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Defence Secretary announces £539 million investment in new missiles systems

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As part of a £41 million contract, the Meteor air-to-air missiles will arm the UK’s F-35B Lightning II squadrons. It will provide the Royal Air Force and Royal Navy with a world beating missile that can engage with targets moving at huge speed and at a very long range. The weapon will enter service on Typhoon with the RAF in 2018 and the F-35B from 2024, and will be used on a range of missions including protecting the Queen Elizabeth Class Carriers.



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F-35 Joint Strike Fighter:

DOD Needs to Complete Developmental Testing Before Making Significant New Investments


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Continuing Problems with Flight Testing of Software Capabilities Will Delay the Completion of Development and Increase Development Costs

DOD will need more time and money than expected to complete the remaining 10 percent of the F-35 development program. DOD has experienced delays in testing the software and systems that provide warfighting capabilities, known as mission systems, largely because the software has been delivered late to be tested and once delivered has not worked as expected. Program officials have had to regularly divert resources from developing and testing of more advanced software capabilities to address unanticipated problems with prior software versions. These problems have compounded over time, and this past year was no exception. DOD began testing the final block of software—known as block 3F—later than expected, experienced unanticipated problems with the software’s performance, and thus did not complete all mission systems testing it had planned for 2016. As a result, the F-35 program office has noted that more time and money will be needed to complete development. The amount of time and money could vary significantly depending on the program’s ability to complete developmental and operational testing. We estimate that developmental testing could be delayed as much as 12 months, thus delaying the start of initial operational testing, and total development costs could increase by nearly $1.7 billion. In addition, the Navy’s IOC and the program’s full-rate production decision could also be delayed.

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Program officials spent some of 2016 addressing problems with Block 3i mission systems unexpectedly shutting down and restarting—an issue known as instability—which delayed Block 3F testing. In early 2016, officials were developing and testing Block 3i concurrently with Block 3F. In order to ensure that the Block 3i instability was addressed in time for the Air Force’s planned IOC in August 2016, officials diverted resources from Block 3F.That decision delayed subsequent testing that had been planned for Block 3F. Further delays resulted from the discovery of instability and functionality problems with Block 3F. To mitigate some schedule delays, program officials implemented a new process to introduce software updates quicker than normal. Although the quick software releases helped to ensure that testing continued, the final planned version of Block 3F, which was originally planned to be released to testing in February 2016, was not released until late November 2016, nearly a 10-month delay. As a result, program officials have identified the need for additional time to complete development. Program officials now project that developmental testing, which was expected to be completed in May, will conclude in October 2017, 5 months later than planned.

However, based on our analysis, the program’s projection is optimistic as it does not reflect historical F-35 test data. Program officials believe that going forward they may be able to devote more resources to mission systems testing, which could lead to higher test point completion rates than they have achieved in the past. According to GAO best practices, credible schedule estimates are rooted in historical data. As of November 2016, program officials estimated that the program will need to complete as much as an average of 384 mission systems test points per month in order to finish flight testing by October 2017—a rate that the program has rarely achieved before. Our analysis of historical test point data as of December 2016 indicates that the average test point execution rates are much lower, at 220 mission systems test points per month. In addition, historical averages suggest that test point growth—additions to the overall test points from discovery in flight testing—is much higher than program officials assume, while estimated deletions—test points that are considered no longer required—are lower than assumed. Using the historical F-35 averages, we project that developmental testing may not be completed until May 2018, a 12-month delay from the program’s current plan.

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Our estimation of delays in completing developmental testing does not include the time it may take to address the significant number of existing deficiencies. The Marine Corps and Air Force declared IOC with limited capability and with several deficiencies. As of October 2016, the program had more than 1,200 open deficiencies, and senior program and test officials deemed 276 of those critical or of significant concern to the military services. Several of the critical deficiencies are related to the aircraft’s communications, data sharing, and target tracking capabilities. Although the final planned version of Block 3F software was released to flight testing in November 2016 and contained all 332 planned warfighting capabilities, not all of those capabilities worked as intended. In accordance with program plans, it was the first time some of the Block 3F capabilities had been tested. According to a recent report by the Director, Operational Test and Evaluation (DOT&E), fixes for less than half of the 276 deficiencies were included in the final planned version of Block 3F software. Prime contractor officials stated that additional software releases will likely be required to address deficiencies identified during the testing of the final planned version of Block 3F software, but they do not yet know how many releases will ultimately be needed.

