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Re: F-35 Export
« Reply #15 on: June 22, 2017, 08:55:06 PM »
Israeli F-35s to be declared operational in December | IHS Jane's 360 - 22 June 2017
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The operational status will apply to the five F-35s already delivered to the IAF as well as all future jets on their arrival. Israel has ordered 50 jets to equip two full squadrons, with final deliveries expected in 2022.

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« Reply #16 on: June 29, 2017, 10:19:58 PM »
Japanese MoD denies claims it is considering equipping F-35 with ASMs | IHS Jane's 360 - 29 June 2017
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The Tokyo-based Yomiuri Shimbun newspaper reported on 27 June that the air-launched Joint Strike Missile (JSM) being developed by Norwegian company Kongsberg "is a promising candidate" for the Japanese F-35As.

Responding to a question on the matter, Japanese defence minister Tomomi Inada said during a press conference on the same day, "Although the media report mentioned a study on the possibility of equipping the F-35 with an air-to-surface missile, we are not conducting such a study.

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Re: F-35 Export
« Reply #17 on: July 13, 2017, 11:37:45 PM »
UK to decide on future F-35 variant 'at appropriate time' | IHS Jane's 360 - 13 July 2017
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Answering questions in Parliament, the Minister of State for Defence and Deputy Leader of the House of Lords, Earl Howe, said that while the UK had committed itself to its full quota of 138 aircraft, it had yet to decide on which variant these would be beyond the initial 48 F-35Bs that will be used to fly off the country's two new aircraft carriers.

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Of the three JSF variants – the conventional take-off and landing (CTOL) F-35A, the short take-off and vertical landing (STOVL) F-35B, and the carrier variant (CV) F-35C – the STOVL F-35B that the UK requires to operate off its 'ski-jump'-equipped Queen Elizabeth and Prince of Wales carriers, and the F-35C that the US Navy will fly from its catapult-equipped carriers, are the most expensive to procure by about USD10 million per aircraft.

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Re: F-35 Export
« Reply #18 on: August 05, 2017, 02:35:39 AM »
Second Adir F-35I Squadron is on the horizon for Israeli Air Force | Air Recognition - 31 July 2017
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After seven months of integration and preparation for IOC (Initial Operational Capability), the second “Adir” F-35I Squadron is on the horizon as its establishment team is expected to begin working next summer

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Integrating this aircraft is extremely complex. It is a long maturation process and it is fundamentally different to the way we integrated other aircraft such as the ‘Sufa’ (F-16I) ‘Baz’ (F-15I) or the F-4 Phantom”, explained Lt. Col. Yotam. “In contrast to them, in this case we are integrating an aircraft that is still being developed. Earlier generation aircraft had software updates, but in the ‘Adir’, basic systems are updates as well as software. The F-35’s development process is completely different from any other aircraft’s”.


F-35I Adir. Israeli Air Force picture by Celia Garion

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« Reply #19 on: August 15, 2017, 03:44:47 PM »
UK launches externally loaded F-35B from 'ski jump' for first time | IHS Jane's 360 - 13 August 2017
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The test, which took place in early August, saw a short take-off and vertical landing (STOVL) F-35B loaded with a UK-specific mix of four Raytheon Paveway IV precision-guided munitions and two MBDA Advanced Short-Range Air-to-Air Missiles (ASRAAMs) take off from a launch ramp of the type that will be fitted to the United Kingdom’s two new Queen Elizabeth-class aircraft carriers. As noted by BAE Systems in its Twitter announcement of the test, aircraft BF-02 was piloted by the company’s chief STOVL test pilot, Peter 'Wizzer' Wilson.

This test at Naval Air Station (NAS) Patuxent River in Maryland is part of a wider campaign to validate for the F-35B the ‘ski-jump’ launch technique that was first developed by the United Kingdom to launch its Sea Harrier jets from the decks of through-deck cruise carriers in the late 1970s. This method enables the aircraft to take off with more fuel and/or weapons, and provides an extra safety margin compared with the US Marine Corps’ (USMC) system of launching from a flat deck. This is especially true during rough seas, when the ship will be pitching up and down.


