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March 24, 2014 -- DoD Buzz

South Korea Said to Pick F-35 in Fighter Buy


Read more: http://www.dodbuzz.com/2014/03/24/south-korea-said-to-pick-f-35-in-fighter-buy/


March 14, 2014 -- rt.com

New Chinese stealth jet built with stolen F-35 component designs


Read more: http://rt.com/news/chinese-jet-cyber-espionage-stolen-718/


March 1, 2014 -- Eric Palmer Blog

Air Force releases final Eglin AFB F-35 supplemental impact study (DOCUMENT)


Read more: http://elpdefensenews.blogspot.com/2014/03/air-force-releases-final-f-35.html


August 28, 2013 -- vtdigger.org

A Letter from Rosanne Greco to Vermont's Congressional Delegation on the F-35A


Below is a letter from a retired military officer to her congressmen in Burlington, VT. This could have been written from a concerned citizen's prospective in Beaufort, except we will have the louder F35B and many times the quantity. Almost 9000 residents here are admitted by the Navy/Marines in the EIS to live in the F35B unacceptable noise contours. And, they also stated we would have less permanent military personnel with the F35B than the F18s (contrary to the Chamber's statement of more jobs ). Upon visiting most of the politicians during the community response period to the 2010 draft EIS in Beaufort, they had not read the EIS and, as she has asked her Senator, where did our SC representatives in the local, state, and federal governments get their very strong and favorable opinions? Certainly not from the facts of what will happen to Beaufort upon the F35B arrival. Note, in her letter, this jet noise is too loud to be mitigated.

Read more: http://vtdigger.org/2013/08/28/greco-a-letter-to-vermonts-congressional-delegation-on-the-f-35a/


February 27, 2013 -- CBC News

Boeing touts fighter jet to rival F-35 — at half the price

Super Hornet less stealthy, but has lower sticker price and operational costs

Read more: http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/story/2013/02/27/pol-fighter-jets-boeing-superhornet-f-35-milewski.html


January 20, 2013 -- Business Insider

The F-35 Could Explode In Midair If Struck By Lightning


"The F-35 is unable to fly within 25 miles of a thunderstorm because engineers believe it could explode if struck by lightning. The storm restriction will not be lifted until an oxygen gauge in the fuel tank is redesigned in all F-35s."

Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/the-f-35b-grounded-exploding-lightning-fuel-tank-2013-1


January 15, 2013 -- DailyTech.com

Lockheed Martin's F-35 Lightning II Now 25 Percent More Vulnerable to Lightning, Attacks


"An attempt at cutting the weight of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter has made it more vulnerable to lightning and enemy attacks, says a new report."

"The report, conducted by the Pentagon's Operational Test and Evaluation office (OT&E), found that shedding a few pounds from Lockheed Martin's F-35 Joint Strike Fighter (also known as Lightning II) has made the aircraft 25 percent more vulnerable in certain dangerous situations."

Read more: http://www.dailytech.com/Lockheed+Martins+F35+Lightning+II+Now+25+Percent+More+Vulnerable+to+Lightning+Attacks/article29659.htm


January 6, 2013 -- NavyTimes

Communities raise noise concerns over F-35


"Plans on where to base the U.S. military’s next-generation fighter jet, the F-35, concern people in communities from California to Florida to Maine who worry the aircraft are too loud."

Read more: http://www.navytimes.com/news/2013/01/ap-communities-raise-noise-concerns-joint-strike-fighter-plans-010613/


September 28, 2012 -- Bloomberg

Air Force Expands F-35 Trials Over Tester’s Objections


"Considering the aircraft’s “immaturity,” conducting the so-called uninstrumented training flights “entails significant risk with no benefit,” Michael Gilmore, the Pentagon’s testing director, wrote in a memo to Air Force Secretary Michael Donley obtained by Bloomberg News."

"Gilmore’s concerns about flight training add to debate over the fighter program whose estimated cost has increased 70 percent since 2001 to $397 billion in current dollars while encountering flaws or delays with its software, a pilot helmet and aircraft deliveries. “Repair work” is needed to mend the Pentagon’s frayed relations with Lockheed over the F-35, General Mark Welsh, the Air Force chief of staff, said Sept. 18."

"Gilmore said the trend was also unchanged in discovering so-called Category 1 deficiencies, those that may cause death, injury or severe occupational illness and loss or damage to a weapon system."

