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Australia’s F-35A Stealth Fighters Exercise with Destroyer HMAS Hobart
12 Mar 2021 Xavier Vavasseur

"The Royal Australian Navy guided missile destroyer HMAS Hobart has joined forces with the Royal Australian Air Force's F-35A Lightning as part of Exercise TASMAN SHIELD 21. Hosted annually, Exercise TASMAN SHIELD runs from 22 February to 12 March 2021, and brings together Navy’s DDG and aircraft from RAAF Bases Amberly, Edinburgh, Tindal and Williamtown to conduct simulated missions over the east coast of Australia. The exercise provided an opportunity for RAAF personnel to enhance and promote interoperability with Navy ships....

...The RAN’s three Hobart-class destroyers Hobart, Brisbane and Sydney are based on the Navantia designed F100 frigate and is coupled with the Aegis Combat System. They were constructed in Australia by the Air Warfare Destroyer Alliance. The Hobart-class provides air defence for accompanying ships in addition to land forces and infrastructure in coastal areas, and for self-protection against missiles and aircraft. The Aegis Combat System incorporating the phased array radar, AN/SPY 1D(V), in combination with the SM-2 missile, will provide an advanced air defence system capable of engaging enemy aircraft and missiles at ranges in excess of 150km."



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Unread post18 Mar 2021, 17:01

The F-35's Drift at the start of the video is a incredible angle...!! :shock: (RAAF pilot is crazy! :doh: )
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Top 10 Iconic RAAF Aircraft - 2: Lockheed Martin F-35A Lightning II.
March 17, 2021 Royal Australian Air Force
With just two weeks left until our Centenary, we've reached number two in our countdown of our most iconic aircraft. This one's definitely an instant icon: the Lockheed Martin F-35A Lightning II.
The F-35A Lightning II is our fifth-generation multi-role fighter that – in conjunction with the F/A-18F Super Hornet and EA-18G Growler – is the backbone of Australia’s air combat capability.
It incorporates comprehensive stealth technology, electronic protection and attack, and advanced countermeasures. Its fused, multi-spectral sensors and advanced networking capabilities provide an unprecedented level of situation awareness.
With only one week to go, which aircraft do you think is at the top of our list?

The F-35 is kind of like flying a computer pretending to be an aeroplane.
In 1999, Project AIR 6000 was established to consider the replacement options for the Classic Hornet and F-111.
The F-35 was the product of the United States Joint Strike Fighter program.

In 2002, Australia joined the global F-35 Project to contribute to the aircraft’s development and capabilities, eventually ordering seventy-two of the type.
The aim of the Joint Strike Fighter program was to replace a series of fighter, strike and ground attack aircraft but also introduce stealth and integrated avionics.
After the retirement of the F-111 in 2010, 24 F/A-18F Super Hornets were acquired to maintain Australia’s air capability until the full introduction of the F-35.

In June 2014, the first two Australian F-35As rolled off the Lockheed Martin production line.
In December they were delivered to the F-35 Training Centre at Luke Air Force Base in Arizona for pilot and maintainer training.
The aircraft made their debut appearance on home soil at the Australian International Air Show in March 2017.

The F-35A Lightning II is a fifth-generation stealth aircraft and carries its fuel and weapons load internally.
It has the most powerful engine ever fitted to a fighter, with more thrust than both the Classic Hornet’s engines combined.
Advanced avionics, sensors and communications facilitate modern, network-centric, warfare.

Gone are all the dials and knobs and switches that we used to have in our legacy aircraft and now all this information is presented on two touch screen displays and the helmet itself.
The all-new helmet replaces the cockpit heads-up display, by projecting imagery directly onto the visor.
So there’s six cameras set up around the aircraft and that image can be stitched together and presented in the helmet mounted display which means that I can actually look through my legs and see the ground while I’m flying.

The F-35 is part of a multi-node system, enabling the front-line fighter to share real-time battlespace information with other air assets as well as Army, Navy and allies.
Having fought against the older jets in an F-35, I know what aircraft I’d rather be in, because the F-35 really does have the edge.
On 10th December 2018, two aircraft arrived in Australia following a cross-Pacific ferry flight.

WGCDR Darren Clare and SQNDLR Red Borrman flew the last leg into Australia.
Forming up with the other squadron COs, seeing the old Hornets there, and landing the F-35 for the first time in Williamtown, I’ll never forget it.
Australia currently has 33 F-35As, flown by over 30 pilots and kept flying by over 200 maintainers.

