Australian lawmakers confident in F-35's future

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Unread post05 Mar 2020, 04:39

Wouldn't F-16's be a cheaper option. While, provide near identical performance to the F/A-18 Hornets...... :|
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Unread post05 Mar 2020, 05:01

What is available is what counts. Many civilian companies now vie for retired military jets - it is a big business nowadays.
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Unread post10 Mar 2020, 20:36

FOREIGN AFFAIRS, DEFENCE AND TRADE LEGISLATION COMMITTEE - Estimates [PDF attached - page 91]
04 Mar 2020 Senate Hansard

"...Senator VAN: I want to ask Air Force to come and talk to the F-35. Can you update the committee on the progress of the F-35 program, including some information on the delivery of the aircraft and progress towards IOC?
Air Marshal Hupfeld: Certainly. The delivery of the F-35, I think, is going very well. We currently have 13 aircraft delivered and operating in Australia at the moment out of RAAF base Williamtown in New South Wales. We have another five aircraft operating in the international training centre at Luke Air Force Base. We either have, or are very close to getting, the next four contractually accepted in the US. They'll be due to return to Australia in a week or so. So we're just right at the delivery state for that.

As I've said, the program so far has been successful for us. The price margin for the F-35 over the last three lots and what we've been getting for the aeroplane has shown through the whole program a price reduction of about 12.8 per cent. So it's down less than US$80 million for each aircraft. That also had some Australian industry benefits. I'll pass to my colleague from Capability Acquisition and Sustainment Group to talk through some Australian industry aspects.
Our training program is progressing successfully. We are now training our air crew at Williamtown. Our first ab initio F-35 pilot—one that hasn't flown a fighter aircraft before—is either on the course or about to start the course very shortly. That's ahead of our planned schedule. The training for our maintenance personnel is also on success and slightly ahead of schedule. So we're well on track for our initial operating capability at the end of this year and to drive towards full operating capability.

For initial operating capability at the end of this year, we expect to have 33 aircraft. We assess that it's low risk for us at the moment to achieve that milestone. Once again, it's looking promising. So we are ahead, I think, but only slightly, with troops and aircraft to task. We performed with some of our aircraft and air crew operating in exercise Red Flag last year. The performance of the aircraft has been very successful. It is quoted as anecdotally achieving in a training environment what we call a kill ratio of 20 to one; it takes out 20 adversary aircraft for the so-called loss of only one of our own. The F-35 as a fifth generation aircraft can operate in a threat environment that a fourth generation aircraft is not able to and protect itself. Additionally, the F-35 has been able to integrate and enhance the capability of the fourth generation aircraft that operates with it. So it's been successful in that regard.

Senator VAN: Just on that, how will the F-35 contribute to our five gen capability?
Air Marshal Hupfeld: The good parts of the aeroplane are about the integration and fusion of information. It will do that well across any of the air systems that it's operating with and fighting with in the air. It can also now send and provide TA information to the joint force, both maritime and land forces. So it contributes to enhance the overall capabilities of the joint force as a whole...."

Source: https://parlinfo.aph.gov.au/parlInfo/do ... 67/0000%22
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Unread post12 Mar 2020, 19:17

EA-18G Growler - 21st Century Electronic Attack [Eight Page PDF of article attached below]
April 2020 Mark Ayton

“AIR International details the Boeing EA-18G Growler electronic attack aircraft and its Next-Gen Jammer, as Mark Ayton considers what lies ahead for this sophisticated node in the modern battlespace....

...OPS AROUND the ‘BOAT’...
...During carrier suitability trials, VX-23 undertook gross-weight expansion testing to increase the Growler’s bring-back capability to 48,000lb (21,773kg) including fuel, up from the Super Hornet’s 44,000lb (19,958kg) load. Catapult shots had to ensure tow-bar, nose-bar, gear and hook point loads were within the required limits for launching the aircraft. Arrested landings with a gross weight of 48,000lb (21,773kg) were conducted under various simulated conditions to test de-acceleration, high-sink rate landings, roll/yaw offset landings and different attitudes.”

Source: AIR International Magazine APRIL 2020 Vol 98 No 4
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Unread post20 Mar 2020, 02:18

Next-Gen Jammer Mid-Band pod completes developmental testing
19 Mar 2020 Kristine Wilcox, Airborne Electronic Attack Systems (PMA-234) communications

"NAVAL AIR SYSTEMS COMMAND, PATUXENT RIVER, Md -- The Navy’s Next Generation Jammer Mid-Band (NGJ-MB) developmental pod recently completed a portion of developmental testing in the Air Combat Environmental Test and Evaluation Facility anechoic chamber at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Maryland. The NGJ-MB Engineering Development Model (EDM) pods, developed by the Raytheon Company in El Segundo, California, completed more than 400 hours of basic functionality, Electromagnetic Environmental Effects (E3) data collection and performance testing over a period of three months.

