Australian lawmakers confident in F-35's future

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Unread post03 Mar 2017, 01:29

It took a while for the print prompt to do anything for me, but it eventually worked - here's a PDF copy (unfortunately both the PDF copy and the original online version have a somewhat poor quality, but at least its still readable).
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Unread post03 Mar 2017, 01:36

Thanks dragon, much better...
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Unread post03 Mar 2017, 01:48

Thanks for the PDF 'Dragon029'. With much mucking about & frustration eventually I got a print copy but at some 80Mbs. So I have been wiling away my time by first deleting 80 blank pages (out of 160) but got fed up with it. :-) Thanks for the copy it is good quality especially for the file size. BZ. What combination of OS/browser/printer did you use please for my information for future reference when roadblocks encountered? Thanks. Again - thanks for info below - tah.
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Unread post03 Mar 2017, 02:17

I was using Firefox, on a Windows 10 computer, and (once the print options window appeared) using the "Windows Print to PDF" option. I then used Adobe Acrobat Pro DC to crop out the white borders (that display a redundant page number, as well as the url of the page, etc) and save it as a "Reduced Size PDF" (the quality didn't noticeably change) to take it from about ~16MB to ~7MB.

I also tried a program I have called PDFCreator (roughly the same process, except you select it instead of Windows Print to PDF), but even sampling at 600dpi (which ended up creating a 300MB file) the quality was still mediocre.
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Unread post03 Mar 2017, 06:32

F35's arriving at Avalon for first time....

https://youtu.be/ZyekDWKk3Bs

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Unread post03 Mar 2017, 07:52

RAAF Likely To Field Interim Datalink Translation System
02 Mar 2017 Bradley Perrett

"GEELONG, Australia—The Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) looks likely to go ahead this year with fielding an interim system for datalink translation and relay that should be a big step toward a goal of high information integration across Australia’s armed services.

Supplier Northrop Grumman is expecting a decision within weeks on the project, with deployment of the system possible this year. This effort follows a landmark exercise in 2016 when Northrop Grumman demonstrated the system, called Airborne Gateway. It allowed Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) and Australian Army personnel and systems to share such data as positions and to communicate by secure text and voice, despite using incompatible data links.

The system is functionally similar to Northrop Grumman’s Battlefield Airborne Communications Node, which is used by the U.S. Air Force, mounted in Bombardier E-11 and Northrop Grumman RQ-4 Global Hawk aircraft....

...The defense force intends to use the interim system only within Australia in what will be, in effect, an operational demonstration over about two years. That should be followed by a decision on whether and how to deploy a full-scale system. In Exercise Jericho Dawn, Airborne Gateway acted as a node for Link 16, commonly used in RAAF aircraft, Eurogrid in Airbus Tiger attack helicopters and the army’s ground-based Advanced Field Artillery Tactical Data System.

For the interim system, the air force wants to add the army’s BMS and Variable Message Format, the navy’s Hawklink, and the civilian 3G and 4G cellphone formats. The latter are particularly useful for disaster relief, Blackwell says.

The heart of the system is a module—a black box—called the RNC 2000. Mounting in an aircraft improves its range, but Northrop Grumman Australia Program Manager Dave Doyle points out that the system can be put in a ground vehicle or even placed on a hill. Long endurance for the carrying aircraft is an advantage."

Source: http://aviationweek.com/avalon-airshow/ ... ion-system
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Unread post03 Mar 2017, 08:25

Avalon Airshow Trade Days heating up. 03 Mar 2017 Leigh Atkinson PHOTOs

http://aviationspottersonline.com/avalo ... eating-up/
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Just the PM welcoming the F-35As at Avalon - to be clear this video is ONLY of the Prime Minister praising Oz Industry....

The first two F-35 Joint Strike Fighters have arrived in Australia at the Avalon Airshow.

http://www.msn.com/en-au/video/watch/th ... vi-AAnJEDr
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Unread post03 Mar 2017, 11:29

VIDEO TV Reporter Spruiks JSF: http://www.skynews.com.au/news/politics ... -pyne.html
Strike fighters will mean jobs: Pyne [DefMin]
03 Mar 2017 SKYnews

"Senior government figures from the prime minister down are out spruiking the investment in Australia's first Joint Strike Fighter jets ahead of a visit to the Avalon Airshow in Melbourne. Defence Industry Minister Christopher Pyne, using a commissioned report by PriceWaterhouseCoopers, was talking up the jobs and economic boost of the program on Friday.

