Archief van de september, 2013

Sep 27 2013

Nieuwe rapporten: JSF-foutenfestival

Gepubliceerd door JSFNieuws.nl onder Global F35 News

Door Krijn Schramade op Follow The Money:

Nog meer munitie voor het JSF-verzet: De techniek en bruikbaarheid blijven hete hangijzers, zo blijkt uit twee nieuwe rapporten.
Het houdt maar niet op met de slechte recensies van de JSF. Vorige week kraakte de Algemene Rekenkamer de inzetbaarheid van de 37 aan te kopen straaljagers in de Nederlandse situatie. Dit is een van de aanleidingen geweest voor PvdA fractieleider Diederik Samson om zijn hernieuwde twijfel uit te spreken. Twee nieuwe rapporten raken opnieuw fundamentele pijnpunten: de techniek en bruikbaarheid van de JSF.”

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Fouten festival: perverse prikkel voor leverancier stimuleert

In totaal telt het rapport 343 bevindingen. Bloomberg maakt geen melding van het soort fouten, maar inmiddels zouden al wel 269 aandachtspunten zijn verholpen. Desalniettemin moeten hoofdaannemer Lockheed Martin en haar onderaannemers actie ondernemen om de resterende kritiekpunten te ondervangen.

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In de gevallen waarin Lockheed een productiefout maakte, kreeg de producent namelijk gewoon betaald voor zijn werk. Bovendien kreeg Lockheed extra betaald om de eigen fout te herstellen. Perverse prikkels liggen op de loer en de genoemde ontsnappingsclausule kan dit probleem adresseren.

JSF is next to useless

Het herstellen van technische fouten betekent echter niet meteen het einde van alle problemen. Uit onderzoek van professor Lex van Gunsteren van de Technische Universiteit Delft blijkt dat de JSF het schoolvoorbeeld is van de valkuilen die een multifunctioneel design met zich meebrengt. De JSF is een vliegtuig dat amper in staat is om enige gevechtskracht te leveren. Het resultaat van te veel stakeholders die teveel tegenstrijdige eisen stellen, concludeert van Gunsteren.
‘The JSF is a complete failure from an engineering design point of view,’ aldus de professor van de TU Delft. In de praktijk moet de JSF drie soorten missies kunnen uitvoeren. Één tegen één luchtgevechten, ook wel dog fights genoemd, grondtroepen van luchtsteun voorzien en op lange afstand bommenwerpen. De eerste twee missies vereisen wendbaarheid, maar die is matig tot slecht door de vele vereisten van de alleskunner. Van Gunsteren sluit zich aan bij eerdere conclusies van RAND uit 2008, die de JSF classificeerden als ‘next to useless’, since it ‘can’t turn, can’t climb, can’t run’.

Lees gehele artikel:

Follow the Money; 27-Sep-2013; Krijn Schramade “Nieuwe rapporten: JSF foutenfesitval”

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Sep 26 2013

Kandidaat ambassadeur USA: de perfecte JSF verkoper

Gepubliceerd door JSFNieuws.nl onder Aanschaf JSF, Global F35 News

De nieuwe US ambassadeur voor Nederland is Timothy Broas, werkzaam voor advocatenkantoor Winston & Strawn. Volgens de eigen website specialist in witte boorden criminaliteit, corruptie en productaansprakelijkheid. Het kantoor onderhoudt goede banden met Lockheed Martin (zie deze PDF, Lobby Report 2003).

De verdediging van zijn nominatie in de Amerkaanse senaat, donderdagmiddag ging als volgt:
Nederland heeft besloten, hoewel parlementaire bevestiging nog moet volgen, om 37 Joint Strike Fighters te kopen. Dat is een aanzienlijk aantal, voor welk land, klein of groot. Maar als ik ambassadeur word, zal ik mij inspannen tot het uiterste om te zorgen dat het ook doorgaat, en zal mij inspannen om ze zo ver te krijgen dat dit er meer worden”.

Wie is deze nieuwe ambassadeur?