Read more: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-09-28/air-force-expands-f-35-trials-over-tester-s-objections.html


June 18, 2012 -- TucsonSentinel.com

F-35 jet: Bouncing too much to find the enemy

Pilot's helmet visor failing in flight tests

"The visor is, according to the Government Accountability Office’s latest annual report on the F-35’s development, “integral to the mission systems architecture.” In other words, the plane was more or less designed around the unique capabilities of that fancy helmet appendage."

"Just one problem: It doesn’t work. In flight tests, the visor’s “symbology” has evidently been unreadable, because the plane itself has been bouncing up and down in the air more than expected. The effect is probably like trying to read an e-book while riding a bicycle along a boulder-strewn path."

Read more: http://www.tucsonsentinel.com/nationworld/report/061812_f-35_helmet/f-35-jet-bouncing-too-much-find-enemy/


April 13, 2011 -- macleans.ca

The F-35: Not just costly but obsolete


"To aviation nerds, the Joint Strike Fighter is looking more and more like an ugly mutt."

Read more: http://www2.macleans.ca/2012/04/13/costly-obsolete-its-getting-hard-to-justify-buying-this-jet/


December 19, 2011 -- TheHill.com

White House expected to name Frank Kendall as top Pentagon weapons buyer


"The Obama administration soon will likely ask the Senate to remove the acting tag from Frank Kendall’s title and make him the Pentagon’s top weapons buyer, defense sources say."

"One top issue Kendall will inherit on a full-time bases is how to remedy new problems with the largest Pentagon weapons program ever: the F-35 fighter jet."

Read more: http://thehill.com/blogs/defcon-hill/procurement/200339-white-houe-expected-to-name-kendall-as-top-pentagon-weapons-buyer


October 31, 2011 -- Project on Government Oversight

Is the Air Force Rushing the JSF Into a "Serious Mishap"?


"The Pentagon's top official for weapons testing sent a sternly worded letter warning the Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) program and the Air Force that their plans to start unmonitored flight training on the Air Force variant of the JSF this fall "risks the occurrence of a serious mishap," according to an October 21 memo, first published by the Project On Government Oversight (POGO). The JSF program and Air Force disagree with the test official's assessment, saying they are appropriately mitigating safety risks. The dispute has gone all the way up to Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, reported Bloomberg Government's Tony Capaccio, who first reported on the memo in a story behind a paywall."

Read more: http://pogoblog.typepad.com/pogo/2011/10/is-the-air-force-rushing-the-jsf-into-a-serious-mishap.html


July 21, 2011 -- Project on Government Oversight

How To Trim the Deficit by Nearly $600 Billion: A Blueprint for Spending Less and Spending Smarter on National Security


"POGO and Taxpayers for Common Sense today unveiled a plan for reducing the deficit by $586 billion over the next decade that focuses on national security spending cuts."

Read more: http://pogoblog.typepad.com/pogo/2011/07/how-to-trim-the-deficit-by-nearly-600-billion-a-blueprint-for-spending-less-and-spending-smarter-on-.html


Wikipedia.org

Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II Canadian procurement


"The Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II Canadian procurement is the account of Canada's participation in the Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II program. The F-35 program was conceived from the start of the project as having participation from many countries, most of whom would contribute to the manufacture of the aircraft as well as procure it for their own armed forces."

Read more: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lockheed_Martin_F-35_Lightning_II_Canadian_procurement


Wikipedia.org

Variants -- F-35B:

"On 6 January 2011, Gates said that the 2012 budget would call for a two year pause in F-35B production during which the aircraft may be redesigned, or canceled if unsuccessful. Gates stated, "If we cannot fix this variant during this time frame, and get it back on track in terms of performance, cost and schedule, then I believe it should be canceled."[257][258][259]"

Testing:

"On 9 March 2011 all F-35s were grounded after a dual generator failure and oil leak in flight. This was the first significant flight failure since 2007.[218] Seven of the ten test aircraft were cleared to fly four days later. These aircraft have an older model of generators, unlike the kind that failed in flight.[219] The problem was found to be the result of faulty maintenance rather than a design or construction issue.[220]"

