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BeitragVerfasst: 19. Mai 2016, 06:29 

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MBDA’s SPEAR missile secures UK development contract

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The United Kingdom’s Ministry of Defence (MOD) has signed a contract worth over £400M with MBDA for the Weapon Development Phase of the SPEAR air to surface, precision strike missile. This contract will further advance MBDA’s SPEAR weapon design and builds on a successful series of technical milestones during the preceding Assessment Phase. The contract will run through to completion during 2020 and will employ 350 highly skilled missile engineering jobs across MBDA’s sites in Stevenage, Bristol and Lostock, with an equivalent number of jobs in the wider supply chain.

The SPEAR missile is being developed to meet the UK’s Selective Precision Effects At Range Capability 3 (SPEAR 3) requirement for the UK’s F-35 aircraft, with the option to equip the Typhoon aircraft. SPEAR will precisely engage long range, mobile, fleeting and re-locatable targets in all weathers, day or night, in the presence of countermeasures, obscurants and camouflage, whilst ensuring a safe stand-off range between the aircrew and threat air defences.



SPEAR



£411 million investment in new missile for UK's new jets sustains 700 UK jobs

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The contract, with MBDA, will enable four years of critical design and development work which will tailor the weapon for use within the internal weapons bay of F-35B, the world’s most advanced combat aircraft.

It is being designed specifically for F-35B Lightning II operations launched from HMS Queen Elizabeth and HMS Prince of Wales, the Royal Navy’s two £3 billion aircraft carriers.

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Spear 3 uses an innovative turbojet engine rather than a tradition rocket motor, giving it a range of more than 60 miles. It was successfully test fired from an MOD Typhoon in March at a range in West Wales.

The £411 million contract award follows an initial £150 million assessment phase and, if successful, it is expected that Spear 3 will enter service in the mid-2020s.



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F-35, seconda trasvolata da Cameri agli Stati Uniti



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F-35’s in Nederland (video)

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Dutch F-35s Land in the Netherlands

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The Netherlands' first two F-35s landed at Leeuwarden Air Base yesterday, marking fifth-generation jet's first eastbound transatlantic crossing.

The jets, known as AN-1 and AN-2, made the journey from Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., for noise testing and to participate in the country's largest air show, the Netherland's Open Days. This appearance comes just weeks before Lockheed Martin's joint strike fighter is scheduled to make its international debut at the Royal International Air Tattoo and Farnborough Air Show in the United Kingdom this summer, Defense News first-reported in April.

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Over the next few weeks, the Dutch F-35As will conduct noise and environmental tests over the country, designed to determine the levels of noise disturbance the residents experience. The jets will perform flights over the North Sea range and then appear and fly at the Netherlands' Open Days in June.



US Air Force Can’t Afford Its Fighter Jets Past 2021



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BeitragVerfasst: 08. Jul 2016, 16:46 

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If you live in suburbia, or a crowded downtown street, wouldn’t it be nice to set off to work in your private aircraft? But wait – you need a runaway, and the streets are lined with cars and neighborhood kids headed to school. What you need is the ability to lift off and touch down in a small spot.

Although you may not be in luck, the U.S. Marine Corps, Royal Air Force and Royal Navy have this very capability in the F-35B Lightning II. This revolutionary aircraft has the ability to take off and land vertically practically anywhere, as well as hover in one place for extended periods of time.


Was Lockheed Martin nicht dazuschreibt: Der Lärm würde wahrscheinlich die Bewohner der Straße auf die Barrikaden treiben und die Hitze des Abgasstrahls von über 926 °C Vorgärten in Brand setzen und Gehsteige und Straßenbelag schmelzen. Geparkten Autos würde es auch eher schaden als nützen ...


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UK orders ASRAAMs to arm F-35s

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The United Kingdom has placed a GBP184 million (USD237.4 million) order for more advanced short-range air-to-air missiles (ASRAAMs) from MBDA, it was announced on 16 August.

