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Unread post28 Feb 2017, 03:22

Time traveling
01 Sep 2004 Douglas Bowman

"...Each time you fly from North America to Australia, and without anyone asking how you feel about it, a day is taken away from you when you cross the international date line. I left Los Angeles on January 3 and arrived in Sydney fourteen hours later on January 5. For me there was no January 4. None at all. Where it went exactly I couldn’t tell you. All I know is that for one twenty-four-hour period in the history of earth, it appears I had no being....

..to be fair, they do give you back the day on the return journey when you cross the date line in the opposite direction and thereby manage somehow to arrive in Los Angeles before you left Sydney, which in its way, of course, is an even neater trick." From In a Sunburned Country, Bill Bryson


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Unread post28 Feb 2017, 05:26

First F-35 arrives at RAAF Amberley, full report



ABC Channel 2 graphic says Fort Worth (not based but at LUKE AFB) to Anderson AFB, Guam thence RAAF Amberley.
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Unread post28 Feb 2017, 19:28

Fuggin' 'Ell - this is serious... All the way with N G J!
Australia cuts deal with US Navy for Next Generation Jammer
28 Feb 2017 Nigel Pittaway

"AVALON, Australia — Australian Defence Minister Marise Payne announced Tuesday that Australia has entered into an agreement with the U.S. Navy to develop the Next Generation Jammer for the Boeing EA-18G Growler, an airborne electronic attack aircraft. Payne announced the AUD $250 million (U.S. $192 million) investment during the opening day of the 2017 Australian International Airshow at Avalon, south of Melbourne.

“This is a $250 million investment by the Turnbull government that will [serve as] future proof [of[ the Growler’s capability,” she said. “As this is a rapidly evolving area, we will work in partnership with the United States Navy to develop the next-generation jamming capability, which will ensure that these aircraft remain at the technological forefront throughout their service life.”

The Next Generation Jammer will form a key component of Project Air 5439 Phase 6, a future phase of Australia’s Growler acquisition program, which will upgrade the EA-18G to what is known as the Advanced Growler configuration. The program will ensure commonality with U.S. Navy aircraft is maintained into the future and will develop a replacement for the Growler’s current ALQ-99 jamming pods....

...The Growler will provide the Australian Defence Force with a tactical jamming capability, which is only matched by the U.S. Navy. All 12 [Growler] aircraft will have been delivered to Australia by the middle of 2017, and initial operational capability is due to be achieved in mid-2018. Final operational capability is set to follow in mid-2022."

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Unread post28 Feb 2017, 20:14

18 page PDF relevant to F-35A/JSF attached below.
The Auditor-General | ANAO Report No.40 2016–17 2015–16 Major Projects Report, Department of Defence
28 Feb 2017 Australian National Audit Office

"...Joint Strike Fighter (JSF), as the project is unable to deliver the Maritime Strike Capability originally scoped at project approval, by FOC...."
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"...Major Risks and Issues
The JSF is a large and complex program and many challenges remain. While as a MoU Partner Australia does have a role, overcoming technical challenges is primarily a US responsibility.

The major risks facing the NACC Project are:

• Possibility of US and JSF Partner Governments altering commitments to the broader JSF Program that impacts Australian acquisition and life-cycle costs.
• Integration of the JSF into the Australian Defence Force (ADF) systems.
• Establishing the required facilities and Information, Communications and Technology (ICT) infrastructure to support stand up of the JSF capability.
• Lack of timely data and releasability of JSF program information that impacts the timely, efficient and effective integration of the F-35 aircraft system into the ADF.
• The maturity of the JSF System and ability to meet IOC and FOC.
• Transition of the JSF into service at the same time RAAF ramps up Australian Super Hornet and Growler capabilities.
• Establishing and ramping up the JSF sustainment system.
• Establishing the Reprogramming element of the program.
• Ensuring required industry outcomes during JSF production and transition into service.
• Significant workforce challenges in effectively manning the Defence acquisition and sustainment organisations impacts program management activities to establish the JSF capability.
• Establishing the training system.

