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4 novembre 2015 3 04 /11 /novembre /2015 17:20
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Nov 3, 2015 ASDNews Source : Lockheed Martin

 

The F-35A Lightning II completed the first three airborne gunfire bursts from its internal Gun Airborne Unit (GAU)-22/A 25mm Gatling gun system during a California test flight, Oct. 30 . This milestone was the first in a series of test flights to functionally evaluate the in-flight operation of the F-35A Conventional Take Off and Landing (CTOL) variant's internal 25mm gun throughout its employment envelope, a major event towards certifying the gun for use in the F-35A, and a key component for reaching U.S. Air Force Initial Operational Capability (IOC) in 2016.

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8 octobre 2015 4 08 /10 /octobre /2015 07:35
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06 October, 2015 by James Drew – FG

 

Washington DC  - Northrop Grumman has built the first F-35 centre fuselage destined for Japan’s domestic joint strike fighter assembly plant, operated by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI).

 

The company says the centre fuselage is the core of AX-5, Japan’s fifth example, and will become the first to enter Japan's Nagoya final assembly and checkout plant instead of prime contractor Lockheed Martin’s facility in Fort Worth, Texas. “It is the 207th centre fuselage that the company has produced at its Palmdale site, and the 30th such unit delivered this year,” the company said in a 4 October statement. “[MHI] will perform final assembly and checkout of the Japanese F-35As. The process includes mating the centre fuselage to the forward fuselage/cockpit and wings produced by Lockheed Martin, and the aft fuselage produced by BAE Systems.”

 

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3 juillet 2015 5 03 /07 /juillet /2015 11:20
Un F-16 en vol avec un F-35. (Archives/Lockheed Martin)

Un F-16 en vol avec un F-35. (Archives/Lockheed Martin)

 

par - 45eNord.ca

 

Un rapport d’un pilote de F-35 de Lockheed Martin qui a fuité sur Internet démontrerait que l’avion de cinquième génération serait dépassé… par l’avion qu’il est supposé remplacé!

 

Le rapport est basé sur une mission de vol qui a eu lieu le 14 janvier dernier à la base d’Edwards, en Californie.

La première observation dans le rapport est que «la caractéristique la plus notable du F-35A (le modèle que souhaite acheter le Canada) dans un engagement visuel, était son manque d’énergie lors de manœuvres. Le pilote note également que le F-35A dispose d’une aile plus petite que le F-15E, un poids semblable, mais 15.000 livres de moins en poussée.

Le F-35 a une limite d’angle d’attaque plus élevé que le F-16, ce qui devrait normalement être un avantage, mais une combinaison de facteurs, incluant un taux de tangage et une énergie lors de manœuvres inférieurs, ce qui le rend moins utile. Il a fallu également trop de temps pour que le F-35 atteigne un angle élevé d’attaque.

Dans ce rapport (voir à la fin de l’article), l’énergie lors de manœuvres est inférieure, le taux de tangage est limité et la qualité de vol n’est «pas intuitive ou favorable» dans une partie importante du combat aérien, ce qui a permis au F-16 de prendre l’avantage tactique. Un autre inconvénient est que le grand casque et la conception de la canopée de l’appareil limitent la vue arrière du pilote.

Dans un cas, tant la logique anti-patinage et le taux tangage lent signifient que le F-35 ne pouvait pas échapper à une attaque armée par le F-16. «Aucune défense armé n’a été possible», indique le rapport. Lors d’une manœuvre d’évasion standard, l’appareil s’est enlisé par la vitesse de tangage, de sorte que «le résultat était une manœuvre qui était facile à suivre».

 

 

Dans les faits, aucun des 17 engagements du F-35A contre sa cible du jour n’aura été concluant et le pilote n’aura pu à aucun moment se mettre en position d’avantage pour engager ses munitions.

Visiblement piqués au vif, Lockheed Martin et le Bureau du programme JSF confirment que le document est authentique, mais disent que «l’interprétation des résultats des scénarios pourrait être trompeuse». Selon le major-général Jeffrey Harrigian, directeur du bureau de l’intégration du F-35 de l’US Air Force, il est «trop tôt» pour juger de la manœuvrabilité du F-35. Plusieurs observateurs s’étonnent cependant que, pour un appareil en développement depuis 1996, la manœuvrabilité ne soit pas déjà un problème réglé!

Bien que le F-35 est conçu principalement pour des attaques de type air-sol plutôt que air-air, les pilotes de Lockheed Martin et de l’US Air Force indiquent qu’il y a encore une certaine marge de manœuvre pour une maniabilité supplémentaire.

Dans un communiqué, Lockheed Martin précise que le F-35 ayant réalisé les essais n’était pas encore équipé de toutes les technologies qui lui auraient permis de prendre le dessus sur son adversaire. Il n’était pas équipé de tous les senseurs, ni de son revêtement spécial qui, en condition opérationnelle l’aurait rendu virtuellement invisible aux radars, ni encore des munitions et du viseur de casque qui aurait permis au pilote de désigner et de tirer sur sa cible sans manœuvrer l’avion.

