F-35 Is Newest Thorn In North Korea’s Side

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Unread post09 Jan 2018, 00:28

Yeah all the 'F-35 buying' Gubmints and Generals tell lies - ONLY CANADA KNOWS THE TRUTH - you can't handle the truth!
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Unread post10 Jan 2018, 01:39

MORE TROOFtelling (only de troof ma'am - nuttin' but de troof) at least Hope Hodge Seck gets good experts for her stories.
USS Wasp Enters Pacific Ahead of Historic Deployment With F-35B
09 Jan 2018 Hope Hodge Seck

"The Marines' 5th-generation "jump jet" fighter is about to be deployed aboard a ship for the very first time, marking the culmination of years of testing and development....

...Marine Corps officials have not released the timeline of the Wasp's upcoming deployment with F-35Bs as part of the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, or commented on whether hurricane relief will affect the timeline. While sources have said to expect the MEU to deploy this spring, a Marine spokeswoman, Capt. Sarah Burns, would say only that the deployment was set for this calendar year.

For the Marine Corps, the first shipboard deployment of the F-35B will be more than the projection of a powerful new airframe; it will also be the first opportunity to exercise a capability for which the service paid dearly. [HUH?]

The F-35B was designed with a powerful lift fan that gives the aircraft short takeoff and vertical lift capability, exclusively for the purpose of launching from the amphibious ships that carry Marines around the world. [OH COME ON! Haven't you heard about DSO Distributed STOVL Ops which involve FARPs and suchlike - dear oh dearie me....]

Dakota Wood, senior research fellow for Defense Programs at the Heritage Foundation and a former strategic planner for the commandant of the Marine Corps, said he will be paying close attention to how well the F-35's complex systems and logistical footprint integrate with everything else on the ship during a real deployment....

...Though tensions have been rising in the Pacific as North Korea tests missiles and makes threats, the deployment is expected to consist of training and routine operations.

It comes shortly before the deployment of another F-35B squadron, VMFA-211, set to depart with the 13th MEU aboard the amphibious assault ship Essex later this year. That deployment, to the 5th Fleet area of operations, could well offer the Joint Strike Fighter its first taste of combat in the Middle East....

..."It's much more likely that the F-35Bs on the Essex, over Syria or Afghanistan, you could potentially see F-35s rolled into [combat] operations," Wood said.

He added that the Essex deployment may offer opportunities to fly the F-35B with an external weapons load, in addition to its stealth internal load. "So it's another opportunity to try out the airplane in a different configuration," he said."

Source: https://www.military.com/dodbuzz/2018/0 ... f-35b.html
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Unread post05 Feb 2018, 16:17

F-35 put through its paces in first Asia-Pacific deployment [Long Post Best Read at Source]
06 Feb 2018 Valerie Insinna

"WASHINGTON — Look at the skies above Kadena Air Base on the Japanese island of Okinawa and twice daily you’ll get a glimpse of U.S. Air Force F-35 fighter jets taking off, only to land several hours later. Watch the base itself and you’ll see maintainers working round the clock to ensure the service’s newest fighter jets are ready to go....

...“We’re approaching 1,000 flight hours and 500 sorties, we’ll probably have that here in the next week and a half or two weeks,” Master Sgt. Brian Sarafin, F-35A production superintendent for the 34th Aircraft Maintenance Unit, told Defense News in a Jan. 24 interview. On any given day, the 12 F-35s at Kadena could be expected to make anywhere from 12 to 14 total sorties, meaning every plane must be quickly inspected and repaired so it is ready to fly....

...About 20 F-35A pilots relocated to Okinawa, and they fly about two to three times a week, said Capt. Ryan Huber, the 34th Fighter Squadron’s flight commander. Most of those hours are spent training, but pilots also participate in exercises like Vigilant Ace, held in South Korea in December, where operators got to practice skills such as enemy infiltration and precision strike with U.S. military and South Korean jets....

...The Air Force’s data sponge...
...the F-35s operating in Japan — the Air Force’s “A” models at Kadena as well as the Marine Corps’ F-35Bs, which will deployed aboard the amphibious assault ship Wasp this year — could still play a vital role in enhancing the U.S. military’s understanding of North Korea’s own military activities, especially given the jet’s classified electronic warfare package and data fusion capability that brings together imagery from the aircraft’s myriad active and passive sensors.

“I don’t know if it’s actually monitoring the television channels that people are watching in their homes or if, as soon of they get airborne, they start doing a really good assessment of what’s happening in the North,” Venable said. “When you have the guys out on the Wasp and they’re flying, if they’re flying 100 miles off the coast of North Korea, you can bet your bottom dollar that they’re scooping up gobs and gobs of information of what’s going on inside the peninsula and then the northern side of the peninsula. And the same thing is going on with the [’A’ models].”

...Go ask ALIS
Although agencies like the Government Accountability Office and the Pentagon’s independent weapons tester have criticized the F-35 program for spare parts shortages and aircraft availability problems, Sarafin said the 34th hasn’t run into any major complications during its deployment in Japan.

“We haven’t had major surprises since we’ve been here. The jets have been performing pretty well, and we have not had many maintenance nondeliveries. When we first got here, we went over 130 sorties without dropping a single one, which was great for us and kind of unheard of for a new platform like that,” he said.

So far, the most critical challenge on the maintenance side has been setting up the aircraft’s Autonomic Logistics Information System, which allows operators to order spare parts, walk through maintenance procedures and plan missions. The 34th is using the latest version, ALIS 2.0.2.4, during this deployment.

“It’s much quicker. We have a lot of access to all the data we need on the aircraft,” Sarafin said. “Is it a perfect system? No, but it’s much better than it has been in the past few years.”

