The price of Joint Strike Fighter F-35 is not changed after they won the competition in Norway. The manufacturer Lockheed Martin also is working to integrate the Norwegian JSM missiles in the new combat aircraft.
This is one of the Parliamentary Defense Committee will hear when they visit the U.S. next week. VG has talked with leaders of combat aircraft manufacturer Lockheed Martin, which has noted that some in Norway claims the aircraft will be much more expensive than the 18 billion for 48 aircraft that was in the offer. (1 US dollar USD = 6.78 norske kroner NOK)
The U.S. GAO Office of the Auditor General has pointed out several uncertainty factors related to the JSF project.
- The program receives the plan, and we have no indications that the aircraft will be more expensive. On the contrary, it is as we believe the aircraft will now be cheaper to produce as we get more experience and routine, "says director of international business development at Lockheed-Martin, Jim Latham.
First Monday and Tuesday will be the defense committee met with the man who is responsible for the JSF will be implemented, General David R. Heinz. He will, among other things, view the parliamentary politicians an F-35-cockpit, with sensors and all the equipment the pilot has at its disposal.
- They will also see how we imagine the Norwegian missiles Joint Strike Missile (JSM, from Kongsberg group) integrated into the JSF. The pilot will have direct contact with missiles through their display in the cockpit, "says Jim Latham.
Expedite the production
When the defense committee arrives at Lockheed headquarters in Fort Worth, Texas 2.april they will get to hear the latest on the production application and measures to reduce risk.
- We have invested a lot in laboratories to test the sensors and the other unique equipment, and have included a Boeing 737 equipped with F-35 cockpit to test it in the air, "says Latham.
Because of the large activity and ditto abrasion on U.S. F-16 and A-10-fly in Iraq and Afghanistan, the Lockheed-Martin expedite production of the F-35.
- Our calculations show that it actually is the entire 13 billion dollars cheaper to expedite production, "says Jim Latham. He said also that several countries have signed up as new buyers outside of the program: Spain, Japan, South Korea, Greece and Finland will all have the Joint Strike Fighter.
Norway's close partner in combat since, Denmark, will select the aircraft in late April-May
The Netherlands Court of Audit seems to be saying something.
Strong criticism of choice JSF
Door GIJS KOREVAAR By GIJS Korevaar
DEN HAAG - The General Court has serious doubts about the conclusion of Secretary Jack de Vries (Defense), that the U.S. JSF aircraft 'the best aircraft for the best price is.
Secretary of Defense Jack de Vries shows a model of the JSF aircraft. FOTO ANP PHOTO ANP
The Court draws the minister that factual conclusion based on insufficient data.
...I can't believe they won.
When/If we do the F-35, it'll be his balls on the choppingblock when the promised offsets and new jobs for the Dutch Aerospace sector don't materialise. Parliament is already sharpening the knive.
... Military, and civil service personnel who have ID that allows them to be on the flightline are allowed in. Others who don't have ID's aren't.
They're running into serious environmental issues at Eglin with the JSF.
They want to widen the runways, but they can't because there is an endangered woodpecker on one side and an endangered species of fish on the other. It'll be interesting to see how they solve the issue and still fall within NEPA guidelines.
Lockheed Martin F-35B Exceeds STOVL Thrust Requirement
Hover-Pit Ground Tests Validate Propulsion System and Aircraft Response
FORT WORTH, Texas, April 23, 2009 -- The first F-35B short takeoff/vertical landing stealth fighter operates in vertical-landing mode on a special "hover pit" at Lockheed Martin in Fort Worth, Texas, during an April test. The aircraft's shaft-driven lift fan propulsion system produced more vertical thrust than needed to meet performance requirements.
The F-35B Lightning II short takeoff/vertical landing (STOVL) variant has demonstrated during testing that it produces excess vertical thrust - more than required to carry out its missions. The tests, conducted on a specially instrumented "hover pit," also validated the performance of aircraft software, controls, thermal management, STOVL-system hardware and other systems.
"The performance level measured was absolutely exceptional," said J.D. McFarlan, Lockheed Martin F-35 Air Vehicle lead. "We demonstrated 41,100 pounds of vertical thrust against our requirement of 40,550 pounds.This means we will deliver excellent margin for the vertical landing and short takeoff performance we've committed to our STOVL customers," he said.