Hij is sinds 1995 werkzaam als partner in het advocatenkantoor Winston & Strawn LLC. Ook zijn achtergrond, moet de Amerikaanse Senaat mogelijk aanspreken. Op zijn website staat vermeld dat Timotry Broas “Een vooraanstaande advocaat is met ruime ervaring in het verdedigen van witte boorden criminelen.”
Broas meldt, dat hij vooral clienten adviseert bij strafzaken en geschillen met betrekking tot overtreding of in relatie tot wetgeving inzake:
- Fraude
- FCPA (Foreign Corrupt Practices Act)
- Antitrust wetgeving (voorkomen monopolie posities)
- Corruptie
- Nationale veiligheid
- Complexe overheidsregels
- Product aansprakelijkheid

Hij verdedigt bijvoorbeeld mensen, die worden aangeklaagd op grond van deze Amerikaanse wet: “Knowingly and willfully making any false, fictitious, or fraudulent statements or representations may be a felony under the Federal Criminal False Statement Act (18 U.S.C. Sec 1001), punishable by a fine of up to $10,000, up to five years in prison, or both.

De wetten zijn goed, de advocaten nog beter.

Meer achtergrond inzake kandidaat-ambassadeur Timothy Broas

In 2012 werd hij, toen al sprake was van een mogelijke nominatie, aangeklaagd wegens het rijden onder invloed, te snel rijden en verzet bij zijn arrestatie. De serieuzere beschuldigingen werden later ingetrokken en hij is nooit formeel veroordeeld.
Timothy Broas haalde bijna US 1 miljoen op aan donaties voor Obama’s verkiezingscampagnes de afgelopen jaren. Mr. Broas zamelde voor Obama’s 2012 campagne zelfs meer dan US$500,000 op bij bekenden en “goede relaties”. Zijn benoeming wordt door sommigen gezien als beloning voor zijn loyaliteit aan het beleid van Obama.

Achtergrond Winston & Strawn – werkzaam voor o.a. Lockheed Martin

Winston & Strawn LLP is een internationaal werkend advocatenkantoor, waar ongeveer 900 advocaten werkzaam zijn in circa 15 vestigingen in de USA, Europa en Azië. Het kantoor is bekend geworden vanwege de beslissende overwinning die ze inboekten voor Microsoft Corporation in de aanklacht alsof Microsoft de antitrust wetten overtreden en een monopolie positie nastreven met bepaalde producten. Hiervan werd Microsoft vrijgesproken.
In juni 2013 kwam het kantoor Winston & Strawn nog in het nieuws na overname van de advocatenpraktijk van Gerald Shargel, de bekende en succesvolle verdediger van mafia bazen en corrupte politici.

Lobbyist voor Lockheed Martin in cruciale periode

Tot de klanten van Winston & Strawn behoren volgens de website de JSF contractpartners Lockheed Martin en Northrop Grumman. In het verleden werd door dit kantoor intensief gelobbyed (zie onderzoek) voor Lockheed Martin in de cruciale fase van JSF beslissingen tussen 1997 en 2004. Zie o.a. deze “PDF Lobbying Report Lockheed – Winston 2003

Bronnen:

NRC; 19-juli-2013; “Advocaat Timothy Broas wellicht toch ambassadeur VS in Nederland
The White House Press Office; 18 juli 2013; “President Obama Announces More Key Administration Posts”
Washington Post; 27-apr-2012; “Major Obama ‘bundler’ nominated for Dutch ambassador’s post”

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Sep 25 2013

Lockheed F-35’s Quality Failings Cited by Inspector General

Gepubliceerd door JSFNieuws.nl onder Global F35 News

Next Monday a new report will be published about the poor quality of the F-35 design.
Bloomberg News already published some key items from the management summary of the report.

The Pentagon’s inspector general has flagged hundreds of deficiencies and corrective actions
needed for Lockheed Martin Corp.’s F-35 fighter, the military’s costliest program
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Bloomberg - Tony Capaccio; 25-sep-2013 “Lockheed F-35’s Quality Failings Cited by Inspector General”

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Sep 25 2013

F-35: Noise problems around Eglin: more houses unsuitable for residences

Gepubliceerd door JSFNieuws.nl onder Global F35 News

There are new reports about serious noise problems with F-35 aircraft around training base Eglin:

Read the Burlington Free Press
Navy Capt. Paul Haas, vice commander of the F-35 Lightning II Integrated Training Center at Eglin Air Force Base in Valparaiso, said in an interview Wednesday with the Burlington Free Press that pilots flying the planes at Eglin use afterburners most of the time as an extra safety precaution.
“The reason is, it gives us more options if something goes wrong,” Haas said. He said using the afterburners was a practice that pilots would follow once the planes go into full military operation
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The Air Force earlier this year acknowledged it had understated how many homes would be in a noise zone deemed unsuitable for residences, and later reported that a vast majority of comments it had received this spring supported basing the plane in Vermont, when the opposite was true.

