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Unread post22 Jul 2015, 22:17

U.S. Marines Complete F-35B Readiness Inspection
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The . Marine Corps has completed an operational readiness inspection (.of .. VMFA-121 .., is suitable to declare initial operational capability (IOC).

. took place July 13-20, .

The ORI was ordered by Marine Deputy Commandant for Aviation Lt. Gen. Jon Davis ..

The Marines will be the first to declare operations for the F-35 ..

The Air Force is the next .. IOC planned by the end of next year.

The ORI team has until July 22 to compile its report for Davis.
A decision on IOC is expected by the end of July, .

. exercise for the F-35B on May 18-29, when six of the aircraft deployed on the USS Wasp amphibious ship for its first series of operational testing trials. . proved the aircraft could operate on the ship as expected in preparation for IOC.

.. F-35B deployment is slated for Marine Corps Air Station Iwikuni, Japan, in 2017.

Source: http://aviationweek.com/defense/us-mari ... inspection


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Unread post22 Jul 2015, 22:57

I think I can predict that this same article has been earlier posted here: (use search OR keep in mind topic threads - there are now several about ORI and this new one here - is just another one) BTW the article says nothing new really.

viewtopic.php?f=59&t=27429&p=296404&hilit=Butler#p296404
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Unread post27 Jul 2015, 04:33

Marines' new F-35 software warns maintainers of needed fixes

As the Marine F-35B joint strike fighter completes final operational testing, including bomb runs and shipboard landings, a lesser publicized piece of the program critical to keeping the jet in the air received its last required upgrade before the aircraft can be certified as ready for war.

Affectionately known as ALIS, the Autonomic Logistics Information System used by Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 121 out of Marine Corps Air Station Yuma, Arizona, serves as the information hub for the F-35, transmitting aircraft health and maintenance needs directly to maintainers, said Gunnery Sgt. Brian Erline, the VMFA-121 aviation logistics information management systems chief.

The high-tech software allows pilots to create a mission profile on a hard drive that they load onto their aircraft before taking flight. The hard drive tracks flight data and flags required maintenance, and lets ground crews know when parts are nearing their life span and need to be changed. The new upgrades also allow supply and sustainment crews to get those alerts, so maintainers get the parts they need to fix the aircraft, ..

ALIS is "a single management tool to support all F-35 operations," .. Along with software upgrades, new hardware for ALIS also got it ready for the field. It was previously rigged on standard server racks like those found in office buildings. Its rugged new cases make it more portable, allowing for it to be easily moved on and off aircraft carriers or deployed to remote bases, .

The Marine Corps is expected to continue upgrading the logistics information system over the next two years throughout the next phase of the F-35 program testing.

Source: http://www.marinecorpstimes.com/story/m ... /30571429/


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Unread post27 Jul 2015, 05:11

neptune wrote:http://www.marinecorpstimes.com/story/military/tech/2015/07/26/marines-new-f-35-software-warns-maintainers-needed-fixes/30571429/

Marines' new F-35 software warns maintainers of needed fixes

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... and an abundance of needed (expensive) fixes there will likely no doubt be... for such a complex aircraft -- even when new.

Imagine when these puppies are as old as today's Marine AV-8B still hanging in there?!? Regardless, they might even need to pull away some operational USAF A-10 and even F-16 maintainers (?) in the meanwhile by the sounds of it, to keep the initial training and IOC squadrons relevant?

Perhaps some operational Harrier II's (possibly via a SOC detachment or two) could be maintained nonetheless to augment initial F-35B squadrons with various integrated weapon system/combat capabilities the block III 'B' will not be able to employ or bring to the table. (i.e., as an offset to initial loss of capabilities, or capability gap, etc).
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Unread post27 Jul 2015, 06:28

geogen wrote:
neptune wrote:http://www.marinecorpstimes.com/story/military/tech/2015/07/26/marines-new-f-35-software-warns-maintainers-needed-fixes/30571429/

Marines' new F-35 software warns maintainers of needed fixes

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... and an abundance of needed (expensive) fixes there will likely no doubt be... for such a complex aircraft -- even when new.

Imagine when these puppies are as old as today's Marine AV-8B still hanging in there?!?


Aircraft maintenance requirements/costs follow a bathtub model - high early on, lower at mid-life, high again as they near retirement.