“This chamber test period was instrumental to the NGJ-MB Developmental Test program, and its success was the direct result of outstanding teamwork among the Program Office, Integrated Test Team, and Raytheon stakeholders,” said Capt. Michael Orr, Airborne Electronic Attack Systems (PMA-234) program manager. “Data captured during this period not only supports our initial flight clearance, but also provided lessons learned that will benefit the entire NGJ-MB test program moving forward.”

The NGJ-MB system consists of two pods, referred to as a shipset, which will be loaded onto EA-18G Growler aircraft. The system will provide significantly improved Airborne Electronic Attack (AEA) capabilities against advanced threats in the mid-band frequency range through enhanced agility and precision within jamming assignments, increased interoperability and expanded broadband capacity for greater threat coverage against a wide variety of radio frequency emitters.

Unlike most capabilities that instantly replace its predecessor, the NGJ-MB systems will initially augment the legacy ALQ-99 Tactical Jamming System until the low- and high-band components are ready to deploy. NGJ-MB will enter flight testing at the Air Test and Evaluation Squadron (VX) 23 this spring. The program's Milestone C is projected for the end of this fiscal year...."

Photo: "Two Next Generation Jammer Mid-Band pods, attached to an EA-18G Growler, undergo testing in the Air Combat Environmental Test and Evaluation Facility anechoic chamber at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Md. (U.S. Navy photo)" https://www.navair.navy.mil/sites/g/fil ... 8576_0.jpg (0.7Mb)


Source: https://www.navair.navy.mil/news/Next-G ... 92020-1129
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Unread post20 Mar 2020, 02:45

Anyone wanna venture a guess on a DI for this beauty?

Now add a couple EFTs. :shock:
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Unread post20 Mar 2020, 03:33

:devil: It'll need all those wires to get airborne. :doh:
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Unread post20 Mar 2020, 05:42

The new skyhook propulsion system. I've heard about is for a long time. :devil:
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Unread post29 Mar 2020, 22:58

Wonder what is going on at EDWARDS re testing F-35s by ALLIES (not including the COVID-19 situation otherwise known).
COVID-19: F-35 Testing Suspended; Edwards AFB Flight Tests Halted
27 Mar 2020 Colin Clark

"...Meanwhile, we hear that Australia, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom, who want to stay at Edwards for their sovereign IOTE testing (the data which they gather is shared with the US) have not gotten an answer to whether they will remain there after roughly a year of requests. Our source says this is increasing friction with those allies and raising questions in their minds about the US commitment to a truly joint allied program."

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Unread post19 May 2020, 21:36

NGJ-LB begins final DET tests
18 May 2020 NavAir

"NAVAL AIR SYSTEMS COMMAND, PATUXENT RIVER, Md -- The U.S. Navy recently began the final Demonstration of Existing Technologies (DET) test period for the Next Generation Jammer Low Band (NGJ-LB) capability at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Maryland. Tests are being conducted at the Air Combat Environmental Test and Evaluation Facility and the Facility for Antenna and RCS Measurement (FARM) through this summer. The 20-month DET contract has been a collaborative effort with industry partners to assess technical maturity....

...NGJ-LB is part of a larger NGJ weapon system that will augment, and ultimately replace the legacy ALQ-99 Tactical Jamming System (TJS) currently used for Airborne Electronic Attack on the EA-18G Growler aircraft. “NGJ-LB is the next step in the evolution of Airborne Electronic Attack that is needed to meet current and emerging electronic warfare gaps, and our team is dedicated to delivering this capability to the fleet as quickly as possible,” Orr [Airborne Electronic Attack Systems (PMA-234) Program Manager Capt. Michael Orr, who oversees the NGJ-LB program] said."

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Source: https://www.navair.navy.mil/news/NGJ-LB ... 82020-1153
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Unread post21 May 2020, 12:20

They are going to be good. RAAF are saying IOC 2025 and FOC 2031
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Unread post28 May 2020, 19:53

Here is a photo of the Australian F35's training in the wet this week. Looks a little strange as number 14 has a clear canopy for some reason.
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