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Conclusions

As the F-35 program approaches the end of development, its schedule and cost estimates are optimistic. The program’s cost and schedule estimates to complete development are hundreds of millions of dollars below and several months under other independent estimates, including our own. If the program experiences schedule delays as we predict, it could require a total of nearly $1.5 billion in fiscal year 2018 alone. However, program officials project that the program will only need $576.2 million in fiscal year 2018 to complete baseline development. At the same time, program officials expect that more than $1.2 billion could be needed to commit to Block 4 and EOQ in fiscal year 2018. DOD must prioritize funding for the baseline development program over the program office’s desire for EOQ and Block 4. If baseline development is not prioritized and adequately funded, and costs increase as predicted by GAO and others, then the program will have less recourse for action and development could be further delayed. In addition, with baseline development still ongoing the program will not likely have the knowledge it needs to present a sound business case for soliciting contractor proposals for Block 4 development in fiscal year 2017. Although Block 4 and EOQ may be desirable, prioritizing funding for these efforts may not be essential at this time. Prioritizing funding for baseline development over these two efforts would ensure that the program has the time and money needed to properly finish development and thus lay a solid knowledge-based foundation for future efforts.



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BeitragVerfasst: 17. Mai 2017, 23:59 

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Germany asks U.S. for classified briefing on Lockheed's F-35 fighter

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The German Air Force this month sent the U.S. military a written request for classified data on the Lockheed Martin Corp (LMT.N) F-35 fighter jet as it gears up to replace its current fleet of fighter jets from 2025 to 2035.

The letter, sent by the Air Force's planning command and seen by Reuters, makes clear that the German government has not yet authorized a procurement program and is not committed to any particular aircraft to replace its current warplanes.

It said the defense ministry would carry out "an in-depth evaluation of market available solutions, including the F-35, later this year," with a formal "letter of request" to be issued in coming months.

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Germany will need to replace its current fleet of fourth-generation warplanes - Tornadoes in use since 1981 and Eurofighters - between 2025 and 2035. The F-35 is considered a fifth-generation fighter given stealth capabilities that allow it to evade enemy radars.

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Britain, the Netherlands, Norway, Turkey and Italy - key NATO allies of Germany - are already buying the F-35 fighter jet to replace their current aircraft, and other European countries such as Switzerland, Belgium and Finland are also looking at purchasing the fifth-generation warplane.

Germany's gesture may be aimed at strengthening its hand in negotiations with its European partners over the scale and timing of development of a next generation of European fighters. Any moves to buy a U.S. built warplane could run into political resistance in Germany, which has strong labor unions.

But military sources say buying the F-35 could make sense for Germany given steady declines in the cost of the U.S. jets, and technical challenges with the Eurofighter.


EIGHT-HOUR BRIEFING

In the letter, the Air Force said a small team of air force officers was gathering data to prepare for a detailed analysis of alternatives for a new warplane.

The group was working closely with the ministry's "Task Force Future Air Combat System," which aims to make a recommendation for a political decision in mid-2018, the letter said.

"In order to understand (the) F-35's cutting-edge technologies, the German Air Force is requesting a classified brief of the F-35's capabilities in general and especially concerning sensor suites, information management and operational capabilities," the letter said.

The letter said a video conference suggested by U.S. officials in Bonn would help speed up the process.

A source familiar with U.S. weapons programs said the classified briefing requested by Germany would likely last around eight hours.

Since Germany is not part of the international consortium that funded development of the stealthy new fighter, the request for classified information must first be approved by the U.S. government, but U.S. officials said they did not expect any problems securing the needed marketing license.

The Pentagon's F-35 program office said it had received the letter and was "working to support the German Air Force request."

Lockheed referred questions to the State Department, which oversees foreign military sales, and the Pentagon. Spokesman Michael Rein said it would be inappropriate for Lockheed to comment since any potential sales would be negotiated between the two governments.



Liest sich wie eine bezahlte Werbeeinschaltung von Lockheed Martin:

    Reuters hat geschrieben:
    The F-35 is considered a fifth-generation fighter given stealth capabilities that allow it to evade enemy radars.

    Reuters hat geschrieben:
    Britain, the Netherlands, Norway, Turkey and Italy - key NATO allies of Germany - are already buying the F-35 fighter jet to replace their current aircraft, and other European countries such as Switzerland, Belgium and Finland are also looking at purchasing the fifth-generation warplane.