Those customers include the U.S. Marine Corps, the United Kingdom's Royal Navy and Royal Air Force, and the Italian Navy and Air Force.
The F-35B is powered by a single Pratt & Whitney F135 engine driving a Rolls-Royce lift fan. The F135 is the most powerful engine ever flown in a jet fighter.
During hover-pit testing, the aircraft is anchored to a metal grate 14 feet above a sloped concrete floor, separating the jet from ground effect and enabling it to simulate free-air flight. Sensors measure thrust and the aircraft's response to pilot inputs. The testing also demonstrates control of the doors associated with the STOVL propulsion system: engine auxiliary inlet, fan inlet, fan exit, roll posts, and doors that open to enable the Rolls-Royce three-bearing swivel duct to articulate and vector engine thrust. In other tests, metal plates are installed atop the hover-pit grate, enabling engineers to observe and chart the outflow of gases from the propulsion system.
The testing demonstrates functional operation of all systems required for vertical flight, and measures the installed forces and moments on the aircraft during STOVL operations.The hover-pit tests are the final series of ground tests before airborne STOVL testing begins.
"We've demonstrated critical performance such as inlet pressure recovery, pitching moment, rolling and yawing moment, effective vector angles of the exhaust, and control-input response time," said Doug Pearson, vice president of the F-35 Integrated Test Force. "Each of these measurements correlates extremely well with our computer models. The outstanding STOVL performance gives us plenty of confidence to begin in-flight transitions to STOVL-mode flight and ultimately our first vertical landing at the Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Md., this summer."
Parliament saves cabinet with JSF compromise
Published: Friday 24 April 2009 08:53 UTC
Last updated: Friday 24 April 2009 09:36 UTC
The Dutch Parliament on Thursday adopted a motion delaying a final decision on the possible purchase of 85 F-35 Joint Strike Fighter aircraft until the year 2012, a year after the 2011 general elections. It also decided not to buy two (as planned) but one JSF operational test aircraft, and delayed a final decision on whether or not to buy that single aircraft until next year.
The motion adopted by parliament leaves open the option that the first test plane will be returned to the United States producer, Lockheed Martin, albeit at a price: 20 million euros. The total cost of a single test plane is 110 million euros. The deal means that, until the final decision is taken, the Netherlands will remain a full partner in the JSF development programme.
The discussion on buying two JSF test planes brought the Dutch governing coalition - the Christian Democrats, the Labour Party and the Christian Union - close to crisis this week. On Wednesday, Labour MPs came our fiercely against deciding on the test planes now, claiming there was insufficient information available to make a balanced decision.
This left Labour diametrically opposed to the Christian Democrats, the largest party in the coalition, which wanted to buy the two test planes immediately. The motion, which has now been passed, represents a compromise designed to save face for both parties. The motion was put forward by Labour and seconded by the two other coalition parties.
Typical Dutch political compromise bullshye. It's just the coalition, and especially the PVDA(Labour) trying to save face for the next elections(Note the part that says final decision one year after the next administration, be it another CDA/Balkenende cabinet or not.)
I don't really get why this is such a huge issue. As far as i'm aware, the vast majority of the general public doesn't really give a rats ass which plane is procured. Political parties have to realize they don't necessarily have to be in the governing coalition to influence the running of this country. Right now, opposition( D-66, VVD,Greens, Wilders' PVV, SP etc.) is just aiming to make the coalitions'(CDA,PVDA, Christian Union) life as hard as possible, instead of focussing on the matter at hand, which is securing the defence of our country and our capacity of fulfilling the commitments we have as part of NATO and the EU. And with the PVDA being ANAL about the whole thing in the coalition itself, i think we can expect much more bullshyte just like what's happened recently, in 2012.
Obviously the first test A/C is not going to be returned, the RNLAF 'll see to that. Like Ko Colijn(a leading defense/geopolitical analist, connected to Clingendael Institute) said, the JSF(Why nobody calls it the F-35, is beyond me) WILL be bought. "Dat staat als een paal boven water"...................