The new missiles are being purchased to arm the Royal Air Force's (RAF's) future fleet of Lockheed Martin F-35B Lightning II Joint Strike Fighters, according to the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD).

The ASRAAM is already in service with the RAF's Panavia Tornado strike aircraft and Eurofighter Typhoon fighter aircraft. The infrared guided missile has a maximum range of 25 km and a maximum speed of Mach 3.

The United Kingdom is expected to be able to start combat operations with the F-35 in late 2018, with the ASRAAM and Paveway IV laser-guided bomb being its two initial UK weapons. Integration work has already begun for these weapons, which are included as part of the F-35's Block 3 release.


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OFFICE OF THE SECRETARY OF DEFENSE
1700 DEFENSE PENTAGON
WASHINGTON, DC 20301-1700

Operational Test & Evaluation

AUG 09 2016

MEMORANDUM FOR UNDER SECRETARY OF DEFENSE FOR ACQUISITION, TECHNOLOGY AND LOGISTICS
SECRETARY OF THE AIR FORCE
CHIEF OF STAFF OF THE AIR FORCE

Subject: Achieving Full Combat Capability with the Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) is at Substantial Risk


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While the Air Force recently declared Initial Operational Capability (IOC) with "basic" Block 3i capabilities, most of the limitations and deficiencies for the F-35A with Block 3i discussed in my FY15 Annual Report and Congressional testimonies remain and will adversely affect mission effectiveness and suitability. In fact, the program is actually not on a path toward success, but instead on a path toward failing to deliver the full Block 3F capabilities for which the Department is paying almost $400 billion by the scheduled end of System Development and Demonstration (SDD) in 2018. If Initial Operational Test and Evaluation (IOT&E) were conducted today on the aircraft in the Block 3i configuration - with which the Air Force recently declared IOC - the system would likely be evaluated as not effective and not suitable across the required mission areas and against currently fielded threats. If used in combat, the F-35 in the Block 3i configuration, which is equivalent in capabilities to Block 2B, will need support to locate and avoid modem threats, acquire targets, and engage formations of enemy fighter aircraft due to outstanding performance deficiencies and limited weapons carriage available (i.e., two bombs and two air-to-air missiles). Unresolved Block 3i deficiencies in fusion, electronic warfare, and weapons employment continue to result in ambiguous threat displays, limited ability to effectively respond to threats, and, in some cases, a requirement for off-board sources to provide accurate coordinates for precision attack. Although the program recently addressed some of the Block 3i deficiencies, many significant deficiencies remain and more are being identified by operational test and fielded units, many of which must be corrected if the program is going to provide the expected "full warfighting capability" described in the Operational Requirements Document (ORD).

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Whether the F-35 will achieve operational effectiveness and suitability relative to its full set of approved requirements will not be known until the IOT&E of the F-35 system, including properly modified test aircraft equipped with Block 3F software, the full complement of weapons, and the Autonomic Logistics Information System, is conducted, beginning sometime in 2018, at the earliest.

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System Overview

Block 3i is an interim set of capabilities, designed to run on newer “TR-2” processors in production F-35 aircraft beginning in Lots 6 and later, which is equivalent to the Block 2B set of capabilities fielded on earlier production lot aircraft. Block 3i also includes the newer Generation III (Gen III) Helmet Mounted Display System (HMDS), which began deliveries with Lot 7 aircraft. The Gen III HMDS was designed to address significant deficiencies in the Gen II HMDS fielded with earlier lot aircraft. F-35 aircraft in the Block 3i configuration can carry a combination of two AIM-120 air-to-air missiles and either two GBU-12 laser guided bombs or two GBU-31 (on the F-35A/C) or GBU-32 (on the F-35B) Joint Direct Attack Munitions (JDAM).

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As of the end of July, the Air Force had accepted 48 aircraft in the Block 3i configuration, which are in addition to the 44 aircraft delivered in the earlier Block 2B configuration. The Air Force will accept another 35 aircraft in the Block 3i configuration before the program plans to start delivering aircraft in the Block 3F configuration in Lot 10, starting in January 2018.