The program will also create over two thousand high-tech Australian jobs in the production, development and sustainment of the aircraft.
The F-35A reached Initial Operational Capability on the 28th of December 2020, ushering in a new era of Australian Air Power.
The F-35A is just the start of the Air Force’s fifth generation journey.
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Unread post19 Mar 2021, 20:04

I guess we will find out about the Oz Growler UPDATE (will be same same as USN info below) schedule at some point also:
Boeing inducts first Growler for Block 2 upgrades
19 Mar 2021 Gareth Jennings

"...Announced by the manufacturer on 19 March, the milestone saw the first Growler enter the modernisation programme at Naval Air Station (NAS) Whidbey Island in Washington state.

“The modifications are focused on updating the jets’ structural and mission systems architecture, enabling future capability growth for the US Navy’s 160 Growler aircraft,” Boeing said, adding, “The programme schedule forecasts that all US Navy Growlers will be modified in five years. Full rate modification is expected to start in June 2021.”

Previously known as the Advanced Growler, the Growler Block 2 enhancement is based on the F/A-18E/F Super Hornet Block 3 upgrade that is now in its early stages. Features common to both aircraft comprise 10 × 19 inch large-area display (LAD) cockpits (front and back) and conformal fuel tanks (CFTs), while the Growler will also receive enhancements to the mission systems including the Next-Generation Jammer (NGJ) [AFAIK not ready yet] and EA sensors improvements related to the Electronic Attack Unit (EAU) Surrogate Processor (ESP), AN/ALQ-218(V)4 RF receiver system, and AN/ALQ-227(V)2 communication countermeasures. There will also be networking and crew-interface improvements."

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Unread post20 Mar 2021, 18:12

"enhancements to mission systems NGJ" from above cleared up below.
First EA-18G inducted for Growler Capability Modification
19 Mar 2021 Erin Mangum, PMA-265 Communications

"NAVAL AIR SYSTEMS COMMAND, PATUXENT RIVER, Md.--The F/A-18 & EA-18G Program Office (PMA-265) commenced the five-year Growler Capability Modification (GCM) program at Naval Air Station (NAS) Whidbey Island, Washington. This kicks off the first major effort to upgrade the capabilities of the EA-18G Growler in the history of the platform. “As the first major upgrade to the platform since its inception, the GCM will allow the Growler community to maintain the advantage in the electromagnetic spectrum and lay the basis for future upgrades to keep the aircraft relevant into 2040,” said Cmdr. Chris Gierhart, PMA-265 Growler Systems Integration lead.

The EA-18G Growler, a variant of the F/A-18F Super Hornet, will receive multiple modifications, which support the upcoming fleet release of the Next Generation Jammer Mid-Band (NGJ-MB) pod (AN/ALQ-249(V) 1). These modifications focus on updating the jets’ Airborne Electronic Attack (AEA) and mission systems, enabling future capability growth for the U.S. Navy’s 160 EA-18Gs that serve a critical role in jamming radar and communications signals of threat forces, hindering their ability to detect and track U.S. and allied military forces. GCM will integrate advanced datalinks and the NGJ-MB pod, providing a considerable increase in electronic attack capability over the Growler’s current AN/ALQ-99 Tactical Jamming Systems pod, which has been in use since the 1970s....

...GCM is comprised of multiple Engineering Change Proposals across several of the EA-18G aircraft systems. The very first EA-18G production aircraft delivered to the Navy in 2007 was the first aircraft inducted for GCM. No major aircraft modification line previously existed at NAS Whidbey Island, the EA-18G Growler fleet homeport...."

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Unread post23 Mar 2021, 23:18

The UK minister perhaps misspoke or perhaps hints at an Oz interest NOW in the F-35B whereas before now ADF has been adamant that they have no interest in the F-35B especially RAN for having ANY F-35Bs from anywhere cross deck. <sigh>
MoD Official: U.K. ‘Would be Mad to Ignore’ Working with Allied F-35B Capable Carriers
23 Mar 2021 Sam LaGrone

"The U.K. Ministry of Defense is thinking beyond its own pair of carriers in how it might use its future 48 F-35B Lightning II Joint Strike Fighters around the world, U.K. Armed Forces minister James Heappey told reporters on Monday....

...“There is going to be a community of F-35 nations that we would be mad to ignore,” Heappey said in response to a question from USNI News. “We think that our carrier capability is something that we can develop alongside — not just the U.S. — but the Italians, the Japanese and the Australians and many others who are looking at that highly capable aircraft.” [F-35B context?] The U.K. has already committed to exercising with the JMSDF during its summer deployment...."

