F-35 inventory soars in new Pentagon spending bill

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Unread post14 Sep 2018, 11:41

F-35 inventory soars in new Pentagon spending bill
14 Sep 2018 Joe Gould

"WASHINGTON — Flying beyond 77 F-35 Joint Strike Fighters authorized by the 2019 defense policy bill, congressional appropriators are adding another 16 for a total of 93. [Is this what a death spiral looks like?]

Congressional conferees on Thursday finalized a $674.4 billion defense spending bill for next year packaged with funding for the departments of Education, Labor, Health and Human Services, or Labor-HHS—and a continuing resolution through Dec. 7 for some other parts of the government.

As usual, appropriators used their annual defense spending bill to offer tweaks to the shopping list for military hardware in the annual defense policy bill, which President Donald Trump signed into law last month….

...The House and Senate are expected to pass the measure before the start of the fiscal year, Oct. 1, to avoid the optics of a government shutdown ahead of midterm elections in November....

...On the flip side, the bill includes language echoing the FY19 NDAA’s pause on sales of F-35 to NATO-ally Turkey, pending a new assessment of U.S.–Turkey relations. The move bucks Defense Secretary Jim Mattis who has warned this would cause an international supply chain disruption, as the aircraft is coproduced with Ankara...."

Source: https://www.defensenews.com/congress/20 ... ding-bill/
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Unread post14 Sep 2018, 20:57

Soon, the haters will have to switch from "death spiral" to "pork barrel waste".... :bang:
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Unread post14 Sep 2018, 22:33

You forgot "Still not 'really' combat ready till Block x" in which x will keep increasing.
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Unread post14 Sep 2018, 23:16

House, Senate Reach Agreement on Fiscal 2019 Spending Bill
14 Sep 2018 Steve Hirsch

"...eight more F-35As..."

Source: http://www.airforcemag.com/Features/Pag ... -Bill.aspx

Aircraft Win Big In FY19 Appropriations: Munitions, Space, Marines Hammered
14 Sep 2018 Sydney J. Freedberg Jr.

The big news about the $674.4 billion defense appropriation that conferees agreed to yesterday is that, for the first time in nine years, it's on time. But in a budget this big, even the "small" items are billions of dollars, and there are plenty of devils in them thar details....

...Aircraft of all kinds were the overall winner this year, with the House and Senate agreeing to plus up everything from Army Apache helicopters to Air National Guard C-130 transports to F-35 Joint Strike Fighters. All three military departments – the Army, Air Force, and Navy (which includes the Marine Corps) – got more aviation funding than they’d requested in the President’s Budget submitted back in February. That’s particularly surprising because the Senate had wanted to cut Air Force aircraft procurement, not increase it, while the House wanted to boost Army aviation more than three times more than the Senate proposed. In the end, they compromised on a still-striking 13.7 percent increase for Army aviation, 5.6 percent for the Air Force, and 5.5 percent for the Navy (where the two chambers were within a decimal point of each other)…."



Source: https://breakingdefense.com/2018/09/air ... -hammered/
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Unread post27 Sep 2018, 05:10

No shutdown: House finalizes FY19 military budget, and Trump drops his opposition
26 Sep 2018 Leo Shane III and Joe Gould

"WASHINGTON — House lawmakers on Wednesday overwhelmingly passed a $684 billion defense appropriations measure that President Donald Trump has promised to sign, ending any last-minute drama about a possible government shutdown....

...on Wednesday, Trump promised that “we’re going to keep the government open." With the House’s 361-61 vote to finalize the deal, the president has until Sunday night to sign the measure and avoid any disruption in government funding....

...Beyond the 77 F-35 Joint Strike Fighters authorized by the 2019 defense policy bill, the spending bill added another 16 for a total of 93. The decision comes as the Pentagon is expected to decide next month whether to move the aircraft into full-rate production.... [DEATH SPIRAL]

...Amphibs also fared especially well, driven both by Congress’ desire to push the Navy to a 355-ship fleet as fast as possible and by the evolving role played by amphibious ships in the Navy’s strategic thinking.....

...Combined with a minibus of Veterans Affairs and military construction spending finalized earlier this month, nearly 90 percent of the federal government’s spending bills will be in place by the start of fiscal 2019, which is Oct. 1."