Assessment of Block 3i Capabilities

Because Block 3i is an interim capability based on Block 2B, it has numerous inherent limitations that will reduce operational effectiveness and require workarounds if the F-35A in the Block 3i configuration is used in combat. These limitations, which were also a factor during the Air Force IRA, affect the following mission areas discussed below.

Close Air Support (CAS). The F-35A in the Block 3i configuration has numerous limitations which make it less effective overall at CAS than most currently-fielded fighter aircraft like the F-15E, F-16, F-18 and A-10 in a permissive or low-threat environment, which is where CAS is normally conducted. The following observations are consistent with the Air Force IRA report:

    - The limited weapons load of two bombs (along with two missiles for self-defense) constrains the effectiveness of the Block 3i F-35A for many CAS missions. Compared to a legacy fighter with multiple weapons on racks, and multiple weapons types per aircraft, the limited Block 3i load means that only a limited number and type of targets can be effectively attacked.

    - No gun capability. An aircraft-mounted gun is a key weapon for some CAS scenarios when a bomb cannot be used due to collateral damage concerns or when the enemy is “danger close” to friendly troops. The gun can also be an effective weapon for attacking moving targets. However, even though an internal gun is installed in the Block 3i F-35A, it cannot be used until significant modifications to both the gun system and aircraft are completed, along with a version of Block 3F software that supports weapons delivery accuracy (WDA) testing with the gun. For these reasons, gun WDA testing, with the required modifications and software, has slipped to the fall of 2016, at the soonest.

    - Limited capability to engage moving targets. Even though the Block 3i F-35A does not have a functioning gun, it can carry the GBU-12 laser guided bomb which can be used against moving targets. However, Block 3i does not have an automated targeting function with lead-laser guidance (i.e., automatically computing and positioning the laser spot proportionately in front of the moving target to increase the likelihood of hitting the target) to engage moving targets with the GBU-12, like most legacy aircraft that currently fly CAS missions. Lead-laser guidance is currently not planned for Block 3F. Instead, F-35 pilots can only use basic rules-of-thumb when attempting to engage moving targets with the GBU-12, resulting in very limited effectiveness. Also, limitations with cockpit controls and displays have caused the pilots to primarily use two-ship “buddy lasing” for GBU-12 employment, which isn’t always possible during extended CAS engagements when one of the aircraft has to leave to refuel on a tanker.

    - Voice communications are sometimes required to validate digital communications. Problems with Variable Message Format (VMF) and Link-16 data link messaging – including dropped/hidden information or incorrect formats – sometimes require pilots to use work-arounds by validating or “reading back” information over the radio that prevent them from conducting digital (only) CAS, a capability that is common in most legacy CAS aircraft.

    - Limited night vision capability. Although Lot 7 and later aircraft are fielded with the Gen III HMDS, which has shown improvement to the deficiencies with the earlier Gen II HMDS, limitations with night vision capability remain. Pilots using the Gen III helmet for night operations report that visual acuity is still less than that of the night vision goggles used in legacy aircraft, which makes identification of targets and detecting markers more difficult, if not impossible. Also, “green glow” – a condition where light leakage around the edge of the display during low-light conditions makes reading the projected information difficult – is improved over the Gen II HMDS, but is still a concern during low ambient illumination conditions. Finally, accuracy testing of the gun with the HMDS has not yet been completed, although the testing is planned for late CY16. Hence, the aiming accuracy of the combined HMDS and windscreen are still unproven for both air-to-air and air-to-ground gun employment.

    - Lack of marking capability – a key capability for both Forward Air Controller-Airborne (FAC-A) and CAS missions. Legacy CAS platforms can mark targets with rockets, flares, and/or infrared (IR) pointers, none of which are currently available on the F-35. The F-35 has a laser designator as part of its Electro-Optical Targeting System (EOTS), but the laser is used for targeting from ownship when using the GBU-12 laser guided bomb or to “buddy-guide” a weapon from another aircraft. This limitation is not planned to be fixed during SDD.