The government has allocated $17 billion for the purchase of 72 aircraft. The PWC report found the spin-off benefits to the local economy will be about $1.2 billion and support an additional 6300 jobs by 2038. Mr Pyne said problems with the aircraft had been exaggerated and addressed. 'From Australia's point of view, the program is very much on track and we will reach the operational capability we require by 2020,' he said. 'We are very happy with the program.'

Responding to Donald Trump's criticism of the price tag, Mr Pyne said everyone wanted value for money for the taxpayer. Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull Turnbull and Defence Minister Marise Payne are expected to be among dignitaries inspecting the planes at Avalon on Friday morning.

There are 32 Australian businesses that have won a collective $800 million in contracts for high-technology design, software and manufacturing.

The two jets have been based in Arizona in the US, where four Australian pilots are learning to fly them. A fifth pilot is due to depart for the US in coming months for training. After the airshow, the jets will return to the US. The RAAF plans to have the first two squadrons operational by 2020."

Source: http://www.skynews.com.au/news/politics ... -pyne.html
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Unread post03 Mar 2017, 21:57

Oz DefDep story is shameful. Only decent bit of info is this: "...After a journey of about 15,000km Australia’s first two F-35As displayed their power and manoeuvrability in the sky above Avalon Airport before landing in front of an enthused crowd...." http://www.airforce.gov.au/News/Enter-t ... qduLk3z8U+
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Unread post04 Mar 2017, 01:35

The Arrival in Australia of the First Australian F-35s
03 Mar 2017 SLDinfo

"...The two aircraft (A35-001 and -002) had flown from Luke AFB via Hawaii, Guam and RAAF Base Amberley and had achieved a milestone for the longest overseas delpoyment to date.

They were accompanied during the ferry by a RAAF C-17 Globemaster III carrying associated stores and equipment and a RAAF KC-30A tanker, which supplied over 197,000 lbs of fuel during the 21 air-to-air fuelling cycles...."

Source: http://www.sldinfo.com/the-arrival-in-a ... ian-f-35s/
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Unread post04 Mar 2017, 01:50

A long old treck.

15,300 kms with 10 refuels.

I assume they aren't bothering to push the fuel gauge to near empty on this trip down under?

According to wiki at least the range is comfortably more than that 1,500kms average.
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Unread post04 Mar 2017, 03:19

I do not know why you have assumed this equation. In any rate there were 21 refueling cycles so one would assume that the two aircraft refueled 21 times and stopped for overnighters at HAWAII & GUAM. However until someone makes all of this clear there is only speculation - of which there is plenty in the other 'refueling in air discussions elsewhere'. USAF have insisted so far about special conditions which the USMC for example have disputed recently. I'm reinstalling Windows 10 so I have to stop here now. Having searched on 'PLEUS' we can see the USAF way of crossing dose oceanic voids....
"...“So when we plan these things we take the worst winds, we take the worst configuration of the airplane, and we say: at the worst time, what would happen?” said Pleus, a former F-16 pilot who now heads the Air Force’s F-35 integration office. “It is very conservative, and the reason why we’re so conservative is because it’s a life or death decision.”

Traditionally the Air Force refuels “almost continuously” when crossing a large body of water, as often as every 30 or 40 min., Pleus said. An F-35B, which carries 5,000 lb. less fuel than the Air Force F-35A, likely needs to hit the tanker even more often than that, he noted.

Pleus pushed back on Davis’ criticism, stressing that extending time between refuelings during an ocean crossing would mean more risk to pilots...." viewtopic.php?f=61&t=27157&p=362822&hilit=Pleus#p362822
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Unread post05 Mar 2017, 05:07

2 page PDF of entire article attached below.
How training pact with CAE fuelled RAAF tanker revival
7-13 March 2017 GREG WALDRON

“...FlightGlobal was able to guide the boom around the canopy of an incoming Lockheed F-35, and easily extend the probe into the jet’s refuelling receptacle. Once a receiver starts refuelling the ARO [air refuelling officer] can ease off the controls and simply monitor the fuel transfer. If too much stick input is applied during the refuelling, there is a shaker alert. The instructor explains that a steady course at 275kt (508km/h) and 25,000ft is the “sweet spot” for refuelling operations. Speeds slightly higher are used for fighters, and slightly lower for larger jets....”

Source: 7-13 March 2017 Flight International
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Unread post05 Mar 2017, 07:31

Is it true that Australia is purchasing the SOM-J from Roketsan of Turkey for its F-35's?

RAAF procurement officials visited the Roketsan stand this week at the Avalon Air Show in Geelong and discussed the SOM in detail.

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