Ne parlons même pas de la soute du F-35 qui ne permet d’emporter que quatre missiles air-air – deux s’il s’agit de missiles air-sol.

Pour Lockheed cependant, «il y a eu de nombreuses occasions où une formation de quatre F-35 ont engagé une formation de quatre F-16 dans des scénarios de combat simulés et les F-35 ont remporté chacune de ces rencontres en raison de leurs capteurs, des armes et de la technologie furtive».

Si c’est juste une question de capteurs, d’armes et de revêtement spécial…

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21 mars 2015 6 21 /03 /mars /2015 17:35
Australia’s First F-35A Pilot Takes Flight

 

21 March 2015 Pacific Sentinel

 

Australia first F-35A pilot, Squadron Leader Andrew Jackson, yesterday [AEST] took his first flight in an F-35A aircraft at Eglin Air Force Base, Florida, United States.

 

The flight was on the morning of Wednesday 17 March (US CST) in a United States Air Force F-35A aircraft, as the Australian F-35A aircraft are currently located at Luke Air Force Base, in anticipation of the opening of the international pilot training centre in mid 2015. SQNLDR Jackson will continue his intensive training program over the coming months.

 

The F-35A (commonly known as the Joint Strike Fighter) will meet Australia’s future air combat and strike needs, providing a networked force-multiplier effect in terms of situational awareness and combat effectiveness.

 

The F-35A’s combination of stealth, advanced sensors, networking and data fusion capabilities, when integrated with other defence systems, will enable the RAAF to maintain an air combat edge.

 

The first F-35A aircraft will arrive in Australia at the end of 2018 with the first operational squadron to be established by 2020. The F-35A will replace the aging F/A-18A/B Hornets at RAAF Bases Williamtown (NSW) and Tindal (NT).

 

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16 mars 2015 1 16 /03 /mars /2015 18:50
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Mar 12, 2015 ASDNews Source : Lockheed Martin Corporation

 

History was achieved today when the first Italian F-35A Lightning II rolled out of the Cameri Final Assembly and Check Out (FACO) facility, marking the first F-35A assembled internationally and the first of eight aircraft currently being assembled. The aircraft, designated as AL-1, will now proceed to additional check-out activities before its anticipated first flight later this year.

 

The rollout exhibits the ongoing strong partnership between the Italian Ministry of Defense, industry partner Finmeccanica-Alenia Aermacchi, and Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT]. The Italian FACO is owned by the Italian Ministry of Defense and is operated by Alenia Aermacchi in conjunction with Lockheed Martin with a current workforce of more than 750 skilled personnel engaged in F-35 aircraft and wing production.

 

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13 mars 2015 5 13 /03 /mars /2015 08:50
Italy Produces First F-35 Outside US

The first F-35A aircraft built in Italy, AL-1, which will also be the first of the jets operated by the Italian Air Force, prepares for its roll out from the Cameri, Italy, final assembly and check out facility.(Photo: Larry Bramblett/Lockheed Martin)

 

March 12, 2015 By Tom Kington - Defense News

 

ROME — The first joint strike fighter assembled outside the US rolled off an assembly line in Italy on Thursday, Lockheed Martin said in a statement.

 

The aircraft, designated AL-1, was the first of eight aircraft being assembled at the final assembly and check out (FACO) facility at Cameri Air Base in northern Italy. AL-1 is due to fly for the first time later this year, Lockheed Martin said.

 

Italy is assembling its F-35s at Cameri, currently an order of 90 aircraft, and will assemble Dutch aircraft as well. The facility is also being used to build wing sets under contract to Lockheed Martin. The first wing section has been completed and is due to be shipped to Lockheed's Fort Worth, Texas, F-35 production line for final assembly.

 

Owned by the Italian Ministry of Defense, Cameri is operated by Italian firm Alenia Aermacchi and Lockheed Martin, with 750 staff now based at the 101-acre facility, which includes 22 buildings and over a million square feet of covered workspace.

 

Last December, the site was chosen by the DoD as Europe's F-35 airframe maintenance, repair, overhaul and upgrade center, which should guarantee work for Cameri after Italy's jets have been assembled.

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24 février 2015 2 24 /02 /février /2015 17:35
The Australian F-35 Program 2014 Highlights


21 févr. 2015 Lockheed Martin

 

The F-35 program’s success in 2014 was punctuated by international expansion. In December, the first two Australian F-35As arrived at Luke AFB. Currently, Squadron Leader Andrew Jackson, Australia’s first F-35 pilot, is undergoing training at Eglin AFB. 2014 was highlighted by building momentum, increasing maturity and meeting F-35 program milestones. This video highlights a few of the F-35 program’s most notable accomplishments of 2014

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26 janvier 2015 1 26 /01 /janvier /2015 12:20
USAFWS receives its first F-35A


22 janv. 2015 US Air Force

 

Watch the United States Air Force Weapons School, at Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada, receives its first F-35A Lightning II.

