UK holds discussions with Sweden over fighter collaboration
The UK and Sweden have conducted initial talks regarding collaboration on a future fighter aircraft.
This story broke this morning and has now been featured by many outlets however it was broken by the Financial Times this morning.
The organisation say that the MoD is looking to new aerospace partners after being left out of Franco-German programme.
https://ukdefencejournal.org.uk/uk-hold ... aboration/
The news regarding Sweden comes as the UK is preparing to release its Combat Air Strategy. This strategy will examine the operational capability needed in the future and the skills and resource required to deliver it. The work will take new and emerging technology into account, as well as export potential, whilst testing British industry’s ability to deliver our future requirements.
It is expected to be launched at the Farnborough Air Show.
Und eine von der US-Rüstungsindustrie finanzierte Lobbygruppe erpresst die deutsche Regierung, um einen Kauf der F-35 durchzusetzen:
Germany’s choice for a Tornado replacement could undermine NATO
The new head of the Luftwaffe, Lt. Gen. Ingo Gerhartz, confirmed the military commissioner’s findings. He publicly admitted that his service is “at a low point. Aircraft are grounded due to a lack of spare parts, or they aren’t even on site since they’re off for maintenance by the industry.”
This lack of investment in critical military capabilities has effected NATO’s nuclear deterrent. Germany’s fleet of nuclear-capable Tornado aircraft are so old and obsolete that they will have to be retired beginning in 2025. Without a timely replacement, Germany will be out of the nuclear deterrence mission.
Any new aircraft being proposed to fill the role played by the Luftwaffe’s Tornados must meet an extremely stringent set of safety and operational standards. Because this would be a German aircraft deploying a U.S. nuclear weapon, there are two sets of standards at play. Experts familiar with certifying a new aircraft as nuclear-capable say the process generally takes an average of six to eight years and costs hundreds of millions of dollars.
The obvious answer is for the Luftwaffe to acquire some number of F-35A Joint Strike Fighters to replace the Tornado for the nuclear mission. The U.S. Air Force and the F-35 team, led by Lockheed Martin, are currently in the early stages of the nuclear certification process. Italy and the Netherlands are acquiring the F-35 and will certainly use some as dedicated nuclear-delivery platforms.
Airbus and the Eurofighter consortium have proposed selling Germany additional Typhoon aircraft to replace the Tornados. The German government has asked Washington if it would accept a nuclear-capable and -certified Typhoon Eurofighter as a Tornado replacement. The Luftwaffe currently operates some 130 Typhoons for air defense.
There are two problems with this solution. First, given what it would take to design, develop and test a nuclear-capable Typhoon, much less the six to eight years required for certification, it is too late to go with this option and meet the 2025 date for Tornado retirement.
Second, even it could be certified to carry the B-61, the Typhoon will not be able to perform the mission in the high-density, advanced air-defense environment that is already blanketing much of Europe. Delivery of a gravity bomb requires the ability to fly over a heavily defended target, and to do so on the first day of a war.
Virtually all senior air force leaders in NATO agree that fourth-generation fighters, including the Typhoon, are not survivable without an extensive and protracted campaign to roll back the air defense threat. Only a fifth generation platform such as the F-35 can beat today’s air defenses, much less those that will emerge over the next several decades.
https://www.defensenews.com/smr/nato-pr ... mine-nato/
Daniel Gouré is a senior vice president with the Lexington Institute. He worked in the Pentagon during the administration of President George H.W. Bush, and he has taught at Johns Hopkins and Georgetown universities as well as the National War College.
Die F-35, die nicht und nicht fertig wird:
F-35 Joint Strike Fighter:
Development Is Nearly Complete, but Deficiencies Found in Testing Need to Be Resolved [Reissued with Revisions Jun. 13, 2018]
As of January 2018, the F-35 program had 966 open deficiencies—111 category 1 and 855 category 2. At least 25 category 1 deficiencies and 165 category 2 deficiencies will not be resolved before full-rate production.
F-35 Reliability and Maintainability Targets Are Unlikely to Be Met before Reaching Maturity
The F-35 program office saw little improvement in reliability and maintainability over the past year. We found that the program may not meet its required targets in these areas before each variant is expected to demonstrate maturity—the point at which the aircraft has flown enough hours to predictably determine reliability and maintainability over its lifespan. Each variant is measured against eight metrics; four reliability and maintainability metrics are near targets, but the other four continue to fall short. While the program office has an improvement program and has completed some reliability and maintainability improvement projects, this effort does not address what actions are needed to meet all of its targets.
As of August 2017, the F-35 test and operational fleet had flown a total of almost 95,000 flight hours, or almost half of the 200,000 hours needed for all variants to reach maturity. So far, the F-35A is closest to full maturity, having flown over 54,000 of its 75,000 hours needed to reach maturity, which it is expected to achieve in mid-2018. Because it is the closest to maturity, it is therefore the most at risk of not achieving its reliability and maintainability targets.
Le futur avion de combat franco-allemand sera « souverain »
https://www.lopinion.fr/blog/secret-def ... ce=twitter
On en sait un peu plus sur le contenu de la lettre d’intention (LOI) signé entre la France et l’Allemagne quand au développement des deux futurs systèmes de combat : le char lourd et l’avion de combat. Ils seront ainsi « Itar free », c’est-à-dire souverain, car sans composants acquis aux Etats-Unis qui pourraient les soumettre à la législation américaine (International Traffic in Arms Regulations) permettant de bloquer des exportations. Par ailleurs, des règles d’exportation seront établies « très en amont » pour faire concorder les législations différentes de l’Allemagne et de la France.