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F-35 Cancelled, then what ?

Old 2nd Feb 2018, 23:07
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Brat,
Development:- the process of developing or being developed.
"she traces the development of the novel"
evolution, growth, maturing, expansion, enlargement, spread, buildout, progress.
So what you are saying is that any aircraft still flying is being developed?
I guess that limits developed aircraft to those (usually the last ones) on display in museums...
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Old 3rd Feb 2018, 07:37
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[quote=Brat;10040121]
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No it isn't "under development" at all lolol.

It most certainly is. lolol!

Development:- the process of developing or being developed.
"she traces the development of the novel"
evolution, growth, maturing, expansion, enlargement, spread, buildout, progress.

https://www.defenseindustrydaily.com...ization-06583/


Yes George, it is still evolving, growing, getting bigger better, maturing.
So you agree that they have deployed aircraft on operations that do not have the appropriate, cluster, of characteristics that will enable the aircraft to succesfully engage the enemy and survive.
This must be the case surely, otherwise why waste even more money on "development".
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Old 3rd Feb 2018, 12:23
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So you agree that they have deployed aircraft on operations that do not have the appropriate, cluster, of characteristics that will enable the aircraft to succesfully engage the enemy and survive.
This must be the case surely, otherwise why waste even more money on "development".
Glad Rag... you really are quite tiresome regarding the F35. The fact is that most aircraft are continually upgraded throughout their service lives.

A perfect parallel is your beloved Tornado, which is quite a different beast now to when it first came out of the factory. As is the Typhoon, even in its Tranche2 guise, which has evolved from no air to surface capability to a reasonable (whilst not earth shattering) capability. This air to surface capability, along with other capabilities (air to air, defensive suite etc) that will continue to evolve as new software standards, hardware and weapons are added.

What’s the point? If you stand still in mil aviation your going backwards. Why you would be critical of the JSF solely seems quite absurd.
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Old 3rd Feb 2018, 12:37
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Originally Posted by glad rag View Post

Glad Rag... you really are quite tiresome regarding the F35. The fact is that most aircraft are continually upgraded throughout their service lives.

A perfect parallel is your beloved Tornado, which is quite a different beast now to when it first came out of the factory. As is the Typhoon, even in its Tranche2 guise, which has evolved from no air to surface capability to a reasonable (whilst not earth shattering) capability. This air to surface capability, along with other capabilities (air to air, defensive suite etc) that will continue to evolve as new software standards, hardware and weapons are added.

What’s the point? If you stand still in mil aviation your going backwards. Why you would be critical of the JSF solely seems quite absurd.
But, the difference with Tornado was that during its 35+ years life cycle, it only had one real upgrade programme and the GR4 upgrade was primary the result of lessons learnt during GW1. The GR4 upgrade was NOT prior to EIS but over 10 years after.
The Typhoon update was the result of a change in role from A2A to A2G.
Both are completely different to the pre EIS updates of F35 which are essentially to achieve spec compliance.
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Old 3rd Feb 2018, 12:41
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But, the difference with Tornado was that during its 35+ years life cycle, it only had one real upgrade programme and the GR4 upgrade was primary the result of lessons learnt during GW1. The GR4 upgrade was NOT prior to EIS but over 10 years after.
The Typhoon update was the result of a change in role from A2A to A2G.
Both are completely different to the pre EIS updates of F35 which are essentially to achieve spec compliance.
If you think Typhoon Tr1 was a finished product at EIS 😱
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Old 3rd Feb 2018, 13:11
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If you think Typhoon Tr1 was a finished product at EIS 😱
Yes you are right regarding Tranche 1, point taken. In defence of that, it was primary the result of delays to the development programme (mainly German) which meant that EF2000 EIS was introduced as an 'austere' standard with very limited capabilities.
My apologies for forgetting that.
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Old 3rd Feb 2018, 13:30
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Tornado F2 anyone....?
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Old 3rd Feb 2018, 22:14
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A perfect parallel is your beloved Tornado

ROFL.