During the first days of the deployment, maintenance crews had difficulty readying the supply system and getting parts delivered on time due to customs hiccups. But “it’s been hashed out fairly quickly,” said Sarafin, adding that the squadron did not lose any sorties due to a lack of parts. “We’re operating here almost as efficiently as we do at home station now.”

One of the new features of ALIS 2.0.2 allows the user to view and monitor data from the aircraft’s Pratt & Whitney F135 engine, which was developed specifically for the F-35. Before getting the current ALIS version, maintainers would have to download the engine data, burn it to a disc and then hand it over to a Pratt & Whitney employee, who would look at the data and ensure that the engine was safe to fly the next sortie.

“It was a time-consuming process. Sometimes you’re talking two to four hours to get the data, which could then delay your time and [decrease] the possibility of having an aircraft ready the next year,” he said. Now, because engine data flows through ALIS, it can be downloaded in five to ten minutes after the plane lands."

Source: https://www.defensenews.com/digital-sho ... eployment/
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Unread post05 Feb 2018, 17:58

Once again, reality isn't lining up with bean counting.
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Unread post05 Feb 2018, 18:21

I think it's also an issue of people believing that a problem will ALWAYS be a problem once reported. I still run into people who think that the F-35 has foul weather flight restrictions. The same thing can be said for seat, helmet, data fusion, etc.

Add that to people not bothering to think or look for more than one source besides Twitter/Facebook leads them to believe that the F-35 program has ALREADY spent $1.2 Billion rather than understanding that the $1.2 Billion is an estimate of the 55+ year lifetime cost of the entire program, from 1998 to 2040+.
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Unread post05 Feb 2018, 18:43

Trillion? 7 Amazing Things America Could Have Bought Instead of a $1.45 Trillion Jet 02 May 2016
http://time.com/money/4310099/f-35-budg ... ent-loans/
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Unread post05 Feb 2018, 19:54

spazsinbad wrote:Trillion? 7 Amazing Things America Could Have Bought Instead of a $1.45 Trillion Jet 02 May 2016
http://time.com/money/4310099/f-35-budg ... ent-loans/



Lol wow. For the record, in 2009 the US spent 1 trillion dollars through a stimulus. Magically none of what the author notes here was bought, even when renewing infrastructure was one of the prime reasons behind it.

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Unread post05 Feb 2018, 21:21

I think the entire premise of the article is flawed. They present the cost of the F-35 as optional. They pretend that if they did not buy the F-35 then there would be all this extra money floating around. They ignore the fact that "something" has to replace our aging fleet of 4th gen assets.

Some of the specific problems I have wit it's conclusions:

In fact the Congressional Budget Office recommended that updating the stalwart F/A-18 and the F-16 planes would be sufficient—a move that could save around $48.5 billion.

1st, the CBO are bean counters and have no clue what is "sufficient" to fight a war, especially one 40+ years in the future. 2nd, no mention of all of the extra support that 4h gen assets would need. 3rd, no mention of the extra lives lost due to trying to use 4th gen assets in a 5th gen fight.


Wait a sec... This article is from May of 2016.... Why was it posted now?
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Unread post05 Feb 2018, 21:39

Yep 2016. 'SWP' mentioned BILLIONS & I say TRILLIONS -that was my point- that's why only headline & URL posted. HOKay?
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Unread post05 Feb 2018, 22:33

spazsinbad wrote:Trillion? 7 Amazing Things America Could Have Bought Instead of a $1.45 Trillion Jet 02 May 2016
http://time.com/money/4310099/f-35-budg ... ent-loans/


With $1.45 Trillion I could do this following amazing thing:

- Hire all the worlds great looking hookers and have an orgy with all of them!!

Eat this time.com, America and F-35!! :mrgreen:
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Unread post06 Feb 2018, 01:42

SpudmanWP wrote:They present the cost of the F-35 as optional. They pretend that if they did not buy the F-35 then there would be all this extra money floating around. They ignore the fact that "something" has to replace our aging fleet of 4th gen assets.


I mean, it's Time, so for them it probably is optional, along with the rest of DOD...

ricnunes wrote:With $1.45 Trillion I could do this following amazing thing:

- Hire all the worlds great looking hookers and have an orgy with all of them!!

Eat this time.com, America and F-35!! :mrgreen:


I feel like you're overestimating the cost of that by a few orders of magnitude.
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Unread post06 Feb 2018, 02:13

Honestly, maybe we should start of list of Critics and Supporters of the F-35???
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Unread post06 Feb 2018, 12:33

rheonomic wrote:
ricnunes wrote:With $1.45 Trillion I could do this following amazing thing:

- Hire all the worlds great looking hookers and have an orgy with all of them!!

Eat this time.com, America and F-35!! :mrgreen:


I feel like you're overestimating the cost of that by a few orders of magnitude.


Of course I am! :mrgreen:

The cost includes the purchase (and maintenance) of an Aircraft Carrier in order to have the orgy will all those hookers and I would also need to justify a $10,000 pricetag per each condom :wink:
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Unread post06 Feb 2018, 12:34

Corsair1963 wrote:Honestly, maybe we should start of list of Critics and Supporters of the F-35???


Count me in the list of Supporters :wink:
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Unread post08 Feb 2018, 01:45

http://www.businessinsider.com/how-a-us ... nas-2018-2

YUUUGE IDEA... have f-35b's hovering around, escorting the rolling ground objects! If it's cold out the exhausts will keep bystanders warm!

Just make sure there's no goose-stepping or executing people for sneezing while the supreme leader is talking.
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