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Military Trends, Technology, and International Developments => Stealth => Topic started by: Ayoshi on October 29, 2016, 12:59:57 PM

Title: F-35 Export
Post by: Ayoshi on October 29, 2016, 12:59:57 PM
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The F-35 Joint Strike Fighter Program is an Internationally oriented program consisting of partnerships with a number of countries. See below for links to the transcripts of the signing ceremonies of the official partnership of each of the programs cooperating partners

http://www.jsf.mil/program/prog_intl.htm

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End-of-year F-35 contracts and milestones announced | IHS Jane's 360 (http://www.janes.com/article/56817/end-of-year-f-35-contracts-and-milestones-announced) - 21 December 2015
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Two contracts valued at USD1.17 billion and USD84.4 million were awarded for low-rate initial production (LRIP) Lot 11 long-lead items and LRIP 9 special tooling and special test equipment respectively.

For the LRIP Lot 11 award, Lockheed Martin is to acquire long-lead items for 80 F-35A aircraft (28 for the US Air Force [USAF]; 6 for the Royal Norwegian Air Force [RoNAF]; 4 for the Turkish Air Force [TuAF]; 8 for the Royal Netherlands Air Force [RNLAF]; 8 for the Royal Australian Air Force [RAAF]; 10 for the Israeli Air force [IAF]; 6 for the Japan Air Self-Defense Force [JASDF]; and 10 for the Republic of Korea Air Force [RoKAF]); 7 F-35B aircraft (6 for the US Marine Corps [USMC]; and 1 for the UK Royal Air Force [RAF]/Royal Navy [RN]); and 4 F-35C aircraft for the US Navy (USN).

This contract also includes an undefinitised contract action for production of 2 F-35A aircraft for the USAF and one F-35C aircraft for the US, and is expected to be completed in December 2019.

Title: F-35 Export
Post by: Ayoshi on October 29, 2016, 01:04:44 PM
Two Italian pilots fly for the first time in the F-35 jet from Luke Air Force Base | The Aviationist (http://theaviationist.com/2015/11/06/italians-pilot-f-35-first-time/)
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Interestingly, one Italian flew his mission in an Australian F-35A whereas the other one flew in a U.S. F-35 assigned to 56th FW. They were supported by Australian, USAF and Lockheed Martin ground crew and two IPs (Instructor Pilots) from the 61st Fighter Squadron flew alongside the Italians, chasing them through their first flight.

First Italian F-35 flight

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GHm9roy62B4

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UK announces F-35 infrastructure contracts | IHS Jane's 360 (http://www.janes.com/article/59375/uk-announces-f-35-infrastructure-contracts) - 7 April 2016
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The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) has awarded Lockheed Martin GBP142 million (USD200 million) for the building of new infrastructure at the future home base of the UK's F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike fighter (JSF) force.

The contract, announced on 7 April, will see three facilities built at Royal Air Force (RAF) Marham in Norfolk to support the short take-off and vertical landing (STOVL) F-35B to be fielded by the RAF and Royal Navy (RN).

Lockheed Martin has sub-contracted GBP118 million to BAE Systems to manage the building work by construction firm Balfour Beatty, with a Logistic Operations Centre, an Integrated Training Centre, and a Maintenance and Final Finishes Building to be erected. The work will begin later this month and is scheduled to be completed in 2018, to coincide with the arrival of the 617 'Dambusters' Squadron and the first aircraft at the station.
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Work on the new facilities is to begin later this month, and be complete in time for the arrival of the first aircraft at RAF Marham in 2018. Source: BAE Systems

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Lockheed Martin readies Japan's first F-35A for September roll-out, advances international programmes
IHS Jane's 360 (http://www.janes.com/article/59759/lockheed-martin-readies-japan-s-first-f-35a-for-september-roll-out-advances-international-programmes) - 25 April 2016
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Japan's first conventional take-off and landing (CTOL) F-35A Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter, designated aircraft AX-1, is on track for roll-out on 29 September, IHS Jane's has learnt during a tour of Lockheed Martin's F-35 production facility in Fort Worth, Texas, where the first four aircraft destined for the Japan Air Self-Defense Force (JASDF) are being assembled.

AX-1 will then undergo a series of tests before being delivered on a yet to be determined date to Luke Air Force Base in Arizona - which has been selected as the primary training centre for US and international operators of the F-35A variant - to support training of the first cadre of JASDF pilots for the type.

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Farnborough 2016: Israeli industry waits on MoD for F-35 weapons decision | IHS Jane's 360 (http://www.janes.com/article/62229/farnborough-2016-israeli-industry-waits-on-mod-for-f-35-weapons-decision) - 13 July 2016
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The Israeli Air Force (IAF) has yet to decide which, if any, domestic weapon systems are to be integrated onto its Lockheed Martin F-35A Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) aircraft, despite initial operating capability (IOC) for the type being just months away, IHS Jane's has learned.

Speaking at the Farnborough International Airshow on 13 July, an official who requested not to be identified due to inter-governmental sensitivities over the issue, said that Israeli weapons manufacturers are in something of 'a holding pattern' as they await direction from the country's Ministry of Defence (MoD) as to how it wishes to proceed.
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Despite the first aircraft having already been handed over, Israel has still to decide which, if any, domestic weapon systems it wishes to integrate onto the aircraft. Source: Lockheed Martin

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JASDF releases images of first F-35 | IHS Jane's 360 (http://www.janes.com/article/62957/jasdf-releases-images-of-first-f-35) - 15 August 2016
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The images, released by the Japan Air Self-Defence Force (JASDF) on 14 August, show aircraft 69-8701 (also designated AX-1) in its completed state ahead of flight tests and delivery to the international training fleet at Luke Air Force Base (AFB), Arizona, in the coming weeks. Four aircraft for the JASDF are currently being built at Fort Worth.

Japan has committed itself to buying 28 F-35As over the next five-years (6 of the aircraft are under contract), and has a total requirement of 42 to replace its ageing Mitsubishi-McDonnell Douglas F-4J Kai (Phantom II) aircraft, which have been in service since the early 1970s.
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The first F-35 for the Japan Air Self-Defense Force (JASDF) is seen at the Fort Worth production facility ahead of the commencement of flight trials and delivery. Source: Japan Air Self-Defense Force

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First Japanese F-35A presented at rollout ceremony | IHS Jane's 360 (http://www.janes.com/article/64067/first-japanese-f-35a-presented-at-rollout-ceremony) - 23 September 2016
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The ceremony was attended by more than 400 government, military, and industry officials, according to Lockheed Martin. Kenji Wakamiya, Japan's State minister of defence, said that the multirole fighter would augment Japan's security and its economy once production and depot maintenance ramps up at Mitsubishi Heavy Industries.

Lockheed Martin (http://www.lockheedmartin.com/us/news/press-releases/2016/september/lockheed-martin-and-japan-celebrate-roll-out-of-japan-air-self-defense-force-first-f-35a.html)

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Gen. Yoshiyuki Sugiyama, Japan Air Self Defense Force Chief of Air Staff, address the ceremony audience as Japan’s first F-35A aircraft is revealed at the Lockheed Martin’s production facility in Fort Worth, Texas, Sept. 23. Lockheed Martin photo by Beth Steel.

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Singapore Eyes F-35 for 2030 Time Frame | Defense news (http://www.defensenews.com/articles/singapore-eyes-f-35-for-2030-timeframe) - October 3, 2016
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Singapore has long been linked to the F-35 program, and in February 2015 Joint Program Office head Lt. Gen. Chris Bogdan said he believed the country has “begun to take the next step toward making a decision.”

