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    Pilots Discuss the F-35

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    Quote Originally Posted by SpudmanWP View Post
    Due to better performance in flight testing and test points, the USMC is pulling 2 F-35Bs from the schedule early to get them ready for shipboard certification this fall. They also see IOC as late 2014/early 2015 for the F-35B.

    http://www.aviationweek.com/aw/gener...hannel=defense
    Talk about an about face! I wonder if there's any chance we'll see the general F35 going back down from 2016 if the current progress continues.

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    ^ Great vid. I remain highly optimistic concerning the F35 (and the F22 as well). What modern American fighter aircraft has come on line, and to a certain extent not been a development in progress for its first 10 yr in service? The levels of technology are advancing much faster today than in the development period for the F16 and F15, and I would think that is one of the major causes for delay.

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    Thales Australia and Nammo have signed a long-term strategic teaming agreement to cooperate in the ordnance market.

    The 10-year agreement expands on many years of cooperation between the two companies, and builds on a 2010 commitment to work together on ammunition for the F-35 fighter program, in particular on the Armor Piercing EXplosive (APEX) Norwegian ammunition concept. The agreement also covers Nammo’s special Reduced Ricochet Risk training round, plus Thales’s Armour Piercing Fragmenting & Incendiary (APFI) ammunition round.

    http://www.thalesgroup.com/Press_Rel...ent/?pid=16102

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    MBDA presents a full range of weapons for the F-35/JSF
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    Northrop completes centre fuselage for second Dutch F-35
    Northrop Grumman has completed the centre fuselage for the Netherlands' second [*******#30256d]F-35A Lightning II[/COLOR], with the aircraft to be used in support of the Joint Strike Fighter programme's operational test and evaluation phase.

    Pictured at Northrop's Palmdale manufacturing centre in California, the structure will be transported to Lockheed Martin's Fort Worth final assembly line in Texas. It will then be integrated with the other major sections for the conventional take-off and landing aircraft: its Lockheed-produced forward fuselage, cockpit and wings; and BAE Systems-built rear fuselage.
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    The Netherlands late last year confirmed its plans to buy the second aircraft, following a change of government.

    Northrop said it has so far delivered 48 centre fuselages for F-35s, with this total including flight test aircraft and low-rate initial production examples.

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    Again, I am grateful for the response. But it still doesn't answer the question.

    My basic considerations are these: We'll imagine Britain buys, let's say, 100 F-35Cs. A couple of years go by and Britain knows that the U.S. has updated the software. But Britain has been required to despatch its carrier(s) to the South Atlantic to protect the Falkland Islands. I reckon a software upgrade could be transmitted to the carrier over a secure datalink. On the other hand, if the Americans won't release the source code, the only way to upgrade our aircraft is to (a) fly them to Italy or (b) fly them to wherever in the U.S. Neither option seems very sensible.

    It was my understanding that the constant stumbling block was Congressman Henry Hyde. I am aware that Hyde has now left the Congress but has anybody stepped into his place? Will Britain be given the source code to enable it to maintain its own aircraft at the peak of their capabilities?

    If it's not going to happen, there is no point in buying them. Navalising Typhoons, that are only Mach 0.1 slower, would be a far better option.

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    They haven't even finish writing the damn code yet. The F-15, F-16, F-18, etc. with whatever code they had were never fully released on exports and the JSF will be no different. There isn't going to be any secret or back door kill switch, hardware or software, or any blocks or whatever else to make it an inferior "export" version.

    Some of these code will never be fully released because they are proprietary data that took years and billions of dollar in R&D that deal with how well OUR systems communicate with each others. You won't get them and you won't need them because on top of the fundamental code that EVERYONE will get regarding how the aircraft operate at its peak, you will write in YOUR own proprietary code because obviously your weapons and other systems will not always be the same across the board for every operators of the JSF. The Israelis already said they wanted their own stuffs in the JSF, so obviously no one else is going to use their code and the IDF doesn't need the U.S. version of it. The trend will be the same for everyone else.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Conqueror View Post
    Navalising Typhoons, that are only Mach 0.1 slower, would be a far better option.
    Navalising the Typhoon would be a more-or-less completely new aircraft. Not going to happen.

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    Block upgrades include not only software, but also hardware. This can include upgraded CIP cards, radar modules, comms units, etc. These can be installed in the field unless there is some significant structural change needed.

    However, if you are looking to the block upgrade in order to employ newer weapons, that may not be needed. UAI (Universal Armament Interface) is an "open source" program that will allow participating weapon manufacturers to create "drivers" for their weapons. These "drivers" can be downloaded onto the F-35 during the mission planning stage (as long as the weapon passes separation tests on the F-35). Instead of 6 years @ $25million, it can take as little as 3 months @ $2million to do weapon integration. So far 85% of all F-15Es have UAI and the F-16s are due to get it in a couple of years.

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    ViktorNavorski

    Thanks very much, but you obviously don't kniow the answer either. But thanks for the effort.

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    Sorry to have to disagree.

    Look at http://www.defencetalk.com/naval-eur...lopment-31926/

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    F-35A AF-10 And AF-11 First Flights
    The fifth and sixth production models of the F-35 Lightning II, F-35A AF-10 and AF-11, completed their inaugural flights on 29 June and 1 July 2011, respectively, from NAS Fort Worth JRB. (AF-11 first flight shown in photo.)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Conqueror View Post
    ViktorNavorski

    Thanks very much, but you obviously don't kniow the answer either. But thanks for the effort.
    Thanks for the condescending tone and false gratitude, with that attitude no wonder you're still trolling for an answer to suit your holier-than-thou opinion.

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    [SIZE="3"]Israel, U.S. Strike F-35 Technology Deal
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    Jul 6, 2011; By Alon Ben-David, Amy Butler, Robert Wall; Le Bourget

    A major obstacle blocking Israel’s purchase of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter has been cleared, perhaps signaling that the U.S. is relaxing its hard-line approach to exporting JSF technologies that may be crucial to securing additional foreign sales.

    The U.S. has been cautious about sharing sensitive technologies for the stealth fighter, but existing program partners and international competitions—*such as in Japan—are increasing pressure on it to do so. The breakthrough comes as more international JSF partners near buying decisions. However, the added numbers will likely have only little impact on the debate about the F-35 unit cost, since initial procurement numbers for non-U.S. buyers are relatively small compared to the Pentagon’s purchases.

    By far the most contentious fight over F-35 technology has centered on Israel, which wants to adapt the aircraft to use indigenously developed electronic warfare (EW) equipment. After strongly resisting this for some time, Washington now has agreed to allow Israeli F-35s to be rewired so that Israeli EW systems can be installed on the aircraft. That would allow Israel to gradually add indigenous EW sensors and countermeasures on its fighters once it receives its first squadron.

    Story continues : http://www.aviationweek.com/aw/gener...hannel=defense

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