The F-35A is combat ready(IOC)

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Unread post02 Aug 2016, 17:53

F-35 haters heads exploding. 1 day from earliest date!
http://www.businessinsider.com/f-35a-co ... ady-2016-8
The largest buyer of the F-35 just declared it ready for war
The largest buyer of America's most expensive weapons program just declared it ready for war.

Of the sister service branches, the US Air Force has been the most bullish on Lockheed Martin's F-35 Lightning II's combat capabilities.

The 12 Air Force F-35A jets, and the 21 combat-mission-ready pilots from Hill Air Force Base's 34th Fighter Squadron, represent a significant breakthrough for the weapons program which began development 15 years ago and has been offset by design flaws, cost overruns, and technical challenges.

As the Air Force is buying nearly 70% of the fifth-generation jets being made domestically (1,763 of 2,443 aircraft), the Air Force sets the economies of scale for the tri-service fighter, with each plane costing a cool $100 million.

Lockheed Martin, considered a bellwether for the US defense sector, is expected to generate nearly a fifth of its $50 billion in 2016 sales solely from the F-35 program.

In the company's latest quarter, the defense giant posted net sales in its aeronautics business up 6% or $244 million (compared to same period in 2015).

The Pentagon's top weapons supplier is also building the "jack of all trades" aircraft for the United Kingdom, Turkey, Australia, Italy, Denmark, Norway, Netherlands, Israel, Japan and South Korea.

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Even though the Air Force is currently operating the oldest fleet in its history, it's the last of the sister service branches to declare its variant combat ready.

Last summer, the Marine Corps was the first of the military branches to declare initial operational capability (IOC) for 10 F-35B jets.
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Unread post02 Aug 2016, 17:55

Technically the press conference to declare IOC hasn't even started yet (lot of news outlets are jumping the gun), but it is a given nonetheless.

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Disregard, the conference must have started early:
http://www.acc.af.mil/News/ArticleDispl ... ready.aspx

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Unread post02 Aug 2016, 18:43

Congrats! A lot of work ahead still, but it's a great day for F-35, LM, and USAF!
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Unread post02 Aug 2016, 18:50

Awesome! Good to see that it it happened, and on time.

Maybe my country will stop being stupid soon.
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Unread post02 Aug 2016, 19:06

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Unread post02 Aug 2016, 19:36

Too bad clown college will cry foul at no GAU-22A. But I still would love to see the look on David Axe's face when the GAU-22A becomes operational next year and NOT IN 2019 :devil:
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Unread post02 Aug 2016, 19:38

arrow-nautics wrote:Too bad clown college will cry foul at no GAU-22A. But I still would love to see the look on David Axe's face when the GAU-22A becomes operational next year and NOT IN 2019 :devil:

Of course they will. They'll do it till the USAF sents it into "combat".
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Unread post02 Aug 2016, 20:53

cosmicdwarf wrote:
arrow-nautics wrote:Too bad clown college will cry foul at no GAU-22A. But I still would love to see the look on David Axe's face when the GAU-22A becomes operational next year and NOT IN 2019 :devil:

Of course they will. They'll do it till the USAF sents it into "combat".

And then it won't count because it wasn't against a near-peer. It was picking on poor little 1990s and 2000s era jets.
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Unread post02 Aug 2016, 20:58

sprstdlyscottsmn wrote:
cosmicdwarf wrote:
arrow-nautics wrote:Too bad clown college will cry foul at no GAU-22A. But I still would love to see the look on David Axe's face when the GAU-22A becomes operational next year and NOT IN 2019 :devil:

Of course they will. They'll do it till the USAF sents it into "combat".

And then it won't count because it wasn't against a near-peer. It was picking on poor little 1990s and 2000s era jets.

Which is why I have the quotes around combat, because the goal post will just keep rollin'.
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Unread post02 Aug 2016, 21:13

The Pentagon's top weapons supplier is also building the "jack of all trades" aircraft for the United Kingdom, Turkey, Australia, Italy, Denmark, Norway, Netherlands, Israel, Japan and South Korea.


Canada not mentioned even though, officially, they haven't left yet?

Even though the Air Force is currently operating the oldest fleet in its history, it's the last of the sister service branches to declare its variant combat ready.


:doh: makes you wonder if they report on all topics with such fact-checking scrunity.
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Unread post02 Aug 2016, 23:37

Kudos to the AF and JSF Team. Lots of hard work to make this day possible.
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Unread post03 Aug 2016, 05:38

It's like looking at a child becoming a lil' man.

Now we can safely say "i've seen you grow up".

Now time to pop the cherry and Lybia just came in time..
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Unread post03 Aug 2016, 06:08

hythelday wrote:
The Pentagon's top weapons supplier is also building the "jack of all trades" aircraft for the United Kingdom, Turkey, Australia, Italy, Denmark, Norway, Netherlands, Israel, Japan and South Korea.


Canada not mentioned even though, officially, they haven't left yet?


Well, they are not building them for Canada as Canada has not ordered any yet.
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Unread post03 Aug 2016, 06:27

Quick question about availability rates. In 2015 the F-35 was more Mission capable fleet wise than the F-22.
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So does that mean the fleet is just more ready or can the F-35 now actually generate more sorties by having a better Mean time between maintenance and hours of maintenance per flight hour? Since they probably added more stuff to get to IOC does it mean availability is more down now compared to 2015 or up?

What about reliability?
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Unread post03 Aug 2016, 19:59

Are these all USAF published figures?
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