But since then, there has been little visible movement from Singapore towards procuring the jet. It is also unclear what variant of the jet the country might eventually seek to buy.
Title: F-35 Export
Post by: Ayoshi on October 29, 2016, 01:08:18 PM
Turkey expects first F-35 delivery in 2018, plans more orders | reuters (http://www.reuters.com/article/us-lockheed-fighter-turkey-idUSKCN12S2G1?il=0) - Oct 28, 2016
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Turkey expects to take delivery of its first Lockheed Martin Corp (LMT.N) F-35A fighter jets in 2018 and has decided to order a second batch, the Undersecretariat for Defense Industries said on Friday.

It did not say how many more of the fighter jets it planned to order but two U.S. officials familiar with the matter, speaking on condition of anonymity, told Reuters the second batch would comprise 24 jets.

The Undersecretariat said it expected the new orders to be delivered in 2021 and 2022. Its statement was released after a meeting of its executive committee chaired by Prime Minister Binali Yildirim.

Lockheed is building three variants of the F-35 for the U.S. military and 10 countries that plan to buy the jets: Britain, Australia, Norway, Denmark, the Netherlands, Italy, Turkey, Israel, Japan and South Korea.

A Lockheed representative said the company is "honored" by Turkey’s continued commitment to the F-35 program which was further demonstrated by the decision by the DIEC today.
Title: F-35 Export
Post by: Ayoshi on October 31, 2016, 11:41:29 PM
Turkey to Order New F-35 Lightning II Jets | defense news (http://www.defensenews.com/articles/turkey-to-place-new-f-35-order) - October 31, 2016
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ANKARA, Turkey — Turkey’s top defense procurement panel has agreed to officially order a second batch of F-35 Lightning II fifth-generation multirole fighter aircraft under the multinational Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) program.

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Under the JSF program, Turkey has committed to procure a total of 116 aircraft. Turkey placed its first JSF order in 2014 under its low-rate initial production 10 program.

Turkey’s procurement and military officials are hoping to build a new-generation, dual-fighter jet fleet by their country’s centennial, 2023, comprising of the F-35 and an indigenous aircraft, known as TFX, that Ankara has been designing. Turkey hopes to receive its first F-35 in 2018.
Title: F-35 Export
Post by: Ayoshi on November 04, 2016, 02:20:40 AM
DoD finalises LRIP 9 contract for F-35 | IHS Jane's 360 (http://www.janes.com/article/65207/dod-finalises-lrip-9-contract-for-f-35) - 03 November 2016
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The contract, which was announced by the Joint Program Office (JPO) on 2 November, will cover 57 aircraft (42 F-35As, 13 F-35Bs, and 2 F-35Cs) and is valued at approximately USD6.1 billion. LRIP 9 aircraft deliveries will begin in the first quarter of 2017.

As noted by the JPO, the LRIP 9 contract sees a 3.7% reduction (weighted average) from the LRIP 8 contract signed in December 2014, and an overall 58% price reduction since the LRIP 1 contract. The Blueprint for Affordability effort has also resulted in per unit cost reductions of approximately USD1.1 million for LRIP 9 aircraft.

This finalised LRIP 9 contract does not include engines, as a separate agreement was finalised between the US government and Pratt & Whitney in April. That agreement saw the DoD agree USD1.4 billion for 66 engines, plus spares.
Title: F-35 Export
Post by: Ayoshi on November 29, 2016, 05:20:16 AM
Israel orders 17 more F-35A stealth fighters jets | 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/3100-israel-orders-17-more-f-35a-stealth-fighters-jets.html) - 28 November 2016
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Israel will buy 17 more F-35A stealth fighter jets yesterday, after a vote of approval yesterday, Nov. 27, by the country's Security Cabinet. This additionnal batch of "Adir" fighters will bring up Israel Air Force to a total of 50 F-35A by the end of 2030. These fighters are to be purchased with the military foreign aid received from the U.S through a Memorandum of Understanding signed in September 2016.
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srael's F-35A Adir performing its maiden flight on July 25 (Credit: Lockheed Martin)
Title: F-35 Export
Post by: Ayoshi on December 03, 2016, 02:02:48 AM
JASDF receives first F-35 at Luke AFB | IHS Jane's 360 (http://www.janes.com/article/65940/jasdf-receives-first-f-35-at-luke-afb) - 02 December 2016
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The arrival of aircraft 69-8701 (also designated AX-1) at the 944th Fighter Wing (FW) marks a significant milestone in the JASDF's F-35A programme to replace its ageing Mitsubishi-McDonnell Douglas F-4J Kai (Phantom II) aircraft that have been in service since the early 1970s.

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Japan has committed itself to buying 28 F-35As over the next five years (six of which are under contract), and has a total requirement of 42 aircraft. After the fleet begins arriving in-country in fiscal year 2017, it will initially be based at Misawa. The initial operating unit is expected to be either 301 or 302 Squadron.

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Japan Air Self-Defense Force maintainers pose for a photo on 28 November to mark the arrival of the first Japanese F-35A at Luke Air Force Base in Arizona. Source: US Air Force
Title: F-35 Export
Post by: Ayoshi on December 16, 2016, 06:42:57 PM
Italy has become the first country to operate the F-35 outside of the U.S. | The Aviationist (https://theaviationist.com/2016/12/15/italy-has-become-the-first-country-to-operate-the-f-35-outside-of-the-u-s/) - Dec 15 2016
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On Dec. 12, whilst several Israeli and international media outlets focused on the delivery of the first F-35I “Adir” to Nevatim airbase (delayed by some 6 hours because of fog) highlighting how Israel had just become “the first country after the US” to get the new plane, far from the spotlight, the 13° Gruppo (Squadron) of the 32° Stormo (Wing) of the Aeronautica Militare (Italian Air Force, ItAF) received its first two F-35A Lightning II, becoming the very first country to take delivery of the 5th generation stealth jet outside of the U.S.

Noteworthy, the delivery flight was carried out by two Italian military pilots (the Israeli planes were flown by Lockheed Martin pilots) who flew their two JSFs (Joint Strike Fighters) to Amendola, where the aircraft landed in the early afternoon on Monday.

Indeed, whereas the arrival of the first Israeli or Dutch F-35s got a significant media coverage (with constant updates, live streaming on social media, etc.), the Italian Air Force has kept a very “low profile” about its achievements with the F-35 so far.

Title: F-35 Export
Post by: Ayoshi on December 20, 2016, 07:38:50 PM
U.S. Marine F-35Bs Will Operate From Royal Navy Queen Elizabeth Carrier in 2021 | Navy Recognition (http://www.navyrecognition.com/index.php/news/defence-news/2016/december-2016-navy-naval-forces-defense-industry-technology-maritime-security-global-news/4702-u-s-marine-f-35bs-will-operate-from-royal-navy-queen-elizabeth-carrier-in-2021.html) - 20 December 2016
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On the margins of the ministerial meeting, Sir Michael also deepened UK and US defence cooperation by signing an agreement with US Defense Secretary Ash Carter to allow US Marine Corps F-35B aircraft to fly from the UK’s new Queen Elizabeth class carrier. Planning will be advanced to allow US jets to deploy alongside our own Lightning aircraft in HMS Queen Elizabeth during her planned first operational deployment in 2021.
Title: Re: F-35 Export
Post by: Ayoshi on January 16, 2017, 04:43:21 PM
Lockheed Martin delivers 200th F-35 fighter | IHS Jane's 360 (http://www.janes.com/article/66908/lockheed-martin-delivers-200th-f-35-fighter)  - 12 January 2017
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The Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) programme passed a milestone in early 2017 with the delivery of the 200th aircraft, it was announced on 12 January.

