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Re: F-35 Lightning II
« Reply #15 on: March 17, 2017, 11:59:47 PM »
F-35 successfully test fires MBDA's ASRAAM missile for the first time | air recognition - 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.

A USAF F-35A fighter jet test firing MBDA's ASRAAM missile (Credit: Lockheed Martin)

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Re: F-35 Lightning II
« Reply #16 on: April 22, 2017, 09:06:23 AM »
F-35 drops PGM on a moving target using Block 3F software | IHS Jane's 360 - 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.


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)

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Re: F-35 Lightning II
« Reply #17 on: May 28, 2017, 09:36:43 PM »
F-35A Apparently Cleared for More Aerobatics During Airshows: New Video Shows A Full Aileron Roll Eventually Added To The Display | The Aviationist
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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

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Re: F-35 Lightning II
« Reply #18 on: June 01, 2017, 11:50:32 PM »
Pratt & Whitney pitches souped up version of the F-35 engine | Defense news - 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.


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Re: F-35 Lightning II
« Reply #19 on: June 16, 2017, 09:39:56 PM »
Varley Ground to develop new portable ground facilities for USAF F-35 program | Air Recognition - 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.

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Re: F-35 Lightning II
« Reply #20 on: July 02, 2017, 12:15:41 AM »

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Re: F-35 Lightning II
« Reply #21 on: July 16, 2017, 09:55:08 PM »
Marine Corps, Air Force F-35 Jets Take Part In Red Flag Exercise Together For The First Time | The Aviationist - 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.

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Re: F-35 Lightning II
« Reply #22 on: July 19, 2017, 12:31:38 AM »
F-35B begins new ski-ramp testing campaign | IHS Jane's 360 - 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.


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

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« Reply #23 on: July 27, 2017, 01:37:57 AM »
Lockheed Martin F-35s Surpass 100,000 Flight Hours, System Development On Track | Air Recognition - 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 - 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.


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
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Re: F-35 Lightning II
« Reply #24 on: August 18, 2017, 12:04:41 AM »
The F-35 Is Going to the Pacific Theater to Oppose North Korea | Popular Mechanics - 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. 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.

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Re: F-35 Lightning II
« Reply #25 on: September 02, 2017, 02:21:57 AM »
USMC F-35B fighter jets in show of force over Korean Peninsula | Air Recognition - 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.


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)

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Re: F-35 Lightning II
« Reply #26 on: September 19, 2017, 02:34:08 AM »
AFA 2017: Pentagon plans updated F-35 post-Block 3 development acquisition strategy | IHS Jane's 360 - 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.

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Re: F-35 Lightning II
« Reply #27 on: September 24, 2017, 11:28:27 PM »
Some F-35s could remain without fully combat-capable software | Defense news
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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.


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)

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Re: F-35 Lightning II
« Reply #28 on: September 27, 2017, 09:52:54 PM »
USMC continues development of F-35's tactical capabilities | IHS Jane's 360 - 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.

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« Reply #29 on: October 07, 2017, 09:04:21 PM »
USAF reaches milestone with 500th F-35 Lightning II pilot taking to the sky | Air Recognition - 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.


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)