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Unread post13 Oct 2017, 21:13

Hehe. I live in a single payer health care system. It works mate.

That's all from me as far as that is concerned ;)
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Unread post13 Oct 2017, 21:24

The main problem with single payer in the US would be that people would expect to get the historically high US level of care for free. To give you an idea of what that would cost, the State of California estimated that it would cost 4 times the current Calif Budget to implement Sp for the state. Now expand that to the entire nation. Where is the money supposed to come from?
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Unread post13 Oct 2017, 21:47

I wouldn't *dare* to try to have opinions on what may or may not work in the US....
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Unread post13 Oct 2017, 22:38

krorvik wrote:I wouldn't *dare* to try to have opinions on what may or may not work in the US....


I bet you do... :mrgreen: and I think your system works very well for your country.( As far as I know. Norway seems to have lots of money to spend regardless of if it is inefficient or not.) As I alluded to in my previous post, many people from many different countries of similar development, similar enough to inevitably elicit comparison, love to say that their own ways are the best and need to be implemented everywhere. There are others like you who, very admirably, do not feel the need to tout their superiority, even if they believe they are superior.

I just think that we should all realize that things are different in other places, and that starting arguments about the merits of everyone's respective healthcare systems will not reflect well upon this aviation forum.
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Unread post13 Oct 2017, 22:49

Oh, and opinions are like &$$#oles: everyone's got one.

Unless.....

You're saying you're THE SUPREME LEADER!
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Unread post25 Oct 2017, 03:24

Lockheed F-35 deliveries lag in third quarter
24 Oct 2017 Leigh Giangreco

"After nine months of production, Lockheed Martin’s F-35 line is still lagging, according to the latest company earnings report. Lockheed delivered 15 F-35 Joint Strike Fighters at the end of September, according to its third quarter 2017 earnings released this week. That batch brings Lockheed’s total F-35 deliveries to 44 this year, far away from the Lockheed's original goal of 66 jet deliveries by the end of 2017.

Lockheed delivered 14 jets in the second quarter of this year and 15 in the previous quarter, setting a nine-month average of almost three deliveries a month. To meet the 2017 delivery goal, Lockheed needs to average 5.5 deliveries a month for the full year.

While the company often boosts its deliveries in the fourth quarter, the year-end goal would set an ambitious production pace for the next two months. In April, a Pentagon contract management agency forecast Lockheed’s year-end delivery at 57 jets, based on the lower than expected delivery rates in prior years.

Lockheed's delivery target in 2016 was set at 53 F-35s, but the company's globally distributed production system managed to hand over only 46....

...Despite the lagging deliveries so far this year, Lockheed executives struck an optimistic tone during a 24 October earnings call, quoting the low-rate initial production lot 11 contract award from this summer. Lot 11 will deliver another 141 jets, including US and foreign orders."

Source: https://www.flightglobal.com/news/artic ... er-442466/
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Unread post25 Oct 2017, 08:23

c'mon lockheed, we need dat good PR
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Unread post25 Oct 2017, 11:06

I love the fact that individual LOW Rate initial Production lots of F-35 are larger than the total production numbers for many fighter aircraft... Even these laggard delivery numbers per month are several times larger than many other fighter aircraft are being delivered. Of course these production issues need to be sorted out and I think they will.
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Unread post21 Nov 2017, 00:06

https://insidedefense.com/inside-navy/d ... next-month

Inside the Navy - November 20, 2017
DAB to consider new F-35 Block 4 plan next month
November 17, 2017 |
Courtney Albon Lee Hudson

The F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program expects to meet with Pentagon leadership in early December for approval of a new plan that will allow it to continuously develop software capabilities following completion of the post-system development and demonstration phase.

F-35 Program Executive Officer Vice Adm. Mat Winter told reporters in September he expected that approval to come in October.

Air Force Brig. Gen. Eric Fick, F-35 program deputy, told Inside Defense Nov. 15 that while the program expects approval for its new post-SDD strategy, the upcoming Defense Acquisition Board meeting is not solely focused on Block 4 follow-on modernization. It is part of the program's annual update with Pentagon acquisition executive Ellen Lord.