    Reuters hat geschrieben:
    But military sources say buying the F-35 could make sense for Germany given steady declines in the cost of the U.S. jets, and technical challenges with the Eurofighter.


Dass die F-35 im Vergleich zum "Tornado" in beinahe jeder Hinsicht (Flugleistungen; Durchhaltefähigkeit ... Einsatzradius 1080 km vs. 1390 km mit schwerer Außenlast; Waffenzuladung ... 8,1 t vs. 9 t) ein Rückschritt wäre, wird nicht erwähnt.



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Der italienische Rechnungshof plant heuer Prüfungen der Beschaffungsprogramme für Joint Strike Fighter (Erfüllung der operativen Bedürfnisse der Streitkräfte, industrielle Wirkung) und Eurofighter (Entscheidungsprozesse und Reorganisation):

    Deliberazione n.1/2017 Programma di controllo 2017

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    PROGRAMMA DELLE ATTIVITÀ DI CONTROLLO PER L’ANNO 2017

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    C) CONTROLLI IN AMBITO INTERNAZIONALE

    1) EUROFIGHTER

    Nel corso del 2017 la Sezione proseguirà il programma di monitoraggio congiunto con le Istituzioni superiori di controllo di Regno Unito, Germania e Spagna, sulla realizzazione del velivolo Eurofighter-Typhoon. Nell’ambito di tale attività, particolare enfasi verrà posta sulla verifica della struttura decisionale e di governance del progetto con specifico riferimento all’Agenzia NETMA ed alla riorganizzazione in corso.

    2) JOINT STRIKE FIGHTER – F35

    L’audit (in collaborazione con l’Ufficio Relazioni internazionali) analizzerà l’evoluzione del programma, nel quadro più generale dei programmi di acquisizione di sistemi d’arma, non solo in relazione alle esigenze operative della Difesa, ma anche sotto il profilo dei ritorni industriali e delle ricadute economiche, con particolare riferimento alle prospettive di sfruttamento del sito di Cameri.



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Som-A missile enters service in Turkey

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Roketsan's SOM-A stand-off air-to-surface missile, with a range of over 250 km, has entered the inventory of the Turkish Armed Forces (TSK), the Turkish Ministry of Defence tweeted on 13 June.

"The delivery of SOM-B1s to the TSK has, meanwhile, been continuing," it said. However, the ministry did not provide any figures on the number of SOM missiles delivered.




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German officials meet with Lockheed to talk F-35 at Paris Air Show

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During the Paris Air Show this week, German government officials met with Lockheed Martin to talk about the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, a source connected to the program told Defense News.

It is not uncommon for potential customers — including Germany — to engage with the defense industry on a number of platforms or technologies, nor does the meeting indicate a significant step forward in the process of selling the F-35 to Germany, the source said.

However, the air show marked the first time the German government and Lockheed had ever discussed the F-35 specifically, albeit in an unclassified setting, he said.

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The U.S. Defense Department has agreed to support Germany’s request for a briefing, said F-35 Joint Program Office spokesman Joe DellaVedova, who was not aware whether the discussion would include classified data. Preparations for a meeting are moving forward, but a date has not yet been set.

In an interview with Defense News at the Paris Air Show, Orlando Carvalho, head of Lockheed’s aeronautics business, said the company is ready to support the U.S. government if it decides to press on with a classified briefing to Germany.

“We’ve seen the interest that the German Air Force has, but right now that’s in government-to-government channels in terms of their interest in getting a briefing,” he said. “As we always do, we’ll provide support to our government, to the JPO, if in fact they go forward with providing a briefing to Germany, but none of that has been worked out yet in terms of how that’s going to be done.”

If a classified briefing is authorized, Carvalho said the company hopes to hold more in-depth talks about the fifth-generation capabilities that differentiate the F-35 from fourth-generation fighter jets.

“It’s not just about the signature, it’s about the avionics capability, the mission-system capability, the surveillance capability, ISR, etc. It’s about the ability to communicate on board [and] off board with other platforms,” he said.