Source: https://www.militarytimes.com/news/pent ... pposition/
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Unread post29 Sep 2018, 11:19

Trump signs defense spending plan, with one more swipe at Democrats
28 Sep 2018 Leo Shane III

"WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump finalized an $854 billion spending bill on Friday that fully funds the military for fiscal 2019 and prevents a government shutdown next week, accomplishments that congressional leaders have called important and laudable....

...The appropriations measure includes $674 billion in defense funding for fiscal 2019, and marks the first time in a decade Congress has finalized the spending measure before the start of the new fiscal year....

...Trump, in his statement, praised the measure for including “93 new F-35 Lightning Joint Strike Fighters...."

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Unread post01 Oct 2018, 10:22

Which LRIP will this correspond to? I'm kind of lost due to delays with Lot 11 contracting.
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Unread post01 Oct 2018, 15:47

The FY2019 budget covers Lot 13.
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Unread post01 Oct 2018, 21:24

Thanks. Then i'm not as lost as i feared. That's what i thought.

Lot 13 shouldn't also be the first of the "Block Buy" lots, for the US? Partners begin with Lot 12, US with Lot 13, is that correct?
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Unread post01 Oct 2018, 21:31

Lockheed-DOD Lot 11 Deal Brings F-35A Unit Price Under $90M
28 Sep 2018 John Tirpak

"...Lot 11 is the last before the “Block Buy” of Lots 12, 13, and 14, during which allies and FMS customers can, if they wish, lump together three years of F-35 purchases into a single contract, with an expected substantial reduction in price. While the US is going along with the block buy to the effect of buying “economic order quantities” of parts and materials, the US will not be buying multiple years’ worth of entire aircraft. That would be considered a “multiyear contract” and the F-35 has not been deemed mature enough for that contract vehicle. The US will buy its F-35s in single-year lots through at least Lot 14...."

Source: http://www.airforcemag.com/Features/Pag ... ot-11.aspx
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Unread post02 Oct 2018, 02:15

https://www.flightglobal.com/news/artic ... -s-447785/

The USAF plans to start the first round of multiyear procurement deals with a three-year contract in 2021, followed by successive five-year procurements beginning in fiscal 2024 until the end of the programme.

The USN plans to continue one-year procurements through fiscal year 2023, followed by successive five-year procurements from fiscal year 2024 until the end of the programme.


FY 2019 SAR
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The current production profile for the U.S. Services assumes annual lot-by-lot procurements leveraging Economic Order Quantity (EOQ) investments between FY 2018-2020. From FY 2021 to the end of the program, the USAF production profile assumes one 3-year multi-year procurement (FY 2021-FY 2023) followed by successive 5-year multi-year procurements beginning in FY2024, with the required EOQ investments and associated savings. The Department of Navy (DoN) did not include EOQ funding in the PB 2019 submission for a multiyear in FY 2021-2023 for either the F-35B or F-35C. The DoN plans to reassess that decision in the coming FY 2020 budget cycle. Therefore, the DoN PB 2019 production profile assumes annual procurements from FY 2021-2023, followed by successive 5-year multi-year procurements from FY 2024 to the end of the program with necessary EOQ investments and associated savings.


FY 2018 SAR
https://fas.org/man/eprint/F-35-SAR-2018.pdf

The DoD intends on executing an F-35 Block Buy contracting strategy for F-35 International Partners and FMS customers for production Lot 12 (FY 2018), Lot 13 (FY 2019) and Lot 14 (FY 2020). This strategy gives the F-35 Partners and FMS customers the flexibility to procure all aircraft in a single procurement lot, or to procure aircraft and engines in a multiple Lot format. The U.S. Services will procure Lots 12, 13 and 14 as single year procurements and will only request Congressional approval to award a single contract to procure material and equipment in Economic Order Quantity (EOQ) for FY 2019 and FY 2020. Procuring approximately 445 aircraft with this Block Buy/EOQ strategy is estimated to save approximately $2B compared to the Lot 11 annual procurement price. The estimated savings have been validated by an F-35 JPO cost estimate, an industry analysis study, and an independent assessment conducted by RAND Corporation.

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