II
Post by: Ayoshi on March 01, 2019, 11:28:05 PM
US Navy declares IOC for F-35C | Janes (https://www.janes.com/article/86951/us-navy-declares-ioc-for-f-35c) - 01 March 2019
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As noted by the USN, IOC for the two services that will operate the F-35C is defined by the first operational squadron being properly manned, trained, and equipped. This includes having 10 Block 3F (full combat capable) F-35C aircraft with spare parts, support equipment, tools, technical publications, training programmes, and a functional Autonomic Logistic Information System (ALIS).

In addition to the aircraft, the ship that will field the first operational squadron must also possess the proper infrastructure, qualifications, and certifications, while the Joint Program Office, industry, and Naval Air Systems Command must demonstrate that all procedures, processes, and policies are in place to sustain F-35C operations..

The declaration of IOC comes after the Department of the Navy's first F-35C squadron, Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 147 'Argonauts', completed aircraft carrier qualifications aboard USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) and received Safe-For-Flight Operations certification.
Title: Re: F-35 Lightning II
Post by: Ayoshi on March 10, 2019, 04:24:53 AM
USA: Pentagon reducing F-35 buy in 2020 budget request | Air Recognition (http://airrecognition.com/index.php/archive-world-worldwide-news-air-force-aviation-aerospace-air-military-defence-industry/global-defense-security-news/2019-news-aerospace-industry-air-force/march/4854-usa-pentagon-reducing-f-35-buy-in-2020-budget-request.html) - 06 March 2019 10:53
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The US Department of Defense is planning to cut the number of Lockheed Martin F-35s in its next budget request from 84 to 78, six fewer than previously planned. The Pentagon was originally planning to request funding for 84 F-35s in FY20, comprising 48 F-35As, 20 F-35Bs, and 16 F-35Cs. It was not specified which services would be impacted by the loss of six aircraft in the upcoming budget request.
 

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From the top: 33rd FW F-35A, F-35B and F-35C (Picture source: U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Katerina Slivinske)
Title: Re: F-35 Lightning II
Post by: adroth on March 13, 2019, 02:50:44 PM
https://www.navy.mil/management/photodb/photos/190227-N-WR119-0043.JPG

190227-N-WR119-0043 LEMOORE, Calif. (Feb. 27, 2019) Ten F-35C Lightning II aircraft assigned to the Argonauts of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 147 sit on the flight line, Feb. 27, 2019 at Naval Air Station Lemoore. Vice Adm. DeWolfe Miller, commander of Naval Air Forces, and Lt. Gen. Steven R. Rudder, U.S. Marine Corps deputy commandant for aviation, jointly announced, Feb. 28, 2019, that the F-35C met all requirements and achieved initial operating capability. Achieving initial operating capability means the F-35C is available to be used in deployed environments as requested by combatant commanders. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Manuel Tiscareno/Released)

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Title: Re: F-35 Lightning II
Post by: Ayoshi on March 25, 2019, 11:11:28 AM
https://www.janes.com/article/87381/us-marine-corps-modifies-weapons-loader-adapter-for-f-35b

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US Marine Corps modifies weapons loader adapter for F-35B
21 March 2019

The US Marine Corps (USMC) modified support equipment to allow the guided bomb unit (GBU)-49 munition to be used on the Lockheed Martin F-35B Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) short take-off and vertical landing (STOVL) variant.

When the USMC chose GBU-49 for the F-35B, it needed a piece of support equipment to load the weapon onto the aircraft. However, the conduit on the weapon did not fit the current weapons loader until a team from Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division (NAWCAD) Lakehurst, New Jersey, modified the adapter, the ADU-894A/E, and delivered it on schedule to the USMC in November, according to a US Navy (USN) statement.

