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    [SIZE=4]Non-bad news about [*******#30256d]F-35[/COLOR][/SIZE]
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    [*******#30256d]Stephen Trimble[/COLOR] on May 1, 2010 2:12 AM

    What a bad ride it's been for the F-35 program since February 1.

    First, Secretary of Defense Robert Gates decapitated the F-35 Joint Program Office, denied Lockheed Martin's $614 million incentive fee and declined up to five of the 48 aircraft planned for the Fiscal 2011 budget. Then, the Defense Contracts Management Agency [*******#30256d]dumped[/COLOR] hundreds of pages on its web site documenting Lockheed's painful production breakdowns. Finally, members of Congress aimed pot-shots at any Pentagon official remotely associated with F-35 procurement, with Sen Joseph Lieberman [*******#30256d]suggesting[/COLOR] the military might be better off with fourth-generation fighter jets.

    ...To be fair, the F-35 program came really close. In the end, the program's flight test team completed 27 of 29 planned sorties in April. On Friday, 30 April, the program recorded five flights. The day before, the program recorded another first, with three aircraft flying simultaneously. Those three aircraft -- [*******#30256d]AF-1[/COLOR], [*******#30256d]AF-2[/COLOR] and [*******#30256d]BF-2[/COLOR] -- seem to be workhorses of a resurgent flight test program for the F-35.
    Full article: FlightGlobal.com

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    [SIZE=4]Joint F-35 electronic warfare squadron stands up[/SIZE]
    by Ashley M. Wright
    96th Air Base Wing Public Affairs

    4/29/2010 - EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. -- The squadron serving as the sole Department of Defense provider of electronic warfare support for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter activated April 23 in a ceremony here.

    Surrounded by artifacts from the history of airpower in the Air Armament Museum, the 513th Electronic Warfare Squadron stood up as a first step toward preparing Airmen, Sailors and Marines with the latest electronic warfare data for all three variants on the 5th generation aircraft.

    "We are not supporting only one variant of the F-35, we are supporting all," said Col. Kevin J. McElroy, 53rd Electronic Warfare Group commander. "One team, one fight, one guidon."

    The squadron, currently manned by 32 technicians and engineers, will grow to 130 personnel at full strength. The squadron will operate the $300 million United States Reprogramming Laboratory, which tests all aspects of the Joint Strike Fighter's electronic warfare capability. Fifty percent of the total personnel will be Airmen, while the other half will consist of Navy and Marine personnel.

    Electronic warfare is "any military action involving the use of electromagnetic and directed energy to control the electromagnetic spectrum or to attack the enemy," according to Air Force Doctrine Document 2-5.1. Mission data is the descriptions the aircraft needs to identify both enemies and allies on the battlefield.
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    [SIZE=4]Lockheed sets leadership changes in aeronautics[/SIZE]
    * Crowley appointed division operating chief as of June 7

    * Lawson moves to F-35 program from F-22

    * Analyst says move surprising given F-35 problems (Adds analyst comment)

    ATLANTA, May 3 (*******) - Lockheed Martin Corp (LMT.N) on Monday promoted the executive in charge of its F-35 fighter program, which is under scrutiny for cost overruns and schedule delays, to head its aeronautics division.

    Dan Crowley, who has been executive vice president and general manager of the embattled F-35 program since May 2005, will become chief operating officer of aeronautics effective June 7, Lockheed said in a statement.

    Larry Lawson, who has served as general manager of the F-22 Raptor program since December 2004, will become general manager of the F-35 program, Lockheed said.
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    [SIZE=4]Australian companies big winners with JSF program[/SIZE]
    03 May 2010
    Minister for Defence Materiel and Science Greg Combet today openethe fourth Australian JSF Technology & Innovation Conference in Melbourne.

    “The conference will allow over 200 of Australia’s leading academic, technical and industry innovators to explore opportunities to be involved in the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) Program, now and into the future” said Mr Combet.

