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Jul 19 2014

The same old story over and over again

Gepubliceerd door Christiaan Meinen onder Global F35 News

The NOS (Dutch Broadcasting Organisation) has the following story. On television they show a big smiling Maxime Verhagen, former minister of Foreign Affairs (CDA) now appointed as special representative to get as many orders on the JSF program as possible for Dutch industry. Of course he is very positive but he also exaggerates enormously about the possible values. Some of the “facts” of this broadcast:

• 27 Dutch companies have made it to generate work from the JSF program (0:22)
• Fokker: for 40 JSF per year they build parts (0:26)
• Aeronamic has an order ( worth € 220 milj) work for at least 50 people (0:32)
• There will be more work, € 8 to € 9 billion with hundreds of jobs. (0:36)
• Maxime Verhagen: After building there also will come future contracts for the maintenance work also worth € 10 to € 20 billion

I would like to ask Mr. Verhagen some key questions: On what grounds where those prognoses based? These where the figures based on the business case of the Dutch Air Force buying 85 JSF not 37.

Another quote of mr Verhagen: If you don’t invest.. you won’t receive anything. (0:45)

Can we expect the US to give us the same amount of orders? What about some non-partnernations willing to aquire the JSF with demands of large production participation? Like Japan, South-Korea and Israël? Howe come they didn’t invest a billion euro’s in this program and still receive orders far more wort than ours? While they even order in the same amount of aircraft (arrount 40 each?) And what about those figures and orders we see sometimes in the Dutch News. Stories about new orders, signature signing of orders. All celebrated but not always clear if it’s a new one… or one already arranged long time ago… but celebrated as a new victory (for marketing purposes ofcourse).

Repeating old contracts and framework agreements with each small successor agreement, if re-extracted billions turnover ……….
The annual PV F16 allow hitherto SALES tens of millions to the recognition of the “JSF Business Case” (which is not MARGIN = value) show per year.
Super nice of course …….

But Aeronamic works for Airbus; and work would have been if we DO NOT F-35 bought; simply because they are innovative.

October 2009
THE HAGUE - Stork Fokker’s flaperons, movable flaps on the wings, producing for American combat unit JSF. For this purpose, Tuesday (October 6) signed a contract with aircraft manufacturer Lockheed Martin.
(and even at least 4 times, and so on)

Aeronamic (part of the work is outsourced to Romanian branch)

November 17, 2010
Aeronamic has a contract for the supply of the so-called Air Management System for Turbomachinery energy on board the aircraft.

May 2013
Honeywell, a company that for years Aeronamic Siezen recent works, signed an agreement for the construction of Terminal Power Management Systems (PTMs) for half of the total number of building F-35’s. “The system regulates the energy system aboard the new American fighter. It is an order of 500 to 600 million and provides 50 to 60 of our people for thirty years working on “The deal goes through, but under one condition., The Dutch government should proceed to purchase the F-35. “How many devices they buy does not matter. If only they buy. ”

July 2014
Production of 220 million and 50 men work.

How often do we have to repeat this??

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Jul 16 2014

F-35 Returns to Limited Flight, Officials Rule Out Farnborough

Gepubliceerd door onder Global F35 News

WASHINGTON, July 15, 2014 – While the F-35 Lightning II joint strike fighter has returned to limited flying, it will not be appearing at the Farnborough International Airshow in the United Kingdom, Pentagon Press Secretary Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby said during a Pentagon news conference today.

Return to flight after grounding

The F-35 fleet was grounded July 3 in the wake of a June 23 engine fire on the runway at Eglin Air Force Base, Florida. Navy and Air Force airworthiness authorities approved the F-35’s return to flight yesterday.

The return has a limited flight clearance that includes an engine inspection regimen and restricted flight rules, Kirby said, adding that the limits will remain in place until the root cause of the engine fire is identified and corrected.

While the investigation is not yet complete, “we haven’t seen anything that points to a systemic issue across the fleet with respect to the engine,” the admiral said.

Even with the return to flight, U.S. and British officials decided not to send Marine Corps and Royal Air Force F-35B aircraft across the Atlantic to participate in the Farnborough airshow. “This decision was reached after a consultation with senior leaders and airworthiness authorities, despite the decision by airworthiness authorities to clear the aircraft to return to limited flight,” Kirby said.

