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Unread post11 Jun 2019, 21:46

Here’s why training for Turkish F-35 maintainers will proceed despite pause for Turkey’s student pilots
11 Jun 2019 Valerie Insinna

"WASHINGTON — Training for Turkish F-35 pilots has stopped as the Pentagon prepares to expel Turkey from the joint strike fighter program, but Turkish students learning to maintain the F-35 at Eglin Air Force base will be able to complete their training, a base spokeswoman has confirmed....

...The initial plan, laid out by acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan, would have allowed Turkish F-35 pilots to continue training at Luke Air Force Base, Ariz., as long as they left the country by July 31. However, Brig. Gen. Todd Canterbury, commander of the base’s 56th Wing, opted to pause training for Turkish pilots due to concerns about their access to sensitive information, according to Foreign Policy, which was the first to report the information.

Those same concerns do not exist at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., which is responsible for the initial training of foreign F-35 maintainers, because foreign maintainers do not have access to classified data.

“The 33rd Fighter Wing is complying with the Secretary of Defense's memo of having all Turkish training completed by July 31st,” said Lt. Savannah Stephens, chief of public affairs for Eglin’s 33rd Fighter Wing. “We have no concerns about the current students finishing their training as everything they do here is on an FOUO [for official use only] or unclassified level and they only work with training devices.”

All current jet mechanic students are scheduled to graduate on July 24 and 27, and the Turkish leadership team will leave on July 29, Stephens said. There are currently 42 Turkish pilots and maintainers training at Luke and Eglin. The July 31 deadline would allow 28 of them to complete their training, but the remainder would be sent home before their training naturally concluded, according to information attached to Shanahan’s letter...."

Source: https://www.defensenews.com/digital-sho ... nt-pilots/
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Unread post12 Jun 2019, 04:41

They have a couple of instructor pilots. So they know the what, up to today.. They also have all the partner info, which I think would exceed the pilot's knowledge.
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Unread post14 Jun 2019, 15:55

Lockheed Exec: With Time, Turkish F-35 Ouster Won’t Hurt
13 Jun 2019 John A. Tirpak

"Lockheed Martin is continuously assessing its F-35 supply chain and eyeing potential alternate vendors, for just such a case as Turkey’s expulsion from the multinational program, company executive vice president for aeronautics Michele Evans said on June 13. It’s likely the Turkish eviction won’t have much effect on cost or schedule of the program writ large, she said.

Evans, after a pre-Paris Air Show briefing for defense journalists, told Air Force Magazine, “with time, we can adjust” the F-35 supply chain to account for disruptions such as Turkey’s ouster. “We are always working with our vendors and suppliers, … and looking for the lowest-cost” approach to building the F-35, she said, noting there is a shop at Lockheed whose sole function is to develop production work-arounds in case of an interruption of supply. “We can’t afford to wait for things like this to happen,” she said. “We have to be ready with something else” to replace lost vendors....

...Evans insisted the issues regarding Turkey’s exit from the program are “government-to-government” and the company will do as it’s directed. She could not offer any information on what might become of tooling and other F-35 industrial equipment now in Turkey...."

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