    - Reduced on-station time and greater reliance on tanker aircraft. Although this limitation is not unique to the Block 3i configuration, the F-35 has high fuel burn rates and slow air refueling rates that extend air refueling times and decrease overall on-station time which may impact mission effectiveness.

    - The Air Force IRA had similar observations on CAS limitations and concluded that the Block 3i F-35A does not yet demonstrate equivalent CAS capabilities to those of 4th generation aircraft.

Other mission areas. In addition to the Block 3i limitations listed above that affect the CAS mission area, the following inherent Block 3i limitations will also affect the capability of the F-35A in other mission areas:

    - Poor geolocation capability against certain types of emitters and threat laydowns.

    - No standoff weapon. With only direct attack bombs, the F-35 in the Block 3i configuration will be forced to fly much closer to engage ground targets and, depending on the threat level of enemy air defenses and acceptable mission risk, it may be limited to engaging ground targets that are defended by short-range air defenses or none at all.

    - The limited weapons loadout of the Block 3i F-35 makes effective prosecution of many expected types of targets in a typical theater a challenge.

    - Pilots report that inadequacies in Pilot Vehicle Interfaces (PVI) and deficiencies in the Tactical Situation Display (TSD) continue to degrade battlespace awareness and increase pilot workload. Workarounds to these deficiencies are time-consuming and detract from the efficiency and effectiveness of mission execution.



Pentagon's top weapons tester doubts F-35A capabilities

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A recent memo from the Pentagon’s top weapons tester throws cold water on the US Air Force’s initial operational capability announcement earlier this month, which declared the Lockheed Martin F-35A equipped with Block 3i software could provide basic capabilities.

Instead, the director of Operational Test and Evaluation argues in a scathing 9 August memo that many significant limitations remain on the aircraft.

“The program is actually not on a path toward success, but instead on a path toward failing to deliver the full Block 3F capabilities for which the Department is paying almost $400 billion by the scheduled end of System Development and Demonstration (SDD) in 2018,” Michael Gilmore writes. “If used in combat, the F-35 in the Block 3i configuration, which is equivalent in capabilities to Block 2B, will need support to locate and avoid modem threats, acquire targets, and engage formations of enemy fighter aircraft due to outstanding performance deficiencies and limited weapons carriage available.”

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With the current Block 3i software, the F-35 has the capability of many legacy close air support platforms and may even be less effective than the current F-15E, F-16, F-18 and A-10 in a permissive environment, DOT&E states. If deployed to a combat zone today, the F-35A would require numerous workarounds. Due to issues with the aircraft’s Link-16 data-link messaging, some pilots reverted to voice communications over a radio to validate digital communications.

The F-35A is not able to use the 25mm GAU-22 internal cannon, for example, with Block 3i software. The next software upgrade, dubbed Block 3F, will provide softwarae to support gun testing. Unlike the fighters the F-35A replaces, the stealth fighter with Block 3i software lacks an automated targeting for tracking and targeting moving vehicles.

The programme is running out of time and money to deliver Block 3F before SDD concludes and new discoveries are only furthering the program’s Block 3F flight testing schedule, the memo states. Funding and maintenance personnel to support testing are also tenuous. A number of Block 3F capabilities have fallen behind including Small Diameter Bomb integration, MADL capability to share imagery and basic Link 16 that allows the aircraft to transmit and receive messages.

In the memo, DOT&E detailed over a dozen deficiencies that must still be addressed on Block 3i, but referred to hundreds of capability shortfalls that still remain in Block 3F, which is needed to reach full operational capability, according to the memo.

The F-35A's sensor fusion system is designed to blend inputs from multiple onboard and offboard sensors into a single picture presented to the pilot, but it still isn't working. Tracks on single airborne targets are "splitting" on the displays, as the fusion algorithms confuse single tracks with multiple targets. Some airborne tracks simply disappeared from the pilots' displays and could not be recalled, the memo states. The air force also identified other fusion issues in Block 3i including inconsistent or ineffective electronic warfare capabilities.

