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Unread post09 Dec 2016, 14:02

http://www.thefiscaltimes.com/2016/12/0 ... -Wish-List

6 High-Tech Terrorist Hunting Tools on the Pentagon’s Holiday Wish List

A Mini-Drone Deployable from a V-22

Future Marines will ride the Boeing V-22 Osprey to their beachhead landings. But what will they find when they get there? The Pentagon is looking for a drone that can deploy from the Osprey and “dash ahead of the V-22…providing at least 8.5 minutes of overhead [intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance] at the landing zone or drop zone prior to arrival.” The system drone should be largely autonomous, with waypoint guided navigation and, of course, work in all sorts of weather.
"When a fifth-generation fighter meets a fourth-generation fighter—the [latter] dies,”
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Unread post18 Dec 2016, 09:11

The Way Ahead for USMC Con-ops: The Perspective of Col. Wellons, CO of MAWTS-1
17 Dec 2016 Robbin Laird & Ed Timperlake [LOT OF ONE LINE TEXT BEST READ AT SOURCE]

"... [Col. Wellons] The F-35 is integrated into every mission that we do, whether it is close air support, helicopter escort, or, at the high end, air interdiction operations against a high-end threat including integrated air defense as well.

When we come back from a typical WTI mission exercise, and we debrief it with the helo and fixed wing guys and the C2 guys and the ground combat guys, more often than not it is the F-35 which is identified as the critical enabler to mission success.

It is the situational awareness we gain from that platform, certainly when dealing with a higher end threat like dealing with air defense, that provides us with capabilities we have in no other platform. I am pleased with where we are with the airplane right now. We have declared IOC and we are getting to deploy it to Japan.

Question: How does the integration of the F-35 into your operations, change how you think about those operations?
Col. Wellons: A lot of that can be quickly classified but let me give you an example, which does not fall into that category....

...Question: Obviously, you are working with the USAF and the US Navy on reshaping air operations affecting the MAGTF, can you give us a sense of that dynamic?
Col. Wellons:
For the USAF, the capabilities of the airplane in terms of the sensors that we have, the weapons that we have, the way that we’re employing this airplane, they’re remarkably similar.

We are in lockstep with Nellis, with the weapons school, with the 53rd Tests and Evaluation Group in terms of how we’re doing operational tasks, and we are very closely aligned with them in terms of how we employ the airplane, how we support the airplane.

We do quite a bit of work with Fallon [USN]. They are on a different timeline from the Air Force. They’re a couple of years behind in terms of where they are, but I anticipate that we’ll have similar collaboration with the Navy as they begin to lean forward into the F35 in the next couple of years."

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Unread post26 Dec 2016, 22:26

Overview of USMC Aviation this year: MUC MOR AT TH JUM :doh:
Top Stories 2016: U.S. Marine Corps Operations
26 Dec 2016 Megan Eckstein

"...2016 was a year of transition for the Marine Corps, with a new operational concept and several follow-up warfighting concepts released and with the operational F-35B Joint Strike Fighter fleet preparing for its first overseas operations in 2017. Overseas operations in the Middle East, Pacific and even in the Caribbean kept the force busy, while leaders at home continued to work their way out of an ongoing aviation readiness crisis.

F-35B
After declaring initial operational capability for the F-35B in 2015, the Marine Corps spent 2016 integrating the new plane with its amphibious ships, standing up a second operational squadron and maturing the tactics, techniques and procedures ahead of a 2017 move to Japan.

USS America (LHA-6), the newest amphibious assault ship in the fleet, wrapped up a maintenance availability in March that included deck strengthening and other modifications to accommodate the heavy and powerful F-35B. The air department underwent training to learn how to safely fuel, load ordnance and move the new planes. And in October and November America hosted a slew of F-35B developmental and operational test pilots, contractors and operational squadron Marines to expand the flight envelope, certify pilots to operate at sea and learn lessons ahead of next year’s deployment.

The F-35B test squadron, VMX-1, has spent the last year pushing the new plane and finding innovative new ways to employ it, and Marine Aviation Weapons and Tactics Squadron-One (MAWTS-1) has begun incorporating the F-35B into every major evolution at its train-the-trainer course to help spread knowledge of how to leverage the fifth-generation aircraft throughout the fleet.