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Advanced Manufacturing and the F-35 Lightning II

CorporationDr. Don Kinard, LM Senior Fellow
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November 2016



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Photo of the Day: @USMC Lt. Col. Tom Fields completes F-35B separation testing of an AIM-132 ASRAAM during SDD May 17, 2017


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Photo of the Day: @USMC F-35B STOVL variant conducts U.K. AIM-132 and Paveway IV external weapons testing



Zuletzt geändert von theoderich am 13. Okt 2017, 21:05, insgesamt 1-mal geändert.

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Wenn ein Projekt unter einem schlechten Stern steht, dann gründlich:

Der "tolle" Nachtsicht-Helm ist offensichtlich extrem Restlicht-abhängig, der Beinahe-Crash hat es in den Bericht ans Flight Test Safety Committee geschafft. Interessant, dass das in europäischen Berichten nicht auftaucht, ich hab's in der Le Pont gefunden: F-35 Piloten sind in Nächten ohne Mondlicht blind, Artikel vom 25.7.2017, link (bringt nicht viel, weil im abo-pflichtigen Teil): http://www.lepoint.fr/monde/les-pilotes-de-f-35-sont-aveugles-les-nuits-sans-lune-25-07-2017-2145684_24.php

Und damit wir das auf Englisch nachvollziehbar haben, ein bißchen mit Tante Google gespielt und gleich einen zweiten Zwischenfall gefunden:
Officials Say Little About F-35 Helmet Glitch in Night Landing Video, https://www.defensetech.org/2017/07/19/officials-say-little-f-35-helmet-glitch-night-landing-video/
Videos reveal dramatic F-35 incidents, https://hushkit.net/2017/07/12/videos-reveal-dramatic-f-35-incidents/


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Den kompletten Vortrag beim FTSC findet man hier:


Die Konstruktion der F-35 scheint auch ziemlich misslungen zu sein:

    13:17 hat geschrieben:
    So, a couple of things to consider from the F-35 prospective: Placement of the refueling probe. Just at the right side of the nose, that's pretty standard. What's not necessarily standard is, that what's directly between the eyesight of the pilot and the probe itself is a canopy bow. So it's perfectly placed, so you can't see the probe without moving your head. And then the relative position of the probe to the pilot's vision raises some challenges in terms of assessing where the probe is and then predicting where going to go, based on your current inputs.


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Der Film mit der Nachtsicht stammt aus einer Testreihe, die im November 2016 auf der USS America durchgeführt wurde. Die Ausführungen dazu kommen im Video ab 22:13:



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Nederland-Hoogerheide: Gevechtsvliegtuigen

2017/S 145-300726

Aankondiging van een gegunde opdracht op het gebied van defensie en veiligheid

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II.1.1) Aan de opdracht gegeven benaming

F-16 End of Life Support Feasibility Study.

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II.1.4) Korte beschrijving van de opdracht of de aankoop/aankopen:

Haalbaarheidsstudie volledige uitbesteding van instandhouding F-16 gedurende en tot einde uitfasering.

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V.1) Datum van de beslissing tot gunning van de opdracht:

19.7.2017

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7 agosto 2017 – Sezione di controllo per gli Affari comunitari ed internazionali – Delibera n. 15/2017

Relazione speciale sulla “Partecipazione italiana al Programma Joint Strike Fighter F35 Lightning II”




Italy's audit court gives F-35 cautious approval



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Another Step Towards IOC

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Since its arrival in Israel last December, the “Adir” (F-35I) has been undergoing a wide array of flight tests to verify its capabilities before it is integrated into operational activity. The IAF Flight Test Squadron is currently performing a series of aerial refueling tests from Tel-Nof AFB as a part of the stealth fighter’s integration program.

The experiments – performed in collaboration with the "Desert Giants" Squadron from Nevatim AFB – will enable the stealth fighter to be refueled in the air by the "Re'em" (Boeing 707) aircraft. This process qualifies the "Golden Eagle" Squadron's aircrew members - who operate the “Adir” (F-35I) – for aerial refueling missions.

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To successfully refuel in the air, the boom is inserted into an orifice on the top of the aircraft. The "Adir" has undergone both diurnal and nocturnal flight tests, and is due to perform a refueling test in pitch-dark. "Refueling the 'Adir' is comfortable. Its engine is strong, which makes the actual fueling process simple. Additionally, the 'Adir' has a flight mode specifically suited for aerial refueling, which allows for a simpler, gentler flight", explained Maj. Eran.


Ob bei der Luftbetankung in völliger Dunkelheit ähnliche Probleme auftreten wie bei der Truppenerprobung in den USA?


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