The project has one major issue that it is managing, whereby it is currently unable to deliver the Maritime Strike capability originally scoped at project approval by FOC. This issue has emerged due to changes in the approved Block 4.1 and Block 4.2 scope as agreed by the JSF Executive Steering Board. The last report identified two major issues facing the project, however they are no longer considered issues. The establishment of the training system is now considered a major risk instead of a major issue, based on remedial actions taken over the last year. The previous issue of noise associated with the introduction of the JSF at RAAF Base Williamtown is no longer assessed as a major issue or major risk, as the Minister for the Environment has approved the operation of the F-35A, and Defence intends to comply with the conditions for operation that the Minister for the Environment included with the approval on 17 July 2015.

Other Current Sub-Projects
AIR JSF SDD – Participation in the JSF System Development and Demonstration (SDD) Program: The contribution to the SDD Program is in two parts, a cash component of SDD funding of US$144m, and a nonfinancial component of US$6m with the Defence Science and Technology Group (DSTG) conducting a Pacific Rim Command, Control, Communication, Computing, Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance study. All AIR JSF SDD financial milestones have been completed. The US SDD Phase is due to be closed in 2017 following the completion of Development and Test of the Block 3 software.

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Major risks and issues are excluded from the scope of the review...."

Source: https://www.anao.gov.au/sites/g/files/n ... 17_40a.pdf (14.4Mb)
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Unread post01 Mar 2017, 01:01

A nice summary by ASPI https://www.aspistrategist.org.au/jsf-t ... ck-part-2/

Nothing particularly new for regular readers of 16.net, although I was surprised by the delays to the maritime strike. I thought that project was going well.

http://thediplomat.com/2015/11/f-35s-jo ... est-in-us/

"The recent test showed the technological maturity of the missile including its software, Kongsberg underlines. “This is a major accomplishment for the JSM program, and in addition several critical capabilities beyond the scope of the test were verified. The test demonstrates that we are on track with the qualification of JSM, which brings critical capability to F-35 and the warfighter,” says Harald Ånnestad, the president of Kongsberg Defense Systems."
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Unread post01 Mar 2017, 01:45

The JSM article dated 13 Nov 2015
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Unread post01 Mar 2017, 02:02

spazsinbad wrote:The JSM article dated 13 Nov 2015


Yep. My point being that it was doing well in 2015. It is now 2017. What happened!?!
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Unread post01 Mar 2017, 02:09

More on the JSM in another thread also indicating things going well towards the end of 2016.

viewtopic.php?f=54&t=23247&start=180

From Pron:

"29. October 2016 was a new test with JSF from a Edwards Air Force-based F-16. This time with engine, but no warhead. The missile flight was more than 200 km.

The Joint Strike Missile (JSM) has successfully completed a flight test in the United States. The missile was launched from an Edwards Air Force-based F-16 over the Utah Test and Training Range west of Salt Lake City.

“The test verified all intended goals completing another milestone towards full integration on the F-35. The JSM program is on track to provide the war fighter a long range precision strike anti-ship and land attack capability”, says Eirik Lie, Acting President Kongsberg Defence Systems.

http://news.cision.com/kongsberg-gruppe ... t,c2153901

A longer article in Norwegian.

http://www.tu.no/artikler/joint-strike- ... kin/366678"
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Unread post01 Mar 2017, 02:31

The ANAO report says this: "...This issue has emerged due to changes in the approved Block 4.1 and Block 4.2 scope as agreed by the JSF Executive Steering Board....". Whatever that means - with nothing in particular mentioned.
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Unread post02 Mar 2017, 09:08

The JSF to fly at Avalon Saturday and Sunday!
02 Mar 2017 Australian International Airshow

"See the mighty Joint Strike Fighter take to the sky this weekend on both Saturday and Sunday of AIRSHOW 2017.

