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Re: F-35 Lightning II
« Reply #45 on: December 26, 2018, 12:19:40 AM »
Lockheed Martin meets 2018 F-35 production targe | Janes - 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.

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Re: F-35 Lightning II
« Reply #46 on: January 03, 2019, 03:57:24 AM »
IAI establishes production line for F-35 wing skins | Janes - 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.

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Re: F-35 Lightning II
« Reply #47 on: January 07, 2019, 01:48:02 AM »
Pentagon announces F-35 global transportation and distribution, regional warehouse assignments | Janes - 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
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Re: F-35 Lightning II
« Reply #48 on: January 20, 2019, 12:25:26 AM »

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/


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Re: F-35 Lightning II
« Reply #49 on: January 25, 2019, 10:13:28 AM »
Lockheed Martin awarded support contract for US Lot 13 F-35 | Air Recognition - 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.

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Re: F-35 Lightning II
« Reply #50 on: January 29, 2019, 02:23:55 AM »
BAE Systems to undertake ‘Project Heisenberg’ of upgraded F-35 EW suite | Janes - 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.

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Re: F-35 Lightning II
« Reply #51 on: February 04, 2019, 01:32:14 AM »
From: Air Recognition

F-35A costs to fall below $US 80 million a unit in 2023 - 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 - 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.

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Re: F-35 Lightning II
« Reply #52 on: February 05, 2019, 01:01:12 AM »
DOT&E says F-35A gun accuracy issues remain | Janes - 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


Gun accuracy issues on the F-35A continue, the Pentagon's chief weapons tester said in a new report. Source: Lockheed Martin

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Re: F-35 Lightning II
« Reply #53 on: February 14, 2019, 12:09:38 AM »
South Korean consortium selected for F-35 MRO | Janes - 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.

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Re: F-35 Lightning II
« Reply #54 on: February 15, 2019, 04:11:14 AM »
Australia secures additional F-35 support work | Janes - 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.

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Re: F-35 Lightning II
« Reply #55 on: March 01, 2019, 11:28:05 PM »
US Navy declares IOC for F-35C | Janes - 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.

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Re: F-35 Lightning II
« Reply #56 on: March 10, 2019, 04:24:53 AM »
USA: Pentagon reducing F-35 buy in 2020 budget request | Air Recognition - 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.
 


From the top: 33rd FW F-35A, F-35B and F-35C (Picture source: U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Katerina Slivinske)

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Re: F-35 Lightning II
« Reply #57 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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Re: F-35 Lightning II
« Reply #58 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.


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

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Re: F-35 Lightning II
« Reply #59 on: April 02, 2019, 03:44:10 AM »
US Air Force performs first F-35A rapid crew swap exercise | Janes - 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.