JASDF may be in the market for more F-35s

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Unread post03 Jan 2019, 06:20

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Unread post03 Jan 2019, 07:08

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October 9, 2018

Defense’s 30-Year Aircraft Plan Reveals New Details

Each year, the Department of Defense issues a 30-year aviation plan, intended to chart the direction of the aviation enterprise. This plan is typically relatively short on specifics, in part because 30 years is rather far to foresee in detail, particularly as that goes 25 years beyond official defense budget projections.

By contrast, the most recent 30-year aviation plan released in April 2018 is full of details on specific programs, including cancellations, life extensions, and new starts. Some are explicit; others, between the lines. Some of the highlights follow.

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The Air Force previously announced plans to retire the air-superiority F-15C Eagle. But this plan declares an intention to refresh and extends the life of the F-15E Strike Eagles, the attack variant.

The Air Force has also decided to extend the life of its F-16 Fighting Falcon fleet. What do the F-15E and the F-16 have in common? They are both slated to be replaced by the F-35 Lightning II. This new plan may show the Air Force hedging in case F-35s do not arrive as fast as hoped and thus has to extend existing airframes to fill the gap. The target quantity of F-35s has not changed; the Air Force still expects to buy 1,763. But in case they do not arrive as quickly as anticipated, the Air Force seeks to update its older aircraft.

https://fas.org/sgp/crs/weapons/IF10999.pdf[/quote]

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(U) Retirement of F-15C Aircraft

(S) In February 2017, the DCS AF/A5/8 issued the XXXXXXXXXXXXXXX to retire the F-15C aircraft beginning in XXXX and fully retire the aircraft by the end of XXXX. However, XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX The XXXXXXXXXXX communicated the Air Force’s long-term strategic intention to build and sustain a capable, right-sized Air Force and directed program resource allocation. The DCS AF/A5/8 planned to use F-15C EPAWSS procurement funds to develop a higher priority Air Superiority program.


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https://media.defense.gov/2018/May/25/2 ... 18-121.PDF
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Unread post03 Jan 2019, 07:43

Corsair1963 wrote:No more Japanese built F-35's???


QUOTE: Defence officials also pointed out that Japan will stop using a final assembly and check-out (FACO) facility for the country’s F-35As from FY 2019 and start buying completed F-35As and F-35Bs to reduce procurement costs.


https://www.janes.com/article/85299/jap ... from_rss=1


They should follow Italy's lead and change their FACO into a HVY Maint Depot for the Asian theater.
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Unread post03 Jan 2019, 07:54

SpudmanWP wrote:
They should follow Italy's lead and change their FACO into a HVY Maint Depot for the Asian theater.



Didn't Australia already win such a contract for the Asian Region???
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Unread post03 Jan 2019, 16:21

Mudhens may be the preferred (or only) delivery vehicle for the 5000lb GBU-28.
Take an F-16, stir in A-7, dollop of F-117, gob of F-22, dash of F/A-18, sprinkle with AV-8B, stir well + bake. Whaddya get? F-35.
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Unread post15 Jan 2019, 14:35

Japan Details 2019-23 Defense Plan Costs
14 Jan 2019 Bradley Perrett

"...Japan is planning to buy 45 Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightnings in the five fiscal years, which will begin on April 1, 2019. Among them, 18 are supposed to be F-35Bs and the other 27 F-35As. In an evident misprint, the ministry estimates the average cost of 45 “F-35A” aircraft at ¥11.6 billion. It presumably means the average price for fighters of both versions...."

Source: http://aviationweek.com/defense/japan-d ... plan-costs
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Unread post16 Jan 2019, 06:37

Two USAF F-15's were forced to make emergency landings at Kadena Air Base on Okinawa on Jan 15th............ :shock:

http://alert5.com/2019/01/16/two-usaf-f ... me-runway/
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