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Under the official programme-of-record, Australia has a requirement for 100 F-35As; Canada for 65 F-35As (subject to a relaunched procurement process); Denmark for 30 F-35As; Israel for 33 F-35As; Italy for 60 F-35As and 30 F-35Bs; Japan for 42 F-35As; the Netherlands for 37 F-35As; Norway for 52 F-35As; the Republic of Korea for 40 FMS F-35As; Turkey for 100 F-35As; the United Kingdom for 138 F-35Bs; the US Air Force (USAF) for 1,763 F-35As; the US Marine Corps for 353 F-35Bs and 67 F-35Cs; and the US Navy for 260 F-35Cs.

The latest contract announcement for Lot 10 production, awarded in November 2016, was valued at USD7.2 billion for 90 aircraft. When long-lead contracts are considered also, the approximate unit cost for a Lot 10 aircraft (excluding engines) is USD91.4 million (averaged across the three different variants). Lockheed Martin is aiming to get the unit cost of the F-35A (the cheapest variant) down to USD80-85 million by 2019 under the Blueprint for Affordability effort.
Title: Re: F-35 Export
Post by: Ayoshi on February 28, 2017, 03:27:43 PM
Avalon 2017: F-35 makes Australian debut | IHS Jane's 360 (http://www.janes.com/article/68300/avalon-2017-f-35-makes-australian-debut) - 28 February 2017
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The Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) is showcasing its Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) on home soil for the first time at the Australian International Airshow and Aerospace and Defence Exposition 2017 running from 28 February to 5 March.

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AU-1 is one of two RAAF F-35As that will make their home debut during the Avalon Air Show 2017, making the round trip to Melbourne from their current home station of Luke Air Force Base in the United States. (Lockheed Martin)
Title: Re: F-35 Export
Post by: Ayoshi on May 09, 2017, 05:08:22 PM
Lockheed reaches milestone with first Italian-built F-35B STOVL fighter | 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/may-bis/3451-lockheed-reaches-milestone-with-first-italian-built-f-35b-stovl-fighter.html) - 07 May 2017
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The Italian FACO is owned by the Italian Ministry of Defense and is operated by Leonardo in conjunction with Lockheed Martin with a current workforce of more than 800 skilled personnel engaged in full assembly of the Conventional Take-off/Landing F-35A and F-35B aircraft variants and F-35A wing production.

Gen. Claudio Graziano, Italian chief of defense, Gen. Carlo Magrassi, secretary general of defense/director of National Armament, Adm. Mathias Winter, deputy program executive officer at the F-35 Joint Program Office, Filippo Bagnato, Leonardo Aircraft Division's Managing Director, and Doug Wilhelm, Lockheed Martin F-35 Program Management vice president, spoke at the milestone event.

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The first F-35B built at the Cameri, Italy, Final Assembly & Check-Out (FACO) facility rolls out May 5
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Title: Re: F-35 Export
Post by: Ayoshi on May 18, 2017, 06:33:48 PM
Germany requests classified data from US military on F-35 fighter jet | Defense news (http://www.defensenews.com/articles/germany-requests-classified-data-from-us-military-on-f-35-fighter-jet) - May 17, 2017
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Germany, which is preparing to replace its aging fleet of fighter jets, has not authorized a procurement plan, nor has it committed to a specific platform to replace its fourth-generation warplanes. The letter noted that the Defence Ministry would hold "an in-depth evaluation of market available solutions, including the F-35, later this year."

Germany may be aiming to bolster its hand in negotiations with its European partners over the development of the next generation of European warplanes. Despite the potential resistance by labor unions if Germany were to purchase the American-made fighters, military sources say buying the F-35 could make sense for Germany given both steady declines in the cost of the U.S. jet and technical challenges with the Eurofighter aircraft.

Key NATO allies of Germany — Britain, the Netherlands, Norway, Turkey and Italy — are already purchasing the F-35 to replace their own dated fleets, and other European countries are also reportedly considering purchasing the F-35.
Title: Re: F-35 Export
Post by: mamiyapis on May 21, 2017, 01:46:09 AM
It's too little too late for a European stealth fighter, even if Germany presses the issue. Best bet for the country is to copy what everyone else in the region is doing and buy F-35A to replace their older light fighters. Given economies of scale and NATO interoperability, it only makes even more sense.

Though if they really wanted to Germany could probably back the Saab-BAE-Turkish TFX effort and build a "European" stealth fighter, especially given the amount of European hardware that looks set to enter the design, like the EJ200 engines.
Title: Re: F-35 Export
Post by: Ayoshi on June 06, 2017, 01:49:10 PM
Japan rolls out first domestically built F-35 | IHS Jane's 360 (http://www.janes.com/article/71125/japan-rolls-out-first-domestically-built-f-35) - 05 June 2017
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The conventional take-off and landing (CTOL) F-35A for the Japan Air Self-Defense force (JASDF) was unveiled at the site of the Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) F-35 Final Assembly and Check Out (FACO) facility in Nagoya in central Japan.

Japan is one of only two F-35 customers outside of the United States to have a FACO production facility, with Italy being the other. The JASDF is to receive 42 F-35As, of which 38 will be built by MHI at its FACO (the first four aircraft are being built by Lockheed Martin at its Fort Worth facility in Texas). Designated AX-5, work on this first Japanese-produced aircraft began in December 2015.

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As well as assembling F-35As, the FACO will also provide maintenance, repair, overhaul, and upgrade services to F-35s based in the North Asia-Pacific region from about 2018. Source: Lockheed Martin
Title: Re: F-35 Export
Post by: Ayoshi on June 23, 2017, 11:55:06 AM
Israeli F-35s to be declared operational in December | IHS Jane's 360 (http://www.janes.com/article/71646/israeli-f-35s-to-be-declared-operational-in-december) - 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.
Title: Re: F-35 Export
Post by: Ayoshi on June 30, 2017, 01:19:58 PM
Japanese MoD denies claims it is considering equipping F-35 with ASMs | IHS Jane's 360 (http://www.janes.com/article/71900/japanese-mod-denies-claims-it-is-considering-equipping-f-35-with-asms) - 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.
Title: Re: F-35 Export
Post by: Ayoshi on July 14, 2017, 02:37:45 PM
UK to decide on future F-35 variant 'at appropriate time' | IHS Jane's 360 (http://www.janes.com/article/72277/uk-to-decide-on-future-f-35-variant-at-appropriate-time) - 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.
Title: Re: F-35 Export
Post by: Ayoshi on August 05, 2017, 05:35:39 PM
Second Adir F-35I Squadron is on the horizon for Israeli Air Force | 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/july/3649-second-adir-f-35i-squadron-is-on-the-horizon-for-israeli-air-force.html) - 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”.

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F-35I Adir. Israeli Air Force picture by Celia Garion
Title: Re: F-35 Export
Post by: Ayoshi on August 16, 2017, 06:44:47 AM
UK launches externally loaded F-35B from 'ski jump' for first time | IHS Jane's 360 (http://www.janes.com/article/73080/uk-launches-externally-loaded-f-35b-from-ski-jump-for-first-time) - 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.

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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
Title: Re: F-35 Export
Post by: Ayoshi on August 31, 2017, 04:05:29 PM
Israel orders additional F-35s | IHS Jane's 360 (http://www.janes.com/article/73407/israel-orders-additional-f-35s) - 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.

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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
Title: Re: F-35 Export
Post by: Ayoshi on September 19, 2017, 05:38:31 PM
DSEi 2017: Harris Corp. to fit UK F-35s with new carriage and release systems | 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/september/3735-dsei-2017-harris-corp-to-fit-uk-f-35s-with-new-carriage-and-release-systems.html) - 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.

