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Unread post28 Sep 2019, 05:59

F-35 Testing Delays Continue, Even as Aircraft Has Made Its Combat Debut [BEST READ IT ALL at SOURCE]
27 Sep 2019 Oriana Pawlyk

"The F-35 Joint Strike Fighter will not complete its already-delayed formal operational test phase this fall because of a setback in the testing process, according to a source close to the program.

While the F-35 Initial Operational Test and Evaluation (IOT&E) was supposed to be complete by late summer, a source with knowledge of its development said the testing is still incomplete due to an unfinished phase known as the Joint Simulation Environment. The JSE simulations project characteristics such as weather, geography and range, allowing test pilots to prove the aircraft's "full capabilities against the full range of required threats and scenarios," according to a 2015 Director, Operational Test & Evaluation (DOT&E) report.

The F-35 Joint Program Office (JPO), in coordination with the Defense Department, confirmed that the Joint Simulation Environment testing phase is still being worked through, but could not provide a timeline for its completion. "This final phase of IOT&E will occur when the JSE is ready to adequately complete the testing," DoD spokesman Air Force Lt. Col Mike Andrews said in a statement Wednesday. "The JSE is required to adequately perform F-35 IOT&E against modern adversary aircraft and dense ground threats in realistic scenarios."...

The latest delay raises doubts about when the stealth jet will hit its next crucial benchmark: expanded production....

...JPO spokeswoman Brandi Schiff said the JSE is in the process of integrating Lockheed's "'F-35 In-A-Box' (FIAB) model, which is the simulation of F-35 sensor systems and the overall aircraft integration." FIAB is the F-35 aircraft simulation that plugs into the JSE environment.

"This integration and the associated verification activities are lagging initial projections and delaying IOT&E entry into the JSE," Schiff said. Lockheed Martin originally proposed a Virtual Simulator program for this testing. But in 2015, the government instead opted to transition the work -- which would become the JSE -- to Naval Air Systems Command at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Maryland....

...Despite the testing delay, production continues, according to Lockheed. "We have delivered on all requirements for this software to be integrated with NAVAIR's JSE and are providing our full support to ensure successful integration and testing as soon as possible," company spokesman Mike Friedman said Friday. "F-35 production continues to ramp up...."

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Unread post28 Sep 2019, 14:56

Reading between the lines, it would seem all the flying has been completed? Did the article mention anything about how the jet performed in those tests? While I try not to assume, it would seem reasonable that if the jet had not passed some flying tests, that news would be screamed from the journalistic rooftops. Therefore, it would stand to reason that the jet passed all the flying tests, probably with flying colors, as I haven't read sh*t to the contrary.

So... the jet passes all the flying tests... but is hung up in completing this "virtual computer simulation testing" because the gummint decided four years ago to install some new fangled, gee-whiz virtual flight / combat simulation environment... which I would not be surprised to learn has suffered from mission creep... ("gee... that's cool... now what if we only added XYZ to this... that would be the ballz...")

The Hornet mafia wouldn't have anything to do with the Navy having issues completing this JSE simulation environment, would it? :devil:
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Unread post18 Oct 2019, 18:53

The F-35 may hit full rate production more than a year late
18 Oct 2019 Valerie Insinna

"WASHINGTON — The Defense Department will not clear the F-35 for full-rate production this year, and it may even have to push that milestone as far as January 2021, the Pentagon’s acquisition executive said Friday.

The Pentagon had intended to make a full-rate production decision — also known as Milestone C — by the end of 2019. But because the Joint Simulation Environment continues to face delays in its own development, the Defense Department will have to defer that milestone by as many as 13 months, Undersecretary of Defense for Acquisition and Sustainment Ellen Lord told reporters during a news conference.

“We actually had signed out of the JPO [F-35 Joint Program Office] earlier this week a program deviation report that documented expected schedule threshold breach in the Milestone C full rate production decision of up to 13 months,” Lord said. It is unclear whether the delay will cause an increase in program costs....

...“We are not making as quick progress on the Joint Simulation Environment, integrating the F-35 into it. It is a critical portion of IOT&E. We work closely with Dr. Behler and DOT&E. They are making excellent progress out on the range with the F-35, but we need to do the work in the Joint Simulation Environment,” Lord said. “We have collectively decided that we need to the JSE absolutely correct before we proceed, so I will make some decisions about when that full rate production decision will be made shortly," she added.