Now getting back to those F35's that are quite clearly REMF material..
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Old 4th Feb 2018, 11:26
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A perfect parallel is your beloved Tornado
ROFL.

And I have no doubt, given 10-15 years, the RAF will be able to modify it to perform adequately as a platform, if not brilliantly.

It’s just unusual in that they are usually forced to do that to keep incompetent UK companies in business, not American.....
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Old 4th Feb 2018, 15:39
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Originally Posted by Turbine D View Post
Brat,

So what you are saying is that any aircraft still flying is being developed?
I guess that limits developed aircraft to those (usually the last ones) on display in museums...
No not any aircraft. Most active military aircraft are continually being upgraded, with some more that others.
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Old 4th Feb 2018, 16:48
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ROFL.

And I have no doubt, given 10-15 years, the RAF will be able to modify it to perform adequately as a platform, if not brilliantly.

It’s just unusual in that they are usually forced to do that to keep incompetent UK companies in business, not American.....
You never know.

The RAF might be able to inherit some of those Gucci F/A 22's by then....
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Old 5th Feb 2018, 18:17
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I wonder if the F-35 Program will become part of this accounting fiasco as more auditing goes on:
One of the Pentagon’s largest agencies can't account for hundreds of millions of dollars’ worth of spending, a leading accounting firm says in an internal audit obtained by POLITICO that arrives just as President Donald Trump is proposing a boost in the military budget.

Ernst & Young found that the Defense Logistics Agency failed to properly document more than $800 million in construction projects, just one of a series of examples where it lacks a paper trail for millions of dollars in property and equipment. Across the board, its financial management is so weak that its leaders and oversight bodies have no reliable way to track the huge sums it's responsible for, the firm warned in its initial audit of the massive Pentagon purchasing agent.

The audit raises new questions about whether the Defense Department can responsibly manage its $700 billion annual budget — let alone the additional billions that Trump plans to propose this month. The department has never undergone a full audit despite a congressional mandate — and to some lawmakers, the messy state of the Defense Logistics Agency's books indicates one may never even be possible.

“If you can’t follow the money, you aren’t going to be able to do an audit,” said Sen. Chuck Grassley, an Iowa Republican and senior member of the Budget and Finance committees, who has pushed successive administrations to clean up the Pentagon’s notoriously wasteful and disorganized accounting system.
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Old 9th Feb 2018, 07:50
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And, as every year, the more the F-18 orders go up, so the planned F-35 orders go down....

Trump to seek 24 Boeing Super Hornets in budget

President Donald Trump’s fiscal 2019 budget will request 24 Super Hornet jets built by Boeing, reversing an Obama administration decision to stop buying the fighter after this year, according to two people familiar with the decision.

The Navy has argued that it needs more of the planes designated F/A-18E/F to fill a shortage in its inventory until more of Lockheed Martin’s newer F-35s are deployed. Before Trump even took office, he’d promoted the Super Hornet as a less costly alternative to the F-35, though the two planes have different capabilities.

The proposal in the budget due to be presented Feb. 12 is likely to be welcomed in Congress, which has consistently added more Super Hornets than requested and resisted Pentagon plans under former President Barack Obama to phase it out. Lawmakers approved 12 of the aircraft in fiscal 2016 when none were requested and 12 more in fiscal 2017 when two were requested. This fiscal year, House and Senate appropriators have proposed adding 10 aircraft to the 14 requested.

If Boeing “can get the cash for this, it’s very good news” because 24 aircraft per year is the minimum economic production rate to keep Boeing’s plant in St. Louis operating, Richard Aboulafia, military aircraft analyst for the Teal Group, said in an email. Boeing also is working with the Kuwaiti government to build as many as 32 F/A-18s for Kuwait over the next few years. “The big question is: How long will the Navy sustain the line?” Aboulafia said. “But in the ‘here and now,’ this is very good news for one of Boeing’s most profitable programs.”