    “The JSF Program offers immense opportunities for Australian industry potentially creating several thousand long-term jobs, whether it is through the development of new markets or the chance to enter into global supply chains.

    “These opportunities do often present challenges for local industry as the upfront investment is significant to improve capability and increase capacity.
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    Video: Pentagon's F-35 Fighter Under Fire in Congress
    http://www.pbs.org/newshour/bb/milit...nse_04-21.html

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    Best F-35 blog comment ... ever
    http://www.flightglobal.com/blogs/th...ment-ever.html


    The Larry Lawson appointment as F-35 General Manager is a case of Life imitating art. Now the journey to the Dark Side is complete for Anakin Skywalker. He has become Darth Vader.


    Ralph Heath: What of the Rebellion? If the F-22 Rebels have obtained a complete technical reading of the F-35, it is possible, however unlikely, they might find a weakness and exploit it.

    Larry Lawson: The plans you refer to will soon be back in our hands.

    Dan Crowley: Any attack made by the F-22 Rebels against the F-35 project would be a useless gesture, no matter what technical data they have obtained. The F-35 organization is now the ultimate power in the universe. I suggest we use it.

    Larry Lawson: Don't be too proud of this technological terror you've constructed. The ability to destroy a fighter jet project is insignificant next to the power of the Force.

    Dan Crowley: Don't try to frighten us with your sorcerers ways, Lord Lawson. Your sad devotion to that ancient religion has not helped you conjure up the stolen data tapes, or given you clairvoyance enough to find the rebels' hidden fortress...

    [Lawson makes a pinching motion and Crowley starts choking]
    Larry Lawson: I find your lack of faith disturbing.

    Gordon England: Rise my friend.

    Larry Lawson: The F-35 will be completed on schedule.

    Gordon England: You've done well, Lord Lawson. And now I sense you wish to continue your search for young Amicus Curiae.

    Larry Lawson: Yes, my Master.

    Gordon England: Patience, my friend. In time, he will seek *you* out, and when he does, you must bring him before me. He has grown strong. Only together can we turn him to the Dark Side of the Force.

    Larry Lawson: As you wish.

    Gordon England: Everything is proceeding as I have foreseen.


    Amicus Curiae, 5 hours ago on Non-bad news about F-35

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    [SIZE=4]DoD official: No case for 2nd JSF engine[/SIZE]



    By Christopher P. Cavas - Staff writer
    Posted : Tuesday May 4, 2010 20:28:17 EDT

    The Pentagon’s top acquisition official again tried to shoot down the case for a second engine for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter (JSF), which many in Congress are urging as a cost-control move.

    “There is not a good analytical case that the upfront costs of the second engine would be paid back,” Ashton Carter told an audience Tuesday in Washington at the Sea-Air-Space symposium sponsored by the Navy League of the United States.

    The engine issue has emerged as one of the most contentious concerns in debate over the fiscal 2011 budget request. The Pentagon wants to stick with the Pratt & Whitney F135 engine for the new aircraft, while Congress has repeatedly directed the Pentagon to include the F136 engine, made by General Electric and Rolls-Royce, for reliability and to compete with the first engine on cost.
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    [SIZE=4]Test pilot praises F-35 performance[/SIZE]
    Posted by John McHale

    FORT WORTH, Texas, 4 May 2010. Lt. Col. Hank "Hog" Griffiths, director of the F-35 Integrated Test Force at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., logged his first flight in the Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] F-35 Lightning II stealth fighter on April 23.

    Griffiths performed several test points on the 1.6 hour flight in the F-35A Conventional Takeoff and Landing (CTOL) variant.

    Post flight, Griffiths praised the aircraft, saying, "the performance and handling qualities were better than I expected. The fleet users are going to enjoy how well the airplane handles while under tight control. Formation, air-to-air refueling, and air-to-air tracking are going to score high marks. It was a thrill to fly and easy to land -- a perfect combination for a brand new pilot in a single-seat fighter."
    Source: MilitaryAerospace.com

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    Aviation Week suspends Bill Sweetman from F-35 story

    By Stephen Trimble
    on May 10, 2010 3:35 PM

    Bill Sweetman notified me this morning that he has been temporarily ordered off the F-35 story by Aviation Week management.