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Pierre Sprey, a former military aircraft designer working with Greco and the anti-F-35 coalition in Vermont, said the F-35’s weight has risen from 26,664 pounds in 2002 to 29,300 pounds in 2010, the last time such data were publicly available.
He said the weight figures do not include an additional 18,300 pounds of fuel and 2,000 pounds of weaponry that a fully loaded F-35 normally would carry.
Sprey, whose career included work on the design of the F-16, said he calculated that the weight increase of the F-35 already has resulted in a 20 percent increase in takeoff distance. Using afterburners can help reduce that increase, he said, but finding a longer runway is a better option.

Read more:
Burlington Free Press; 25-sep-2013 “Questions about afterburner use F-35

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Sep 25 2013

How the U.S. and Its Allies Got Stuck with the World’s Worst New Warplane

Gepubliceerd door JSFNieuws.nl onder Global F35 News

David Axe wrote a long article at “War is boring” about the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter.

Some quotes:

The F-35 Joint Strike Fighter was meant to improve the U.S. air arsenal but has made it more vulnerable instead.

Proponents would have you believe:
US GAO Mike Sullivan “The program appears to have stabilized.”
Head Program Office, General Bogdan: “I’m encouraged by what I’ve seen.”
Lockheed Martin, spokeswoman Laura Siebert: : significant progress”

But the chorus of praise is wrong.

Fundamental flaw in the F-35 design

The F-35 Joint Strike Fighter?—?a do-it-all strike jet being designed by Lockheed Martin to evade enemy radars, bomb ground targets and shoot down rival fighters?—?is as troubled as ever. Any recent tidbits of apparent good news can’t alter a fundamental flaw in the plane’s design with roots going back decades.
Owing to heavy design compromises foisted on the plane mostly by the Marine Corps, the F-35 is an inferior combatant, seriously outclassed by even older Russian and Chinese jets that can fly faster and farther and maneuver better. In a fast-moving aerial battle, the JSF “is a dog … overweight and underpowered,” according to Winslow Wheeler, director of the Straus Military Reform Project at the Project on Government Oversight in Washington, D.C.

F-35 can’t turn, can’t climb, can’t run

The F-35’s inferiority became glaringly obvious five years ago in a computer simulation run by John Stillion and Harold Scott Perdue, two analysts at RAND, a think tank in Santa Monica, California. Founded in 1948, RAND maintains close ties to the Air Force. The air arm provides classified data, and in return RAND games out possible war scenarios for government planners.
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America’s newest stealth warplane and the planned mainstay of the future Air Force and the air arms of the Navy and Marine Corps, was no match for Chinese warplanes. Despite their vaunted ability to evade detection by radar, the JSFs were blown out of the sky. “The F-35 is double-inferior. Inferior acceleration, inferior climb [rate], inferior sustained turn capability,” they wrote. “Also has lower top speed. Can’t turn, can’t climb, can’t run.”

Caused by requirements for STOVL version F-35B

The addition of a lift fan to the baseline F-35 design started a cascade of problems that made it heavier, slower, more complex, more expensive and more vulnerable to enemy attack?—?problems that were evident in the 2008 war game set over Taiwan.
But this mix of characteristics came at a price to all three F-35 models, even the two that don’t need to take off vertically. “The STOVL requirements have dictated most if not all of the cardinal design elements for all three aircraft,” said Peter Goon, an analyst with the Air Power Australia think tank.

Conclusion

Replacing America’s useless, universal fighter would be a headache, according to Wheeler, but keeping it would be far worse. The F-35, he wrote, “will needlessly spill the blood of far too many of our pilots.”

