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Unread post08 Mar 2018, 15:19

spazsinbad wrote:Graphic earlier to be found here from CORRECT source - worth repeatin' - always good to look at posts before posting....

I'm sorry for duplication... :oops: I forgot its TOPICS. I will be careful to see that TOPICS from the next! Thank you :D
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Unread post08 Mar 2018, 15:24

For sure the SubForum TOPIC descriptions are vague, duplicated somewhat and not precise but confusing. However you did get the source of the graphic incorrect. Oh well... :mrgreen: Don't worry - Be happy - I maketh mistakes also. :mrgreen:
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Unread post13 Mar 2018, 15:14

I went looking for parts and found 'em here....
F-35 Parts Shortage Threatens To Hold Up Pilot Training
12 Mar 2018 Lara Seligman

"...The pilots at the U.S. Air Force’s two F-35 training hubs are now feeling the impact of a major problem that is emerging across the enterprise: a severe shortage of spare parts and limited capacity to repair those that are broken, leading to low readiness levels across the fleet. And as the Air Force battles another critical shortage—the pilots themselves—the training bases are arguably facing the most urgent challenge.

At the 33rd Fighter Wing at Eglin AFB, Florida, the Air Force’s other F-35 training unit, maintainers are constantly battling for parts. At Eglin, the backlog is so severe that it is threatening to delay graduating pilots, said Republican Rep. Matt Gaetz of Florida during a March 7 hearing of the House Armed Services tactical air and land subcommittee.

“We’ve gotten report after report that the parts are not available to ensure that we’ve got capable aircraft to meet the training syllabus,” Gaetz said. “While we’ve not been late in graduating any pilots yet, I’ve been told that we are rapidly approaching the inability to accomplish the mission.”...

...The JPO hopes to fix the problem by accelerating the stand-up of an organic government depot repair capacity, primarily to fix subsystems like tires, wheels, and avionics, so the supply chain can focus on spare parts and new production parts, Vice Adm. Mat Winter said. This capability will be established in fiscal 2018, he said.

The JPO also spent $1.4 billion in fiscal 2017 to increase spare part purchases, build up repair capacity and improve the speed of repairs, according to spokesman Joe Dellavedova.

“If you can afford to buy something but you have to keep it in the parking lot because you can’t afford to own and operate it, then it doesn’t do you much good,” Winter said."

Source: http://aviationweek.com/defense/f-35-pa ... t-training
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Unread post28 Mar 2018, 06:02

Key Contracts to Enable Production and Sustainment Operations
23 Mar 2018 LM GM NEWBIE Greg ULMER

"The F-35 Joint Program Office awarded Lockheed Martin a $1.4 billion contract last week to fund long lead parts and components for Lot 13 aircraft for U.S., Partner Nation and Foreign Military Sales (FMS) customers, as well as Lot 14 aircraft for International Partners and FMS customers. This contract enables F-35 suppliers to order parts and build subsystems on-time to maximize efficiencies, reduce costs and deliver aircraft to meet warfighter demand.

In a separate announcement, the F-35 Joint Program Office also awarded Lockheed Martin a $482 million contract to fund F-35 Air Vehicle spare parts to support operations and sustainment of the global F-35 fleet. About 280 F-35s are operating worldwide today, and this contract will help ensure spare parts within the supply chain are ordered efficiently and available on demand...."

Source: https://a855196877272cb14560-2a4fa819a6 ... _23_18.pdf (1.1Mb)
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Unread post26 Apr 2018, 23:11

Still No F-35 Deals, But Lockheed, Pentagon Upbeat
26 Apr 2018 Marcus Weisgerber

“There’s still no deal for the 11th batch of F-35 Joint Strike Fighters, but folks at the Pentagon and Lockheed Martin seem more upbeat than they were a few months ago. “We’re talking,” Undersecretary Lord said after her Chamber of Commerce speech on Tuesday.

Recall that F-35 program manager Vice Adm. Mat Winter in February said he was “not as satisfied with the collaboration and that cooperation by Lockheed Martin.” Soon afterward, Lockheed CFO Bruce Tanner shot back that Pentagon negotiators have in recent months become more unpredictable and willing to ignore precedent in contract talks writ large.

On Tuesday, Tanner (during Lockheed’s earnings call) said, “We’ve seen some progress recently in concert with the joint program office, closing on some open items that I think will hopefully foretell some good signs relative to getting the whole program closed in the not too distant future.”

Said Lockheed chief Hewson: “[W]e feel pretty good about getting to closure in the near term.” [did someone die?]

Lockheed and the Pentagon are also arguing over who will pay for fixing production errors on some F-35s. Earlier this month, the military stopped accepting planes from the contractor. Lord: “I know the [F-35 joint program office] is in conversations right now and Adm. Winter felt pretty bullish about it” on Tuesday....

...Hewson called the dispute a “contractual issue” said the delays are not slowing production. “We’re confident we’re going to meet our delivery this year of over 90 aircraft,” she said.

So what does the Pentagon want from Lockheed? “We just need them to manage the program well and take advantage of all the opportunity that’s in front of them,” DepSecDef Shanahan told me on Tuesday’s Defense Writers Group breakfast.

Speaking of Shanahan, here’s a comparison you never would have heard him say publicly when he was working for Boeing.
“When I was on the 787, there were lots of questions about it not being a good program. It’s a great airplane,” he said at the breakfast. “The F-35 is a great airplane. The comments that I make about the F-35 are about program execution. There’s a real difference. The airplane itself is a high-performing, advanced, fifth-generation fighter.””

Source: https://www.defenseone.com/business/201 ... 18/147763/
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