Meanwhile, the second operational squadron, Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 211, stood up in June, and VMFA-121 prepared to relocate from Yuma, Ariz., to Japan in January 2017. The squadron will bring 10 planes initially, with six more coming later in the year and six aircraft planned to sail aboard USS Wasp (LHD-1) in a fall patrol of the Pacific – the first time the F-35B will deploy at sea as part of a Marine Expeditionary Unit. That MEU deployment will help loop the Marine Corps in to some high-end naval warfare opportunities: the F-35B has already used its sensors to guide the Aegis Combat System in firing a Standard Missile-6 to hit a target from the Aegis test site at White Sands Missile Range, and with three Aegis-equipped guided-missile destroyers deploying with the Wasp Amphibious Ready Group in the fall as a so-called Upgunned Expeditionary Strike Group, the Navy-Marine Corps team will find itself with an opportunity to project high-end power at great distances...."

Source: https://news.usni.org/2016/12/26/top-st ... operations
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Unread post27 Dec 2016, 16:32

[quote="spazsinbad"]........, and with three Aegis-equipped guided-missile destroyers deploying with the Wasp Amphibious Ready Group in the fall as a so-called Upgunned Expeditionary Strike Group, .......quote]

...with the recent success of the "Bee" with an SM-6 one questions why NIFC-CA is fielded with three destroyers instead of two DDG with a cruiser similar to CG-60 (first NIFC-CA upgraded cruiser)? ... in the western pacific, is it more important to have the newer DDG with latest ASW than a N.C. cruiser? :?
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Unread post01 Jan 2017, 10:38

F-35B & TRAPs with Ospreys best read at source:
Working the MV-22 With F-35 Integration: Shaping Future TRAP Missions in a Dangerous World
30 Dec 2016 Ed Timperlake & Robbin Laird

"...The digital interoperability initiative being conducted by the USMC is a key part of shaping the situational awareness thread for the insertion of the assault force via the Osprey and the F-35. The F-35 as a key generator of SA to be distributed to the incoming assault force. “The new generation is so technologically sophisticated that they will thrive in the evolving digital environment of which the F-35 is a key element.” A key impact of integrating the MV-22 with the F-35 will clearly be with regard to the Tactical Recovery of Aircraft and Personnel or TRAP mission....

...In short, the role of MAWTS-1 and its students will become key demand side driver for how the software defined and upgradeable aircraft - which is the F-35 - evolves."

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Unread post06 Jan 2017, 11:36

:devil: HMOG to be in VMFA-121 - they should be called the BUSY Bs :doh: Very long post below with only a few bits excerpted so best read at source.
Interview: Lt. Gen. Bailey Says F-35, Closer Partnerships Will Enhance Operations in 2017
05 Jan 2017 Megan Eckstein

"THE PENTAGON – Marine Corps operations are set for some big changes in 2017 with the deployment of the F-35B Joint Strike Fighter overseas, a move towards distributed operations as called for in the Marine Corps Operating Concept, and the potential addition of more ships to move Marines around high-threat areas, the deputy commandant for plans, policies and operations told USNI News.

As the Marines’ first operational squadron of F-35Bs prepares to move to Japan in the coming weeks, “we intend to fully incorporate the F-35 into the [U.S. Pacific Command] area of operations,” Lt. Gen. Ronald Bailey said in a Dec. 22 interview.

“When you start talking the things that it will do in terms of its range, its capacity, I think that will change the whole environment and change how we view not only exercises and operations but how we will train,” he said of the new airplane. “So I call it a crawl, walk, run; we have to get out there and start learning some lessons, which we will. VMFA-121 will go out with 10 aircraft, and six additional aircraft will go out as part of the [31st Marine Expeditionary Unit’s fall patrol from Japan]. So they’ll get out on ground and just start doing what I call familiarization, and then they’ll learn some lessons from that. Then they’ll go and participate in a couple exercises in calendar year ’17; one of the exercises that they’re going to participate in the PACOM region will be in Alaska. … That’ll be approximately 6,000 Marines, sailors and soldiers that will be in the exercise, and it will give them the opportunity to get in the air and test its capability” in a contingency response-type exercise, he said....

...Additionally, the F-35 is expected to participate in Exercise Forager Fury in Guam this calendar year, and in Exercises Ssang Yong and Max Thunder in the Republic of Korea, Exercises Pitch Black and Southern Frontier in Australia, and Exercises Forager Fury and Valiant Shield in Guam in 2018.

Bailey said bringing the aircraft to the Pacific allows the squadron to exercise in training ranges much larger than those available at home, and eventually it will allow the squadrons to begin testing interoperability with allies in the area such as Japan and Australia. For the time being, these allies won’t work directly with the F-35B but instead will open their airspace for training purposes....