Read more:
War is boring; 25-Sep-2013; David Axe; “How the U.S. and Its Allies Got Stuck with the World’s Worst New Warplane

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Sep 21 2013

Dutch Labour party threatens to oppose F-35 fighter purchase

Gepubliceerd door JSFNieuws.nl onder Global F35 News

Dutch order for Lockheed Martin’s F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, announced last Tuesday and which earlier this week was seen as a boost for the troubled project, is in doubt again after Labour one of the two coalition parties threatened to oppose the deal.

Saturday September 21st, 2013 the Labour party will have a congress and within the Labour Party there is a massive protest of their members. The Labour Party parliament members are sating that a new report of the Dutch Rekenkamer (Accountability Office), that was published last Thursday shows that there are miscalculations and uncertainties in the final proposal of the Government and the information and calculations of the Dutch MoD.

Read more: Reuters; 20-sep-2013; Dutch coalition party threatens to oppose F-35 fighter purchase

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Sep 20 2013

US Senator McCain: F-35 among the ‘Great, National Scandals’

Gepubliceerd door JSFNieuws.nl onder Global F35 News

US magazine DOD BUZZ reports from Washington

The US Senator, former US Navy veteran and fighter pilot John McCain isn’t unclear about the failing Joint Strike Fighter Program:
Days after the U.S. Defense Department signaled an improving relationship with Lockheed Martin Corp. over the cost of the F-35 fighter jet, Sen. John McCain called the program “one of the great national scandals.”

“McCain criticized the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter as the government’s first trillion-dollar acquisition program (including sustainment costs). Its repeated cost overruns “have made it worse than a disgrace,” he said. Despite recent efforts to reduce prices on the next batch of aircraft, “it’s still one of the great, national scandals that we have ever had, as far as the expenditure of taxpayers’ dollars are concerned,” he said.”

Read more: DOD Buzz F-35 among the ‘Great, National Scandals’

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Sep 20 2013

Japan: traditional F-35 stealth will be obsolete within 10 years

Gepubliceerd door JSFNieuws.nl onder Aanschaf JSF

The Japanese newsagency NHK News report that Japan will invest in the development of radartechnology for detecting stealth aircraft.

Perfect stealth detection in 2020

The Japan Defense Ministry has reservered a budget of US$40 for the first step in 2013 to support the hightech Japanese industry to develop radar which will be capable of detecting and tracking stealth aircraft. Sources within the Japanse R&D Defence Institute said that the new radar would detect an enemy stealth fighter at a distance by emitting high-powered radar waves in a focused way. In addition, a new system will be developed to share positional information of the stealth fighter with a central control system to intercept it. The central system can be integrated with fighter-aircraft, ship airdefense and ground-based airdefense missile batteries by datalink technology. In this way each battlefield unit (aircraft, vehicle, ship) may share the data from these new type of radars. New high tech radar systems will be supplemented by other detection sensors (like infrared) in one integrated system.

Stealth: concept of the 20th century

NHK News did quote some ministry officials that this is necessary because China (J-20 fighter) as well as Russia (Sukhoi T-50) are currently working on next-generation fighter jets, which have stealth characteristics. The project has a very high priority and the purpose is to field an operational system within 10 years. The operational value of stealth aircraft will be much lower than expected and will turn out to be a typical “concept of the previous” wars in the eighties and nineties of the 20th century.

Russia and China: same development of anti-stealth radar

It is well-known that Russia and China (learning their lessons from the Kosovo War and Gulf War) started development of new detection systems. The new integrated systems contain stealth-killing advances including VHF and UHF radars being developed by and passive-detection system (once devised by Czech researchers). The latter uses radar, television, cellular phone and other available signals of opportunity reflected off stealthy aircraft to find and track them. Infrared detection (of the very hot F-35 !!) will be integrated also.

Conclusion

These new detection systems could reverse a 30-year trend that has seen the U.S. Air Force gain an increasing advantage over enemy defenses. The long development time makes the F-35 obsolete when entering operational servies in 2020. It is an old concept, based on ideas of the nineties of the 20th century. The limitations of the stealth design will limit it operational lifetime and it will be impossible to use it as long (30 years) as the F-16. No any F-117 stealth fighter is still in use, after only 17 years of service……….

