F-35 versus F-15EX

The F-35 compared with other modern jets.
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Unread post15 Sep 2020, 19:58

https://www.realcleardefense.com/articl ... 77300.html

Heritage Foundation, noted in his story for Defense News, the DoD has been able to leverage its buying power and that has driven down the cost of each F-35A to around $80 million a full year earlier than planned. That means the fifth-generation F-35 now costs less than the F-15EX, a less capable but still significantly updated fourth-generation aircraft, which costs around $88 million each.

Moreover, the aircraft’s maker, Lockheed Martin, has also done its part to bring the sustainability cost per flying hour down by some 40 percent—meaning that the F-35 costs less to fly per hour, which is notable as the hours flown each year are set to increase.
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Unread post15 Sep 2020, 22:14

Not certain this story is legit - for a start it originally appeared in THE NATIONAL INTEREST at:
https://nationalinterest.org/blog/buzz/ ... 5ex-168848
where a link claims the UK 'MAY' cut its F-35B order in half where as the author SUCIU says it WILL do such a thing. All very suspicious dredging up claims about costs overall. The last paragraph is a classic FUD and of no known link to headline:
"...Yet, it isn't all good news for the F-35 and Lockheed Martin. Last month the UK announced that it could reduce its order of the advanced stealth aircraft by half. The aircraft has also become a sticking point in the Middle East peace process as Israel has expressed concerns over the United Arab Emirates plans to acquire the F-35."
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Unread post16 Sep 2020, 04:18

As Cuts Loom, 386 Combat Squadrons—in the USAF and USSF—is Still the Goal

Sept. 15, 2020 | By John A. Tirpak

The Air Force’s 2018-set goal of building toward 386 combat squadrons is still its objective, but how long it will take to get there is anyone’s guess, senior service leaders told reporters Sept. 15.

The benchmark of 386 squadrons—a 25 percent increase over the current size of the Air Force—“remains our aspiration,” Air Force Secretary Barbara A. Barrett said in a press conference at AFA’s virtual Air, Space & Cyber Conference.

“Our mission is to achieve those capabilities. And 386 squadrons, at that time, when that question was asked [by Congress], that was the right answer. We still are looking to build to that capability,” Barrett said. The Senate, in its version of the National Defense Authorization bill, said it wants the Air Force to structure now for 386 combat squadrons, even though it doesn’t yet have the people or equipment to flesh them out.

Chief of Staff Gen. Charles Q. Brown Jr. said he’s working to achieve “as much capability of 386 as we can. We have to do that in collaboration with the Congress, because it wasn’t about how much you can afford, it’s how much do you require. So here’s the requirement.”

Brown said there will be meetings in a few weeks to hash out what capabilities the Air Force will keep and which to let go of as he gathers resources to apply to “higher priorities” spelled out in the National Defense Strategy, which also dates to early 2018.

He said it may be possible to achieve the same capability as 386 squadrons represented in 2018 with increased capability among perhaps fewer units.

“We actually move ourselves closer to 386 not only in number but also in capability,” he said.

The issue is one “I probably need to work … with Congress” and in the budget topline handed over by the Defense Department, Brown said. There will be feedback with Congress on “where we are and where we still need to go. So, it’ll be constant dialogue.” However, he said he could not predict when that size or capability will be achieved.

Barrett also noted that the 386 figure “was … established prior to the existence of a Space Force. Now, with the separation … that has some impact on the count.”

Chief of Space Operations Gen. John Raymond noted that Space Force is still in the midst of its organization, and he’s working to flatten the organization and eliminate “two layers” of command, which could free up people for other activities.

https://www.airforcemag.com/as-cuts-loo ... -the-goal/


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Unread post16 Sep 2020, 06:20

No mention of New F-15's.... :|

Israel Seeks $8B Arms Deal At White House: F-35s, V-22s, KC-46s

TEL AVIV: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu asked President Donald Trump today for 12 Boeing V-22s, another squadron of F-35s to bring the total to 75, and the very early delivery of two Boeing KC-46As at the White House today.

The request was made during a day of extraordinary meetings as President Trump, the Prime Minister of Israel and the Foreign Ministers of Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates were to sign what are being called the Abraham Accords, meant to normalize relations between the Arab states and Israel.

The new weapons are meant to keep Israel’s qualitative edge after the U.S agreed to sell the F-35 to the UAE and Teheran rattles its homemade swords, furious about the new era between Israel and some Gulf states.

Hours before hosting the signing of historic peace agreements between Israel and the UAE and Bahrain, President Trump doubled down on the idea of selling F-35s to the UAE.

“I personally would have no problem with it,” the president told Fox and Friends this morning, “I would have no problem in selling them the F-35.”

The Israelis, who understand the US political system well, are likely to press Trump to put the new sales in motion before the November elections to minimize the chances they might fall victim to a change in power in Washington.

“The Israeli request will be based on an accelerated process aimed at getting all the approvals before the November presidential elections” one Israeli source told BD.

The request is also likely to include a replacement for Israeli Apache AH-64A combat helicopters that are planned to go out of service in 2025. Israel, one source says, will also ask for “increased numbers” of bunker buster bombs, usually thought to be designed to strike Iranian nuclear sites.

On top of all that, the Israelis may seek an advanced communication satellite, a source told Breaking D.

The request for a new weapons package would be in addition to the existing Foreign Military Financing agreement with the US. The current agreement, signed in 2016, increased US assistance from $ 34 billion in the decade to $38 billion between 2019 and 2028.

Why is Israeli seeking so much new gear? It’s not, Israeli sources explain, because of the prospective sale of F-35s to the UAE, but because they believe this deal will open a new arms race in the region and they want to stay head of it. Israel is also concerned about the possibility of leadership changes in some Gulf countries

The assessments for what’s needed were drawn up when the IDF formed a special team headed by Maj. General Tomer Bar, the IDF’s head of its planning and force building department. This team is reviewing the operational demands of some of the IDF ground forces units.

https://breakingdefense.com/2020/09/isr ... 2s-kc-46s/

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