While we’re disappointed that we’re not going to be able to participate in the airshow,” he added, “we remain fully committed to the program itself and look forward to future opportunities to showcase its capabilities to allies and to partners.”

Strict rules of flight resumption

Under the rules of the flight resumption, the F-35s are limited to a maximum speed of Mach 0.9 and 18 degrees of angle of attack. They can go from minus 1 G to a 3 G’s, the admiral said. After three hours of flight time, each front fan section of each engine has to be inspected with a borescope. “That was a pretty significant limitation in terms of being able to fly them across the Atlantic,” he added.

This is not the first aircraft to have problems like this, Kirby noted, and it won’t be the last. “New programs often go through these kinds of challenges,” he said. “We’re confident that we’re going to get through this.”

US Department of Defense; press release; 15-Jul-2014; by Jim Garamone, DoD News, Defense Media Activity

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Jul 16 2014

Pentagon Press Briefing F-35 end of grounding and flight restrictions

Gepubliceerd door onder Global F35 News

Transcript of the Department of Defense Press Briefing by Rear Admiral Kirby in the Pentagon Briefing Room about the F-35 to return to flight and its missing of the Farnborough Show.

(…/…) My second comment is about the F-35. As you know, yesterday, the airworthiness authorities for the U.S. Navy and Air Force approved the F-35 to return to flight. This is a limited flight clearance that includes an engine inspection regimen and a restricted flight envelope, which will remain in effect until the root cause of the June 23rd engine mishap is identified and corrected.

That said, I can confirm that the Department of Defense in concert with our partners in the U.K. has decided not to send Marine Corps and U.K. F-35B aircraft across the Atlantic to participate in the Farnborough air show. This decision was reached after a consultation with senior leaders and airworthiness authorities, despite the decision by airworthiness authorities to clear the aircraft to return to flight — to limited flight.

When we — when we operate aircraft, we look at many factors, to include operational risks, the weather, ground time, maintenance issues. All of these factors were weighed appropriately in making this difficult decision. And while we’re disappointed that we’re not going to be able to participate in the air show, we remain fully committed to the program itself and look forward to future opportunities to showcase its capabilities to allies and to partners.

As Secretary Hagel has made clear, safety as always remains our top priority. And we’ll continue to provide you up-to-date information as we can and as it becomes available.

With that, I’ll take your questions. Bob?

Q: Just — based on what you just said about the F-35, it’s not clear to me why you — why you would be unable to send it to England if it’s — you’re able to fly them again.

REAR ADM. KIRBY: Well, again, I said there’s a limited flight envelope here. So there’s a couple of things. One is…

Q: What is that?

REAR ADM. KIRBY: Okay, I can give you those parameters, but let me — before I do that, let me get to the bigger question here. It is — it’s a restricted return to flight, so it’s not completely unrestricted. And I’ll give you the parameters in just a second.

Secondly, there’s a timing issue here. The air show started already and just the physical act of getting there makes timing critical. And I think nobody in senior leadership wanted to rush to do this for the sake of the air show. Not that the air show’s not important, not that we didn’t want to go, but I think everybody believed given the parameters around the restrictions on the flight, the flight envelopes, and given the timing, that this was the most prudential and safe decision. And as I said before, Secretary Hagel has made it pretty clear that safety is going to be paramount here.

So on the — on the flight envelope restrictions, right now, the aircraft are limited to a max speed of 0.9 Mach, 18 degrees of angle of attack. They can go from minus one to a positive three Gs and a half a stick deflection for rolls.

More critically, after three hours of flight time, each front fan section of the — of each engine has to be inspected with a borescope. So after every three hours of flight time, you got to do a borescope inspection of the front fan section of the engine. That was a pretty significant limitation in terms of being able to fly them across the Atlantic.


REAR ADM. KIRBY: Well, no, I mean, that’s — that’s — that — of all those restrictions, that’s probably the most important one when it came to making the decision about whether you’re going to fly them across the Atlantic, because after three hours of flight, they have to be inspected. So I don’t know. Did that — did that get to your question?


Q: (OFF-MIC) more broadly a lot of critics are going to seize on this as a big defeat for the F-35.


Q: Could you put in perspective — it’s going to an air show to entertain flight enthusiasts. Is this a — what kind of a setback is this to the overall program’s perception?