Source: https://news.usni.org/2021/03/23/mod-of ... e-carriers

UK All In On FCAS Fighter In New Defense Plan
22 Mar 2021 Paul McLeary

"...The UK’s two new aircraft carriers were built specifically to operate the F-35, so there’s little chance of the Royal Navy moving away from the aircraft any time soon. HMS Queen Elizabeth is expected to make its first deployment to the Indo-Pacific later this year, with a US Marine Corps F-35B air wing aboard, and the two nations are expected to work closely together, flying F-35s from aircraft carriers and amphibious ships in coming decades.

“I think that there is going to be a community of F-35 nations that we would be mad to ignore,” Heappey [Minister for the Armed Forces, James Heappey] added. “We think that our carrier capability is something that we can develop alongside not just the US, but the Italians, the Japanese, and the Australians and many others who are looking at that highly capable aircraft.”

Source: https://breakingdefense.com/2021/03/uk- ... ense-plan/

New British plan looks to boost F-35 numbers, but is it still aiming for 138?
23 Mar 2021 Aaron Mehta

"...Still, the F-35 remains fundamental for Britain’s plans, even if the 138 figure appears further away than anticipated. Heappey [James Heappey, armed forces minister] [what a slack reference to this person] noted that the use of the plane among the American, Italian and Australian navies, among others, gives a common operating picture with which to work. “There is going to be a community of F-35 nations that we would be mad to ignore,” he said."

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Unread post29 Mar 2021, 03:57

A 56 page PDF Growler EA-18G Special AIR International Magazine April 2013 Vol.84 No.4 attached - note date.
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spazsinbad wrote:A 56 page PDF Growler EA-18G Special AIR International Magazine April 2013 Vol.84 No.4 attached - note date.


Wow, there's a lot of nuggets.

An interesting fact about the ALQ-99 is its sheer jamming power. A single Growler loaded with multiple pods could shut down electronic systems on much of the US east coast.
Clickbait headline worthy red herring, but an interesting starting point nevertheless. (pg 12)

From an electronic attack (EA) perspective, the mission flown by a four-man Prowler is now undertaken by a crew of two in the EA-18G. The author was curious to know how Growler crews are adapting to an operational environment, “It is a challenge,” said Lt Cdr Lisa, who explained that the cockpit display and automation enables a two-man Growler crew to perform the EA mission. But the Growler also allows other missions to be undertaken – air-to air surveillance and some self-protection – which the Prowler, lacking an air-to-air capability, never did. “Automation and technology has enabled us to work co-operatively but the workload is extremely high,” said the maintenance officer. “Sometimes we have mission areas that we de-couple. We use the displays and non-verbal communication. The HMCS, for example, works in that way – I can see where my crewman is looking by seeing a symbol on the display and direct him, if required, to the target using the system,” he said.

(pg 41)

Page 51 starts the NGJ focus:
Some NGJ issues have not yet been resolved. Whether the final NGJ design will be exportable or not remains uncertain, although this is obviously of great importance to the Royal Australian Air Force. While the navy had originally specified that the NGJ be able to operate at supersonic speeds, this requirement was dropped before the Analysis of Alternatives (AoA), as was the requirement for one NGJ pod to cover the entire spectrum.
The Growler will typically operate with three pods. Two will be NGJ pods with identical frequency band capability. The third, carried on the centreline station, will be either an ALQ-99 or future increment 2 NGJ pod.

Well we know what happened to the exportability question. But it also seems that the amount of NGJ pods changed.

(pg 53)

How in 2005 the limit of ALQ-99 potential was reached
Plenty of funding came to bear for the Growler aircraft, but there was also realisation that an upgrade to the ALQ-99 tactical jamming system (which clocked up its 40th year in operation in 2011) lacked suf cient funding. Over the past 25 years individual components of the ALQ-99 have been upgraded. “We have reached the ceiling of technology, there was nothing more we could do with the ALQ-99,” said Capt John Green Airborne Electronic Attack Program Manager with PMA-234.
“We hit that ceiling about 2005. There are little tweaks that allow it to go after new target sets, particularly in communications, and for asymmetric warfare [a reference to IEDs] used in Afghanistan and Iraq. But for dealing with double-digit SAMs in a future combat operation the ceiling has been hit.”

