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Re: F-35 Export
« Reply #45 on: October 15, 2018, 03:05:27 AM »
NATO pushing Norway to consider F-35 aerial refueling capability | Air Recognition - 12 October 2018 15:41
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According to newspaper Klassekampen that had access to a document containing so-called NATO capabilities goals, the objectives are stated for each country and the defence ministers in the member countries have approved it.

The document stated that Norway should comply with the requirement to procure two aerial refueling aircraft that will be ready for use in 2028 and 2029 respectively.

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Norway has decided to buy up to 52 F-35 fighter jets within 2025. Currently the Norwegian Armed Forces have nine F-35s on Norwegian soil.

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Re: F-35 Export
« Reply #46 on: October 30, 2018, 09:32:32 AM »
Belgium officially opts for Lockheed Martin F-35A fighter jet | Air Recognition - 25 October 2018
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This could have been another Belgian version of the Neverending story. Hopefully, it won’t. The last seven days were definitively critical for ACCaP. All started on October 17, when a restricted Council of Ministers (the "Kern") was briefed by the ACCaP experts team regarding potential offsets offered by each contender. Lockheed Martin's F-35A was then unofficially considered as winning on all criterias, according to the Belgian news agency Belga.

Fierce criticism regarding F-35’s expected selection as winning bidder have directly arisen, both from opposites parties and from French newspapers. So much so that Charles Michel and the Belgian MoD decided to details the experts’ opinion regarding each aircraft.

After months of twists and turns, a second “Kern” yesterday again confirmed Lockheed Martin’s selection as preferred bidder. The official decision was confirmed today by the country’s government, putting an end to a long, harsh, disputed process.
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Re: F-35 Export
« Reply #47 on: November 18, 2018, 06:49:32 AM »


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Re: F-35 Export
« Reply #49 on: December 07, 2018, 01:51:23 PM »
New USAF squadron to house Dutch and Danish F-35A fighter jets | Air Recognition - 05 December 2018 16:06
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The 308th Fighter Squadron was reactivated in a ceremony at Luke Air Force Base, Nov. 30. The squadron will house the Royal Netherlands Air Force’s and the Royal Danish Air Force’s F-35A Lightning IIs, in a training partnership. With Lt. Col. Robert Miller assuming command, the fighter squadron is scheduled to begin operations in December 2018.

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Throughout the next two years, the Dutch and the Danish air forces will be sending their jets to populate the squadron and help Luke AFB’s mission of training the world’s greatest fighter pilots.


The Royal Netherlands air force F-35A Lightning II lifts off for its first flight Dec. 18, 2013, from Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. (Credit: U.S. Air Force/Samuel King Jr.)

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Re: F-35 Export
« Reply #50 on: December 18, 2018, 12:26:08 AM »
Netherlands to buy 15 more F-35A Lightning II stealth fighters | Air Recognition - 17 December 2018 14:09
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On 14 December, The Netherlands pledged to buy more F-35 fighter jets and strengthen its special forces and cyber capabilities. "Extra investment in defense is a necessity because our surrounding safety zone has become a more instable place," the Defense Ministry said. "There are more threats to contend with and threats have become more complex," it. The F-35A comes with a current price tag of $89.2 million (78.9 million euros), according to Lockheed Martin.

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Singapore shortlists F-35
« Reply #51 on: January 19, 2019, 10:19:46 PM »
Singapore shortlists F-35 for F-16 replacement programme | Janes - 18 January 2019
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The announcement comes after a five-year technical evaluation by the RSAF and the Defence Science and Technology Agency (DSTA), which is the country’s defence procurement authority.

However, the ministry stopped short of declaring a confirmed buy, instead noting that further evaluation would be necessary before it proceeds with a full-scale acquisition.

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The RSAF is believed to operate about 20 F-16C and 40 F-16D Block 52/52+ aircraft, which were acquired in the 1990s and believed to be optimised with Israeli-built electronic countermeasures (ECM) systems. The D variants are optimised for the electronic warfare (EW) role. The service also operates 40 Boeing F-15SG multirole combat aircraft.

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Re: F-35 Export
« Reply #52 on: March 01, 2019, 11:30:22 PM »
Singapore to place initial buy of four F-35 JSFs for further evaluation | Janes - 01 March 2019
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Singapore will place an initial order for four F-35 Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighters (JSFs) for further testing, with the option of acquiring a subsequent eight, defence minister Ng Eng Hen announced in his Ministry of Defence (MINDEF) Committee of Supply debate speech in parliament on 1 March.

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Ng told parliament that that MINDEF will issue a Letter of Request (LOR) to the US government, although he did not specify when. According to the US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA), the LOR is an action that formally begins the Foreign Military Sales (FMS) process.

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Ng noted that the life-cycle costs of a JSF fleet - albeit without mentioning the specific numbers or platform variants that will be acquired - will be similar to the expenditure for the Republic of Singapore Air Force's (RSAF's) F-15SG programme. He also pointed out that the current unit price of the F-35 platform, which ranges from USD90-115 million per aircraft, is comparable to that of the Boeing F-15SG.

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Re: F-35 Export
« Reply #53 on: March 08, 2019, 04:37:42 AM »
Top US general warns against selling Turkey F-35 | Janes - 06 March 2019
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Tensions between Washington and Ankara ratcheted up after NATO's supreme allied commander US General Curtis Scaparrotti warned that if Turkey deploys the Russian S-400 air defence system, the US should not deliver Lockheed Martin's F-35 Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) to the nation.

Appearing before the Senate Armed Services Committee on 5 March, Gen Scaparrotti briefed lawmakers about the challenges he faces in Europe, threats from Russia, and the upcoming decision on whether to deliver F-35 aircraft to Turkey as planned. On the latter topic, the four-star general did not equivocate: if Ankara fields the S-400, then Washington should not hand over the new aircraft and should consider prohibiting the nation from buying other military technologies.