Regardless, they might even need to pull away some operational USAF A-10 and even F-16 maintainers (?) in the meanwhile by the sounds of it, to keep the initial training and IOC squadrons relevant?


I think you've forgotten the meaning of the word relevant. Nevertheless, yes, 18 A-10s have been put into flying storage, and the USAF is bringing over reserve F-16 maintainers to the F-35.

Perhaps some operational Harrier II's (possibly via a SOC detachment or two) could be maintained nonetheless to augment initial F-35B squadrons with various integrated weapon system/combat capabilities the block III 'B' will not be able to employ or bring to the table. (i.e., as an offset to initial loss of capabilities, or capability gap, etc).


What would a Harrier II have that a Block 3F F-35B wouldn't?
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Unread post27 Jul 2015, 08:49

[quote="Dragon029....
What would a Harrier II have that a Block 3F F-35B wouldn't?[/quote]

- B61 nuclear bomb....

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Unread post27 Jul 2015, 09:19

"...B61 nuclear bomb..." Is that why the first F-35B squadron is going to Japan, near China and North Korea?
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Unread post28 Jul 2015, 00:48

Not a surprise, but finally
Marines File Paperwork for F-35 IOC; Sign-Off 'Soon'

http://www.defensenews.com/story/defens ... /30751515/


WASHINGTON — The US Marine Corps finished tests and filled out the paperwork needed to turn the F-35 joint strike fighter into an operational aircraft.

Lt. Gen. Jon Davis, deputy commandant for Marine aviation, told reporters Monday that once Marine Corps Commandant Gen. Joe Dunford signs off on the paperwork, the F-35B fleet will have achieved initial operational capability (IOC), becoming the first model of the joint strike fighter to become operational.

"[Dunford has] got all the paperwork now. He's going through all that," Davis said. "I would say 'soon' but… he and I talked. He's a busy guy and he's working his way through that right now. I'll tell you we met all of the IOC criteria."

Getting Dunford's signature may take longer than it normally would, as he is currently up for nomination as chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. It is possible the decision could slip to Dunford's nominated successor, Lt. Gen. Robert Neller, although that would be surprising.

Once IOC is declared on the jump-jet variant, the F-35B will be deployable by the Marines in the same manner as any other military aircraft. The first F-35B deployment is scheduled to take place in 2017, with the unit known as VMFA-121 moving to Iwakuni, Japan.

However, if national security objectives required it, Davis said, the planes could be deployed anywhere in the world post IOC. Which is to say, the F-35 will no longer be a paper airplane, but rather one that is part of the overall US military aviation arsenal.

It is a milestone for an F-35 program which suffered years of delays and cost overruns, having been branded as the "trillion dollar plane" and "the plane that ate the Pentagon" by critics.


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Interview: Lockheed Martin's Marillyn Hewson

Although the jets will be operational, they are not in their final form. More capability, including the use of the plane's gun, will come down the line with software update 3F, which will drop in 2017.

One issue revolves around how the F-35 does data fusion between ships. The fighter is designed to gather information through its sensor suites and share it with other F-35s in the area, with up to four jets gathering situational awareness data and creating a joint operational picture for the pilots.

Lt. Gen. Chris Bogdan, the F-35 program head, revealed in March that during testing, the F-35 system had trouble identifying if the target was one target or multiple, something he said was a result of each plane looking at the target from a slightly different angle or using different sensors.


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F-35 Software Challenge Won't Delay IOC

For now, Davis said, the Marines have changed their concept of operations as a workaround. Instead of fusing the data between the four planes, the jets will be paired off, in what Davis referred to as a "2+2" configuration.

Davis said prime contractor Lockheed Martin is "getting closer" on fixing the issue. Asked for a timeframe, he was firm: "we demand it be fixed for 3F."

Asked about concerns with the F-35 is, Davis highlighted the need to keep the fighters rolling off Lockheed's Fort Worth, Texas plant.

"We do need to build airplanes, and start producing them to make sure we have the aircraft in numbers to replace our legacy platforms, and frankly bring this capability to our warfighters," he said.

That's notable given that Dunford wrote in response to questions from the Senate Armed Services Committee indicated that, for the first time in years, the Pentagon is weighing whether 2,443 F-35s is the right size buy.


