F-35 Joint Strike Fighter News, Videos and pics Thread

Jura

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let me see ... Apr 30, 2019
noted
Contracts for April 29, 2019
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Lockheed Martin Corp., Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Fort Worth, Texas, is awarded a $1,148,847,334 cost-plus-incentive-fee, cost-plus-fixed-fee, firm-fixed-price, cost share contract for sustainment services in support of the F-35 Lightning II aircraft for the Air Force, Navy, non-U. S. Department of Defense (non-U.S. DoD) participants and Foreign Military Sales (FMS) customers. Services to be provided include ground maintenance activities, action request resolution, depot activation activities, Automatic Logistics Information System operation and maintenance; reliability, maintainability and health management implementation and support; supply chain management; and activities to provide and support pilot and maintainer initial training. Work will be performed in Fort Worth, Texas (60 percent); Orlando, Florida (24 percent); Greenville, South Carolina (7 percent); Samlesbury, Preston, United Kingdom (5 percent); and El Segundo, California (4 percent). Work is expected to be completed in December 2022. Fiscal 2019 operations and maintenance (Air Force, Navy/Marine Corps); non-U.S. DoD participant; and FMS funds in the amount of $1,135,420,262 will be obligated at time of award, $811,246,309 of which will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This contract was not competitively procured pursuant to Federal Acquisition Regulation 6.302-1. This contract combines purchases for the Air Force ($477,920,120; 41.60 percent); Navy ($346,753,261; 30.18 percent); non-U.S. DoD participants ($231,207,693; 20.13 percent); and FMS customers ($92,966,260; 8.09 percent). The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Maryland, is the contracting activity (N00019-19-C-1022).
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Pentagon, Lockheed Martin sign new F-35 sustainment contract
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Brumby

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Looks like Singapore has settled for the Bravo variant.

USA approves Singapore to buy up to 12 F-35B stealth fighters

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The US State Department approved a possible Foreign Military Sale of up to 12 Lockheed Martin F-35B Lightning II stealth fighters to Singapore for an estimated $2.75 billion.

The Pentagon’s Defense Security Cooperation Agency says that it notified the US Congress on 9 January.

The potential deal would be for an initial package of four aircraft, with the option to buy eight more examples. The announcement was expected as Singapore said in January 2019 that it plans to use a small number of F-35s in an evaluation programme before buying additional jets.

The F-35B is the short-take-off-and-vertical-landing variant of the Joint Strike Fighter. A ducted fan that is geared to its main turbine and an exhaust nozzle that rotates downward allow the fighter to take off from shortened or ramped runways, for example on small aircraft carriers. It also can land vertically.

F-35B aircraft have been delivered to the US Marine Corps and the Royal Navy. Italy also is to acquire the F-35B. All three services plan to operate the short-take-off-and-vertical-landing variant from miniature aircraft carriers, as well as austere military bases.

Singapore does not have an aircraft carrier, but could use short-take-off-and-vertical-landing capabilities to fly the F-35B from small, hard-to-find military bases. Quickly concealing aircraft from an attack – possibly on an ally’s aircraft carrier or on a remote island – is an important consideration for the small city state as its air bases are easily reachable by an adversary’s missiles.

“Singapore is a strategic friend and Major Security Cooperation Partner and an important force for political stability and economic progress in the Asia Pacific region,” says the Defense Security Cooperation Agency in its notice. “This proposed sale of F-35s will augment Singapore’s operational aircraft inventory and enhance its air-to-air and air-to-ground self-defence capability, adding to an effective deterrence to defend its borders and contribute to coalition operations with other allied and partner forces.”

The F-35B package approved for sale would contain 13 examples of the Pratt and Whitney F135 turbine, including one spare. Also included are electronic warfare systems; command, control, communication, computers and intelligence, communication, navigation and identification systems; spare parts; test equipment; as well as the aircraft’s Autonomic Logistics Global Support System and Autonomic Logistics Information System.

The Defense Security Cooperation Agency adds the notice of the potential F-35B sale does not mean the deal is finalized.

 

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EAST CHINA SEA (Jan. 15, 2020) An F-35B Lightning II assigned to the "Green Knights" of Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 121, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) lands on the flight deck of amphibious assault ship USS America (LHA 6). America, flagship of the America Expeditionary Strike Group, 31st MEU team, is operating in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations to enhance interoperability with allies and partners and serve as a ready response force to defend peace and stability in the Indo-Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photos by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Vance Hand)

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EAST CHINA SEA (Jan. 14, 2020) Sailors tow an F-35B Lightning II assigned to the "Green Knights" of Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 121, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) on the flight deck of amphibious assault ship USS America (LHA 6). (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Jonathan Berlier)

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EAST CHINA SEA (Jan. 15, 2020) Aviation Boatswain’s Mate (Handling) 2nd Class Sabrina Bales, from Harper, Texas, signals an F-35B Lightning II assigned to the "Green Knights" of Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 121, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) to take off from the flight deck of amphibious assault ship USS America (LHA 6). (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Vance Hand)

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EAST CHINA SEA (Jan. 14, 2020) An F-35B Lightning II assigned to the "Green Knights" of Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 121, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) takes off from the flight deck of amphibious assault ship USS America (LHA 6). (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Jonathan Berlier)
 

Jura

General
Mar 1, 2019
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my conjecture is the F-35 on-board diagnostics is at last-century level, so it can't cope with something THAT over-overgineered, but can't be upgraded either
and
January 15, 2020
F-35 logistics system to be reinvented and renamed, official says
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oops I was so agitated that I hadn't taken look at the post right above, sorry Brumby

anyway what a game-changing story, LOL!
 

Jura

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Sep 24, 2019
I've now watched
Video: Sustainment for the 'app generation': State of ALIS

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(From the sponsor) Ten times more people touch the Autonomic Logistics Information System, or ALIS, than fly the F-35. As tech evolves, so must the software.


yeah and the goal of "the sponsor" is to get as much money as possible from the Pentagon, "as tech evolves" hahaha
plus now the geniuses renamed it, LOL
 
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