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An artist's rendering of MBDA SPEAR missile being released from the JSF weapon bay (Credit: MBDA)
Title: Re: F-35 Export
Post by: Ayoshi on September 21, 2017, 11:23:06 AM
Japan aims to integrate locally produced parts into F-35s from 2018 | IHS Jane's 360 (http://www.janes.com/article/74241/japan-aims-to-integrate-locally-produced-parts-into-f-35s-from-2018) - 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.
Title: Re: F-35 Export
Post by: Ayoshi on October 17, 2017, 01:43:30 PM
ADEX 2017: F-35 makes South Korean show debut | IHS Jane's 360 (http://www.janes.com/article/74922/adex-2017-f-35-makes-south-korean-show-debut) - 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.

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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)
Title: Re: F-35 Export
Post by: Ayoshi on November 04, 2017, 05:18:15 PM
From The Aviationist

First F-35B Assembled Internationally And Destined To The Italian Air Force Has Completed Its First Short Take Off And Vertical Landing (https://theaviationist.com/2017/10/31/first-f-35b-assembled-internationally-and-destined-to-the-italian-air-force-has-completed-its-first-short-take-off-and-vertical-landing/) - Oct 31 2017
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On Oct. 30, the first Italian F-35B, the first assembled outside the US, carried out its first flight in short-take and vertical landing mode (STOVL) from Cameri airfield, home of the Final Assembly and Check Out (FACO) facility, in northwestern Italy.

According to an official LM release, during the flight, a Lockheed Martin test pilot performed perfectly all STOVL mode operations, including hovering on the runway, reaching another milestone for the F-35 program in Italy. The test pilots will perform other tests before the official BL-1 aircraft is delivered to the Italian Air Force: this is worth of note since a previous release stated that the first Italian F-35B would be taken on charge by the Italian Navy (https://theaviationist.com/2017/05/05/first-f-35b-assembled-internationally-rolled-out-of-cameri-faco-production-facility/). Indeed, Italy plans to procure 90 F-35s, 60 F-35As for the Air Force and 30 F-35Bs for both the ItAF and Italian Navy. Therefore, the Italian Air Force will operate a fleet of CTOL (Conventional Take Off and Landing) and STOVL stealth jet with the latter considered to be pivotal to operate in expeditionary scenarios: a decision that has long been debated, with some analysts considering the STOVL variant unnecessary for the ItAF given that the the F-35 CTOL features a longer range and a reduced logistic footprint than the F-35B, especially in the TDY scenarios.

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Norway’s First Three F-35 Jets Have Just Landed At Orland Air Force Station (https://theaviationist.com/2017/11/03/norways-first-three-f-35-jets-have-just-landed-at-orland-air-force-station/) - Nov 03 2017
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On Nov. 3, at about 15.57 local time, the first three F-35A jets (AM-8, AM-9 and AM-10) destined to the RNoAF (Royal Norwegian Air Force) and delivered directly to Norway have landed at Ørland Air Force Station, in central Norway.

Norway plans to procure up to 52 F-35A, at an estimated cost of about NOK 70 billion (+7.3B USD), including weapons and support, to replace its fleet of ageing F-16s, that will be replaced in 2021. The first two aircraft were delivered in 2015 followed by another two in 2016 and three more ones earlier in 2017, but these aircraft were based at Luke Air Force Base, Arizona, where they are used for Norwegian and partner country pilot training.

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The first three RNoAF F-35s on the ground at Orland Air Force Station, Norway. (RNoAF)
Title: Re: F-35 Export
Post by: Ayoshi on November 07, 2017, 02:44:59 PM
RNoAF's first three F-35A fighter jets landed at Ørland Air Base | 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/november/3844-rnoaf-s-first-three-f-35a-fighter-jets-landed-at-orland-air-base.html) - 05 November 2017
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The Royal Norwegian Air Force (RNoAF) on Nov. 3 formally took delivery of its first three F-35A fighter jets. The three aircraft, the first to be delivered to Norway, took off from Fort Worth, Texas at 06.35 AM Norwegian time November 3rd and landed at 03.57 PM the same day at Ørland Air Base, the country's Ministry of Defence said on its website.

Seven more RNoAF F-35As are currently at Luke Air Force Base, Arizona, where Norwegian pilots are in training. The Norwegian government has plans to purchase up to 52 F-35As. From 2018, Norway will receive six aircraft annually up until, and including, 2024.

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Norway's first three F-35As being escorted by a RNAF F-16 fighter jet when entering the country's airspace (Credit: Heige Hopen/Norwegian Armed Forces)

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From Air Recognition - 06 November 2017

International operators start receiving F-35 Full Mission Simulators (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/november/3847-international-operators-start-receiving-f-35-full-mission-simulators.html)
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Lockheed Martin recently delivered F-35 Full Mission Simulators (FMS) to the Israeli, Italian, Japanese and Norwegian Air Forces – the first-ever deliveries to international F-35 operators, the US-based defense giant announced on Nov. 6, 2017.

The simulators are critical components of the pilot training capability at F-35 operating bases in these four countries, where they will facilitate pilot qualification training, continuation training and mission rehearsal training.

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A F-35 FMS (Credit: Lockheed Martin)
Title: Re: F-35 Export
Post by: Ayoshi on November 10, 2017, 04:32:38 PM
Germany declares preference for F-35 to replace Tornado | IHS Jane's 360 (http://www.janes.com/article/75511/germany-declares-preference-for-f-35-to-replace-tornado) - 08 November 2017
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The German Air Force has a shortlist of existing platforms to replace its Panavia Tornados from 2025 to 2030, but the Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) is the service’s “preferred choice", a senior service official said on 8 November.

Speaking under the Chatham House Rule, the official said that the F-35 already fulfils most of the requirements that the Luftwaffe requires to replace its Tornados in the 2025 to 2030 timeframe, and that it offers a number of other benefits besides.
Title: Israeli Air Force Declares Adir F-35I Operational
Post by: Ayoshi on December 08, 2017, 05:47:48 AM
Israeli Air Force Declares Adir F-35I Operational | 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/3917-israeli-air-force-declares-adir-f-35i-operational.html) - 06 December 2017
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A new age in the IAF: merely a year after arriving in Israel, the “Adir” (F-35I) fighter was declared operational. The fifth generation fighter jet, manufactured by “Lockheed Martin” is considered one of the world’s most advanced fighter aircraft.

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The IAF “Adir” (F-35I), which landed in Israel a year ago, was declared operational upon the completion of an initial operational capability inspection. Picture by Maj. Ofer
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F-35I Adir. Israeli Air Force picture by Celia Garion


Title: Re: F-35 Export
Post by: Ayoshi on December 27, 2017, 05:56:15 PM
South Korea Moves Forward With Plans to Buy 20 More F-35 Stealth Fighter Jets | The Diplomat (https://thediplomat.com/2017/12/south-korea-moves-forward-with-plans-to-buy-20-more-f-35-stealth-fighter-jets/) - December 22, 2017
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The Republic of Korea Air Force (ROKAF) is moving forward with plans to procure 20 additional fifth-generation Lightning II F-35A stealth fighter jets — the aircraft’s conventional takeoff and landing variant — according to multiple South Korean government sources cited by the Joongang Ilbo newspaper, Reuters reports this week.

South Korea’s Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) has purportedly initiated the F-35A acquisition process. The news comes as no surprise to ROK military analysts. The South Korean government has been considering ordering additional F-35A fighter jets for a while to boost the ROKAFs precision strike capability against North Korean missile and command and control targets in the event of full-scale war on the Korean Peninsula.
Title: Re: F-35 Export
Post by: Ayoshi on December 30, 2017, 06:06:13 AM
Japan, South Korea may refit naval ships for F-35 fighters | Defense news (https://www.defensenews.com/global/asia-pacific/2017/12/26/japan-south-korea-may-refit-naval-ships-for-f-35-fighters/)
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Modification of the ships to operate the F-35B will enhance flexibility and expand the range of missions, with Yonhap quoting a source as saying that the South Korean military is looking at “maximizing the strategic value of the vessel’s capabilities.” The ships can carry several helicopters during normal operations, with the Izumo and Dokdo class designed to carry a maximum of 14 and 10 helicopters respectively.