    Aviation Week editor Tony Velocci initially told me "no comment", but added: "It was supposed to be an internal personnel matter but I'm really sorry to hear that he's spreading it around."

    Sweetman is the editor of Defense Technology International, a monthly magazine published by the Aviation Week Group.

    It's not clear what immediately precipitated the decision. But Sweetman is well-known as arguably one of the most outspoken -- and, it should be said, well-spoken -- critics of the F-35 program.

    Lockheed Martin denies having any role in Sweetman's removal from the F-35 beat. "I can tell you Lockheed was not behind this," a spokesman says.

    Sweetman recently visited Lockheed's F-35 factory in Fort Worth, Texas, along with Velocci and Aviation Week staff writer Amy Butler. On the eve of his visit, Sweetman on 26 April posted a typically droll comment on his private Facebook page:

    "Gentlemen, your target for tonight is Fort Worth. Flacks are predicted to be numerous and persistent on the run-in and over the target, and bull**** is expected to be dense throughout the mission. Synchronize watches and good luck."

    Full disclosure: Sweetman is a personal friend and former co-worker at Jane's. As a military technology journalist, I have great respect for his vast and detailed knowledge of weapon systems of all kinds.

    But Sweetman himself would tell you he approaches F-35 coverage unlike other journalists. I see my role as simply to report the facts offered by both critics and supporters, allowing my readers to draw their own conclusions. Sweetman approaches F-35 coverage from the standpoint of an analyst who has empirically concluded the program is a flop. That position is always going to create a tension with his traditional role as journalist.

    Update: Lockheed Martin has released a full statement:

    "Lockheed Martin has not asked Aviation Week to take disciplinary action against Bill Sweetman nor have we asked that he be removed from reporting on the F-35 program or any other Lockheed Martin program. In fact on April 27 Bill and other members of the Aviation Week staff visited Lockheed Martin facilities in Fort Worth for briefings on the F-35 program. We have a longstanding professional relationship with the entire Aviation Week editorial staff, including Bill Sweetman, and we continue to work openly with them on all programs, including F-35."
    Source: FlightGlobal.com

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    "Lockheed Martin has not asked Aviation Week to take disciplinary action against Bill Sweetman nor have we asked that he be removed from reporting on the F-35 program or any other Lockheed Martin program. In fact on April 27 Bill and other members of the Aviation Week staff visited Lockheed Martin facilities in Fort Worth for briefings on the F-35 program. We have a longstanding professional relationship with the entire Aviation Week editorial staff, including Bill Sweetman, and we continue to work openly with them on all programs, including F-35."

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    Quote Originally Posted by Xav View Post
    "Lockheed Martin has not asked Aviation Week to take disciplinary action against Bill Sweetman nor have we asked that he be removed from reporting on the F-35 program or any other Lockheed Martin program. In fact on April 27 Bill and other members of the Aviation Week staff visited Lockheed Martin facilities in Fort Worth for briefings on the F-35 program. We have a longstanding professional relationship with the entire Aviation Week editorial staff, including Bill Sweetman, and we continue to work openly with them on all programs, including F-35."

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    No, there is just a foul stench coming from it all.

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    Mr. Sweetmans bais towards the F-35 Program has been well documented for many years now. About time Aviation Weekly has finally acted! As the public expects the media to be fair and balanced in its reporting. Clearly, Mr. Sweetman has been on a crusade to cut down the program at every turn! Personally, I am really disappointment that it took Aviation Weekly so long to put Mr. Sweetman in his place. As all we really expect from the the media is to provide the public with the facts. Then let us decide on what to believe (or not).....

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    Is the missiles and bombs of fifth generation fighters also have stealth technology?

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