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17 décembre 2014 3 17 /12 /décembre /2014 17:20
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11 Dec 2014 By: Dan Parsons - FG

 

A new Canadian government report suggests other fighter jets are just as capable as the Lockheed Martin F-35A at fulfilling the nation’s most likely mission needs, potentially opening the door to a competitive acquisition process to replace a fleet of 77 Boeing CF-18s.

 

Four aircraft – the F-35, the Boeing F/A-18E/F Super Hornet, Dassault Rafale and Eurofighter Typhoon – were compared in the report, called the Evaluation of Options for the Replacement of the CF-18 Fighter Fleet.

 

Each was assessed on its ability to carry out six mission sets including defence of Canadian airspace, responding to an “international event”, such as the Olympics, in Canada or a terrorist attack, peace enforcement, humanitarian disaster relief and state-on-state war fighting.

 

All aircraft were deemed low-risk candidates to perform each of the missions up to 2030 and beyond, except in fighting another peer nation. In that category, all the aircraft were deemed a higher risk platform beyond 2030 and none distinguished itself.

 

Canada does not intend to fight state-on-state wars and rated that contingency as highly unlikely. In the state-on-state war fighting mission, the range was from low to significant in the first timeframe and medium to high in the second timeframe “largely due to the higher level of potential threat confronting fighter aircraft in that mission and the evolution of those threats”, the report says.

 

“The mission needs analysis undertaken as part of the evaluation of options makes clear that Canadian engagement in future state-on-state conflicts will be highly unlikely,” the report says.

 

It is more likely that Canada will join in on coalition military actions not “clearly defined state-on-state warfare or explicitly humanitarian assistance missions but rather, as in the case of Libya or Kosovo, something in between,” the report says.

 

For now, the Harper Administration in Canada still intends to buy 65 F-35s beginning in 2020. Its third annual report on the cost of potentially replacing its fleet of CF-18s with the jet assumes an average per-unit cost of $88.9 million over the period of acquisition. That tallies up to a total $45.8 billion over the life cycle of the fleet, a $141 million increase over the estimate in the 2013 report.

 

The analysis assumes that Canada will lose 11 F-35As over the fleet’s expected 30-year service life due to normal attrition. "The cost to replace these lost aircraft could be in the order of $1 billion," the report says.

 

At present, the Canadian government has only $76 million set aside for programme contingencies, far short of the $1 billion estimate for replacement aircraft. The report says that contingency budget is “low for a project of this scope and size”.

 

That could force Canada to lower the number of F-35s it purchases, the report suggests. That could affect the overall programme cost. Lockheed has promised to bring the per-aircraft cost for the conventional takeoff and landing variant of the jet below $100 million by 2019, but that will require a dramatic ramp in production after 2016 that relies heavily on non-US purchases.

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12 décembre 2014 5 12 /12 /décembre /2014 08:20
Achat du F-35: la réserve d’urgence fond comme neige au soleil, prévient un rapport

 

11 décembre 2014 par Nicolas Laffont – 45eNord.ca

 

La marge de manœuvre du gouvernement fédéral dans le dossier du F-35 se réduit de plus en plus, et inquiète!

 

Dans son rapport sur la Mise à jour annuelle de 2014, la Défense nationale indique que, selon les estimations actuelles, la réserve de prévoyance pour l’acquisition de la prochaine génération d’avions de chasse est de l’ordre de 76 millions $, ce qui représente une réduction de 266 millions $ comparativement à la mise à jour annuelle de 2013. Même si cela respecte encore la marge recommandée par KPMG, elle est cependant extrêmement faible pour la taille et la portée d’un projet comme celui-ci.

La Défense prévient même que si l’intégralité des fonds de prévoyance prévus étaient nécessaires, alors cela «pourrait être comblée par l’achat d’un nombre réduit d’aéronefs».

«Au moment d’aller de l’avant, le gouvernement prendra en considération le gel d’acquisition en lien avec la capacité nécessaire pour répondre aux exigences de la Stratégie de défense Le Canada d’abord dans le remplacement du CF-18».

L’examen estime que, depuis que le gouvernement conservateur a mis sur la glace l’achat des F-35 après un rapport dévastateur du vérificateur général, les coûts à vie des appareils ont augmenté légèrement à 45,8 milliards $ sur 30 ans. Ces coûts incluent le développement, l’achat, l’entretien et l’exploitation de 65 avions. La mise au rencard des avions devraient intervenir à l’horizon des années 2050.