Both ship classes will however need to be modified extensively internally and externally to operate the F-35B, including the application of a thermally protective coating on areas of the flight deck to withstand hot exhaust gases during F-35B vertical landings, and possibly even reshaping the flight deck to allow rolling takeoffs.

They will also need to have the ammunition magazines hardened and enlarged to accommodate the F-35B’s weapons, while aviation fuel storage facilities will also likely need to be expanded to account for higher fuel consumption compared to helicopters.

Reuters has suggested that a ski-jump may be fitted to the Izumo as part of any modification program for the F-35B, however with the Izumo-class being 248 meters long and the Dokdo 199 meters, both already have flight decks long enough for the F-35B to carry out rolling takeoffs — no ski-jump needed.

Japan has two Izumo-class helicopter destroyers in service, while South Korea has one Dokdo-class ship in service with another being built. The two countries are also operators of the F-35A conventional take off and landing version, with Japan and South Korea having 42 and 40 F-35As on order respectively.
Title: Re: F-35 Export
Post by: Ayoshi on January 29, 2018, 02:53:10 AM
Japan deploys first F-35A fighter jet to Misawa AB | 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-2018/january/4031-japan-deploys-first-f-35a-fighter-jet-to-misawa-ab.html) - 28 January 2018
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Japan deployed its first F-35A stealth fighter on Friday at the Misawa Air Base in Aomori Prefecture in the country's northeast, the country's defense ministry stated on January 26, 2018. The deployment of the next-generation fighter marks the beginning of the formation of an Air Self-Defense Force (ASDF) squadron comprising 10 of the jets at the base from the next fiscal year starting in April, the defense ministry said.

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Japan's first F-35A fighter jet at Misawa AB (Credit: JASDF)
Title: Re: F-35 Export
Post by: Ayoshi on January 31, 2018, 04:09:07 PM
Italian MoD takes delivery of first non-US built F-35B | Janes (http://www.janes.com/article/77420/italian-mod-takes-delivery-of-first-non-us-built-f-35b) - 29 January 2018
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The short take-off and vertical landing (STOVL) fighter was assembled at the Final Assembly and Check Out (FACO) facility at Cameri in Italy ahead of its eventual delivery to the Italian Navy. Previously, a number of non-US conventional take-off and landing (CTOL) F-35A aircraft have been built at Cameri and at Nagoya in Japan.

Italy has a requirement for 30 F-35Bs (15 each to be operated by the Italian Air Force and the Italian Navy) and 60 F-35As. The first test, evaluation, and training F-35A was delivered to the air force in December 2015, with the final JSF scheduled to be handed over in 2027.

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The first non-US built F-35B was handed over to the Italy's Ministry of Defence on 25 January. Source: Lockheed Martin

Title: Re: F-35 Export
Post by: Ayoshi on February 20, 2018, 07:36:38 AM
Denmark positions F-35 funds | Janes (http://www.janes.com/article/77999/denmark-positions-f-35-funds) - 19 February 2018
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The Danish Central Bank has completed the hedging of payments of USD3.7 billion so that the department of defence is able to acquire the Lockheed Martin F-35 Joint Strike Fighter at fixed price in its local currency.

Copenhagen agreed in 2016 to acquire 27 conventional take-off and landing F-35A variants of the fighter to replace its incumbent F-16 fleet, and has hedged the dollars so that they are available at a fixed price when they are needed.
Title: Re: F-35 Export
Post by: Ayoshi on March 06, 2018, 11:06:08 PM
RAAF receives first F-35A mobile mission system facilities | 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/march/4130-raaf-receives-first-f-35a-mobile-mission-system-facility.html) - 05 March 2018
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The first two mobile mission system facilities to support the Royal Australian Air Force’s (RAAF) F-35A aircraft have been delivered by Lockheed Martin Australia, the RAAF announced on March 5, 2018.

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Providing for Australia's future air combat and strike needs, Australia is purchasing 72 F-35A aircraft to replace 71 ageing F/A-18A/B Hornets.

Headquartered in Canberra, Lockheed Martin Australia is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Lockheed Martin Corporation and employs more than 900 people in Australia across the aerospace, defence and civil sectors.
Title: Re: F-35 Export
Post by: Ayoshi on March 22, 2018, 01:33:12 PM
Luftwaffe chief dismissed over F-35 support | Janes (http://www.janes.com/article/78644/luftwaffe-chief-dismissed-over-f-35-support) - 16 March 2018
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The Chief of the Luftwaffe is to leave his position in large part due to his support for a German procurement of the Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter (JSF), Jane’s has learned.

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The Chief of the Luftwaffe’s active support of the JSF clashes with current Ministry of Defence planning, which prefers a successor solution involving the Eurofighter Typhoon.
Title: Re: F-35 Export
Post by: El_commandante on March 23, 2018, 12:28:18 PM
The Philippines should go for broke and get the F35 instead
 ( assuming the US is willing to sell it to us) Because stealth is the future. The price of the F35 is expected to go down more soon, and if the US would sell it to India, Saudi Arabia and UAE the price of the F35 would go down further, probably about the same price as the Eurofighter. Forget the short leg and less payload GRIPPEN or even the soon to be out of production F16 jets. It takes almost a decade to complete the delivery of about 24 Grippen and F16 jets. The reason is because Lockheed and Saab is trying to stretch the
Manufacturing process. To maintain the production line for as long as possible and hoping for more orders to come before they lay off thousands of highly skilled aerospace workers.

If we have to wait until the end of the term of the President, or ten more years from now, so be it. A decade from now, I expect our economy to be very strong enough to jump start a modest but still vigorous military modernization program.
Title: Re: F-35 Export
Post by: Ayoshi on April 24, 2018, 06:01:34 AM
From: defensenews.com

South Korea’s F-35 purchase under probe (https://www.defensenews.com/air/2018/04/20/south-koreas-f-35-purchase-under-probe/)
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The contract of procuring 40 F-35As signed under the former Park Geun-hye administration has been under intensive investigation with regard to possible influence-peddling over the Lockheed Martin-built multirole fighter’s selection process and price lobbying.

The Board of Audit and Inspection of Korea, or BAI, has widened its probe against the F-35 selection from Seoul’s 2014 F-X III competition, according to defense sources.

By: Mike Yeo
“The BAI inspection over the F-35 purchase was launched late last year, and the inspection has been widened since January,” Kang Hwan-seok, spokesman of the Defense Acquisition Program Administration, or DAPA, told Defense News. The spokesman declined to elaborate on the contents of the probe.

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Strike planned at Italy F-35 assembly line (https://www.defensenews.com/industry/2018/04/22/strike-planned-at-italy-f-35-assembly-line/)

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Unions planning the one-day strike said 600 staff at Cameri Air Base — where Italy is performing F-35 final assembly work — are working on agency contracts, while only 270 are employed directly by Italian defense firm Leonardo, which runs the site.

Owned by the Italian government and operated by state defense firm Leonardo in partnership with Lockheed Martin, Cameri has delivered nine F-35As to the Italian Air Force.

Five are now flying from Italy’s Amendola Air Base and four are involved in pilot training at Luke Air Force Base, Arizona.

On March 1, the F-35s at Amendola became operational assets within Italy’s air defense system, the Italian Air Force said.

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Lockheed, US Air Force mount F-35 sales pitch at Berlin Air Show (https://www.defensenews.com/global/europe/2018/04/23/lockheed-us-air-force-mount-f-35-sales-pitch-at-berlin-air-show/)
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The U.S. Air Force plans to present two specimens of its fifth-generation aircraft as a static display at the show, which starts Wednesday. The two planes arrived from Luke Air Force Base, Arizona, on Sunday evening after what officials termed the aircraft’s longest nonstop flight, at 11-plus hours.