...Though Bailey stressed the need to take it slow in terms of becoming familiar with the airplane, learning the right lessons and then working with other services and other nations in an operational setting, the operational tempo for VMFA-121 will be anything but slow this year. As the service moves towards a focus on distributed operations, the F-35 will play a pivotal role. If each squad or platoon is a node, the F-35 will be the network that connects them, processing and sharing information faster than ever before.

As an example, Bailey said he was at Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms, Calif., to observe an infantry officers course last year, where officers riding in the back of MV-22 Ospreys in a raid scenario had tablets that were tied in to an F-35. Bailey and others observed from a simulated F-35 – a room with multiple computer screens that showed all the information an F-35 pilot would have at his disposal while flying. A Marine in one Osprey could change the plan for the raid based on new information, & that change was sent to both the tablets in the other Ospreys & to the F-35 pilot.

“The plan changes and I can send him that change in a burst, not try to get on the radio and go through a satellite and come back; I can just send him the exact changes and modifications,” Bailey said. “And so you pull all that capability together, and you can see how that platform will be able to revolutionize the battlefield and give the Marine on the ground a capability that we’ve never had before. I think that’s a game-changer when you start talking distributed operations and you start talking the environment of the future.”

“You want to be able to out-cycle your enemy, and I think this will give us the opportunity to out-cycle our enemy in terms of speed, in terms of application of information that comes in,” he added.

The F-35 deployment will also help bridge the Marine Corps and Navy operational forces this year, with the 31st MEU and Wasp Amphibious Ready Group’s fall patrol – the first that will feature F-35s – teaming up with three destroyers to create an “upgunned surface action group.”...

...Marines in 2017 will also benefit from greater collaboration with some allies, as other nations build up their own amphibious forces. Australia in particular will reach an important milestone, deploying its first ARG/MEU this year, and Bailey called their new amphibious force an “outstanding capability” to partner with.

“There was a planned approach to make sure that we shared with them our knowledge and expertise on amphibious operations,” he said, noting that former commandant retired Gen. James Amos sent a former MEU commander and then an aviator to Australia as liaisons to inform their ARG/MEU development. “So now we’re talking a partner who has been fighting with us since World War II or before, and you couldn’t ask for a better partner to help the U.S. in its role in the Pacific theater. So I see that as a tremendous opportunity, not only for the U.S. but for the region to assist and help us with security-type operations, assist and help us with theater security or humanitarian (assistance) and disaster relief, when in fact you have another nation out there with an LHD-like capability or with an ARG/MEU-like capability; it may be small in scale but it’s still another amphibious capability that’s out there.”

“There’s nothing like having a strong ally with a common focus,” he added, and said that the U.S. Marines would work with the Australians more and in more domains now as a result of their new capability.

He said the British would also be buying the F-35B for their Queen Elizabeth-class aircraft carriers, and “I see more amphibious operations in terms of working together” with them as well. Bailey said 2017 would also bring closer relationships with Asian partners like Singapore, Malaysia and Vietnam, as well as European partners like Norway that can assist the Marine Corps in reestablishing a cold weather capability....

...In reflecting on what 2017 will bring for the Marine Corps, Bailey echoed what Commandant Gen. Robert Neller likes to say: “The only thing we’re not going to do is stay the same.”"

Source: https://news.usni.org/2017/01/05/interv ... ns-in-2017
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Unread post06 Jan 2017, 20:53

The TRUMP thread was closed so this goes here - potential TRUMPLES on horizon for USMC F-35B plans and more....
2017 Forecast: Trump Loves Marines (Too Much?)
06 Jan 2017 Sydney J. Freedberg Jr.

"WASHINGTON: Donald Trump’s election is mostly good news for the Marine Corps — but there are a couple of important caveats. Both his campaign promise to increase Marine combat battalions by 50 percent and his public lambasting of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter could cause problems for Marine Corps leaders as they struggle to explain their strategy to the enthusiastic but inexperienced Trump....

...The Marine Corps’ aviation wing has even more to worry about, because Trump is publicly slamming the fighter on which they’ve bet their future, the F-35. While the Air Force is buying the most Joint Strike Fighters, the Marine Corps is buying the most complicated and expensive variant, the F-35B, and it’s sending it on real-world missions before either the Air Force or Navy variants go.