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Earlier this week, Lockheed lauded the recent completion of 12weapons delivery accuracy events, which were aided by the test fleet's new Block 3F software. But the Block 3F mission systems software required multiple corrections before delivery accuracy testing could begin, DOT&E notes.

“Despite DOT&E asking the program office for information on the extent to which these deficiencies exist in Block 3i, this information is apparently still unknown,” the memo states.



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Donald J. Trump
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The F-35 program and cost is out of control. Billions of dollars can and will be saved on military (and other) purchases after January 20th.

05:26 - 12. Dez. 2016



Report of the Bottom-up Review

Les Aspin
Secretary of Defense

October 1993

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The Decision

The incremental approach we have adopted makes the decisions that must be made now: (I) replacing the Navy's aging A-6 ground attack aircraft, and (2) proceeding with the F-22 to ensure technology dominance. In summary:

    • We will proceed with development and procurement of the F/ A-18 ElF to achieve initial operational capability in 2001. Once production of the E/F version has begun in 1997, production of the F/A-18 C/D model will be terminated.

    • We will retire all A-6 aircraft by 1998. To help compensate for the A-6's retirement, we will upgrade the F-14 with a limited ground-attack capability.

    • We will also proceed with development and procurement of the F-22, looking toward an initial operational capability by 2003. The F-22's quantum improvements in stealth, "supercruise" capability, and avionics wiil make it the best air-superiority fighter in the world for the foreseeable future. We will also incorpor,ate a precision ground-attack capability into the F-22 at the very outset of production, thus providing a multirole capability that greatly improves the aircraft's utility and cost-effectiveness.

    • We will cancel the A/F-X and the MRF. We also plan to terminate all production of the F-16 after FY 1994. These actions will save significant funds both over the FYDP period and in future years.

Additionally, we will launch a Joint Advanced Strike Technology Program that focuses on developing common components for future engines, avionics, ground support, training, munitions, and advanced mission planning. The technologies pursued under this program could be used with any future combat aircraft the nation decides to build. These common technologies account for the bulk of the cost incurred in acquiring and operating aircraft. Different airframes - the chief differentiator between land-based and carrier-based aircraft - are a lesser part of overall aircraft costs. Thus, we are aiming for a combat aircraft that, in terms of cost, is 80 percent "joint", although there may be different airframe silhouettes. We believe this will significantly reduce development and production costs for the next generation of Navy and Air Force aircraft, even if we elect to proceed with different airframes.

The Joint Advanced Strike Technology program will develop several technology demonstrator aircraft to explore different technologies that could be incorporated into future aircraft. From these technology demonstrators, prototype aircraft would then be developed to help choose the next-generation replacement for the A-6, F-14, F-16, and F-111 as they reach the end of their service lives.



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Recht hat er!
Lockheed's abzocken wird eingestellt. Deren Aktien fielen ueber 5% nach dem Tweet!
Bravo!
Siehe artikel in Der Presse on-line.


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Amendola: assegnati al 32° Stormo i primi due velivoli JSF

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Lunedì 12 dicembre, i primi due velivoli F-35 italiani sono atterrati presso il 32° Stormo di Amendola (FG), unità recentemente ricostituita per accogliere il Joint Strike Fighter.

Amendola è la prima base in Europa ad acquisire i velivoli prodotti ed assemblati in Italia presso la FACO (Final Assembly and Check Out) di Cameri (NO) e l'evento rappresenta il raggiungimento di un importante obiettivo per la difesa e sicurezza del Paese.



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    Lockheed Martin CEO's Statement on Meeting with President-elect Trump

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    "I had a productive meeting with President-elect Trump this afternoon. I appreciated the opportunity to discuss the importance of the F-35 program and the progress we've made in bringing the costs down. The F-35 is a critical program to our national security, and I conveyed our continued commitment to delivering an affordable aircraft to our U.S. military and our allies."