Manufacturer Lockheed Martin said the U.S. air service, as the weapons’ owner, has the lead on the exhibit planning in Berlin. No F-35 flight demonstrations were planned as of Monday.

“The Berlin Air Show represents a unique opportunity for the United States to showcase its leadership in aerospace technologies while supporting various armament procurement competitions taking place throughout Europe,” U.S. European Command said in a statement.
Title: Re: F-35 Export
Post by: Ayoshi on May 06, 2018, 11:14:27 PM
First F-35A training equipment delivered to RAAF | 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/4261-first-f-35a-training-equipment-delivered-to-raaf.html) - 04 May 2018
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“This delivery includes an Ejection Systems Maintenance Trainer which is a replica of the F-35A aircraft escape systems and a Weapons Load Trainer, which replicates the F-35A fuselage, including the weapons bay and wing hard points.

“The equipment will provide Australia with its own F-35 pilot and maintainer training capability and will form part of the overall Australian F-35A Training System,” Minister Payne said.

"Importantly this equipment will enable our pilots and crews to train without having to remove aircraft from flight schedules.

“This is an important milestone with two of Australia’s F-35A aircraft to be based at RAAF Base Williamtown from December 2018 and pilot training expected to commence at Williamtown from mid next year."
Title: Re: F-35 Export
Post by: Ayoshi on May 20, 2018, 09:13:16 AM
US lawmaker proposes banning F-35 sales to Turkey | Janes (http://www.janes.com/article/80158/us-lawmaker-proposes-banning-f-35-sales-to-turkey) - 18 May 2018
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Representative David Cicilline of Rhode Island’s legislation prohibits the sale or transfer of F-35 aircraft and any intellectual property (IP) or technical data to Turkey, according to a statement. The ban can only be lifted if the US president certifies that Turkey is not taking steps to degrade North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) interoperability, exposing NATO assets to hostile actors, and degrading the general security of NATO member countries.

The bill also requires that Turkey is not seeking to import or purchase defence articles from a foreign country under US sanctions, wrongfully or unlawfully detaining one or more US citizens, or engaging in military action without taking proper steps to ensure that international legal norms are followed to prevent civilian deaths and suffering.

Turkey is a partner on the F-35 programme and joined during the system development and demonstration (SDD) phase. As a partner, Turkish industries are eligible to become suppliers to the global F-35 fleet for the life of the programme with industrial opportunities expected to reach USD12 billion, according to Lockheed Martin.

Turkey plans to purchase 100 conventional F-35A aircraft. The Pentagon’s F-35 Joint Program Office (JPO) did not respond to a request for comment by press time. Cicilline’s office was unable to respond to a request for comment by press time. A staffer with Cicilline’s office said a similar amendment has been drafted for when the House considers the fiscal year 2019 defence authorisation bill. Cicilline serves on the House Foreign Affairs Committee.
Title: Re: F-35 Export
Post by: Ayoshi on May 27, 2018, 01:14:49 PM
Three additional F-35s for Norwegian Air Force | 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/4294-three-additional-f-35s-for-norwegian-air-force.html) - 24 May 2018
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On May 22, Norway took delivery of three new F-35 jet fighters at Ordland Air Base. The arrival of the fighters brings the total number of F-35s housed in-country for the Royal Norwegian Air Force up to six following initial delivery of the first three aircraft in November 2017. Another seven are stationed in the United States at Luke Air Force Base in Arizona where they are used for training and pilot/crew familiarity education.

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Norway plans to take delivery of six F-35s each year through 2024 (Picture source: Luke AF Mil)
Title: Re: F-35 Export
Post by: Ayoshi on June 17, 2018, 12:33:49 AM
Despite some opposition, US on course to deliver F-35s to Turkey on June 21 | Defense news (https://www.defensenews.com/smr/nato-priorities/2018/06/13/despite-some-opposition-us-on-course-to-deliver-f-35s-to-turkey-on-june-21/)
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A Lockheed Martin spokesman confirmed to Defense News that it’s still gearing up for a rollout ceremony at its production facilities in Fort Worth next week.

“The F-35 program traditionally hosts a ceremony to recognize every U.S. and international customer’s first aircraft. The rollout ceremony for Turkey’s first F-35 aircraft is scheduled for June 21,” the spokesman said in a written statement to Defense News.

“The aircraft will then ferry to Luke Air Force Base, Arizona, where Turkish pilots will join the F-35A training pool.”

The Senate is set to vote this week on the annual defense policy bill, which includes language that would prohibit the U.S. government from “transfer of title” to Turkey until the time that the Defense Department submits a report to Congress on removal of Turkey from the F-35 program.
Title: Re: F-35 Export
Post by: Ayoshi on August 04, 2018, 05:07:33 PM
Australian F-35 fleet to receive Quickstep and Chemring countermeasures flares | 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/august/4428-australian-f-35-fleet-to-receive-quickstep-and-chemring-countermeasures-flares.html) - 03 August 2018
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Chemring Australia, a provider of pyrotechnic and countermeasures, received a $1.2 million Local Industry Fund for Transition (LIFT) grant from the Victorian Government to expand and modernize its manufacturing facility in Lara and create 40 new jobs. The expanded facility will develop and commission new advanced manufacturing technology for the production and testing of JSF countermeasure flares, capable of countering the threat to the aircraft from ground or air launched infrared-guided missiles. "We’re making sure manufacturing has a strong future in Victoria. With companies like Chemring Australia at the forefront of their field - that future is bright," Minister Carroll said.

Carbon fiber manufacturer Quickstep received a $1 million grant from the New Air Combat Capability - Industry Support Program to establish world-class advanced manufacturing capabilities for production of F-35 countermeasure flare housings, which will then be supplied to Chemring. Already a key supplier into the global F-35 Program, the company will also commission additional advanced manufacturing processes and technologies at Bankstown, extending its capability to support the F-35 Program and other defence and aerospace projects.

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RAAF Lockheed Martin F-35A (Picture source: Australian MoD)
Title: Re: F-35 Export
Post by: Ayoshi on August 23, 2018, 12:51:37 AM
US, Turkey continuing F-35 collaboration | Janes (https://www.janes.com/article/82515/us-turkey-continuing-f-35-collaboration) - 22 August 2018
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Despite the US government bringing into effect a law that suspends deliveries of the Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter to Turkey, the programme office for the aircraft’s acquisition has claimed that it will continue to honour the project’s existing plans.
Title: Re: F-35 Export
Post by: Ayoshi on September 02, 2018, 08:22:18 AM
UK F-35B completes first flight test with ASRAAM missile | 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/august/4487-uk-f-35b-completes-first-flight-test-with-asraam-missile.html) - 30 August 2018
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Britain’s new stealth fighter jet, the F-35B Lightning, has carried out its first trials armed with UK-built weapons, showcasing the major role that the UK plays in the supersonic aircraft and bringing it a step closer to operations on the frontline.

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The jet, which was flown by a British pilot from RAF 17 Squadron, took to the skies from Edwards Air Force base in southern California for the momentous flight carrying ASRAAM air-to-air missiles.

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MBDA's ASRAAM missile fitted on a British F-35B fighter jet (Credit: Lockheed Martin)
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MBDA's ASRAAM missile fitted on a British F-35B fighter jet (Credit: Lockheed Martin)

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Australia to build F-35 engine maintenance facility in Queensland | Janes (https://www.janes.com/article/82686/australia-to-build-f-35-engine-maintenance-facility-in-queensland) - 31 August 2018
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Australian company TAE Aerospace will develop a turbine engine maintenance facility in Bundamba, southeast Queensland, to support in-country sustainment of the Royal Australian Air Force's (RAAF's) Lockheed Martin F-35 Lighting II Joint Strike Fighter aircraft.