 

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2 octobre 2014 4 02 /10 /octobre /2014 12:35
RAAF’s first F-35A fighter conducts inaugural flight test

Australia's first F-35A joint strike fighter taking flight from Fort Worth, Texas, US. Photo Liz Kaszynski - Lockheed Martin.

 

1 October 2014 airforce-technology.com

 

The Royal Australian Air Force's (RAAF) first F-35A Lightning II joint strike fighter completed its inaugural flight at a facility in the US.

 

Designated AU-1, the aircraft reportedly took off from Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base in Fort Worth, Texas, the US, for a two hour flight, which included a series of functional checks.

 

Australian Defence Minister David Johnston said the first flight event represents a significant step towards acceptance of the aircraft.

 

"Australia's first aircraft AU-1 and AU-2 will undergo further flight testing in the lead up to acceptance and ferry to Luke Air Force Base in 2015.

 

"The fifth generation JSF is the most advanced fighter in production anywhere in the world and will replace our fleet of Classic Hornets, which by 2020 will be more than 35 years old."

 

Australia is acquiring a total of 72 F-35A conventional take-off and landing aircraft from Lockheed Martin for an estimated cost of more than $12bn.

 

The first two aircraft were rolled out by Lockheed in Fort Worth, Texas, on 24 July.

 

At Luke Air Force Base in Arizona, US, the aircraft will be used in Australian and partner country pilot training programmes.

 

The first F-35 aircraft is scheduled to enter service in Australia in 2018, while the first operational squadron would be established by 2020.

 

Under development in three variants, the F-35 is a fifth generation multirole fighter jet designed to carry out a wide range of ground attack, reconnaissance and air defence missions with stealth capability.

 

Australia joined the F-35 programme during the development phase, bringing more than $355m worth of contracts to the domestic defence industry.

 

In addition to this, the Australian industry is on course to win in excess of $1.5bn in JSF-related production and support work over the life of the programme.

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16 septembre 2014 2 16 /09 /septembre /2014 16:20
The Future of Fighter Aircraft for the U.S. Air Force


16 sept. 2014 LockheedMartinVideos

 

The F-35A Lightning II is the future of fighter aircraft for the U.S. Air Force and its allies. It’s an agile, versatile, high-performance fighter jet, providing unprecedented situational awareness for its pilots. Learn more about the F-35A

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9 août 2014 6 09 /08 /août /2014 12:35
Eielson AFB Selected As Preferred Alternative for 1st Overseas-Based F-35As

 

Aug 7, 2014 ASDNews Source : US Air Force

 

Air Force officials announced Aug. 7 that Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, was selected as the preferred alternative to host the first F-35A Lightning II squadrons in the Pacific area of responsibility.

Eielson was selected due to its ability to support the mission, economic factors and environmental considerations.

"Basing the F-35s at Eielson (AFB) will allow the Air Force the capability of using the Joint Pacific Alaska Range Complex for large force exercises using a multitude of ranges and maneuver areas in Alaska," said Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James. "This, combined with the largest airspace in the Air Force, ensures realistic combat training for the DOD."

 

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16 juillet 2014 3 16 /07 /juillet /2014 07:20
F-35: The Complete Guide to the Joint Strike Fighter

 

source DefenceIQ

 

The F-35 Lightning II is Lockheed Martin’s 5th Generation fighter, combining advanced stealth with fighter speed and agility, fully fused sensor information, network-enabled operations and advanced sustainment.

 

Three distinct variants of the F-35 will replace the A-10 and F-16 for the U.S. Air Force, the F/A-18 for the U.S. Navy, the F/A-18 and AV-8B Harrier for the U.S. Marine Corps, and a variety of fighters for at least ten other countries.

 

This guide is designed to give you an overview of the F-35 variants, some of the new technologies the JSF is adopting and which countries and companies are participating in the programme.

 

Lt Gen Christopher C. Bogdan, the Program Executive Officer for the F-35 Lightning II Joint Program Office, has been confirmed as a speaker at the International Fighter conference, taking place in London in November.

 


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4 juillet 2014 5 04 /07 /juillet /2014 12:20
Les Etats-Unis suspendent les vols des F-35

 

MOSCOU, 4 juillet - RIA Novosti

 

L'armée américaine a cloué au sol ses chasseurs F-35 suite à un incendie survenu le 23 juin à bord d'un F-35A sur une base de Floride, rapportent vendredi les médias occidentaux.

 

Dans un communiqué, le département de la Défense indique qu'aucune cause précise n'a été décelée pour expliquer cet incendie qui s'est produit lorsque le pilote se préparait au décollage.

 

Construit par Lockheed Martin, le chasseur F-35, quasi indétectable par les radars, est l'un des projets les plus onéreux du Pentagone (392 milliards de dollars pour 2.433 appareils).