This will be a once-in-a lifetime opportunity to see this amazing state-of-the-art jet fighter in the air on its Australian debut. The Royal Australian Air Force has made special arrangements for the aircraft to fly on both the Saturday and Sunday of the event.

Also, the Joint Strike Fighter will be on static display for patrons to see on the ground on the Friday afternoon, Saturday and Sunday public sessions of the Airshow."

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Unread post02 Mar 2017, 14:50

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Unread post02 Mar 2017, 15:21

Anyone want to loan me a thousand bucks to zip down and attend? :mrgreen: :bang:
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Unread post02 Mar 2017, 15:53

Crowdfunding opportunity? :D
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Unread post02 Mar 2017, 18:12

On page 29 of this thread is OBISC: viewtopic.php?f=58&t=23043&p=360869&hilit=OBISC#p360869 specifically for the F-35 so why replicate that in this new Oz feature? Probably want to keep F-35 info secure is my guess. BOING! Be Damned. :mrgreen:
Boeing Builds Ground Installation Of Mission Systems For Australia
01 Mar 2017 Bradley Perrett

"GEELONG, Australia—Boeing has built a ground installation of Australian military mission systems for economical evaluation of current and modified performance of interacting aircraft, ships and the national integrated air plot.

Quite distinct from simulation software, the setup consists of the same equipment and software installed in E-7 Wedgetails, P-8 Poseidons and EA-18 Growlers, warships and the Jindalee ground command and control system, all Boeing products.

The company is talking to other manufacturers about adding mission systems from their products to the installation, the Joint Battle Management Development Environment (JBMDE), says Shane Arnott, director of the international wing of Boeing’s Phantom Works technology unit.

The objective of the JBMDE is to observe how systems work together—in current configurations, in normal conditions, when modified, when subjected to enemy interference, when equipped with new weapons, when under kinetic attack, and so on. The focus on interaction reflects the strenuous drive in the Australian Defense Force (ADF) for widespread networking and exploiting of information, an effort called Plan Jericho.

Some tests require simulated features—for example, the firing of a weapon or the degradation of a communications link. But Boeing says because the JBMDE’s elements are the same as what is in operation, it should far more accurately represent in-service performance than wholly simulated or modeled assessments. As a ground installation it can be used to run tests much more cheaply than can be done with aircraft and ships.

Revealing the existence of the program at the Australian International Airshow, the company will not say exactly what will be done with the system. But likely examples would be determining the capability that a Poseidon would gain if track data from a nearby Wedgetail were improved, how badly jamming of a certain data link would affect battle management, and whether deletion of an old subsystem would make much difference to the performance of a force in combat.

Work began a year ago on the installation, which is now fully operational at Boeing’s Brisbane, Australia, operation, the company says. Although ground installations of mission systems are not unusual, as far as Boeing knows this is the most comprehensive setup built so far. The Plan Jericho drive inspired the effort, Boeing says.

Some of the equipment in the installation was newly built, some made years ago in development programs, and some is civil but loaded with the actual mission software.
Boeing was in an unusual position to create something like the Jbmde because the company has or soon will provide so many of the ADF’s systems that produce and can exploit large amounts of high-quality information.

But Boeing is not alone in providing advanced, highly connected systems to Australia. While Arnott does not name the companies that Boeing is talking to about expanding the Jbmde, the Royal Australian Air Force will surely want to add the mission systems of the Lockheed Martin F-35 Lighting [Lighting? Yep they make a great brand of all purpose lighting effects on both air and ground/sea targets] and Northrop Grumman MQ-4 Triton. Another priority is likely to be the Lockheed Martin Aegis system installed in a class of three destroyers that will enter service in the next few years.

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Unread post03 Mar 2017, 00:07

Online E-book some 80 pages about 5th Gen RAAF Plan Jericho I guess made for Avalon Air Show - can't get it to print :-(

Air Force of the Future - Air Force by Design
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