Archief van de april, 2013

Apr 26 2013

Next step in Norwegian F-35 procurement

Gepubliceerd door onder Global F35 News

Oslo - The Norwegian government today submitted a formal request to the Norwegian parliament for authorization to procure six F-35 Lightning II aircraft for delivery in 2018, including additional equipment. The total amount is NOK 12,9 billion (US$ 2,18 billion).

In doing so, the Norwegian government follows up on its renewed plans from 2012 to stretch its procurement of the F-35 over additional years, and to accelerate its initial purchase by one year.

We are very pleased that we have gotten to this point in our procurement process. Today represents a major leap forward in our efforts to procure the F-35. By making this commitment we are able to proceed with our plans to replace the F-16 fleet around 2020. By doing so we will also be introducing a wide range of additional capabilities to our armed forces which will improve their ability to meet the challenges of the coming three to four decades, says Norwegian minister of defence,” Mrs Anne-Grete Strøm-Erichsen.

Together with the authorization for procuring aircraft, the government is also requesting permission to begin procurement of a wide range of additional equipment and services, including integration work, training and simulators.

When the first aircraft land in Norway in 2017, we need to be ready to begin training and maintenance operations. That means we also need to begin investments in the necessary equipment and capabilities to do so,” says Ms Strøm-Erichsen.

The Norwegian government today also announced its revised procurement plan for the F-35, which will see Norway receiving six aircraft annually from 2017 until 2024. This comes in addition to the four aircraft for training purposes that will be delivered in 2015 and 2016, for a total of 52 aircraft.
It is important to note that even though we are announcing this plan now, the procurement of aircraft is still subject to annual approvals by the Norwegian parliament,” says Ms. Strøm-Erichsen. “We have concluded convincingly that the F-35 is the only aircraft that fulfills our future operational requirements. This continues to be true to this day, and we have no time to lose. Our F-16s remain among the world’s most capable aircraft of their kind, but they are also among the world’s oldest.”

During the recent Joint Executive Steering Board meeting of the JSF-program, Norway also received assurances regarding the integration of the JSM missile into the (software) development cycle known as Block 4. This means that the road is now open for final and complete integration of the JSM on the F-35. “This is important to us mainly from an operational point of view – we need the JSM to fulfill our operational requirements. It is also important from an industrial side, as we believe the sales potential for the missile is significant with several F-35 users,” says Ms. Strøm-Erichsen.

The requests sent to parliament have a total value of NOK 12.9 billion/USD 2.18 billion. This includes both aircraft procurement as well as related investments such as integration work, training and simulators. In addition, the government request calls for an uncertainty allowance of NOK 3 billion/USD 507.2 million.

Source: Press Release Ministry of Defence Norway

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Apr 12 2013

F135 blade crack traced to casting process

Gepubliceerd door onder Global F35 News

Flight International reports:

A Pratt & Whitney analysis has narrowed the likely cause of a turbine blade crack on the F135 in February to a fault in the casting process, says Bennett Croswell, president of the military engines division. The 4.2mm (0.17in) crack led to a relatively brief fleetwide grounding of the F-35 after it was discovered on 19 February.

Read more: Flight International 12-apr-2013

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Apr 10 2013

Lockheed over a year late with riskfull tailhook fix to Navy’s F-35C

Gepubliceerd door onder Global F35 News

Lockheed Martin has come up with a new design for the tailhook on the F35 Joint Strike Fighters that should allow the Navy variant, the F-35C, to land on carriers and speed the long-delayed process of getting the aircraft out to the fleet, Lockheed and Navy officials said Wednesday.
The fix is over a year late, also -35C arresting hook location and installation geometry (subject matter well described in MIL-A-18717) is a risky radical deviation from successful modern designs. In comparison to those others, F-35c locates the arresting hook much closer to the main gear, and uses a shorter hook with much less trail angle.
It remains to be seen, if and how reliably, an F-35C might catch a cross deck pendant with arresting hook while the deck pitches and rolls in adverse higher sea state conditions. If arrested recovery is reliable only in fair weather, then Navy won’t buy many F-35C.

Read more: DOD Buzz “Lockheed promises tailhook fix to Navy’s F-35C

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Apr 09 2013

First Dutch F-35 parked into storage at high cost

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Flight International reported:

The Netherlands is to place its Lockheed Martin F-35A Joint Strike Fighter test aircraft into temporary storage, pending a final decision on how to replace its air force’s Lockheed F-16 fighters.
Newly appointed defence minister Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert announced the decision to park the test assets in a letter to the Dutch parliament on 4 April. A first example - delivered in late 2012 - and a second, expected to be handed over in mid-2013, will be stored at Edwards AFB, California, where they will be kept in airworthy condition and flown occasionally by US Air Force pilots

Read more: Flight International 9-apr-2013

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Apr 08 2013

F-35 fighter leaves Lubbock for Nellis AFB

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Almost a month after it had to make an emergency landing in Lubbock, an F-35 fighter jet is en route to it’s permanent home at Nellis Air Force Base in Las Vegas.

Read more : KCBD - F-35 fighter leaves Lubbock for Nellis AFB

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Apr 05 2013

F-35 for South Korea: offer much higher than budget

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WASHINGTON, April 3, 2013 – The Defense Security Cooperation Agency notified Congress March 29 of a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Government of Korea for 60 F-35 Joint Strike Fighter Conventional Take Off and Landing (CTOL) aircraft and associated equipment, parts, training and logistical support for an estimated cost of US$10.8 billion (unit price US$ 180 million, € 138 million). This is about US$ 3.5 billion more, than the budget available in South-Korea. Strong competitor in the South Korean fighter contest will be the Boeing F-15SE. Other competitot is the Eurofighter Typhoon. A final decision will be taken (planning) end of June 2013.

The Government of the Republic of Korea has requested a possible sale of (60) F-35 Joint Strike Fighter Conventional Take Off and Landing (CTOL) aircraft. Aircraft will be configured with the Pratt & Whitney F-135 engines, and (9) Pratt & Whitney F-135 engines are included as spares. Other aircraft equipment includes:
Electronic Warfare Systems; Command, Control, Communication, Computer and Intelligence/Communication, Navigational and Identification (C4I/CNI); Autonomic Logistics Global Support System (ALGS); Autonomic Logistics Information System (ALIS); Full Mission Trainer; Weapons Employment Capability, and other Subsystems, Features, and Capabilities; F-35 unique infrared flares; reprogramming center; F-35 Performance Based Logistics. Also included: software Development/integration, aircraft ferry and tanker support, support equipment, tools and test equipment, communication equipment, spares and repair parts, personnel training and training equipment, publications and technical documents, U.S. Government and contractor engineering and logistics personnel services, and other related elements of logistics and program support. The estimated cost is US$10.8 billion, this is a unit price of US$ 180 million.

Source: US Defense Security Cooperation Agency, press release 5-apr-2013

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