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4 juillet 2014 5 04 /07 /juillet /2014 07:20
F-35 Weekly Update: 3rd July 2014


03.07.2014 by DefenceIQ
 

U.S. and British military officials are working on a joint directive to require mandatory inspections of engines on all Lockheed Martin Corp F-35 fighter jets, after an Air Force F-35A caught fire at a Florida air base last week, said sources familiar with the situation.

 

That incident was the latest to hit the Pentagon's costliest weapons program, the $398.6 billion (£232.2 billion) F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, and came as the plane was preparing for its international debut at two air shows in Britain.

The incident involved the third stage of the F135 engine built by Pratt & Whitney, a unit of United Technologies Corp, for all three models of the new warplane, the sources said. "The engine ripped through the top of the plane," one said.

Details are still being finalised, but the inspections could take about 90 minutes, according to one of the sources, who was not authorized to speak publicly.

The incident will prevent a planned F-35 "fly by" at the July 4 naming ceremony of Britain's new aircraft carrier.

It has stalled the departure of the planes that were to participate in the UK shows, but the U.S. Marine Corps said it was still planning to send four jets across the Atlantic.

"We are on track to participate in the air shows," said Marine Corps Captain Richard Ulsh.

The Royal International Air Tattoo (RIAT) kicks off on July 11 followed by the Farnborough International Air Show starting on July 14.

Four Marine Corps F-35 B-model jets remain in southern Maryland waiting to leave for Britain. A fifth jet, owned by Britain, is still in Florida.

Strict UK liability laws mean British authorities need additional information before granting flight clearances. If something went wrong, the individual officer who approved the flight could be sued personally, the sources said.

Pratt & Whitney declined comment on any finding of the ongoing investigation into the fire at the Florida air base. Company spokesman Matthew Bates said the company was participating in the investigation.

One of the sources said the engine involved - and about six feet of debris found on the runway around the jet - were shipped to Pratt's West Palm Beach facility on Tuesday for a more detailed inspection.

Early indications pointed to a possible quality problem with one part of the engine, but that finding must still be further corroborated, said one of the sources. [Bloomberg]

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4 juillet 2014 5 04 /07 /juillet /2014 06:35
Australians to study effects of electromagnetic compatibility and interference on F-35

 

July 3, 2014 by David Pugliese

 

A full-scale model of the F-35A Joint Strike Fighter will be used by the Defence Science and Technology Organisation (DSTO) to study the effects of electromagnetic compatibility and interference on the aircraft, the Australian Ministry of Defence said in a news release.

 

More from the release:

 

Minister for Defence Senator David Johnston said the Australian-built model, known as Iron Bird, would be tested under simulated electromagnetic conditions during the acquisition and through-life sustainment of the JSF.

 

“The United States Joint Strike Fighter Program Office asked the DSTO to undertake this research, based on its world class expertise in investigating electromagnetic environmental effects,” Senator Johnston said.

 

During a visit to the DSTO laboratory in Adelaide, Senator Johnston said the testing by the DSTO will ensure the JSF is protected against electromagnetic environmental effects such as those caused by lightning and broadcast transmissions which can impair the performance and safety of aircraft.

 

The JSF is a fifth-generation aircraft with highly complex electronics, sophisticated software and a structural airframe made of composite materials to ensure stealth. These features expose the aircraft to electromagnetic interference from both naturally occurring phenomena and man-made sources, including telecommunication transmissions, radar and lightning strikes.

 

“The impact of these interferences needs to be well understood and appropriately managed,” Senator Johnston said.

 

“The data captured during DSTO testing will help in providing potential reductions in the cost of owning the JSF fleet and enhancing the aircraft’s capability.”

 

The DSTO test methods provide a rapid, cost-effective means of assessing and monitoring the JSF’s ability to withstand electromagnetic exposure and minimise any impact on its systems and performance.

 

Senator Johnston said DSTO’s research would support the verification for compliance and airworthiness certification for the JSF aircraft.

 

The Australian Government recently committed to buying an additional 58 JSF aircraft, bringing the fleet total to 72. Australia’s first two F-35As are due to be delivered to a United States-based training facility during 2014aEUR’15 when Royal Australian Air Force pilot and maintainer training will begin on the aircraft.

 

Senator Johnston said because Australia had entered the program at the development phase, Australian companies have gained $357.6 million in production orders with only about 2-3 per cent of the production F-35A aircraft manufactured.

 

About 30 Australian companies are directly involved in doing business with JSF primes, with many more Australian companies as sub-contractors.

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2 juillet 2014 3 02 /07 /juillet /2014 17:20
F-35A sustains fire damage during aborted take-off (23 jun.)

 

23 Jun 2014 By: Stephen Trimble - FG

 

A Lockheed Martin F-35A was damaged on 23 June after a fire erupted in the aft section of the fuselage during a take-off attempt from Eglin AFB, Florida, says a base spokeswoman.

