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F-35 Cancelled, then what ?

Old 24th Aug 2018, 00:24
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Whoever dreamed up the notion of using the F-35 for CAS and binning the A-10 knows naught of CAS for sure!

The USAF Fighter Mafia is a very deep state evil thing!
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Old 24th Aug 2018, 00:58
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With no Sims and little if any flying continuity, the first tour F35 pilots must be suffering. Still, plenty of SDOs and secondary duties to keep them occupied.....
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Old 27th Aug 2018, 07:28
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Old 27th Aug 2018, 07:54
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Old 27th Aug 2018, 10:10
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Old 27th Aug 2018, 16:56
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Originally Posted by glad rag View Post
Doing what it does best.
Being an airshow attraction?
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Old 28th Aug 2018, 13:12
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Originally Posted by glad rag View Post
Doing what it does best.
So yet one additional role for this multi-role aircraft?
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Old 28th Aug 2018, 21:52
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So yet one additional role for this multi-role aircraft?
On the idiot box "for sure"
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Old 29th Aug 2018, 07:22
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I thought they were testing a new visual stealth mode.....
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Old 29th Aug 2018, 10:17
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Joking aside, what will be the modus operandi of the RAF F35 fleet, purely night ops?
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Old 29th Aug 2018, 11:17
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I’m sure the locals will love the sound of the F135 in the circuit at 3AM....
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Joking aside, what will be the modus operandi of the RAF F35 fleet, purely night ops?
Seems very unlikely.
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Old 29th Aug 2018, 12:12
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In that case, ken, a change of colour (color) scheme would seem to be appropriate ..
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Old 30th Aug 2018, 15:57
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Tony Osborne has a piece in today's Aerospace Daily & Defense Report reflecting a lot of what Jackonicko says at post #11541.
Questions Surround UK F-35 Month-Long Flying Break Defense content from Aviation Week
He also poses questions about maintaining currency, which
can be done in the high-fidelity simulators. But none of these are yet operational in the Integrated Training Center (ITC) being constructed at RAF Marham,
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Old 30th Aug 2018, 16:10
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And on the same day that the article above appears, the MoD announces
British-armed F-35B Lightning jet takes to the skies
- referring to the first F-35B flight with MBDA ASRAAMs
https://www.gov.uk/government/news/b...s-to-the-skies

But it seems from the pictures that ASRAAMS can only be carried externally. Does that make MoD's reference to
Britain's new stealth fighter
a bit optimistic?

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Old 30th Aug 2018, 16:11
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“We have had to move them across from the American electronic servers across to ours, and do all of the data checks and make sure all of the data is there from an airworthiness perspective, to then verify those and accept them on to the squadron,” he said.

"None of it is anything that we didn’t plan for in terms of contingency, so we have been working through those in a methodical fashion to make sure that we can get the jets into a serviceable state to take them flying in a safe manner.”

“We have had some bits of missing data during that transfer, so we have been working through that.
That couldn't be the unmentionable "shades of Chinook" code debacle coming back to haunt us, could it?
 
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They started flying again yesterday. Three pairs have been seen overhead Docking yesterday and today.
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Old 30th Aug 2018, 21:11
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Originally Posted by airsound View Post
And on the same day that the article above appears, the MoD announces - referring to the first F-35B flight with MBDA ASRAAMs
https://www.gov.uk/government/news/b...s-to-the-skies

But it seems from the pictures that ASRAAMS can only be carried externally. Does that make MoD's reference to a bit optimistic?

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The option for internal ASRAAM carriage was dropped when the switch was made from F-35C to F-35B. The internal option was shown on some mock-ups for the F-35C.

https://u0v052dm9wl3gxo0y3lx0u44wz-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/F-35-Weapons-Integration-ASRAAM.jpg

From

https://www.thinkdefence.co.uk/uk-co...issile-asraam/

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Thanks TEEEJ
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Old 31st Aug 2018, 10:10
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How much does the helmet cost again?

https://www.popularmechanics.com/military/aviation/a22877042/navy-f35-helmet-bug/

"The solution involves swapping out the current helmet mounted displays and replacing them with organic, light emitting diodes (OLEDs)."

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