The new facility "will support maintenance, repair, overhaul, and upgrade activities for not only Australian F135 engines but also [for] engines from around the Asia-Pacific region and the world," Defence Minister Christopher Pyne said in a 31 August statement.

Title: Re: F-35 Export
Post by: Ayoshi on September 05, 2018, 05:20:01 PM
RAAF F-35A launches GBU-31 guided bombs 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-2018/september/4497-raaf-f-35a-launches-gbu-31-guided-bombs-for-the-first-time.html) - 04 September 2018
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An Australian F-35A aircraft dropped two inert GBU-31v3 Joint Direct Attack Munition (JDAM) weapons for the first time on July 20, marking a ground-breaking step in the evolution of Royal Australian Air Force’s (RAAF) fifth-generation strike capability, the Australian Defence Ministry said on September 3.

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The Royal Australian Air Force took an important step towards making their F-35A Joint Strike Fighters combat ready when an Australian aircraft, A35-006, successfully dropped two inert GBU-31v3 guided bomb units on 20 July 2018
(Credit: Larone Thomas/Australian MoD)
Title: Re: F-35 Export
Post by: Ayoshi on October 15, 2018, 03:05:27 AM
NATO pushing Norway to consider F-35 aerial refueling capability | 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/4581-nato-pushing-norway-to-consider-f-35-aerial-refueling-capability.html) - 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.
Title: Re: F-35 Export
Post by: Ayoshi on October 30, 2018, 09:32:32 AM
Belgium officially opts for Lockheed Martin F-35A fighter jet | 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/4598-belgium-officially-opts-for-lockheed-martin-f-35a-fighter-jet.html) - 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.
Title: Re: F-35 Export
Post by: adroth on November 18, 2018, 06:49:32 AM
South Korean F-35

https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=496128067461880&id=100011940726804

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Title: Re: F-35 Export
Post by: adroth on December 06, 2018, 03:44:20 AM
Australia prepares to receive F-35As

https://www.janes.com/article/84987/australia-prepares-to-receive-f-35a?utm_campaign=CL_%20Jane%27s%20360-Dec-5-2018_PC5308_e-production_E-21646_KP_1205_0500&utm_medium=email&utm_source=Eloqua
Title: Re: F-35 Export
Post by: Ayoshi on December 07, 2018, 01:51:23 PM
New USAF squadron to house Dutch and Danish F-35A fighter jets | 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/december/4679-new-usaf-squadron-to-house-dutch-and-danish-f-35a-fighter-jets.html) - 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.

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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.)
Title: Re: F-35 Export
Post by: Ayoshi on December 18, 2018, 12:26:08 AM
Netherlands to buy 15 more F-35A Lightning II stealth fighters | 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/december/4705-netherlands-to-buy-15-more-f-35a-lightning-ii-stealth-fighters.html) - 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.
Title: Singapore shortlists F-35
Post by: Ayoshi on January 19, 2019, 10:19:46 PM
Singapore shortlists F-35 for F-16 replacement programme | Janes (https://www.janes.com/article/85814/singapore-shortlists-f-35-for-f-16-replacement-programme) - 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.
Title: Re: F-35 Export
Post by: Ayoshi on March 01, 2019, 11:30:22 PM
Singapore to place initial buy of four F-35 JSFs for further evaluation | Janes (https://www.janes.com/article/86950/singapore-to-place-initial-buy-of-four-f-35-jsfs-for-further-evaluation) - 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.
Title: Re: F-35 Export
Post by: Ayoshi on March 08, 2019, 04:37:42 AM
Top US general warns against selling Turkey F-35 | Janes (https://www.janes.com/article/87047/top-us-general-warns-against-selling-turkey-f-35) - 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.
Title: Re: F-35 Export
Post by: Ayoshi on April 02, 2019, 10:34:14 PM
US halts F-35-related deliveries to Turkey as S-400 row escalates | Janes (https://www.janes.com/article/87599/us-halts-f-35-related-deliveries-to-turkey-as-s-400-row-escalates) - 02 April 2019
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The move, reported by Reuters and subsequently confirmed by the US Department of Defense (DoD) on 1 April, is the latest in a series of attempts by Washington to dissuade Turkey from procuring the S-400 over concerns that networking the Russian system into NATO's wider air defence system would expose the F-35 to an unacceptable security risk. Turkey is expected to receive the S-400 in July.

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Turkey is a Tier 3 partner in the international F-35 programme, with plans to acquire up to 100 of the conventional take-off and landing (CTOL) F-35A to replace its Lockheed Martin F-16 Fighting Falcons. It reportedly plans to field approximately 20 short take-off and vertical landing (STOVL) F-35Bs, although it is unclear if these will form part of the wider programme-of-record or if they will be in addition to it.

To date, the Turkish Air Force (TuAF) has received two F-35As, which remain at Luke Air Force Base (AFB) in the US as part of the wider international training fleet. They are not due to be flown to their future home operating base at Malatya-Erhac until 2020.

Title: Re: F-35 Export
Post by: Ayoshi on April 04, 2019, 01:27:40 PM
Lockheed Martin awarded USD 151.2Mn contract for Norwegian and Australian F-35s | 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/april/4935-lockheed-martin-awarded-usd-151-2mn-contract-for-norwegian-and-australian-f-35s.html) - 03 April 2019 11:42
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Lockheed Martin is being awarded a $151,287,000 fixed-price-incentive-firm modification to a previously awarded advance acquisition contract. This modification provides for the procurement of long-lead items for the manufacture and delivery of 21 F-35 Lightning II Lot 14 low-rate initial production aircraft for the governments of Australia (15) and Norway (6).

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International partner funds in the amount of $151,287,000 will be obligated at time of award, none of which will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This contract combines purchase for the governments of Australia ($108,170,000; 71 %); and Norway ($43,117,000; 29 %) under a cooperative agreement. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Maryland, is the contracting activity.

Title: Re: F-35 Export
Post by: Ayoshi on May 23, 2019, 11:54:31 PM
https://www.janes.com/article/88722/south-korea-s-f-35-offset-programme-under-fire

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South Korea's F-35 offset programme under fire
22 May 2019

South Korea's Board of Audit and Inspection (BAI) has criticised the administration of defence offsets linked with the country's acquisition of Lockheed Martin F-35A Lightning II Joint Strike Fighters from the United States.

The BIA said on 21 May that in an audit carried out into the F-35 offset programme it found that South Korea's military procurement agency, the Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA), did not comply with relevant laws and regulations in negotiating the offset programme.

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In September 2014 South Korea announced a deal to procure 40 F-35 fighters in a Foreign Military Sale (FMS) deal worth about KRW7.3 trillion (USD6.1 billion). The first two of these aircraft arrived in South Korea in late March.

US and DAPA officials have previously confirmed to Jane's that a central part of the offset deal linked to the F-35 acquisition is the transfer of more than 20 suites of advanced aerospace technologies, many of which are geared towards supporting South Korea's programme to develop its Korean Fighter Experimental (KFX) 4.5-generation fighter aircraft.

Title: Re: F-35 Export
Post by: Ayoshi on June 21, 2019, 06:34:10 AM
https://www.janes.com/article/89400/paris-air-show-2019-lockheed-martin-confirms-f-35a-for-finland-s-hx

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Paris Air Show 2019: Lockheed Martin confirms F-35A for Finland’s HX
20 June 2019

Lockheed Martin has confirmed that the company is submitting the F-35A Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter to replace Finland’s fleet of Boeing F/A-18C/D Hornets in a programme known as HX.