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A GBU 49 is loaded onto an F-35B on the flight deck of Wasp-class amphibious assault ship USS (LHD 2) on 12 December 2018. The USN modified an adapter, the white collar being removed by USMC Corporal Randle Lane (left), to load GBU-49 on the F-35B because the weapon’s conduit did not fit the current weapons loader. Source: US Navy
Title: Re: F-35 Lightning II
Post by: Ayoshi on April 02, 2019, 03:44:10 AM
US Air Force performs first F-35A rapid crew swap exercise | Janes (https://www.janes.com/article/87468/us-air-force-performs-first-f-35a-rapid-crew-swap-exercise) - 26 March 2019
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The USAF can perform rapid crew swaps with the F-35A due to the aircraft's Prognostics Health Management (PHM) system, which reports the aircraft's status to pilots and maintainers and tells them if there is an unsafe issue with the aircraft. If the F-35A lands with no issues, which the service calls Code-1, it can then shutdown the engine, swap crew, and confidently put the aircraft immediately back in the air without performing a full post-operation maintenance inspection. The USAF said this is a unique capability for a single-engine fighter.

Until now it was not safe to perform rapid crew swaps with legacy single engine fighters because a full post operation maintenance inspection was required when an aircraft engine is shut down completely. This includes running through checklists, visually inspecting the engine, aircraft structure, and systems, a common practice with legacy aircraft such as the Lockheed Martin F-16 Fighting Falcon.
Title: Re: F-35 Lightning II
Post by: Ayoshi on May 19, 2019, 10:40:24 PM
Lockheed Martin awarded contract for F-35 modification kits and special tooling | Air Recognition (https://www.airrecognition.com/index.php/archive-world-worldwide-news-air-force-aviation-aerospace-air-military-defence-industry/global-defense-security-news/2019-news-aerospace-industry-air-force/may/5049-lockheed-martin-awarded-contract-for-f-35-modification-kits-and-special-tooling.html) - 17 May 2019 10:14
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Work will be performed in Fort Worth, Texas, and is expected to be completed in December 2023. Fiscal 2017 and 2019 aircraft procurement (Marine Corps, Air Force and Navy); non-U.S. DoD participant; and FMS funds in the amount of $11,944,605 will be obligated at time of award, $332,847 of which will expire at the end of the fiscal year. This order combines purchases for the Marine Corps ($7,196,895; 60 percent); Air Force ($2,127,150; 18 percent); Navy ($332,847; 2.9 percent); non-U.S. DoD participant ($1,525,994; 12.8 percent); and FMS customers ($761,719; 6.3 percent). The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Maryland, is the contracting activity.
Title: Re: F-35 Lightning II
Post by: Ayoshi on June 13, 2019, 04:25:01 AM
https://www.janes.com/article/89207/cubic-to-deliver-video-data-link-solution-for-the-f-35-lightning-ii-program

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Cubic to deliver Video Data Link solution for the F-35 Lightning II program
12 June 2019

The VDL capability is a secure and mission-enhancing system that enables the aircraft to receive and transmit metadata and sensor to and from multiple ground or airborne units. The radio-based VDL solution is software-defined and it features high-performance processing that can support future live video enhancements, while minimizing size, weight, power and cooling (SWAP-C), according to the company.
Title: Re: F-35 Lightning II
Post by: Ayoshi on June 13, 2019, 04:26:52 AM
https://www.janes.com/article/89144/usn-readies-carrier-fleet-for-f-35cs

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USN readies carrier fleet for F-35Cs
10 June 2019

The US Navy (USN) is designing modifications for its next Ford-class carriers to accommodate operational Lockheed Martin F-35C Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) squadrons, service officials said, and the USN remains on schedule for changes to existing Ford- and Nimitz-class ships.

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Those two ships are already well under construction. The successor ships will get the required modifications during the proper stage of construction.

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F-35Cs reached initial operational capability (IOC) on 28 February 2019, but the USN does not expect to deploy the first operational squadron of the aircraft until 2021, and service officials anticipate making all necessary modifications to operationally deploy the aircraft when the vessels are needed.
Title: Re: F-35 Lightning II
Post by: Ayoshi on July 29, 2019, 03:30:54 AM
https://www.janes.com/article/90095/lockheed-martin-begins-integration-of-auto-gcas-into-f-35as

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Lockheed Martin begins integration of Auto GCAS into F-35As
25 July 2019

Auto GCAS uses terrain mapping, geolocation, and automation to detect and avoid potential ground collisions. When the system recognises imminent impact, it prompts the pilot to take action. If the pilot is unresponsive, Auto GCAS assumes temporary control to divert the aircraft out of harm's way and then returns control of the aircraft to the pilot once on a safe trajectory.