    Marillyn Hewson
    Chairman, CEO and President
    Lockheed Martin Corporation



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    Donald J. Trump
    @realDonaldTrump

    Based on the tremendous cost and cost overruns of the Lockheed Martin F-35, I have asked Boeing to price-out a comparable F-18 Super Hornet!

    14:26 - 22. Dez. 2016


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    Donald J. Trump
    @realDonaldTrump

    I met some really great Air Force GENERALS and Navy ADMIRALS today, talking about airplane capability and pricing. Very impressive people!

    19:39 - 21. Dez. 2016



    Trump Meets Boeing and Lockheed Executives After Assailing Them on Jet Costs (21. Dezember 2016)

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    After attacking Boeing and Lockheed Martin on Twitter over the costs of military contracts, President-elect Donald J. Trump met Wednesday with the chief executives of the two aerospace companies, saying his goal was to try to “bring costs down.”

    Mr. Trump said he was mainly concerned about Lockheed Martin’s new F-35 fighter jet, which, at $400 billion for 2,400 jets, “is very, very expensive.” Asked if he had won any concessions in the meeting, he said, “We’re just beginning, it’s a dance.”

    “We’re going to get the costs down,” he added, “and we’re going to get it done beautifully.”

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    Mr. Trump met first on Wednesday with Dennis A. Muilenburg, Boeing’s chief executive, followed by Lockheed’s chief executive, Marillyn A. Hewson, and Pentagon officials with models of the F-35 jets. The meetings took place at Mr. Trump’s Mar-a-Lago club in Palm Beach, Fla.

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    Ms. Hewson released a statement saying that she and Mr. Trump had had “a productive meeting” and that she had briefed him on the company’s progress in lowering the fighter jets’ cost.



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Lockheed kontert Trump:

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New additions and upgrade for Greek air force fleet

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Greece is taking the first steps toward upgrading its existing F-16 fighter jets and purchasing, in due time, fifth-generation F-35 fighters.

The Defense Ministry revealed the news on Tuesday. Aides of Defense Minister Panos Kammenos said that the decision was taken in line with recommendations made by military chiefs.

The next steps that will be taken are, firstly, to make the improvements to the F-16s Greece already owns; then, to inform the US government of the Greek interest in buying F-35s; and, finally, to agree on the maintenance of the military’s S300 long-range surface-to-air missile systems.

The decision taken by Kammenos came after pressure from the chiefs of the Hellenic Air Force for the modernization of the most important part of its fleet.

If the F-16s are upgraded to F-16 Viper variant, they will be compatible with the F-35s, should Greece proceed with their purchase. The defense minister signed on Tuesday a letter of request for this work to go ahead. The improvement would also significantly prolong the life of the F-16s.

The cost of upgrading the entire fleet of F-16s Greece has will cost between 1.7 and 2 billion dollars. The payment of this fee will be spread over a period of time rather than being paid in one go. Each F-35 costs between 80 and 100 million dollars.

Greece will have to send another letter of request confirming how many of the Lockheed Martin aircraft Athens wants to buy.



F-16V Takes Flight (21. Oktober 2015)

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The October 16 flight marks the first time an F-16 has flown with Northrop Grumman’s advanced APG-83 Active Electronically Scanned Array (AESA) Scalable Agile Beam Radar (SABR), which will deliver a quantum leap in capability for the venerable F-16.

The F-16V “Viper” advanced avionics configuration also includes a new cockpit Center Pedestal Display, a modernized mission computer, a high-capacity Ethernet data bus, and several other missions systems enhancements that collectively add significant combat capabilities to address the dynamic threat environments emerging in the coming decades.

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Northrop Grumman’s APG-83 SABR AESA fire control radar provides 5th Generation air-to-air and air-to-ground radar capability. Northrop Grumman also provides AESA radars for the F-22 Raptor and F-35 Lightning II.

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Wie war das nochmal?