The people familiar with the budget request asked not to be identified in advance of its release. Lt. Seth Clarke, a Navy spokesman, said in an email, “I can’t confirm a specific number” for any aircraft procurement in the coming budget.

The fiscal 2019 request for the Super Hornets will be the largest since fiscal 2012, when the Navy asked for funds to buy 28 of the fighters.....
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Old 9th Feb 2018, 10:18
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Just how could the RAF (not that they spend the money) actually have achieved better VFM at the time?
As there was a cash shortage it HAD to be on HP. There was not the amount of cash available for an up front purchase of 14 Airbus A330 aircraft, their conversion into tanker/transport configuration, simulators, new hangars, ground support equipment, training, maintenance and support. Now with 75% aircrew and over 50% groundcrew and contractor back up providing the rest, the RAF has a real meaningful capability.
What would you have cut at the time if you wanted to buy all that lot up front?
Pardon my pedantry, but IIRC, at the point that deal was formulated, let alone signed off, hadn't the ever bounteous Dear Leader Brown forever banished boom and bust? What MOD cash shortage at the time?? According to him, everything in the garden was rosy!
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Old 12th Feb 2018, 19:23
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Originally Posted by Turbine D View Post
Brat,
So what you are saying is that any aircraft still flying is being developed?
I guess that limits developed aircraft to those (usually the last ones) on display in museums...
As previously stated...some more than others.

And as an interesting adjunct to the subject of ongoing development of certain aircraft over others, it was interesting to see a suggestion that the USAF might be considering the retirement of the B1 and B2 Bombers in favour or replacement by the B21 Raider, while retaining the upgrades B-52’s.
USAF's Controversial New Plan To Retire B-2 And B-1 Bombers Early Is A Good One - The Drive

While Taylor Rogoway is sometimes considered as a somewhat off-the-wall blogger on military affairs, he does have a reasonably long record of following developing trends, and, the article contains logical postulation.

https://www.popularmechanics.com/mil...w-b-21-raider/
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Originally Posted by Brat View Post
As previously stated...some more than others.

And as an interesting adjunct to the subject of ongoing development of certain aircraft over others, it was interesting to see a suggestion that the USAF might be considering the retirement of the B1 and B2 Bombers in favour or replacement by the B21 Raider, while retaining the upgrades B-52’s.
USAF's Controversial New Plan To Retire B-2 And B-1 Bombers Early Is A Good One - The Drive

While Taylor Rogoway is sometimes considered as a somewhat off-the-wall blogger on military affairs, he does have a reasonably long record of following developing trends, and, the article contains logical postulation.

https://www.popularmechanics.com/mil...w-b-21-raider/
One simple google undoes all the hyperbole BRAT
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Old 13th Feb 2018, 02:01
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Originally Posted by glad rag View Post
One simple google undoes all the hyperbole BRAT
Don’t be coy rag, fitterspeak a tad oblique, do enlighten.
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Old 13th Feb 2018, 08:21
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The story is baćked up by Defence News.

Planned retirement of B-1 and B-2 fleets and official USAF announcement in the FY19 budget proposal.
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It's a logical plan, up to a point.

100 jets that can get to the fight and raise a friendly digit to the IADS, which can't see them even with VHF.

75 jets that can stand off at a great distance and throw things that are hard and expensive to shoot down.

But only up to a point. Because then you have 1900 jets that can't get anywhere without a tanker. Speaking of tankers, I'm sure there was supposed to be one around here, 'cos I'm out of gas over the oggin. What happened to the tanker? Oh

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Old 15th Feb 2018, 14:42
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And in the meantime, whilst REMF F35's are developed into "warfighter material"...

https://www.defensenews.com/air/2015...raeli-product/

"TAIPEI and ISLAMABAD — A Chinese avionics marketing and manufacturing firm has put Israeli-US relations under a microscope after marketing an advanced fire control radar identical to Elta's ELM-2052 active electronically scanned array (AESA)"
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