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"Given the evolving defense strategy and the latest Defense Planning Guidance, we are presently taking the newest strategic foundation and analyzing whether 2,443 aircraft is the correct number," Dunford wrote.

Asked if the Pentagon should look at buying less F-35s, Davis was blunt: "No."

"Right now I can't imagine wanting to cut back on the buy, because right now I'm replacing a greater number of F-18s, Harriers and Prowlers," Davis said. "Obviously ill defer to the commandant and do what he says. He and I have not talked about reducing the number of F-35s, so I'd have to go back and talk to him about that."

The F-35A conventional take-off and landing model will go operational for the Air Force in the fall of 2016. The carrier variant F-35C, which will be used both by the Navy and Marines, is scheduled to go operational in 2018, with a more up-to-date software package.
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Unread post28 Jul 2015, 01:04

Same article posted earlier here by 'bring_it_on': viewtopic.php?f=59&t=27557&p=296890&hilit=paperwork#p296890
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Unread post28 Jul 2015, 01:22

Good news for LM, they get their bonus money for meeting IOC. Up to $100M potentially if all objectives are met.
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Unread post28 Jul 2015, 02:53

First F-35B Operational Squadron Must Have Sufficient Spare Parts Inventory Before Deploying
Posted: July 27, 2015 Insidedefense


While the Marine Corps' top service officer considers declaring the F-35B Joint Strike Fighter war-ready, the first operational aircraft must have a sufficient number of spare parts to deploy in 2017.
Lt. Gen. Jon Davis, deputy commandant for aviation, told reporters during a July 27 teleconference Marine Corps Commandant Gen. Joseph Dunford is reviewing his recommendations and will make an initial operational capability decision "soon."
Davis said getting spares in place for deployment to Iwakuni, Japan, in January 2017 is "really important."

Marine Fighter Attack Squadron-121 is the first F-35B short-takeoff-and-vertical-landing operational squadron. Davis said the unit will continue to train and get better and must be able to accept the updated capabilities it will receive as the program matures.
Further, Davis said on average the F-35B has a 60- to 65-percent mission-capable rate. As modified jets enter the fleet, the rate increases. For example, the training squadron had a 70- to 75-percent readiness rate a few days ago, he added.
"We need to get higher than that," Davis stated.
The mission capable rate goal for the jet is 80 percent once the program enters full operational capability in the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2017, he said. -- Lee Hudson
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Unread post28 Jul 2015, 04:28

http://breakingdefense.com/2015/07/dunford-mulls-f-35b-ioc-decision-4-bs-take-out-9-attackers/

WASHINGTON: During the Marine’s recent operational readiness test of the B, four of the Marine aircraft went up against nine enemy aircraft.

It went very poorly for the bad guys,” Lt. Gen. Jon Davis, deputy commandant for aviation, told me this afternoon. Davis provided few details, saying they were classified, He did say that the s faced a threat that “we have never put an F-16 or a Harrier against.” The Bs, he said, did a “great job.”

I asked Davis about the recent news that the A did not fare that well in dogfight conditions against an F-16. “I love the F-16. It was a great airplane. Still is pretty good, but i would not want to be in a fight against an .”


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Unread post28 Jul 2015, 04:58

Previous URL does not work now (changed by website) this one works at moment (until they change it):

http://breakingdefense.com/2015/07/dunf ... attackers/
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Unread post28 Jul 2015, 15:26

Of course this exercise will be deemed unrealistic because the F-35 did well. Meanwhile a non-dogfight developmental flight with an F-16 is deemed a completely realistic encounter.:doh:

Can't wait to see how Sweetman spins this. I can predict it already: "missiles would have missed in reality... radar would have been jammed... IRST would have been used to kill F-35 from 50 miles away and their missiles would have hit..." :bang: :bang:
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Unread post29 Jul 2015, 02:30

Yep another thread has the SweetiePieSpinDoctoring on SecretingProcess Forum (link: http://www.secretprojects.co.uk/forum/i ... #msg255483 ) meanwhile here is an update to the SWP 'BreakDaFence' artickle above:
"UPDATED The Pentagon’s top buyer, Frank Kendall, told reporters Tuesday he had confidence in the Marines’ approach and in Lt. Gen. Davis personally: “I think the Marines are being careful about this IOC declaration. I’ve talked to General Davis; he’s not going to recommend it to the commandant until they’re fully ready.”"
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