REAR ADM. KIRBY: It — first of all, we remain committed to the program. We’re actually glad for the news today to be able to get the aircraft back in the air, even if it is limited. We fully expect to work our way through this problem and restore the full operational capability in the near future.

This by no means should signal any lack of commitment to the F-35 or to its future in the U.S. military or in those militaries of partner nations that want to — that want to purchase it. It’s the — it’s the next-generation fighter aircraft, and we remain committed to that.

Not the first aircraft to have problems like this. It’s not going to be the last. New programs often go through these kinds of challenges. We’re confident that we’re going to get through this.

And I would also add that, you know, after all the inspections and the work — now, I want to caveat this, because the investigation is not complete yet, but we haven’t seen anything that points to a systemic issue across the fleet with respect to the engine. Again, that can change. I want to caveat that right off the bat, but the point is that — that leadership feels increasingly comfortable and confident in working the aircraft back to flight.

Q: (OFF-MIC) did Secretary Hagel call his counterpart in the U.K. to let him know this is not coming over?

REAR ADM. KIRBY: We have — we have — I mean, as I said at the outset, the U.K. authorities were completely in consultation with this decision and helped make this decision. So we’ve been in constant touch and communication with them throughout this thing. Yeah.


Q: Admiral, on the F-35 decision, can you please tell us when that was made, as quick — you know, as much as you know, and who actually made it? Did Secretary Hagel decide this or somebody in the program office at a lower level?

REAR ADM. KIRBY: The decision — the first decision was this morning. I think you saw my announcement about the return — the limited return to flight. That was made last evening. And then, you know, communicated to authorities there in the U.K. appropriately. So we were able to announce that this morning.

And then — and then the decision not to go to Farnborough was actually made within the last couple of hours. And, I mean, ultimately that decision for the Marine Corps variant fell to the commandant of the Marine Corps. For the U.K., obviously, for their own — and I don’t know exactly who in the — in the government at the U.K. made the decision for their — for their Bs [F-35B] but for us, the commandant ultimately made that decision and the secretary fully supports it.

And I would also say, as I said at the outset, the airworthiness authorities for the Air Force and the Navy also had a role in shaping that decision.

Q: Did the secretary have a veto that he chose not to use or did the commandant have the ultimate authority here (OFF-MIC)

REAR ADM. KIRBY: The secretary made it very clear from the very beginning that — that he was not going to push pressure on the airworthiness authorities or the services either way. His only — his only guidance was safety will be paramount. I don’t want safety to be — to be impaired at all here.

So he was — that was his only guidance. He trusts the service leadership and the airworthiness authorities to make the best decision, you know, based on what’s good for the aircraft and, more importantly, what’s good for the crew.

(end of excerpt)

U.S. Department of Defense; Press Briefing; issued July 15, 2014

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Jul 15 2014

F-35 Not Flying To Farnborough

Gepubliceerd door onder Global F35 News

FARNBOROUGH (UK) — The Lockheed Martin F-35 JSF will not be flying at the Farnborough International Airshow. This was announced by Rear Admiral John Kirby, the Pentagon press secretary, to the media in an official press statement Tuesday a15-Jul-2014 in the afternoon.

Rear Adm. Kirby told the press: “I have to confirm that the Department of Defense — in close concert with our partners in the UK — has decided not to send Marine Corps and UK F-35 aircraft across the Atlantic Ocean to participate in the Farnborough air show. The decision was reached after consultation with operational commanders and air worthiness authorities, despite the decision by air worthiness authorities to clear the aircraft to return to flight. “.

There was huge disappointment among JSF program supporters, partner country offiicials, visitors and aircraft spotters at Farnborough, after days of rumours the F-35 would possibly arrive at Farnborough later this week.

Early Tuesday morning, is was leaked that the Pentagon would have ended the grounding order for the F-35 fleet, that was announced 3-Jul-2014 after the engine fire of 23-Jun-2014.

However some hours after the first positive news, a new disappointment followed. Frank Kendall, the Pentagon’s acquisitions chief, told Defense News that there were strong restrictions, including a requirement for inspections for new damage every three hours of flight time and restrictions in the flight envelope (speed, power).

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Jul 14 2014

US DoD Official Discusses F-35 at Farnborough Airshow

Gepubliceerd door onder Global F35 News

WASHINGTON, July 14, 2014 – Safety is the first consideration in whether the F-35 Thunderbolt II joint strike fighter appears at the Farnborough International Airshow in England this week, a senior Defense Department official said today.