The pilot aborted the take-off attempt due to the fire and exited the aircraft without injury, she says. Further details have not been released.

Emergency crews responded to the fire, which was reported at 09:15, and used foam to extinguish the flames, the spokeswoman says.

The cause of the fire is now under investigation.

 

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12 mai 2014 1 12 /05 /mai /2014 16:30
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photo Lockheed Martin

 

07/05/2014 Helen Chachaty - journal-aviation.com

 

Le sous-secrétariat à l’industrie de Défense turc a annoncé le 6 mai la commande des deux premiers exemplaires de F-35A destinés à équiper l’armée de l’air turque. Les deux avions seront issus du lot de production LRIP-10, au standard block 3F. Les livraisons devraient avoir lieu en 2018.

 

Un site d’assemblage final et de maintenance devrait également être construit pour le moteur du F-35, le F135 de Pratt & Whitney, avec la participation des industriels locaux et du personnel de la Turkish Air Force.

 

La Turquie est partenaire du programme F-35 de Lockheed Martin depuis 1999 et prévoit d’en acquérir 100 exemplaires. Le montant des commandes pourrait atteindre les 16 milliards de dollars.

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4 avril 2014 5 04 /04 /avril /2014 07:20
Air Force leaders insist new tanker is key to airpower

 

April 4th, 2014 By Air Force News Agency - defencetalk.com

 

The top three acquisition priorities for the Air Force are the KC-46A aerial tanker, the F-35A Joint Strike Fighter and the Long Range Strike Bomber, officials told members of Congress during a hearing of House Armed Services Committee’s subcommittee on seapower and projections forces, April 2.

“On any given day, the Air Force’s mobility aircraft deliver critical personnel and cargo, and provide airdrop of time-sensitive supplies, food and ammunition on a global scale,” said Dr. William LaPlante, the assistant secretary of the Air Force for acquisition.

LaPlante was joined by Assistant Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations, Plans and Requirements Maj. Gen. James Jones and Air Force Program Executive Officer for Tankers Maj. Gen. John Thompson.

“The KC-46 remains essential to overall strategy,” Jones said. “Our air refueling fleet is critical to operations for all services, and our coalition partners.”

LaPlante explained the new tanker is essential to replacing an aging tanker fleet, and ushering air mobility and sustainment into the future.

“The backbone of rapid U.S. global operations is our tanker fleet,” LaPlante said. “Based on the budget submitted, we expect to see about 54 KC-46 deliveries across the Future Years Defense Plan, as part of the tanker fleet recapitalization.”

The first delivery of Low Rate Initial Production aircraft will be in Fiscal Year 2016, with an estimated program completion date of 2028.

“Tankers are the lifeblood of our joint force’s ability to respond to crisis and contingencies, and are essential to keeping our Air Force viable as a global force,” LaPlante added.

The Air Force is also investing in the sustainment of the current bomber and cargo fleets, and will make upgrades to various systems to keep these airframes practical in the future of the force, he explained.

Overall, Air Force officials said they are optimistic about the future of the air mobility and bomber fleets, and are confident in the continued capabilities to support the warfighter.

“In the midst of the challenges ahead, we will aim to keep these programs on track and deliver these systems both as vital capabilities to our forces, but also as the best value to our taxpayer,” LaPlante said. “These systems will provide the future capabilities necessary to operate effectively in the national security environment of tomorrow.”

 

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28 novembre 2013 4 28 /11 /novembre /2013 12:35
Projet F-X : les députés du Parti Saenuri demandent la renégociation du contrat

 

SEOUL, 27 nov. (Yonhap)

 

Les députés et officiels du Parti Saenuri ont appelé ce mercredi le gouvernement à renégocier l’achat de 40 F-35A du constructeur Lockheed Martin, affirmant que l’accord actuel est injuste.

 

Le Comité des chefs d’état-major interarmées (JCS) avait annoncé la semaine dernière l’achat de 40 F-35 Block 3 sur une période de quatre ans à compter de 2018, avec la possibilité d’acheter à une date ultérieure 20 avions additionnels, selon la situation budgétaire et sécuritaire.

 

«Le gouvernement a pris la bonne décision en choisissant le F-35A pour ses capacités de furtivité, mais comparé au Japon, les conditions (de l’achat) sont remarquablement injustes», a déclaré le député Rhee In-je du Parti Saenuri lors d’une réunion de parlementaires et de membres du Conseil suprême.

 

Le député a souligné que contrairement à la Corée du Sud, qui compte acheter les 40 avions préassemblés, le Japon ne va en acheter que quatre préassemblés et assembler lui-même les 38 avions restants. «Cela n’est pas un détail qui peut être ignoré. Nous devons tenter (d’acheter les chasseurs) sous condition de transfert de technologies, avec les mêmes conditions que le Japon, même si cela signifie faire de nouvelles négociations», a dit Rhee.

