UK MOD in a muddle over F-35C

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Unread post21 Mar 2020, 10:38

UK Declared F-35 Operational Despite Issues, Auditors Say [best read at source]
19 Mar 2020 Tony Osborne

"LONDON—The UK declared the F-35 operational even though the fleet was suffering from availability, infrastructure, logistics and security issues, auditors have revealed.

The UK National Audit Office (NAO) found that the December 2018 initial operating capability (IOC) from land bases was granted with 67 exceptions, with almost one-third of those still yet to be resolved more than a year later.

It is not clear on how many criteria IOC (Land) was judged, but the process is common practice, officials say, noting that waiting for all issues to be fully addressed before declaring the aircraft operational would “needlessly withhold” the capability from the front-line.... [more details best read at source]

...The NAO notes that 20 of the exemptions had still not been resolved as of February of this year, but also says the Royal Air Force and Royal Navy have made progress in the areas of training personnel and logistics. Aerospace Daily understands that of the 67 exemptions, only six now remain and will be resolved by year’s end.

The UK now has 15 F-35Bs based in the country flying with front-line unit 617 Sqdn. and with 207 Sqdn, a training unit. Since their arrival to the UK, the aircraft have been deployed to Cyprus and flown operational missions in the Middle East. They also recently took part in a Tier 1 Red Flag exercise with Five Eyes partners Australia and the U.S...."

Source: https://aviationweek.com/defense-space/ ... ditors-say
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Unread post11 May 2020, 12:23

Interesting podcast, “For Flying Out Loud”, featuring esteemed test pilot Nath Gray, the first pilot to land and F-35 onboard HMS Queen Elizabeth.


https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/f ... 1510151685
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Unread post11 May 2020, 17:15

What a great story. Thanks very much for posting that. If anyone doubts the integrity of test pilots they ought to listen.
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Unread post12 May 2020, 04:22

After reading the UK NAO report referenced above. Highlight below.

Aircraft and pilot resources are now focused on trials with UK aircraft carriers to achieve the IOC (Maritime) milestone in December 2020. The Department currently expects to deliver the promised F-35 FOC requirements by 2023.
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Unread post16 May 2020, 14:00

RAF Marham

"At 6:17pm on 2 April 2020, Wing Commander John Butcher [RAF] formally handed over command of the Dambusters to Commander Mark Sparrow [RN]. A very small but important parade took place as the command of 617 Squadron was handed over to a Royal Navy Officer for the first time in the Squadrons history. The change of command proceeded as planned, however, due to social distancing measures the rest of 617 Squadron could not take part in the ceremony....

...Commander Sparrow [RN] said:
“I am delighted to be commanding 617 Squadron and extremely proud to be the first Royal Navy Officer to be selected to the position in its illustrious history. The next two years will see the potent combination of Lightning and the Queen Elizabeth Class carriers become jointly operational. I look forward to us playing a key part in the generation of both the Lightning Force and Carrier Strike Group's capabilities.”

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