F-35 fleet grounded, safety first

The F-35 fleet was grounded July 3 pending an investigation of an engine fire that occurred June 23 on the runway of Eglin Air Force Base, Florida.

Frank Kendall, undersecretary of defense for acquisition, technology and logistics, told reporters at Farnborough that senior Air Force and Navy officers are assessing data to determine the root cause of the fire.

“Hopefully, they’ll be able to come to a conclusion and begin flying again, but we don’t want to prejudge that,” he said. “We don’t want to get ahead of it, and we put safety first.”

Even with setbacks like the grounding, the F-35 program is a much more stable program than it was four years ago, Kendall said. “We’ve got a lot more confidence in the design today,” he added. “We have the costs much more under control than we did four years ago.”

In 2010, the services were only about 10 to 15 percent into the flight test program. Today, it’s up to about 60 percent. “It is still a development program,” Kendall said. “We’re still finding things as we go through the testing phase. We’re still finding things that we
need to correct and fix, but it’s a much more mature design.”

Cost is a major factor

Cost is a major factor, and Kendall said the new program has brought expenses down, and expects to continue to do so. “We’re beating our own projections in terms of production costs year by year,” he said. “So the cost growth that plagued the program in the earlier phase of its cycle, I think, in the production side, is behind us.”

The goal, Kendall said, is to bring the cost of this aircraft down to where it is comparable to that of a fourth-generation aircraft by 2019.

“The biggest opportunity we have to reduce cost is probably in sustainment,” the undersecretary said. “We’re looking at that very closely. We were able to reduce our estimate for future sustainment costs by about 10 percent this year, but there’s a lot more work to be done there, and we think there’s a great opportunity there.”

All of the original partners in the joint strike fighter are still in the program, Kendall said, adding that there are two foreign sales candidates outside the partnership with more expected.

“The reason for that is very simple: this is a quantum improvement in air dominance,” he said. “It’s going to be an aircraft that will set the countries that have it apart from countries that don’t by a significant margin for the next few decades. So that’s why it’s such a valuable investment to us, and that’s why we remain committed.”

US Department of Defense; DoD News, Defense Media Activity; by Jim Garamone

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Jul 14 2014

Head Pentagon Acquisition Kendall says: “F-35 Fire Cause Not Systemic”

Gepubliceerd door onder Global F35 News

Breaking Defense reports:

LONDON: The head of Pentagon acquisition told reporters here today that “we do not see at this point what I call a systemic problem” resulting from the F-35A fire that led to the grounding of the fleet.

“We understand to a degree what happened here. The question is why did it happen,” according to reporting by my colleague Amy Butler of Aviation Week.

Kendall told reporters that blades in the engine’s low-pressure turbine and the surrounding cowl rubbed much more than is acceptable and a blade failed. That led to the fire.

Read more:
Breaking Defense; 13-Jul-2014; Colin Clark; “Kendall ID’s F-35 Fire Cause: ‘Not Systemic’

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Jul 12 2014

Italian company is building Dutch F-35 JSF stealth fighters

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Lieuwe de Vries writes at “War is boring” about the Dutch visit to the Cameri F-35 FACO facilitiy in Italy:

Uh Oh—A Crappy Italian Company Might Build The Netherlands’ New Stealth Fighters……

The Dutch minister of defense recently attended talks in Rome to decide who would build nearly 40 F-35 stealth fighters for the Royal Netherlands Air Force. Lockheed Martin in the U.S. designed the single-engine, radar-evading jet, but the company licenses some of the actual manufacturing to foreign factories.
The Netherlands is considering tapping Italian firm Alenia Aerospace to make most of the Dutch jets, which could form the backbone of the RNLAF for many decades.

The choice is a potentially risky one. Alenia Aerospace is part of the Finmeccanica Group alongside companies such as AnsaldoBreda and AugustaWestland. Finmeccanica has a reputation for high-profile failures. And if it screws up the Dutch F-35s, an entire European air arm could be in jeopardy.

The FYRA train

When the Dutch national rail carrier Nationale Spoorwegen wanted trains to run on its new fast rail link to Antwerp and Brussels, it turned to AnsaldoBreda to produce the trains. (…..) Reports surfaced of serious manufacturing quality issues. Those few early trains suffered frequent outages, with as many as 80 percent of them being out of service at any given time.

