Judgment Day [VMFA-121 IOC Declaration] CAM Jul 2015

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Unread post31 Jul 2015, 16:13

So is this it?

http://www.businessinsider.com/the-firs ... nes-2015-7

Gen. Joseph Dunford, the commandant of the Marine Corps, has declared an initial squadron of 10 Lockheed Martin Corp F-35B fighter jets ready for combat, sources familiar with the decision said Friday.

Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/the-firs ... z3hTynObVV
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Unread post31 Jul 2015, 20:26

Marines: F-35B Joint Strike Fighter Ready For War
31 Jul 2015 Sydney J. Freedberg Jr.

"...Don’t expect the F-35B to go to war any time soon, however. The Deputy Commandant for Aviation, Lt. Gen. Jon Davis, has made clear he first wants to build up the single squadron of 10 planes now based in Yuma, Arizona and get a deeper bench of personnel beyond the current 50 pilots and 500 maintainers. The next squadron to switch to F-35Bs will do so next year, the third squadron in 2018. It’s worth noting that the F-35’s big brother, the F-22 –also a Lockheed product — achieved IOC in 2005 and didn’t fire its first shot in anger until last fall, against the Islamic State.

Nevertheless, the long-awaited decision is “a significant milestone in the continued evolution of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program,” Pentagon procurement chief Frank Kendall said in a statement. “This accomplishment is an affirmation that the F-35 program is on track…It is also a reminder that we still have work ahead to deliver the full warfighting capability required by all three services and our [international] partners while we continue our successful efforts to drive cost out of the program.”

Of all those prospective F-35 users in the US military and abroad, it’s the Marine Corps that has been most committed to the program. That commitment to make the Joint Strike Fighter work is comparable to the Marines’ passion for the once equally troubled V-22 Osprey. Indeed, the service bet the farm on F-35B, retaining aging ’80s aircraft that are now falling apart instead of buying new planes continuously as the Navy has. So today’s decision is no surprise, despite anxieties about last-minute glitches...."

Source: http://breakingdefense.com/2015/07/mari ... y-for-war/
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Unread post31 Jul 2015, 20:44

Marines Declare Initial Operational Capability on F-35B Joint Strike Fighter
31 Jul 2015 Megan Eckstein

"...“Just like the V-22, we declared IOC in 2007; a couple weeks later, we deployed to Iraq right away,” Davis told USNI News. Therefore, his threshold for recommending an IOC declaration was, “could we take this squadron and go over to the Middle East tomorrow after Gen. Dunford declares IOC, yes or no?”

The squadron went through operational testing aboard USS Wasp (LHD-1) in May, and in a first-ever step before declaring IOC for an American platform, Davis introduced an Operational Readiness Assessment as a final test to ensure the pilots, the maintainers and the logistics teams were ready to formally enter the fleet. Davis said his biggest concern was whether there were enough spare parts in the inventory to properly sustain the squadron’s 10 jets. He promised that, even though many people have assumed the Marines would declare IOC on time regardless of the planes’ performance in testing, he would not give his thumbs up until he was confident the spares were right.

“The performance of the VMFA-121 during the ORI in all evaluated maintenance, flight operations, and exams was exceptional,” Davis said in a statement Friday....

...Davis added in his statement that “as we field the F-35, we must remain vigilant in the forging of a sustainment system which supports readiness rates required to train for and conduct sustained combat operations. If I have any concern at this point, it is that the spare parts available to extract maximum value from this exceptional warfighting asset will be shy of what we will truly need. In our legacy fleet, we resource our sustainment accounts in order to achieve between 70 and 75% readiness. I think we have that wrong, and I want to see if we can do better with this new platform. The F-35B has so much potential. Per the Commandant’s guidance, I’ve asked my staff to see why we can’t resource this jet to achieve a significantly higher readiness rate.”"

Source: http://news.usni.org/2015/07/31/marines ... ke-fighter
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Unread post30 Sep 2015, 23:18

Does the IOC declaration also mean that the F-35B is cleared to go from LRIP (Low Rate Initial Production) to FRP (Full Rate Production)?
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Unread post30 Sep 2015, 23:32

tritonprime wrote:Does the IOC declaration also mean that the F-35B is cleared to go from LRIP (Low Rate Initial Production) to FRP (Full Rate Production)?


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Unread post01 Oct 2015, 02:18

tritonprime wrote:Does the IOC declaration also mean that the F-35B is cleared to go from LRIP (Low Rate Initial Production) to FRP (Full Rate Production)?


How the military operates its equipment has nothing to do with a manufacturers production capabilities.
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Unread post20 Aug 2016, 23:11

Found this at LockheedMartin, don't think it has been posted here before:

F-35B: The Road to U.S. Marine Corps IOC:

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