Im Budget für 2017 stehen Einsparungen im F-35-Programm von stolzen 460,26 Mio. USD:

    Estimate #1—FY 2017 Appropriations Request: Department of Defense to rebuild the U.S. Armed Forces and accelerate the campaign to defeat the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, and Department of Homeland Security for urgent border protection activities

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    The major categories of funding - broken out by agency - are highlighted below:

    Department of Defense

    [...]

      • $13.5 billion for procurement and modernization, including additional Army Apache and Blackhawk helicopters, F-35 and F/A-18 fighter aircraft, tactical missiles, unmanned aircraft systems, and Terminal High Altitude Area Defense interceptors, and the DDG-51 destroyer that the Congress partially funded in FY 2016.



    Request for Additional FY 2017 Appropriations

    United States Department of Defense
    Fiscal Year 2017 Budget Request


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    DEPARTMENT OF THE AIR FORCE

    Combatant Command (COCOM) demands for air power remain high at a time when today’s Air Force is the busiest and smallest in its 70-year history. The Air Force must urgently restore full spectrum readiness to be prepared to meet contingency plan requirements for Air Force capabilities. The request for additional FY 2017 appropriations increases Air Force topline by $7.4 billion ($6.8 billion base / $0.6 billion OCO) to accelerate readiness recovery, fill critical gaps, and improve lethality – supporting our critical enablers: people, foundation, capability and capacity.

    [...]

    Capability and capacity – Additional investments in capability and capacity will improve the Air Force’s 4th and 5th generation aircraft in areas such as F-16 Fighting Falcon sensor upgrades, MC-130J Commando II and HC-130 Combat King II retrofits, HH-60G Pave Hawk datalink interoperability, C-130H Hercules fleet propulsion upgrades and B-52 Stratofortress engine risk reduction. With these added funds, the Air Force will procure five additional F-35A Lightning II’s and fund production shortfalls for C-130’s, space, and munitions. Funds will also strengthen the Air Force nuclear posture by funding nuclear command, control, and communications (NC3), Intercontinental Ballistic Missile (ICBM) sustainment, and bomber readiness.

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    Achieve Program Balance ($5.7 billion)

      • F-35A Lightning II Procurement ($690.5 million) – Procures five additional F-35A’s to bring FY 2017 production to 48 aircraft, and funds initial spares.



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    Budget Activity 01: Combat Aircraft

    Tactical Forces


      1 F-35

    FY 2017 PB Request Base [Quantity (Cost)]

      43 (4,862,154)

      (-460,260) {Less: Advance Procurement (PY)}

    FY 2017 Mar Amended Request Base [Quantity (Cost)]

      5 (595,500)

    FY 2017 Revised PB Request Base [Quantity (Cost)]

      48 (5,457,654)

      (-460,260) {Less: Advance Procurement (PY)}

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    Budget Activity 01: Combat Aircraft

    Tactical Forces


      2 F-35

    FY 2017 PB Request Base

      404,500 {Advance Procurement (CY)}

    FY 2017 Mar Amended Request Base

      -

    FY 2017 Revised PB Request Base

      404,500 {Advance Procurement (CY)}



Und dann gibt es natürlich das Budget für 2018:

    America First

    A Budget Blueprint to Make America Great Again


    Zitat:
    The President’s 2018 Budget:

      • Repeals the defense sequestration by restoring $52 billion to DOD, as well as $2 billion to other national defense programs outside DOD, for a $54 billion total increase for national defense discretionary budget authority above the sequestration level budget cap. When the Budget Control Act (BCA) of 2011 was enacted, the defense sequestration was not meant to occur, yet it has never been fully repealed. This has resulted in nearly $200 billion of national defense cuts since 2013 and over $200 billion of further projected cuts through 2021, relative to the original BCA caps alone. Reversing this indiscriminate neglect of the last administration is not only a fulfillment of the President’s promise, but it is also a requirement if this Nation’s security is to be maintained. The military’s depletion under President Obama is our foremost challenge. The President’s 2018 Budget ends the arbitrary depletion of our strength and security, and begins to rebuild the U.S. Armed Forces.