The NH90 helicopter : Dutch Navy losing its wings

NATO established the Helicopter Management and Acquisition group to oversee design and production of what would become the NH90 helicopter, pictured below. Finmeccanica’s Augusta—which eventually merged with Westland—was responsible for building the 12 Dutch navy copies.
There were long delays. Helicopters finally began to trickle into service in The Netherlands and other countries in 2007, years late.
The Dutch national aviation research lab examined the NH90s and found construction and design errors. They ranged from a poorly designed tail structure to improperly applied or completely missing sealants. These errors reflect poorly on the quality-control procedures at Finmeccanica’s facilities.

This not necessarily spell trouble for the F-35……. Dutch Air Force losing its wings
To be fair, past problems with Finmeccanica Group projects don’t necessarily spell trouble for Alenia’s F-35 involvement. But they do seem to hint at a group-wide corporate culture that fails to promote quality.

Global Supply Chains are tricky
Alenia’s Dreamliner failure in particular is a worrying sign.

[JSF Editor’s note: also read this:
Randy’s Journal: Boeing 787 / Alenia
and this:
Big questions hang over Global Aeronatica; Alenia’s Dreamliner project ]

Read more (source):
War is boring; 9-Jul-2014; Lieuwe de Vries;
“Italian Company is building the Netherlands new joint stealth fighter (JSF)

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Jul 12 2014

A Big Week for the F-35?

Gepubliceerd door onder Global F35 News

Even if the mainstream U.S. media has been late in coming to the story, the largest defense program in U.S. history is facing two critical events this coming week.

Failed to show up in United Kingdom

As major British media has been reporting for some time, the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter may be facing a major international marketing embarrassment: It has failed to show up for two of three scheduled (and much ballyhooed) public demonstrations in the United Kingdom. Now, it may miss the main event, a flying demonstration before the world’s aviation community at the Farnborough International Airshow, starting Monday. You see, the F-35 is grounded—again. An engine blew up on take-off at Eglin Air Force Base on June 23 and reportedly burned up much of the plane’s flammable, plastic composite rear fuselage and tail. No F-35s are flying until inspectors know what the problem is and can say it’s safe to fly—at least in the very limited regimes the F-35 has been cleared for. Moreover, even if the F-35 is released to participate at Farnborough, there may be a new problem: weather predictions for next week in England are not good, and the F-35 has real issues flying near thunder- and rainstorms; it even has problems with wet runways.

Next week: Approval of FY2015 Defense Appropriations bill

Stuck at home or coddled in UK hangars, the timing could not be worse for F-35 advocates. This Tuesday, the Defense Subcommittee of the Senate Appropriations Committee (SAC-D) will mark up its 2015 Defense Appropriations bill, and more than the usual routine approval of the Pentagon’s F-35 budget request is at stake. As pointed out in two timely commentaries (one by the Center for International Policy’s William Hartung and a second by Taxpayers for Common Sense’s Ryan Alexander), the House Appropriations Committee larded onto the already gigantic $8.3 billion request by adding four unrequested F-35s, costing an extra $479 million.

The four added planes are clearly at risk given the F-35’s self-embarrassment at Eglin, surely inspiring the F-35 talking points Lockheed is planting on the Members of the SAC-D well beyond their usual spinmeister fantasies on cost and performance. Worse, there could—at least theoretically—arise a critic of the F-35 in the membership of the SAC-D who might try to take real action on the F-35, beyond the rhetorical hyperbole that critics like Senator John McCain (R-AZ) have been hurling at the F-35. Imagine the shock and awe if some Member were to offer a meaningful amendment requiring the F-35 to be tested—actually imposing “fly-before-buy”—before a few hundred more mistake-laden jets are produced.

Hagel: F-35 is the future

Not to worry: the F-35 defenders are rushing to the rescue. Beyond whatever election year financing promises major F-35 contractors Lockheed-Martin, Northrop-Grumman, and Pratt & Whitney may be distributing to keep the program on track, Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel has just completed a baby-kissing exercise for the airplane. Travelling to Eglin Air Force Base where that F-35 destroyed itself, Hagel declared “This aircraft is the future of fighter aircraft for all our services,” thereby removing any notions that his junket might have some useful purpose other than showing fealty to the beleaguered F-35 program. Any expectation that he went to Eglin to exercise oversight of the F-35’s recurring embarrassments, as one might expect from a functioning Secretary of Defense, has been thoroughly excised. That leaves it up to the Defense Subcommittee of the Senate Appropriations Committee.