The navy needed new architecture and a new system which was recognised to be the NGJ. An AoA was launched and briefed out in April 2010. The results were kept internal to the navy and were released as part of a normal acquisition process by the OSD (Office of the Secretary of Defense).
PMA-234 attended a resources, requirements and review board or R3B at the Pentagon in October 2010 to validate the results of the AoA. R3B is now a standard procedure for any navy acquisition programme. The outcome of the board provided an initial validation for developing the NGJ system for the EA-18G.
Two-year development contracts focused entirely on maturing the technology required for the NGJ were awarded to four different contractors; Raytheon, Northrop Grumman, ITT with Boeing, and BAE Systems. PMA-234 asked each contractor to place its technology into the context of a system, so technologies were developed that could be packaged in a pod of the size required by the navy. Capt Green explained: “The continuing challenge on the Growler aircraft is to get a lot of capability, which demands a lot of power generation and cooling capability, in a tactically relevant way.”

An example of a high-powered jammer is the Rivet Fire electronic countermeasures system used on USAF EC-130H Compass Call aircraft. But a C-130 size aircraft can’t get close enough to the fight and remain safely outside of the SAM engagement zones. Consequently the Rivet Fire used on Compass Call has to be high-powered to be effective but from a stand-off range great enough so that it remains safe.


Size and payload are crucial for the NGJ, but physics constrain both. By definition to put out a lot of power that power has to be generated. The EA-18G does not have the capacity to generate a lot of excess power (see below).
Imagine Gripen E and Arexis (EAJP) pod in that light. :shock: (Saab dudes don't like to specify how it's powered **)

NGJ AESA vs radar AESA
Active arrays present unique challenges. An AESA radar used for ground mapping and air-to-air search works best with a large flat plate because this enables the system to focus a lot of energy and form a good beam. Electronic attack is really no different.
The major difference is the need for almost 100% duty cycle or continuous wave active array. Most AESA radars use pulse power at a 25-30% duty cycle.
NGJ will use the same array technology as radar but rather than pulsing on and off like radar, NGJ requires continuous wave power to conduct full-on jamming at nearly 100% duty cycle.
That requires a lot of efficiency and cooling to avoid excess heat creation and amplifier burn-out.
The arrays themselves encompass three requirements: prime power, jammer efficiency and the exciter, each of which needs a technological solution.


NGJ has to generate its own power just like the ALQ-99. Existing jammers (US and international) are smaller than the ALQ-99 and draw power from the aeroplane. But in general those systems require 10kW of power or less. “We need tens of kilowatts. Ideally we would like to have 150 even 200kW of power, but we do not have that amount of power organic to the aeroplane available,” explained Capt Green.

NGJ’s power requirement is so great that it would require close to 50% of the power generated onboard the aircraft.
Growler simply can’t allocate that much power to the NGJ because much of it is taken by systems such as the mission-critical APG79 AESA radar.

Why no prop-RAT like in ALQ-99
On NGJ, the RAT will be internally mounted in the mid-section because active arrays cannot be mechanically steered and therefore require a clear field of view and need to be mounted in the pod’s forward and aft sections. Opting for a ducted ram air turbine capable of generating 100kW (or more) of power requires a sophisticated design.


RAT not the reason for NGJ size?
But has the use of the new inlet and internal ram had an impact on the overall size of the NGJ pod? “More weight than size,” replied Capt Green, “so we have encouraged our contractors to reduce the weight of the ram air turbine and the generator behind it to the greatest degree possible.”
But why does it look like it ended up larger than ALQ-99 anyway?

NGJ pod’s physical size will not differ fundamentally from the current ALQ-99. The ALQ-99 weighs around 1,000lb (454kg) while the mid-band NGJ will weigh about 1,200lb (545kg) with a smaller sub-500lb (227kg) highband pod planned for later in the programme.


Exciters are exciting. Part about the techniques generation which is absent from ALQ-99.
The US military requires exciters in its arsenal with the capability to generate waveforms that are very smart, which at times are arbitrary, and sometimes very pro-forma, ie, it looks like a certain profile. This latter requirement is a tool for deceiving a potential adversary with waveforms that look like a certain radar. That is a capability that is currently not available with the ALQ-99 which has an analogue paradigm.
“NGJ will be a 100% digital system allowing us to react and fool a potential adversary’s radars, data links and systems in ways that we could not have done with the ALQ-99,” said Green.

But how much effort is being placed into the NGJ to ensure it keeps up with ongoing technology in terms of its future capability and upgradeability to counter the perceived threats from around the world? Capt Green was quick to reply: “We’ve had a lot of success with the ALQ-99 because of our ability to react and create new techniques. We do a lot of testing every year to understand our potential adversary’s systems, and then to be able to react and create new techniques. That will continue.”