 

L’achat devrait se faire de gouvernement à gouvernement, sans appel d’offres. Des experts du secteur pensent que ce type d’achat offre moins de liberté pour négocier un transfert de technologies ou une coopération industrielle.

 

Yoo Ki-june, membre du Conseil suprême, a affirmé que le Japon a bénéficié de divers avantages car il a tenu un appel d’offres. «Je ne comprends pas pourquoi (le gouvernement) a décidé d’acheter le F-35A, qui est encore en cours de développement, par le biais d’un contrat négocié», a-t-il dit. «Nous devrions organiser un appel d’offres pour bénéficier d’un transfert de technologies.»

 

Le principal parti de l’opposition, le Parti démocrate, a lui aussi critiqué le gouvernement pour la façon dont il a conclu l’accord, affirmant que le manque de compétition avec d’autres fabricants le forcera à accepter le prix qu’on lui demandera, quel qu’il soit, malgré les incertitudes sur les performances du chasseur.

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La Corée du Sud décide d'acheter 40 chasseurs F35 à partir de 2018

 

2013-11-22 xinhua

 

La Corée du Sud a décidé d'acheter 40 avions de chasse F-35A du groupe américain Lockheed Martin pour un déploiement de quatre ans à partir de 2018 pour mieux répondre à d'éventuelles attaques nucléaires de la République populaire démocratique de Corée (RPDC), a indiqué vendredi le Comité des chefs d'état-major (JCS).

 

Le président du JCS, Choi Yun-hee, s'est entretenu avec les hauts commandants de l'armée de terre, de la marine et de l'armée de l'air pour décider du nombre et des caractéristiques techniques requises pour les nouveaux chasseurs dans le cadre du programme d'acquisition de chasseurs nouvelle génération.

 

"Les capacités opérationnelles nécessaires (COR) pour des avions de chasse de la prochaine génération ont été révisées pour se préparer à l'éventuelle concrétisation des menaces nucléaires et balistiques émanant de la RPDC. Le système de frappe 'Kill Chain' requiert un avion pouvant s'infiltrer discrètement pour frapper la cible", a indiqué aux journalistes le porte-parole du JCS, le colonel Eom Hyo-sik, lors d'un point de presse.

 

Il a également déclaré que des avions de chasse avec des fonctions furtives de pointe et des capacités avioniques poussées pour les offensives aériennes seraient nécessaires pour dissuader de futures provocations de la RPDC.

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F-X : forte éventualité d’un contrat à l’amiable pour l’achat de 40 F-35A

 

 

SEOUL, 21 nov. (Yonhap)

 

L’appel d’offres du projet d’acquisition d’avions de chasse de la nouvelle génération de l’armée de l’air, appelé F-X, finira par un contrat à l’amiable pour l’achat d’avions furtifs de Lockheed Martin, F-35A, d’après des explications des autorités militaires ce jeudi.

 

Demain, l’état-major interarmées tiendra une réunion où il y aura les principaux chefs militaires afin de déterminer la capacité opérationnelle exigée, le nombre d’avions nécessaire et la date de déploiement réel. L’armée de l’air aurait déjà présenté ses souhaits pour l’achat d’un avion furtif et compétent dans le cas d’une guerre électronique.

 

Une source militaire a déclaré ce matin que «l’armée de l’air n’a pas clairement mentionné le taux d’évitement de détection par radar (RCS) mais une condition technique qui correspond uniquement au F-35A a été ajouté à sa demande d’acquisition».

 

 

F-X : forte éventualité d’un contrat à l’amiable pour l’achat de 40 F-35A

L’appel d’offres du projet F-X a abouti à un échec le 24 septembre dernier suite à l’examen d’un seul candidat, le F-15SE de Boeing, à cause de son manque de furtivité. Si les chefs des trois armées et de l’état-major interarmées décident d’accepter la demande de l’armée de l’air, l’unique avion qui peut satisfaire ses exigences est le F-35A de Lockheed Martin.

 

Dans ces conditions, un contrat à l’amiable est inévitable et l’avion F-35A est un chasseur en cours de développement. La transaction se ferait dans le cadre du programme de vente de matériel militaire des Etats-Unis à l’étranger (Foreign Military Sales, FMS). Certains affichent pourtant des craintes sur la réalisation du transfert des technologies essentielles en cas de contrat à l’amiable.

 

L’armée de l’air aurait demandé l’acquisition de 60 avions de chasse pour un déploiement entre 2017 et 2021 mais le budget alloué à ce projet, 8.300 milliards de wons (7,2 milliards de dollars), ne suffira pas pour le nombre demandé et ce chiffre pourrait donc être réduit à 30 ou 40.