Specifically, the Defense Department and F-35 prime contractor Lockheed Martin are lagging behind in integrating the "'F-35 In-A-Box” — the simulated model of the F-35 and its sensors and weapons — into the JSE, reported Military.com, which broke the news of the testing delay in September...."

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Unread post19 Oct 2019, 00:47

Sounds like they underestimated the complexity of the system, the Joint Simulation Environment, and how to integrate/ model the F-35 into it.
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Unread post19 Oct 2019, 01:40

F-35 Program Facing Delays in Full-Rate Production, As DoD Struggles to Integrate Into Simulators
18 Oct 2019 Megan Eckstein

"The F-35 Joint Strike Fighter is performing well in the real world, but challenges incorporating it into a Defense Department simulation system will delay DoD from being able to move into full-rate production, the Pentagon’s top weapons-buyer told reporters today....

...“We actually just have signed out of the [Joint Program Office] earlier this week a program deviation report that documented expected schedule threshold breach in the Milestone C full-rate production decision milestone of up to 13 months. So what this is the result of – and I follow this very carefully – is the fact that we are not making as quick progress on the Joint Simulation Environment integrating the F-35 into it,” she said.

“It is a critical portion of [Initial Operational Test and Evaluation]. We work closely with Dr. (Robert) Behler at [Director of Operational Test and Evaluation]: they’re making excellent progress out on the range with the F-35, but we need to do the work in the Joint Simulation Environment. We have collectively decided that we need to get the JSE absolutely correct before we proceed, so I’m going to make some decisions about when that full-rate production decision will be made shortly.” The 13-month delay would push the Milestone C decision from this December to as late as January 2021....

...As for the procurement of new jets, Lord said “we’ve reached a handshake agreement with Lockheed Martin and continue to negotiate on the next F-35 lot buy for 478 aircraft. I won’t get into any specifics,” but she vowed to provide details of the negotiations once a contract was finalized. The Pentagon and the jet-builder reached this handshake agreement for Lots 12, 13 and 14 in June. The agreement covers three lots but would be written as a contract for Lot 12, with options for the next two lots. Once the Pentagon declares Milestone C and full-rate production, the department could look at multiyear contracts for Lots 15 and beyond – if DoD feels comfortable with the program – as a way to potentially trim more cost out of the program."

Source: https://news.usni.org/2019/10/18/f-35-p ... simulators
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Unread post19 Oct 2019, 05:40

478 F-35 in the next 3 lots is 159.3 F-35 per year, averaged for 12, 13 and 14.

Lot 12 was only supposed to be 140, and recent LRIP has exceeded planned production numbers per Lot, and there's nothing to prevent that occurring in Lot 12 as well. The price for 'A' officially falls to $80 mill within Lot 13 in 2021, but if production turned out to be ~10% higher than planned for Lot 12, it could occur in 2020. It appears there's scope for that.
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Unread post19 Oct 2019, 16:00

Pentagon delays F-35 full-rate production decision by 13 months
18 Oct 2019 Pat Host

"Key Points
----- • The Pentagon is pushing back its F-35 full-rate production decision by more than a year owing to issues with Joint
-------- Simulation Environment progress
----- • The facility is required to perform high-end threats that cannot be replicated in an open-air range...

...Dan Grazier, military fellow with the Project on Government Oversight (POGO) watchdog group in Washington, DC, told Jane's on 18 October that range restrictions prevent the F-35 from being tested against very high-end missions such as super dense, highly-integrated air defence networks. In theory, he said, the Pentagon should be able to replicate these missions in the simulator. Grazier said the Pentagon must have a properly functioning JSE to complete initial operational test and evaluation (IOT&E), which is required to properly inform the FRP decision.

There will be at least three JSE facilities. Grazier said the US Navy (USN) has been developing one at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Maryland, for approximately three years. The US Air Force (USAF) is also planning on a pair of its own JSEs with groundbreaking for both facilities scheduled for May 2020. The first is a 21,988 sq m facility planned for Edwards Air Force Base in California, while the other 15,535 sq m facility will be located at Nellis Air Force Base in Nevada."

Source: https://www.janes.com/article/92039/pen ... -13-months
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