The technology was originally developed for the Lockheed Martin F-16 Fighting Falcon in partnership with NASA and the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL). A source familiar with the programme told Jane's on 24 July that Auto GCAS for the F-35 and the F-16 are inherently the same, with tailoring to ensure the system integrates with the F-35's operational flight programme.

Lockheed Martin said that the incorporation of Auto GCAS on the F-35 is taking place seven years earlier than originally expected. Lockheed Martin cited positive feasibility studies that it conducted with AFRL before Lockheed Martin and the F-35 Joint Program Office (JPO) implemented an agile approach to developing the technology for F-35 use.

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Lockheed Martin has begun integrating Auto GCAS onto the F-35A, a technology that can pull the aircraft out of tailspins if a pilot is unresponsive. Source: Lockheed Martin


Title: Re: F-35 Lightning II
Post by: Ayoshi on August 05, 2019, 11:26:09 AM
https://ukdefencejournal.org.uk/anti-collision-software-integrated-into-first-f-35-jets/

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Anti-Collision software integrated into first F-35 jets
August 2, 2019

The firms say that they have successfully fielded the life-saving technology seven years earlier than previously planned.

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Originally developed for the F-16 in partnership with NASA and the Air Force Research Laboratory, Auto-GCAS uses terrain mapping, geolocation and automation to detect and avoid potential ground collisions. When the program recognises imminent impact, it will prompt the pilot to take action. If the pilot is unresponsive, Auto-GCAS assumes temporary control to divert the aircraft out of harm’s way, and then returns control of the aircraft to the pilot once on a safe trajectory.

The system has been operating successfully aboard the F-16 for more than five years and has already been credited with saving eight F-16 pilots’ lives since 2014.
Title: Re: F-35 Lightning II
Post by: Ayoshi on August 13, 2019, 12:49:22 AM
https://www.defensenews.com/land/2019/08/06/f-35-talks-to-army-missile-command-system/

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F-35 talks to US Army’s missile command system, says Lockheed

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — The F-35 joint strike fighter demonstrated its ability to send data to the U.S. Army’s Integrated Air and Missile Defense Battle Command System during the Orange Flag Evaluation 19-2 at Palmdale, California, and Fort Bliss, Texas, in June.

F-35 manufacturer Lockheed Martin announced in an Aug. 6 statement that the jet, in a live demonstration, sent track data to the IBCS through the F-35 ground station and “F-35-IBCS adaptation kit.”

The Northrop Grumman-developed IBCS was able to “receive and develop fire control quality composite tracks during the exercise, leveraging the F-35 as an elevated sensor," the statement added.

The capability is seen as important in multidomain operations because it would be able to detect threats that are tough for ground-based sensors alone to pick up.

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The IBCS was originally developed as the brains of the Army’s future air and missile defense system, but its potential mission continues to grow as the service works to tie other sensors to IBCS to create a layered defense.

The service is also working to tie in radars and sensors for its Indirect Fire Protection Capability as well as its Maneuver Short-Range Air Defense system. The idea now is for the IBCS to tie into any sensor or shooter the Army brings into its framework.
Title: Re: F-35 Lightning II
Post by: Ayoshi on August 27, 2019, 02:32:47 AM
https://www.janes.com/article/90644/bae-systems-wins-f-35-electronic-warfare-upgrade-deal

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BAE Systems wins F-35 electronic warfare upgrade deal
26 August 2019

The Pentagon has awarded BAE Systems a contract to upgrade and modernise the electronics warfare suite aboard the F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter (JSF), with an eye towards mitigating evolving threats posed by near-peer competitors such as Russia and China.

The upgrade and modernisation deal with BAE Systems, which was awarded to the company on 21 August, focuses on revamping the company’s AN/ASQ-239 electronic warfare (EW) suite on the Block 4 variant of the F-35. The upgrade work integrates 11 new capabilities into the fifth-generation fighter’s EW suite, building upon the company’s work on the previous Block 1, Block 2, and Block 3 versions of the suite.
Title: Re: F-35 Lightning II
Post by: Ayoshi on October 31, 2019, 11:13:18 PM
https://www.janes.com/article/92248/australian-company-quickstep-awarded-more-work-in-global-f-35-programme

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Australian company Quickstep awarded more work in global F-35 programme
30 October 2019

Australian company Quickstep has picked up more work in the global programme for the F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) aircraft, Minister for Defence Industry Melissa Price announced on 30 October.

