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Unread post20 Jul 2020, 03:24

Amalgamation of the FY2021 F-35 SAR good bits (IMHO). GIF & PDF attached below.
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Unread post29 Jul 2020, 05:48

F-35 Sustainment LM PR Jul 2020 PDF below: https://a855196877272cb14560-2a4fa819a6 ... inment.pdf
"Sustainment Definitions
Mission Capable (MC):
Systems and equipment are considered MC when they are safe and have all mission essential subsystems installed and operating as designated by a Military Service.

Non Mission Capable Maintenance (NMCM):
NMCM is a materiel condition indicating that systems and equipment are not capable of performing any of their assigned missions because of unit level maintenance requirements.

Non Mission Capable Supply (NMCS):
NMCS is a materiel condition indicating that systems and equipment are not capable of performing any of their assigned missions because of maintenance work stoppage due to a supply shortage.

Cannibalization Rate:
The extent to which units of the armed forces remove serviceable parts, supplies, or equipment from one aircraft in order to render a different aircraft operational. Cannibalization is practiced when it is faster to remove a needed part from one aircraft and install it in another than to obtain that part from the supply system."
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Unread post03 Aug 2020, 22:54

LM F-35 FAST FACTS 03 Aug 2020: https://a855196877272cb14560-2a4fa819a6 ... 3_2020.pdf (2.3Mb)

1,115+ Pilots - 555+ F-35 aircraft delivered - 309,000+ Flight hours

VIDEO PRESENTATION OF THE PDF: https://vimeo.com/lmaeronautics/review/ ... c98b41c6de
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Unread post04 Aug 2020, 08:29

Had to check what the "Fast Facts" told us a year ago. Then there was 420+ aircraft delivered (now 555+). Year ago flight hours were 205,000 meaning 104,000 flight hours a year for about 500 F-35s. That's pretty good at this stage of the project as that's over 200 flight hours for each one on average. Year ago there were 850+ pilots and 8,120 maintainers, so their number also increased very well.

Oh man that is some death spiral... :mrgreen:
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Unread post04 Aug 2020, 09:58

Most deliveries in the year don't get the full year flight hours. 2019 saw the most number delivered yet so its logical 2020 sees a significant up in the flight hours.

Noted USAF F-35As itself logged 96,313 cumulative flight hours up to end FY 2019 (8 years of flight). I'm not surprised if it adds 30-40+k hours to that number just this year alone. In contrast, the F-22s log ~30k hours a year so its another milestone. The F-35As are now flying more than the F-22s.
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Unread post04 Sep 2020, 08:44

LM fast facts for Sep, finally includes Singapore (4 F-35Bs).
https://www.f35.com/assets/uploads/docu ... r_2020.pdf
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Unread post04 Sep 2020, 09:10

Always good to attach the FASTfacts because they disappear after a bit whilst archiving them here can be fortuitous.

317,000 flight hours & 1,145+ pilots trained & 555+ aircraft delivered to date 01 Sep 2020.
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Unread post02 Oct 2020, 14:43

"Just the facts ma'am - nuttin' but the facts." LM F-35 Fast Facts 01 Oct 2020 : https://a855196877272cb14560-2a4fa819a6 ... r_2020.pdf
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Unread post02 Oct 2020, 17:57

I know it's been a long time coming, but the pace at which the F-35 is proliferating now is truly extraordinary IMO. It's seemingly in every part of the globe, and things only seem to be accelerating. To the point where even if it wasn't stealth, it's creating a large asymetrical advantage for western air power.

I would not want to be on the receiving end of this thing. You're not going to win in BVR, and it's doubtful you'll win in WVR, assuming you get that far. Likewise, if I'm operating an S-400 battery I'm not feeling very good right now. There is nothing on the horizon that can match it, and perhaps more importantly - nothing that can be built in F-35 like numbers (at least anytime soon).

Studying western airpower since the 1980's, I always took comfort in the fact we had a qualitative advantage - but was terrified as to the kind of numbers Warsaw Pact countries could throw up. I guess now the shoe is on the other foot, and we have only furthered the lead we have in quality...
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Unread post05 Oct 2020, 10:00

mixelflick wrote:I know it's been a long time coming, but the pace at which the F-35 is proliferating now is truly extraordinary IMO. It's seemingly in every part of the globe, and things only seem to be accelerating. To the point where even if it wasn't stealth, it's creating a large asymetrical advantage for western air power.


I totally agree. I think one really important thing is that it makes smaller airforces far more effective than they used to be. These airforces don't have the luxury of having all kinds of dedicated aircraft for EW/SEAD/DEAD/ISR etc. Now they get very good aircraft for all these roles when previously they just had some F-104s, F-5s, Saab Drakens, MiG-21s and later F-16s or MiG-29s. All decent aircraft but with rather limited capabilities without serious support systems which only larger airforces could afford. Now Poland, Norway, Denmark, Netherlands, Belgium and Singapore are getting huge boost in their air force capabiltiies. And all these can be almost instantly networked with other Western air forces when needed.
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Unread post05 Oct 2020, 10:10

Add ELINT, the F-35 is practically a mini-ELINT every time it goes up into the air. Its not just a network node, its a sensor node.
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