    [...]

      • Accelerates Air Force efforts to improve tactical air fleet readiness, ensure technical superiority, and repair aging infrastructure. Key investments in maintenance capacity, training systems, and additional F-35 Joint Strike Fighters would enable the Air Force, which is now the smallest it has been in history, to counter the growing number of complex threats from sophisticated state actors and transnational terrorist groups.



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Defense Acquisitions:

Assessments of Selected Weapon Programs


GAO-17-333SP: Published: Mar 30, 2017. Publicly Released: Mar 30, 2017.

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Technology and Design Maturity

All of the F-35 program's critical technologies are fully mature. In 2013, the program deferred plans for integrating a prognostics and health management system technology into the aircraft design. The program had identified this technology, which is part of the F-35 Autonomic Logistics Information System (ALIS), as critical but not fully mature. The program now plans to integrate this technology into the F-35 design as part of a later block of aircraft. In addition, the program has yet to incorporate engine health data into ALIS. Further, the program continues to address issues with other technologies including the next-generation helmet, which is currently providing degraded night vision capabilities at sea.

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Production Maturity

Aircraft manufacturing deliveries remain steady and totaled 199 production aircraft as of December 2016. Since the start of production, the contractor's production processes have continued to mature, and program officials stated that critical production processes are now in control. To enable continued improvements and to increase quality, the contractor tracks process control data and other quality indicators. Production part shortages remain a risk as suppliers face additional pressures of balancing an increased production rate amid the simultaneous need to sustain a growing operational fleet.

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The Air Force declared F-35A IOC in August 2016 having met and delivered all expected capabilities. The Navy F-35C IOC date is scheduled for August 2018.

F-35 flight testing has been consistently delayed over the past several years, and in the past year, the program encountered additional delays. The program estimates it needs an additional 5 months to complete developmental testing and $451 Million to complete the development program. These estimates are optimistic and assume that the program will be able to accomplish remaining tests at a significantly faster pace than historically demonstrated. The Director, Operational Test and Evaluation reported that the program will need significantly more time and money than it now forecasts, which could jeopardize the program's schedule for initial operational test and evaluation, full-rate production, and follow-on modernization.



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I nuovi velivoli dell’Aeronautica si addestrano insieme

    http://www.aeronautica.difesa.it/comunicazione/notizie/Pagine/ADAMENDOLAL’ATTIVITA’CONGIUNTACONVELIVOLIF-35ET-346A.aspx


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USAF approves F-16 airframe life extension

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The US Air Force (USAF) has authorised Lockheed Martin to extend the service life of the F-16 Fighting Falcon combat aircraft as part of a wider service-life extension programme (SLEP) of its Block 40 to 52 fleet.

The authorisation, which was announced by the manufacturer on 12 April, comes after static fatigue testing and will see the airframe cleared to 12,000 hours from its current 8,000 hours (an increase equivalent to about eight years of operational flying).

"This accomplishment is the result of more than seven years of test, development, design, analysis, and partnership between the US Air Force and Lockheed Martin," the vice-president of Lockheed Martin's F-16 programme, Susan Ouzts, was quoted as saying.

The USAF issued a request for information (RFI) on an F-16 SLEP effort in January 2016, as it sought to determine the level of industry support for a SLEP for up to 300 of the service's 1,017 Block 40/42 and 50/52 C- and D-model aircraft to see them out to 2048 and beyond.

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A SLEP contract award is expected in the third quarter of fiscal year (FY) 2018, with low-rate initial production of the kits beginning at the same time. Full-rate kit production will start in the fourth quarter of FY 2019, with installation beginning in the fourth quarter of FY 2020 and running through to the end of FY 2021. While the SLEP is geared chiefly at increasing the F-16's service life, the fleet is also receiving new ground collision avoidance systems (some 26% of F-16 aircraft losses and 75% of F-16-related fatalities are caused by 'controlled flight into terrain'), and 136 aircraft are slated for a wing overhaul programme.



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