"It's giving her that look across the entire program, laying out the process that we intend to follow as we march forward in modernizing," he said.

The JPO will present a cost estimate for Block 4 during the DAB meeting, but an updated figure is being finalized as part of the fiscal year 2019 budget process, Fick said.

Inside Defense first reported in September the joint program office was adapting its strategy for post-SDD and follow-on modernization, a move that could change the way it develops and delivers new software capabilities. The new strategy would establish a bridge period between delivery of the final version of Block 3F software the program plans to release during development and the start of Block 4 follow-on modernization.

The program expects to deliver all Block 3F capabilities in "early 2018," Fick said. However, the software will have a number of known deficiencies that will not be addressed by the close of SDD next year. The bridge phase would allow the program time to address those deficiencies and incorporate fixes discovered during initial operational test and evaluation, which is slated to start early next year.

Congress has been waiting for months on the JPO to provide a detailed plan for Block 4. Under the Fiscal Year 2017 National Defense Authorization Act, the report was due in March.

In the FY-18 defense policy bill, which passed the House and Senate this week, lawmakers fence off 75 percent of Block 4 funding until the program provides the report, which likely won't be delivered until after the Pentagon approves the plan. -- Courtney Albon and Lee Hudson
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Unread post30 Nov 2017, 15:05

F-35 Weapons Capability Passes Key Test Milestone
10 Nov 2017 Jeff Babione

"As we near completion of the System Development and Demonstration (SDD) phase of the program, our team checked
off another key milestone recently with completion of Weapon Delivery Accuracy (WDA) testing at China Lake, California.
In a rigorous testing environment encompassing 42 WDAs, we certified the F-35 for the AIM-120, AIM-9X, ASRAAM, Paveway IV, SDB, GBU-12, GBU-31, JDAM, and JSOW...."

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Unread post18 Dec 2017, 10:08

Lockheed hits 2017 F-35 delivery target despite production hiccups

Dec 18 (Reuters) - Lockheed Martin Corp said that it hit its 2017 target to deliver 66 F-35 fighter jets to the U.S. and its allies last week, despite production problems as the defense contractor built 40 percent more jets this year...


https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa- ... SKBN1EC0VA

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Unread post18 Dec 2017, 10:30

Dragon029 wrote:
Lockheed hits 2017 F-35 delivery target despite production hiccups

Dec 18 (Reuters) - Lockheed Martin Corp said that it hit its 2017 target to deliver 66 F-35 fighter jets to the U.S. and its allies last week, despite production problems as the defense contractor built 40 percent more jets this year...


https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa- ... SKBN1EC0SD


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https://www.nytimes.com/reuters/2017/12 ... d-f35.html
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Unread post18 Dec 2017, 15:35

Lockheed Martin Meets 2017 F-35 Delivery Target
18 Dec 2017 LM PR

"FORT WORTH, Texas, December 18, 2017 – On Friday, December 15, Lockheed Martin delivered the 66th F-35 aircraft for the year, meeting the joint government and industry delivery target for 2017.

To date, more than 265 F-35 aircraft have been delivered to U.S. and international customers. More than 530 pilots and nearly 5,000 maintainers have been trained, and the F-35 fleet has surpassed more than 115,000 cumulative flight hours....

...66 F-35 deliveries in 2017 represents more than a 40 percent increase from 2016, and the F-35 enterprise is prepared to increase production volume year-over-year to hit full rate of approximately 160 aircraft in 2023.

Production Improvements
As production ramps and additional improvements are implemented, Lockheed Martin’s goal is to reduce the cost of an F-35A to $80 million by 2020. With the incorporation of lessons learned, process efficiencies, production automation, facility and tooling upgrades, supply chain initiatives and more – the F-35 enterprise has already significantly reduced costs and improved efficiency. For example:

• The price of an F-35A has come down more than 60 percent from the first contract.
• Touch labor has been reduced by about 75 percent over the last five years.
• Production span time has decreased by about 20 percent since 2015.

To prepare for an increase in production, Lockheed Martin has hired more than 1,300 employees at its Fort Worth, Texas facility since January 2017, and expects to hire a total of 1,800 as previously announced...."

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