Archief van de januari, 2014

Jan 29 2014

Report: F-35 not reliable and F-35B cracks reported

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Newssite Defense Tech reports:
The U.S. Defense Department’s newest and most advanced fighter jet has cracked during testing and isn’t yet reliable for combat operations, the Pentagon’s top weapons tester said in new report.

Read more: Defense Tech; 29-jan-2014; Report F-35: Cracks in Tests, Isn’t Reliable

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Jan 24 2014

F-35 fighter ‘hit by software and reliability problems’

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The British Newspaper reports about the F-35:

Britain’s new £70 million F-35 fighter is struggling with “unacceptable” software problems and is less reliable than hoped a new report has warned.
The Pentagon’s chief weapons tester has warned the new stealth fighter being bought by the British and the US militaries is facing more delays and remains vulnerable to fires
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Read more; Telegraph; 24-jan-2014; Ben Farmer “F-35 fighter hit by software and reliability problems

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Jan 23 2014

Lockheed accused of inflating F-35 job numbers

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According to the non-profit research group the Center for International Policy, Lockheed Martin has exaggerated the number of U.S. jobs generated by the production of the F-35 combat jet.

Lockheed Martin claims that it has created 125.000 U.S.-based direct and indirect jobs in 46 states, but the Center for International Policy reports that this “is roughly double the likely number of jobs sustained by the program“. The report was released Wednesday.

According to William D. Hartung, the report’s author, the real figure, based on standard estimating procedures used in other studies in the field, should be on the order of 50.000 to 60.000 jobs.
Similarly, the company’s claim that there is significant work being done on the F-35 in 46 states does not hold up to scrutiny. Even by Lockheed Martin’s own estimates just two states – Texas and California – account for over half of the jobs generated by the F-35. The top five states, which include Florida, Connecticut and New Hampshire – account for 70% of the jobs.

Given the uncertainties surrounding the F-35 program, which has been identified as a possible budget-cutting target by a wide range of non-governmental and governmental bodies, it makes sense for communities that are looking to the F-35 as an important part of their economic futures to develop fallback plans that can be implemented in the event of the cancellation or scaling back of the F-35 program.

Source:
William Hartung; CIP; january 2014; PDF download Promising the Sky: Pork Barrel Politics and the F-35 Combat Aircraft

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Jan 21 2014

F-35 awaits capability boost from Block 4 software

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Flight International reports from Washington:

On 16 January, the US Navy announced – via a posting on the federal government’s procurement website – that the F-35’s joint programme office intends to award multiple contracts to Lockheed Martin to develop Block 4 software, with the first contract expected to be awarded in October 2014.

The contracts will include “assessments and evaluations” to ensure Block 4-equipped aircraft meet “future operational requirements”, it says.

When completed, Block 4 software will provide the F-35 with improved radar and electronic warfare systems, and allow the aircraft to carry additional weapons used by both the US military and other F-35 customers.

Read more:
Flight International; 20-jan-2014; F-35 awaits capability boost from Block 4 software

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