Growler mod needs for NGJ
Despite its mould line and design, the NGJ will require some minor modifications to be made to the EA-18G. PMA-234 is currently undertaking studies of conformal tanks that would allow a wider field of view, and improved fibre optic wiring to ensure its data path travels at lightning speed. “Use of conformal fuel tanks is the most extreme modification proposed. It could prove to be very costly, so the cost-benefit analysis is very important.


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Gripen's built-in EW equipment also works for electronic influencing tasks. Transmission power can be shared between machines and the entire sensor equipment can be used for offensive purposes, according to Saab.

The EAJP pods are to be installed in pairs if a Gripen has an EW mission, where they will complement the fighter's internal EW equipment in terms of both higher transmission power and frequency range.

Saab does not tell how the pod generates the required power, but the Raytheon NGJ-MB (Next Generation Jammer - Mid Band) coming to Boeing's EW specialty fighter EA-18G Growler, for example, uses its own turbine that rotates in an air stream.

“It’s not about always sending as much power as possible, but digital logic tends to use advanced interference methods, other than brute force,” Halme says.

According to him, in addition to power, there are challenges in miniaturizing technology, ie how to make the electronics required by systems fit in a small space.

"Even here, the physical constraints start to be considerable, but we have industry expertise in the team. Of course, for the actual machine, for example, the wingtip sensors have been packed in as little space as possible.

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Unread post30 Mar 2021, 12:09

It definitely seems like it'd be best to have VLO jamming platform protecting VLO aircraft and also munitions. The jammer system would require a lot less power (or cover wider areas) to achieve desired effects due to ability to get closer to threat radars and low RCS of friendly aircraft.

This is actually the area where I see "Loyal wingmen" type of UAV could be most useful in the short term (besides ISR and being a communications node). Something like equipping Boeing ATS or MQ-25 with preferably internal NGJ style EW suite. Several of those could be controlled by say Growler, F-35 or say MC-55 Peregrine (for Australians) from safe distances away. F-35s would do their missions against enemy defences and possibly employ MALD-X type stand-in decoy jammers and own EW systems to decoy, defend and attack electronically against enemy radars.
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Unread post30 Mar 2021, 16:08

Hasn't LM made some noise about putting a tactically relevant laser on the F-35 at some point in the near future (e.g. 5-10 years)? I inferred they (LM) had a way to come up with an extra 150-200KW of power. If so, sounds like F-35 could provide the power necessary for EA / EW discussed in this article(s).
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 post30 Mar 2021, 16:53

steve2267 wrote:Hasn't LM made some noise about putting a tactically relevant laser on the F-35 at some point in the near future (e.g. 5-10 years)? I inferred they (LM) had a way to come up with an extra 150-200KW of power. If so, sounds like F-35 could provide the power necessary for EA / EW discussed in this article(s).

F-35 must be able to output at least Growler worthy EA/EW power, because ultimately the NGJ's ram air turbine just leeches against the thrust of the GE-F414s. So PW F135 with aerodynamic F-35 should have plenty to give in that regard, but how it's managed internally with VLO in mind is a bit trickier. But since it's not exactly unforeseen development path, it must have already received significant consideration. Though Block 4 at least seems jam packed, so best not expect anything in this regard until after 2027.
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Unread post30 Mar 2021, 20:37

There have been hints that NGJ will be hosted by the F-35 over the last several years but when I guess 'magitsu' has it.
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Unread post31 Mar 2021, 02:56

Perhaps WHY there is OZ interest in F-35Bs on some sort of FLAT DECK mebbe...
Australia launches $1 billion missile plan
31 Mar 2021 Daniel McCulloch

"...The federal government expects to spend $100 billion on missiles and other guided weapons over the next two decades, in response to a worsening strategic environment. Prime Minister Scott Morrison said creating sovereign capability was essential...."