Source:
NHK News; 28-aug-2013
Japan News 20-sep-2013

Other related publicity:
DangerRoom; 6-jul-2011 “China, Russia Could Make U.S. Stealth Tech Obsolete
Background: APA Russian Low Band Radars

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Sep 20 2013

Ogden ALC Welcomes Its First F-35 Lightning II

Gepubliceerd door JSFNieuws.nl onder Global F35 News

FORT WORTH, Texas, 20-Sep-2013 – The U.S. Air Force’s Air Logistics Complex (ALC) at Hill Air Force Base, Ogden, Utah, hosted a ceremony today marking the arrival of the first Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] F-35 Lightning II aircraft to a depot facility.

The aircraft ferried from Nellis AFB, Nev., and will be the first Air Force F-35A conventional takeoff and landing (CTOL) variant used in the Block 2B Operational Testing & Evaluation (OT&E) program in 2015. The aircraft will receive a series of structural and systems modifications at Ogden to enhance critical capabilities needed during OT&E testing. This marks the second depot opened this year. In July, the U.S. Marines welcomed the first F-35B short takeoff and vertical landing variant at Cherry Point, N.C.

For decades the shared partnership between Lockheed Martin the Ogden ALC team has taken our legacy platforms, the F-16, C-130 and F-22, to the next level, and the same will hold true for the F-35 Lightning II,” said Lorraine Martin, F-35 vice president and general manager. “This aircraft was designed from its inception to evolve through modifications and upgrades so that our warfighters can continually outpace their opposition. I look forward to what the future holds for the F-35 and am excited to see that evolution unfold.

The Ogden Air Logistics Complex provides logistics, support, maintenance and distribution for the nation’s premier fighter aircraft: the F-35 Lightning II, F-22 Raptor, F-16 Fighting Falcon and A-10 Thunderbolt. In addition, it maintains the C-130 Hercules, T-38 Talon and other weapon systems, as well as the Minuteman III Intercontinental Ballistic Missile. The ALC employs more than 7.500 military, civilian and contract personnel at Hill Air Force Base.

Headquartered in Bethesda, Md., Lockheed Martin is a global security and aerospace company that employs about 116,000 people worldwide and is principally engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture, integration, and sustainment of advanced technology systems, products, and services. The Corporation’s net sales for 2012 were US$47.2 billion.

Source: PRESS Bulletin Lockheed Martin; 20-Sep-2013

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Sep 19 2013

Ship Trials Bring F-35B Capability, Operational Utility Into Focus

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FORT WORTH, Texas, September 19, 2013 – Recent ship trials for the Lockheed Martin [LMT] F-35B onboard the USS Wasp [LHD-1] underscored the fifth-generation fighter’s unique capabilities and operational utility according to Marines and sailors alike.

In a video released today, U.S. Navy Capt. Erik Etz stated, “A fifth-generation aircraft, such as the F-35, will open up threat areas where previous legacy fighters that operate off L-class ships weren’t even invited to play. So, an F-35B operating from this type of ship really gives a joint war-fighting commander different options to affect change in the world wherever it is necessary.”

Marine Corps Capt. Mike Kingen, an F-35 test pilot, added, “Ship-borne capabilities are important for the F-35B because they are important for the Marine Corps. Having F-35B, having a stealth platform that’s organic to that unit will allow us to support the Marines…. The F-35 is going to allow future pilots to worry less about stick and rudder skills and more about executing the mission.”

The fact that the Harrier was not fly by wire at all, there was nothing in between me and the flight controls,” said Marine Corps Maj. Michael Rountree, an F-35 test pilot. “So, I could do things in the Harrier that would very specifically get me killed if I did them incorrectly. Whereas in this airplane there is a level of protection between me and those flight control surfaces. So in a mission – you know up and away from the ship – that’s going to allow me more time to think about the tactical picture, thinking about how I’m going to support the Marines on the ground.”

During the 18-day long ship trials, two F-35Bs conducted a series of tests to determine the aircraft’s suitability for sea-based operations. The aircraft completed 95 vertical landings, 19 of which were conducted at night, and 94 short takeoffs. The ship trials, known as Developmental Test-II, were a key milestone on the Marine Corps’ path to Initial Operating Capability which is scheduled for 2015.

Source: PRESS Bulletin; Lockheed Martin; 19-Sep-2013

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