The Sydney-based firm was awarded a contract for the production of 10 new composite parts in support of JSF programme in a move that comes just weeks after the company opened an expansion of its Bankstown facility.
Title: Re: F-35 Lightning II
Post by: Ayoshi on November 01, 2019, 01:15:02 AM
https://www.janes.com/article/91972/ausa-2019-f-35-joint-strike-fighter-closer-to-ibcs-integration

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AUSA 2019: F-35 Joint Strike Fighter closer to IBCS integration
16 October 2019

The US Army and the US Air Force integrated track data from an F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter with the Integrated Air and Missile Defense (IAMD) Battle Command System (IBCS) during Orange Flag Evaluation (OFE) 19-2.
Title: Re: F-35 Lightning II
Post by: Ayoshi on January 09, 2020, 07:12:13 AM
https://www.janes.com/article/93533/pentagon-lockheed-martin-sign-new-f-35-sustainment-contract

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Pentagon, Lockheed Martin sign new F-35 sustainment contract
06 January 2020

The Pentagon has awarded Lockheed Martin a USD1.9 billion contract to support operations and sustainment (O&S) of the global F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) fleet, according to a company statement.

The 2020 Annualized Sustainment Contract will cover industry sustainment activities through 31 December 2020. This deal funds critical sustainment activities for aircraft currently in the fleet and builds enterprise capacity to support the future fleet of more than 3,000 F-35 aircraft.

This contract includes industry sustainment experts supporting base and depot maintenance, pilot and maintainer training, and sustaining engineering around the world. It also covers fleet-wide data analytics and supply chain management for part repair and replenishment to enhance overall supply availability for the fleet.
Title: Re: F-35 Lightning II
Post by: Ayoshi on January 10, 2020, 07:13:30 AM
https://www.janes.com/article/93604/usaf-issues-rfi-for-f-35a-siaw-missile

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USAF issues RFI for F-35A SiAW missile
09 January 2020

The sources sought solicitation issued on 8 January calls for potential vendors ahead of the engineering and manufacturing development (EMD) phase of the SiAW that is geared at affording the USAF's F-35As with an internally-carried anti-access/area denial (A2/AD) capability.

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A model of the AARGM-ER missile being used for a fit check in an F-35 weapons bay. The SiAW missile will leverage this missile to provide the F-35A with an internally-carried A2/AD capability. Source: Northrop Grumman

Title: Re: F-35 Lightning II
Post by: Ayoshi on January 15, 2020, 08:56:35 AM
https://www.janes.com/article/93703/majority-of-f-35-supply-chain-will-be-out-of-turkey-by-march

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Majority of F-35 supply chain will be out of Turkey by March
14 January 2020

The Pentagon has not changed its position from August 2019 that Turkey had a limited opportunity to rejoin the F-35 programme - only if it completely divested the S-400.

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The Pentagon will spend between USD500 million and USD600 million to shift part of the programme's supply chain out of Turkey. Nearly 900 aircraft parts, including the centre fuselage and the cockpit display, are produced in Turkey.
Title: Re: F-35 Lightning II
Post by: Ayoshi on January 31, 2020, 01:39:23 AM
https://www.janes.com/article/93997/pentagon-considering-leasing-aerial-refuelling-tankers-to-mitigate-kc-46-delays

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A Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Airbus KC-30 (A330 MRTT) refuels a Lockheed Martin F-35A. Airbus and Lockheed Martin are jointly exploring opportunities to offer the A330 MRTT as a leased tanker capability. Source: US Air Force

Title: Re: F-35 Lightning II
Post by: Ayoshi on February 15, 2020, 03:33:51 PM
https://www.janes.com/article/94336/update-newer-f-35as-cracking-due-to-gun-use

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Update: Newer F-35As cracking due to gun use
14 February 2020

Key Points
* Lot 9 and newer F-35As have developed cracks after gun use
* The aircraft variant’s gun inaccuracy has stumped the programme for years