Once the Congress and Pentagon open their eyes in the endless F-35 drama? But when?

The SAC-D has many important defense spending decisions to make. None will be a better test of whether the committee is willing to conform DOD program ambitions to Pentagon budget realities than this point in the endless F-35 drama. Of course, the easy road beckons; defense business-as-usual will be happy to shower the Members with handsome signs of approval, material and otherwise.

Unfortunately, more of the same simply accelerates the decay of our defenses at ever-higher expense.

All eyes are turning to the Senate Appropriations Committee’s Defense Subcommittee. Thus far, political support for the F-35 has rolled over every ground truth, but realities like multiple groundings occurring amidst a continuing torrent of technical failures and cost overruns have a relentlessness all their own. Perhaps the only real question is when, not if, the politicians in Congress and the Pentagon will succumb to the inevitable tide. If next week does not end up as a tipping point for the F-35, it will come. It will come. And, that will be long before we buy the 2,433 Lockheed and its other boosters dream of.

Winslow Wheeler; Director, Straus Military Reform Project, CDI at POGO

POGO (Project on Government Oversight) is an US organisation and believes in transparency and accountability throughout the federal government. We work with whistleblowers and other inside sources, and access information through the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), to shed light on the government’s activities. Our goal is not only to expose problems, but also to propose solutions and work toward their implementation

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Jul 12 2014

Dutch F-35s will be assembled in Italy, country of the Fyra and NH90

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While the JSF Program Office will select a candidate by the end of 2014 to carry out airframe maintenance on European and Israelian F-35 joint strike fighters, Italy’s defense minister has said Cameri Air Base in northern Italy is the favorite.

She announced, that the Dutch Governement has signed an agreement to assemble the Dutch F-35’s in Italy.
Despite recent experiences with problematic joint projects with subsidiairies of Italian Finnmeccanica, Dutch Minister of Defence mrs. Hennis Plasschaert stated that she is “absolutely enthusiastic” about the Italian industry.
A remarkable enthusiasm, where the Dutch Government was confronted with the much troubled FYRA train system, build by another Finnmeccanica company Breda-Ansaldo; and the Royal Netherlands AirForce has delayed further delivery of the AgustaWestland NH90 helicopters, assembled in Italy by Finnmeccanica company AgustaWestland.

DefenseNews reports some other facts:

Pinotti pressed home the merits of Cameri during a meeting with US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel on June 27 and told Defense News she was also arguing that the facility get a share of final assembly work on European jets, not just future maintenance.

Norway was a second target, she [Pinotti} said. Israel, Pinotti said, has also expressed an interest in construction at Cameri. “If they would like to come to Italy we would be very happy,” she said.


“It is no coincidence that Cameri is on Air Force land and was a choice made not by industry but by the government,” she added. While Cameri was funded by the government, it is now managed by Italian state-controlled firm Alenia Aermacchi, teamed with Lockheed Martin.”

Read more:
Defense News; 11-Jul-2014; Tom Kington; “Pinotti Presses Case for More Italian F-35 Work

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Jul 12 2014

Increasing Israeli role on F-35 production

Gepubliceerd door onder Global F35 News

Flight International reports about the increading Israëli role on F-35 production. Despite the fact Israel did not pay in the System Development (like othet JSF Partner Countries) and only bought (sponsored with US military aid dollars) the Israëli industry is securing huge production contracts in the F-35 contracts.

Elbit Systems’ Cyclone subsidiary has secured approval as a manufacturer on the qualified products list for Lockheed Martin’s F-35 Joint Strike Fighter.
The Israeli company is to deliver 16 unique components and assemblies for the type, including composite carbon-epoxy laminates and honeycomb sandwich panels. Announced earlier this month, theapprovals come following a series of successful qualification tests carried out by Lockheed as part of a seven-year agreement with Cyclone.
As part of the same bilateral agreement, Israel Aerospace Industries will manufacture 811 pairs of wings for the fifth-generation stealth aircraft. The work will begin at an IAI facility in 2015.

Read more:
Flight International; 8-Jul-2014; Arie Egozie; “Cyclone deal strengthens Israeli role on F-35

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