What makes the F-35B complex? It sacrifices fuel capacity for, effectively, an extra engine that lets it land and take off vertically, without a runway. That “jump jet” capacity is crucial for the Marine Corps, which operates off amphibious ships whose flight decks are too short for a conventional take-off or landing. The Marines also want to operate future fighters out of short, austere airstrips on land. But the history of the notoriously crash-prone AV-8 Harrier, which the F-35B will replace, suggests this form of flight is particularly tricky. One high-profile accident, let alone a death, would bring intense scrutiny to the F-35B — and Trump is already skeptical of the entire F-35 program.

Overall, the odds are the Marines will do well under a Trump administration. Just don’t be too surprised if the love affair turns sour."

Source: http://breakingdefense.com/2017/01/2017 ... -too-much/
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Unread post06 Jan 2017, 21:28

It would seem breakingdefense does not require much from their writers -- certainly little in the way of engineering knowledge, or the ability to ask basic questions about why something is the way it is.

Specifically, Mr. Freedberg appears to assume that simply because the F-35 goes up and down like an AV-8 Harrier, it must be identical to the Harrier and is subject to all the vagaries, problems, and perils that are the AV-8 vertical landing. Totally lost are all the advancements in lift technology and aircraft control systems that make the F-35 so much more capable, more precise, and safer than the AV-8 in the vertical landing mode.
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 post06 Jan 2017, 22:10

Freedberg has some excellent articles on Breaking Defence however overall they (speaking very generally) are not good at aviation - particularly naval aviation. It seems their forte is politics/beltway/Pentagon. I think Freedberg was just making a point about the effects of an accident (without going into the details described by 'steve2267'). Check out the long articles from Freedberg to see that they are very good mostly - politics don't interest me at all - except impact on F-35.
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Unread post06 Jan 2017, 22:21

spazsinbad wrote:Freedberg has some excellent articles on Breaking Defence however overall they (speaking very generally) are not good at aviation - particularly naval aviation. It seems their forte is politics/beltway/Pentagon. I think Freedberg was just making a point about the effects of an accident (without going into the details described by 'steve2267'). Check out the long articles from Freedberg to see that they are very good mostly - politics don't interest me at all - except impact on F-35.


I do agree that an accident, esp. an F-35B landing vertically, would not be good for the program at this point. However, a simple sentence or two commenting about how easy and precise pilots find landing the F-35B compared to the AV-8 is not too much to ask, is it? Bonus points if he were to mention that the lift fan precludes possible issues with hot gas ingestion that the AV-8 had to deal with.
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 post06 Jan 2017, 23:02

You should take that up with Freedberg in the comments section I reckon.
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Unread post06 Jan 2017, 23:14

The Integration of the F-35B into USMC Operations
10 Jan 2017 SLDinfo

WEBSITE as well as PDF below.

Source: http://www.sldinfo.com/wp-content/uploa ... d-USMC.pdf (2Mb)

The Integration of the F-35B into USMC Operations
10 Jan 2019 SLDinfo

"This is the latest in a series of Second Line of Defense reports on fifth generation aircraft, and the shaping of fifth-generation enabled combat operations. The testing onboard the USS America as well as the work of the squadrons at Yuma USMC Air Station, namely, MAWTS-1, VMX-1, VMFA-121 and VMFA-211 is highlighted.

This special report provides an update on the introduction and integration of the F-35B into evolving USMC operations. With the significant change introduced into the amphibious fleet and for USMC land based operations by the Osprey, the F-35 B is accelerating the transformation of the CORPS into a wide-ranging insertion force able to operate across the range of military operations.

The report begins with an update on the recent testing onboard the USS America with regard to the F-35B with the Osprey onboard as well. We then turn to insights provided from Yuma Marine Corps Air Station by MAWTS-1, and the two operational F-35 squadrons, which have been based there. The Green Knights or VMFA-121 is on the move to Japan and will go back to the origins, namely Pacific operations...."

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Unread post06 Jan 2017, 23:20

Freedberg should compare the F-35B's range with the Harrier's, Hornet's and even throw in the SH for good measure.
"When a fifth-generation fighter meets a fourth-generation fighter—the [latter] dies,”
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Unread post07 Jan 2017, 00:07

Also there is this web page for the PDF whot was overlooked in my haste earlier:

with a RED USMC JDAM bomb: http://www.sldinfo.com/wp-content/uploa ... 60x640.jpg

http://www.sldinfo.com/new-special-repo ... perations/
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Unread post08 Jan 2017, 16:50

popcorn wrote:Freedberg should compare the F-35B's range with the Harrier's, Hornet's and even throw in the SH for good measure.


Great idea!

I wonder if anyone has a graphic showing such?
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