Mei 22 2012

USAF: “F-35 cannot generate sorties to meet its needs”

Gepubliceerd door JSFNieuws.nl om 12:43 onder Global F35 News

Speaking at an event hosted by the Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C. the USAF chief of staff Gen Norton Schwartz told the public:
“The US Air Force has concluded that the short take-off vertical landing (STOVL) Lockheed Martin F-35B- model aircraft cannot generate enough sorties to meet its needs; therefore the service will not consider replacing the Fairchild Republic A-10 Warthog close air support jet with that variant.”

This is remarkable, because the JORD (requirement specifications) of the F-35 the key perfomance parameters (KPP) specifies about the (minimum) sortie rate:
- Sortie rate F-35A: 3 sorties per day
- Sortie rate F-35B: 4 sorties per day
- Sortie rate F-35C: 3 sorties per day

So, in fact when the F-35B version (with 4 sorties per day) is not capable replacing the A-10 Warthog, also the conventional F-35A is not capable replacing the A-10………A new campaign like in Libya will be a problem for the future users of the F-35A……..

Background/Source:
Flight International; 16-may-2012; “F-35 cannot generate enough sorties to replace A-10

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