Australian lawmakers confident in F-35's future

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Unread post23 Dec 2020, 09:41

doge wrote:Australian Ambition. :shock: wow
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Australia, US partner on air-launched hypersonic missile
By: Nigel Pittaway 2020/11/30
MELBOURNE, Australia — Australia and the United States are partnering to develop and test an air-launched hypersonic cruise missile under the bilateral Southern Cross Integrated Flight Research Experiment program, or SCIFiRE, the two countries announced Monday.

Australia was actually the lead partner before, because of their advanced state. They also helped with extending conventional missile range, with what was learnt off of parabolic re-entry. I don't know the situation with this agreement.
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Unread post24 Dec 2020, 15:07

Australian Drones. :shock: WoW
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uUR9Cj-aZVA

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Boeing Uncrewed Loyal Wingman Conducts First High-Speed Taxi Test
Flight testing to commence in early 2021
AUSTRALIA, Dec. 21, 2020 – Boeing [NYSE:BA] Australia and the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) have completed the first high-speed taxi test of the Loyal Wingman in preparation for first flight.
Boeing test personnel monitored the aircraft’s performance and instrumentation from a ground control station to verify the functionality while the vehicle reached accelerated speeds. The uncrewed aircraft has been undergoing low-, medium-, and high-speed taxi testing at a remote test location in Australia.
“Our test program is progressing well, and we are happy with the ground test data we have collected to date,” said Paul Ryder, Boeing Flight Test manager. “We are working with the Air Warfare Centre to complete final test verifications to prepare for flight testing in the new year.”
Boeing and the Royal Australian Air Force will resume final taxi tests and preparations for flight in early 2021 when the range reopens.
RAAF Head of Air Force Capability Air Vice-Marshal Cath Roberts said seeing the aircraft in person during the December trials had been extraordinary.
“There is something very special about testing an aircraft that takes technology to the next level. It is iconic in its own way,” said Roberts. “Experiencing the enthusiasm of the Boeing and Air Force team reminded me of my early career testing aircraft.”
“This is what innovation is all about – working together to achieve many firsts,” she said.
More than 35 Australian suppliers on the Australian industry team have contributed to the aircraft development, including investment partner BAE Systems Australia, which has been embedded with the Boeing test team on-site.
“In the past year alone, we have made amazing strides on this aircraft, taking it from a fuselage to a finished aircraft that has undergone rigorous testing,” said Dr. Shane Arnott, program director of the Boeing Airpower Teaming System. “Our focus now is on conducting a safe and secure flight-test regimen for the Loyal Wingman program.”
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Unread post24 Dec 2020, 15:47

FRESH LIGHTNINGS at Fort Worth [2 page PDF of article photos attached]
Jan 2021 AIR International

"Located in north Texas, Naval Air Station Fort Worth Joint Reserve Base (or NAS Fort Worth JRB) is a vast military complex that includes Carswell Field, a prime location for spotting Lockheed Martin's newest F-35 fighters. Photography by Matt Ellis..."

Photo: “First flight on November 12 [2020] is Royal Australian Air Force F-35A A35-032 (MSN AU-32), bound for the 2nd Operational Conversion Unit (OCU) at RAAF Base Williamtown in New South Wales, Australia. The unit lost its F/A-18A/B Hornets in December 2019 and has been re-equipping with F-35As since early in 2020. Although not visible in this photo, the fighter (callsign 'Strike 61') carries the FMS serial no 18-5403 on the nose-wheel door.... The 'Strike' callsign denotes a predelivery customer test flight, while 'Lightning' is reserved for Lockheed Martin Test flights.”


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Unread post28 Dec 2020, 10:47

[RAAF] F-35A Joint Strike Fighter Pilots answer your common questions
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Unread post28 Dec 2020, 11:55

RAAF F-35A capability achieves IOC
28 Dec 2020 Andrew McLaughlin

"...The IOC milestone recognises the service’s ability to conduct type-conversion courses for pilots and maintainers in Australia, that Australia can produce its own mission data files (MDF), and that a sufficiently deep level of spares and sovereign industry support has been established. The RAAF now has more than 40 qualified F-35A pilots and 220 maintainers trained on the F-35A.

The aircraft has been subjected to a detailed verification and validation (V&V) process over the past two years, a process that has proven the F-35A can operate with other ADF capabilities such as the E-7A Wedgetail and KC-30A MRTT, can be deployed to forward bases such as Townsville or Tindal, and can integrate with the ADF’s command and control system....

...77SQN will commence its conversion to the F-35A in early 2021, and 75SQN will follow in 2022. Ferry flights of RAAF F-35As will continue through 2021 and 2022 with at least 15 aircraft due to be delivered to the RAAF in each of those years, and the type is expected to achieve a Final Operational Capability (FOC) in 2022/23. Australia currently has 72 F-35As on order under Project AIR 6000 Phase 2A/2B, and will consider an order for up 30 more aircraft for service entry from 2030 under Project AIR 6000 Phase 7...."

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