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Finland is currently evaluating other bids for the programme including: the Boeing F/A-18E/F Super Hornet and EA-18G Growler; a package from Saab that includes the Gripen E, Gripen F, and GlobalEye; Dassault Rafale; and Eurofighter Typhoon.
Title: Re: F-35 Export
Post by: Ayoshi on August 08, 2019, 12:43:32 AM
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Why North Korea Fears the F-35 Stealth Fighter | The National Interest - July 29, 2019

This was Korean Central News Agency jargon for an eye-for-an-eye: the North isn’t going to sit passively and allow the F-35 acquisition to proceed without a response.

The obvious question is why Pyongyang is so petrified of the South Koreans owning and operating this particular aircraft.  Two reasons may help explain the anger from North Korean officials.

The first is political. While it’s impossible to get inside Kim’s head, the North Korean dictator likely perceives the deployment of the F-35 on South Korean soil as a direct violation of the June 2018 Singapore statement and the September 2018 demilitarization agreement between the two Koreas—both of which were prefaced on all parties gradually replacing the historical antagonism of six decade-plus with a more constructive relationship. Trump and Kim signed their names to a non-binding, two-page piece of paper whose first bullet point were committing to the establishment of “new U.S.–DPRK relations in accordance with the desire of the peoples of the two countries for peace and prosperity.”  Three months later, Kim and South Korean President Moon Jae-in put pen to paper on a more comprehensive de-escalation arrangement—the top objective of which was the North and South stopping “all hostile acts against each other in every domain, including land, air and sea that are the source of military tension and conflict.” 

In a sense, Washington and Seoul both promised Pyongyang that measures would be taken to plant the seeds of a more stable, equitable, and respectful partnership even before a denuclearization accord was completed. Trump’s in-person summits with Kim, as well as President Moon’s inter-Korean initiatives throughout 2018, were designed in part to convince the North Korean leadership that the U.S. and South Korean governments were genuine in throwing out the old and bringing in the new. With South Korean pilots now in the cockpit of the world’s most technologically sophisticated aircraft, it doesn’t take a doctorate in North Korean studies to comprehend why Kim would interpret this as a hostile and duplicitous double-cross. Whether Washington and Seoul agree with the interpretation is irrelevant; to Pyongyang, the feeling is very real.

The second factor driving Kim’s animus is more practical: the F-35 is a damn impressive plane.  While the aircraft had its history of cost overruns and disappointments throughout the testing and development phase, the F-35 is second to none in terms of its versatility in the air. Its stealth features are the best in the world, which means adversarial air defense systems that are ordinarily second-rate will be reduced to shooting blind.  According toLockeed Martin, the maker of the F-35, “combination of the stealth features, active electronically-scanned array (AESA) radar technology, and the aircraft’s ability to carry its full component of weapons stores and fuel internally allows F-35 pilots to engage ground targets at longer ranges without being detected and tracked…”  For North Korea, a country that relies on over 13,000 dug-in artillery pieces a few dozen miles from Seoul as compensation for an antiquated conventional army, this kind of stealth capability is highly dangerous.

https://nationalinterest.org/blog/korea-watch/why-north-korea-fears-f-35-stealth-fighter-69871

Title: Re: F-35 Export
Post by: Ayoshi on October 10, 2019, 10:45:38 AM
https://www.janes.com/article/91804/netherlands-to-buy-nine-more-f-35s

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Netherlands to buy nine more F-35s
09 October 2019

The RNLAF polices Dutch airspace and, at the same time, must be prepared to send four aircraft on longer missions, the MoD pointed out, adding that nine more aircraft would substantially reduce the burden on personnel during these missions. This will also reduce the number of flight hours each aircraft flies and allow the Netherlands to deploy more quickly during crises, according to the ministry.

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The Netherlands plans to buy nine more F-35s, bringing the total to 46. (Lockheed Martin)

Title: Re: F-35 Export
Post by: Ayoshi on November 01, 2019, 01:15:47 AM
https://www.janes.com/article/92238/us-dod-awards-first-block-buy-for-f-35

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US DoD awards first block-buy for F-35
30 October 2019

The agreement includes the 291 United States, 127 international partner, and 60 Foreign Military Sales (FMS) aircraft in Lots 12, 13, and 14. These orders comprise 351 conventional take-off and landing (CTOL) variant F-35As, 86 short take-off and vertical landing (STOVL) F-35Bs, and 41 carrier-variant (CV) F-35Cs.

As noted by the Joint Program Office (JPO) and Lockheed Martin, this block buy brings the cost of the F-35A down from in excess of USD250 million in Lot 1 to USD77.9 million in Lot 14.
Title: Re: F-35 Export
Post by: Ayoshi on January 10, 2020, 06:49:05 AM
https://www.defensenews.com/air/2020/01/09/singapore-gets-the-green-light-to-buy-f-35s/

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Singapore gets the green light to buy F-35s

The U.S. State Department endorsement made Jan. 9 would allow Singapore to move ahead with purchasing those jets, at an estimated cost of $2.75 billion, according to the Defense Security Cooperation Agency.

Also included in the proposed deal are up to 13 Pratt & Whitney F135 engines, unspecified electronic warfare and communications systems, training equipment, and the Autonomic Logistics Information System used for mission planning, maintenance and other logistics functions.
Title: Re: F-35 Export
Post by: Ayoshi on February 02, 2020, 08:18:52 AM
https://www.janes.com/article/94035/poland-signs-f-35-deal

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Poland signs F-35 deal
31 January 2020

Polish Defence Minister Mariusz Błaszczak signed a USD4.6 billion contract for 32 F-35A Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) aircraft on 31 January at the 4th Training Aviation Wing Headquarters in Dęblin.

This is the second-most expensive acquisition of high-technology military equipment by the Polish Armed Forces after the USD4.7 billion deal for the MIM-104F Patriot surface-to-air missile system signed in March 2018.
Title: Re: F-35 Export
Post by: Ayoshi on April 23, 2020, 05:22:45 AM
https://www.defensenews.com/air/2020/04/21/f-35-deliveries-could-slow-down-as-covid-19-jolts-lockheeds-supply-chain/

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F-35 deliveries could slow down, as COVID-19 jolts Lockheed’s supply chain

The company now projects its total sales for 2020 will amount to anywhere from $62.25 billion to $64 billion dollars — down from the the $62.75 billion to $64.25 billion it had previously estimated in January.

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Lockheed’s acknowledgement of COVID-19 related challenges comes a day after the Pentagon disclosed schedule delays across its major weapons acquisition efforts, with aviation programs hit particularly hard by the effects of the pandemic.

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Despite the challenges in keeping F-35 production smooth, there has been little change to other aspects of the program, Possenriede said. Development and follow-on modernization activities have continued with “little to no impact.”

And while Lockheed contractors have faced some barriers reporting to work at certain bases where they help perform repairs or stand up maintenance operations, Possenriede said there has been minimal impact to F-35 sustainment.
Title: Re: F-35 Export
Post by: Ayoshi on June 14, 2020, 04:50:53 AM
https://www.janes.com/defence-news/news-detail/denmark-begins-f-35-preparations

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Denmark begins F-35 preparations

With the RDAF set to receive the first of its 27-contracted F-35As in 2021, the Danish parliament on 11 June approved legislation to build dedicated facilities at Skveststrup Flyvestation in Southern Jutland ahead of the commencement of type-operations there in 2023.

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As noted by the MoD, as well as instigating construction work of new F-35 facilities, the adoption of the Civil Aviation Administration Skrydstrup Act activates a compensation scheme for local residents set to be affected by future F-35 aircraft noise in the area. “A broad political majority consisting of the Left, Conservatives, the Danish People’s Party, the Liberal Alliance, the Radical Left, and the Social Democracy is behind the political agreement to compensate approximately 1,600 homes in the area of the additional noise the F-35 aircraft brings in comparison to the current F-16,” the MoD said.