 

L’accroissement du budget est théoriquement envisageable jusqu’à hauteur de 20% mais les autres armées pourraient s’y opposer en raison de leurs budgets réduits. Certains prévoient également un ajournement du déploiement d’un ou deux ans à la demande de l’armée de l’air.

 

Un professionnel de l’industrie de la défense a confié sur ce point que «si le contrat à l’amiable s’effectue avec une réduction du volume d’achat, le programme lié au transfert de technologies promises par le constructeur du F-35A pourrait encore être réduit».

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Sep 23, 2013 ASDNews Source : Lockheed Martin Corporation

 

The U.S. Air Force’s  Air Logistics Complex (ALC) at Hill Air Force Base, Ogden, Utah, hosted a ceremony today marking the arrival of the first Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT]  F-35 Lightning II aircraft to a depot facility.

 

The aircraft ferried from Nellis AFB, Nev., and will be the first Air Force F-35A conventional takeoff and landing (CTOL) variant used in the Block 2B Operational Testing & Evaluation (OT&E) program in 2015. The aircraft will receive a series of structural and systems modifications at Ogden to enhance critical capabilities needed during OT&E testing. This marks the second depot opened this year. In July, the U.S. Marines welcomed the first F-35B short takeoff and vertical landing variant at Cherry Point, N.C.

 

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Turkey Could Face Huge Fighter Bill

In addition to an indigenous fighter under development locally, Turkey plans to buy 100 F-35A fighter jets. (Lockheed Martin)

 

Sep. 22, 2013 By BURAK EGE BEKDIL – Defense news

 

ANKARA — Turkish ambitions to develop and build the first ever made-in-Turkey fighter aircraft and at the same time buy a new generation, multinational combat jet may go beyond Turkey’s financing capacity, industry sources and experts said.

 

They said Turkey could face a US $50 billion bill in the next few decades if it decides to go ahead with now maturing plans to build an indigenous fighter jet and order scores of the US-led, multinational F-35 joint strike fighter in a parallel move.

 

“The [local] fighter program has not yet won the final green light from the government, but if it does, Turkish budget planners will have to sit down and find ways to finance both this ambition and the JSF program,” said one senior western aerospace official.

 

Procurement officials earlier said Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan would make the final decision on whether Turkey should skip to a next level in its pre-conceptual design work for the Turkish fighter, a program dubbed the TF-X.

 

Turkey’s ultimate decision-maker on procurement, the Defense Industry Executive Committee, chaired by Erdogan, is expected to make a decision this year.

 

Industry sources took a ministerial statement on a civilian project as an indication of a positive decision on the TF-X. Transport Minister Binali Yildirim told reporters Sept. 3 that a plan for the design, development and production of a Turkish civilian aircraft, with 60 to 120 seats, had been submitted to the cabinet for approval.

 

Defense industry officials estimate that building eight prototypes to be produced under the TF-X would cost Ankara over $10 billion. “Any figure in the range of $11-13 billion would be realistic,” an aviation official said.

 

His guess for the final Turkish order if the entire program succeeded is nearly 200 aircraft. “We target $100 million per aircraft,” he said. “I think 200 is a realistic figure given our aging fleet of aircraft that will phase out in the decades ahead.”

 

That means Turkey will have to spend $31-33 billion for the Turkish fighter it hopes to design, develop and manufacture. But independent analysts say this can be an over-optimistic calculation.

 

“We know that Turkey’s plans do not include developing an engine for the Turkish fighter. Moreover, I think $100 million per aircraft is too optimistic given Turkey’s technological constraints, its high-cost industry and the fact that a newcomer [into the fighter industry] like Turkey would always suffer setbacks and trials and errors during the entire process.”

 

Turkey has been in talks with Sweden’s Saab for pre-conceptual design work for the country’s first national fighter jet. Saab makes the JAS 39 Gripen, a lightweight single-engine multirole fighter. It was designed to replace the Saab 35 Draken and 37 Viggen in the Swedish Air Force. The Gripen is powered by the Volvo-Flygmotor RM12 engine, a derivative of the General Electric F404, and has a top speed of Mach 2.

 

Turkey hopes that under the TF-X program, it can fly the Turkish fighter by 2023, the centennial of the republic. Turkey’s aerospace powerhouse, TAI, has been debating three designs.

 

Meanwhile, Turkey, whose present fighter fleet is made up of US-made aircraft, also plans to buy the F-35.

 

Most of Turkey’s fleet of F-16 fighters, being modernized by Lockheed Martin, and the F-35s are open to US technological influence. Only its older F-4 aircraft, modernized by Israel, and its oldest F-16s, being modernized by Turkey, are free from this influence. But these older aircraft are expected to be decommissioned around 2020.

 

Turkey’s defense procurement officials have said that Ankara intends to buy around 100 F-35s. Defense analysts estimate the cost of the entire JSF program to Turkey to be around $16 billion, bringing Turkey’s fighter budget up to $50 billion together with the TF-X.

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