An F-35B at the moment of launch from a 'ski-jump' test rig that has been set up at NAS Patuxent River. The aircraft is loaded out with a UK-specific mix of Paveway IV and ASRAAM weapons. Source: US Navy

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Re: F-35 Export
« Reply #20 on: August 31, 2017, 01:05:29 AM »
Israel orders additional F-35s | IHS Jane's 360 - 29 August 2017
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Israel will purchase an additional 17 Lockheed Martin F-35A Joint Strike Fighters, the Israel Ministry of Defense (MoD) announced on 27 August.

The order was placed by the MoD’s procurement delegation to the United States after it had been approved by the Israeli cabinet.

The aircraft are scheduled to arrive by December 2024, at which point the Israeli Air Force will have a fleet of 50 F-35As – known as the F-35I Adir in Israeli service - divided into two squadrons.

The Israeli Air Force (IAF) should have the 33 aircraft that it has ordered under two previous transactions by 2021.


A photo released by the IAF on 20 August shows an F-35I Adir carrying out aerial refuelling with a Re'em tanker from the Desert Giants Squadron as part of the new type’s operationalisation programme. Source: Israeli Air Force

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Re: F-35 Export
« Reply #21 on: September 19, 2017, 02:38:31 AM »
DSEi 2017: Harris Corp. to fit UK F-35s with new carriage and release systems | Air Recognition - 18 September 2017
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Harris Corporation has been awarded a development contract by MBDA to provide carriage and release systems to support the U.K.’s SPEAR precision strike missile future air combat capability requirements – including the U.K. F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter.

The award was made in the first quarter of Harris’ fiscal 2018 and announced during Defence and Security Equipment (DSEI) 2017, Sept. 12-15, at the ExCeL in London.
The contract follows the successful completion of the concept assessment phase contract and provides an option for the upcoming demonstration phase contract.

Harris will provide four internal bay-compatible SCORPION Lightweight Ejection Rack Units (ERUs) for each of the two F-35 weapon bays. These lightweight ERUs are manufactured at the company’s Brighton, England, facility, and they deliver sophisticated and reliable ejection performance. The ERUs have a high degree of weapon-departure control that is essential to safe operations on hisgh performance air platforms.


An artist's rendering of MBDA SPEAR missile being released from the JSF weapon bay (Credit: MBDA)

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Re: F-35 Export
« Reply #22 on: September 20, 2017, 08:23:06 PM »
Japan aims to integrate locally produced parts into F-35s from 2018 | IHS Jane's 360 - 20 September 2017
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A spokesperson from ATLA also confirmed that local component manufacturing was behind schedule and that it had failed to meet a deadline to manufacture parts for the aircraft that were ordered in 2013 and scheduled to be delivered later this year.

Under the programme, IHI Corporation is licence producing parts for the F-35’s Pratt & Whitney F135 engine while Mitsubishi Electric Corporation (MELCO) is manufacturing components for the aircraft’s avionics systems designed by Northrop Grumman.

In addition, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) operates a Final Assembly and Check Out (FACO) facility but the company does not produce F-35 components.

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Re: F-35 Export
« Reply #23 on: October 16, 2017, 10:43:30 PM »
ADEX 2017: F-35 makes South Korean show debut | IHS Jane's 360 - 16 October 2017
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The Lockheed Martin F-35A Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) made its debut appearance at this year’s Seoul International Aerospace and Defence Exhibition (ADEX), giving South Korea a sneak-preview of its future fighter while providing a timely warning to Pyongyang on US regional capabilities and resolve.


One of the two USAF F-35As that has made the journey from Hill AFB in Utah to Seoul for the type's ADEX debut. (IHS Markit / Gareth Jennings)