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Unread post02 Apr 2021, 08:49

100! :applause:
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https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-03-31/ ... /100039914
RAAF planning for new military space command as it celebrates 100th anniversary
By defence correspondent Andrew Greene March 31, 2021
    Key points:
    ・The space command is likely to be staffed by personnel from the Army, Air Force and Navy
    ・Air Marshal Mel Hupfeld says Australia is three to four years behind where he wants to be on this project
    ・It comes as the RAAF prepares to celebrate its centenary with a flyover in Canberra
Australia's Air Force chief says planning is underway for a new military "space command" amid growing global competition for supremacy in the skies well above earth.
In an interview to mark the RAAF's 100th anniversary, Air Marshal Mel Hupfeld has confirmed "a truly integrated space domain organisation" is on track to be established next year.
The RAAF chief is leading a space domain review for the military which includes plans for a new space command that would draw expertise from all parts of the Australian Defence Force.
"It's to allow us to establish an organisation to sustain, force-generate, operate space capabilities and assign them to a joint operation command if needed," Air Marshal Hupfeld said.
Unlike the United States, which has a separate military service known as the US Space Force, Australia is likely to opt for a joint command staffed by Air Force, Army and Navy personnel.
"I think we're probably about three or four years behind where I would rather be at the moment, but we're catching up quickly," Air Marshal Hupfeld told the ABC.
The RAAF chief says unlike other nations, such as China and Russia, Australia would not seek to develop technologies to attack enemy satellites.
"Space is a war-fighting domain but we're not going to militarise space," he said.
Last December, the Air Force chief joined Australia's allies in condemning Russia's testing of a new anti-satellite missile and he predicts there will be more incidents like it during his term.
"What we will be looking to do if there is someone who doesn't (follow international rules) is point it out," he said.

Controversial Joint Strike Fighter takes centre stage in celebrations
On Wednesday, over 60 vintage and modern military aircraft will take part in a spectacular Canberra flypast to help celebrate the RAAF's centenary, including the controversial Joint Strike Fighter.
In the United States, there are growing frustrations over the F-35's cost and technical challenges, with US Air Force Chief of Staff Charles Brown likening the aircraft to a Ferrari that should only be driven on Sundays.
Hitting back at Australian critics, Air Marshal Hupfeld said he was convinced the fifth-generation aircraft was the "the right capability" for the defence of the country.
"I would argue very strongly that some of our more speculative commentators don't have access to the specifications and capabilities and have not sat in the cockpit of a fighter aircraft," he said.

"It will gather information while it's flying, it has the ability to shoot like a fighter, but it can suck information in and it can distribute that through our networks, to a soldier on the ground, to a sailor on a ship and it can bring us back very coherently as part of the Joint Force."

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Australia Gov regrettable Typo. :doh: (Page 28)
https://www.defence.gov.au/Publications ... s/6305.pdf
List. https://www.defence.gov.au/Publications ... efault.asp
The official newspaper of the Royal Australian Air Force
Vol.63, No.5, March 31, 2021
F-35A Lightning II
This aircraft is Australia’s first fifthgeneration air combat capability. It is a highly advanced multi-role, supersonic, stealth fighter which will meet Australia’s requirements to defeat current and emerging threats.
Its advanced sensors and data fusion allows it to gather more information and share it with other Defence capabilities faster than ever before. The F-35A provides its pilots with significantly higher levels of lethality and survivability in combat.
The F-35A has a speed of 2200km/h or Mach 1.8. Its ferry range is 2220km, extended with air-to-air refuelling.
The first F-35A aircraft was accepted into Australian service in 2018. Australia has committed to 72 aircraft through to 2023 and they are based at RAAF Base Williamtown and RAAF Base Tindal.
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Unread post03 Apr 2021, 14:18

spazsinbad wrote:Perhaps WHY there is OZ interest in F-35Bs on some sort of FLAT DECK mebbe...
Australia launches $1 billion missile plan
31 Mar 2021 Daniel McCulloch

"...The federal government expects to spend $100 billion on missiles and other guided weapons over the next two decades, in response to a worsening strategic environment. Prime Minister Scott Morrison said creating sovereign capability was essential...."

Photo: "Darren England/AAP PHOTOS The prime minister has announced a $1billion plan for Australia to produce its own guided missiles." https://img-s-msn-com.akamaized.net/ten ... 1f8uHu.img




There is no “Oz interest” not if by “Oz” you mean defence or the PM’s office...

Still banging this drum mate? A guided weapons manufacturing capability and a media photo of ScoMo on a USN carrier is somehow evidence of Australian interest in the F-35B? Wow... That’s a new low for me... :bang:
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Unread post03 Apr 2021, 15:16

Perhaps 'Conan' you missed a UK 'mini stir' 'MISS POKE' "it's the vibe" Quotes earlier? Keep up: viewtopic.php?f=58&t=23043&p=451812&hilit=misspoke#p451812 And as I mentioned now a few times I don't bleedin' care - so there.
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