"As of 3 August 2011, the F-35 fleet has been grounded. This precautionary grounding is in effect while the Joint Program Office investigates the cause of an electrical system failure on test aircraft, F-35A AF-4 during ground tests. The Honeywell-built integrated power package (IPP) failed during a standard engine test following a maintenance check on 2 August at Edwards Air Force Base.[221][222] The IPP is relatively unheralded, but plays a major role in the F-35's performance. It combines the functions of an environment control unit, engine starter and back-up power generator into a single system. The IPP has been a target for concern during the development phase, even though it has never failed before in more than 1,500 flight hours. The JPO was assessing the impact of the grounding on the schedule for the system development and demonstration phase, but the latest version of the schedule included margin for unexpected problems.[223]"

"As of 10 August 2011, the investigation was ongoing; government and contractor engineering teams, after reviewing initial data, determined that the fleet could safely resume Development Test ground operations. Preliminary root cause inquiries indicate that a control valve did not function properly, which in turn led to the IPP failure. Monitoring of this valve is the mitigating action required to allow ground operations. The F-35 team is revising ground monitoring procedures to ensure testing involving the IPP takes place safely. While initiating DT ground operations is a "major step" for the F-35 fleet returning to flight, further reviews are required prior to lifting the suspension of flight operations for the 20 F-35s currently in flying status.[223][224][225] On 18 August 2011, the flight ban was lifted for 18 of the 20 fighters. Two aircraft based at Eglin Air Force Base in Florida will remain grounded because they lack the monitoring systems used in developmental test aircraft that can detect any problems in flight.[226]"

Read more: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lockheed_Martin_F-35_Lightning_II


May 19, 2011 -- Reuters

McCain urges U.S. to think about F-35 alternatives


Read more:
http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/05/19/usa-fighter-lockheed-mccain-idUSWAT01512020110519



May 26, 2011 -- Dow Jones Newswires

House Passes Defense Bill That Reverses Course On GE Engine


Read more:
http://www.foxbusiness.com/2011/05/26/house-passes-defense-reverses-course-ge-engine/#ixzz1NmHnwiDJ


Note: This unneeded engine (per Presidents Bush, Obama, and Secretary Gates) cost the tax payer $485 million dollars each year, funded previously by earmarks. GE said it will continue the building of the engine for $100 million this year w/o government funds - then why did tax payers pay $450 million annually?


May 19, 2011 -- Marine Corps Times

Lawmakers troubled by spiraling F-35 costs


Read more:
http://www.marinecorpstimes.com/news/2011/05/ap-military-lawmakers-spiraling-f-35-costs-051911/


May 19, 2011 -- Aviation Week

Live Blog - Senate F-35 Hearing


Read live blog (Part 1):
http://www.aviationweek.com/aw/blogs/defense/index.jsp?plckController=Blog&plckBlogPage=BlogViewPost&newspaperUserId=27ec4a53-dcc8-42d0-bd3a-01329aef79a7&plckPostId=Blog%3a27ec4a53-dcc8-42d0-bd3a-01329aef79a7Post%3aa9776d9b-ca42-4353-806a-aff00bb28cfb&plckScript=blogScript&plckElementId=blogDest


Joint written statement presented to Senate Armed Services Committee:
http://armed-services.senate.gov/statemnt/2011/05%20May/Carter-Van%20Buren-Venlet%2005-19-11.pdf


Read live blog (Part 2):
http://www.aviationweek.com/aw/blogs/defense/index.jsp?plckController=Blog&plckBlogPage=BlogViewPost&newspaperUserId=27ec4a53-dcc8-42d0-bd3a-01329aef79a7&plckPostId=Blog%3a27ec4a53-dcc8-42d0-bd3a-01329aef79a7Post%3a5e1527c9-363e-4811-9ee1-bf39c2806cd1&plckScript=blogScript&plckElementId=blogDest


May 12, 2011 -- Lexington Institute

GE Engine Ploy Likely To Cost Taxpayers Millions


Read more:
http://www.lexingtoninstitute.org/ge-engine-ploy-likely-to-cost-taxpayers-millions?a=1&c=1171


May 3, 2011 -- Bloomberg

U.S. House Members Plan to Save GE-Rolls F-35 Fighter Engine


Read more:
http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2011-05-03/u-s-house-members-plan-to-save-ge-rolls-f-35-fighter-engine-1-.html

April 25, 2011 -- Reuters

The U.S. Defense Department ended a contract with General Electric Co and Rolls-Royce Group Plc on Monday for an alternate engine for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter.


Read more:
http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/04/25/us-ge-engine-idUSTRE73O56G20110425


April 12, 2011 -- The Australian

Noise triggers legal bid to down jet fighter


"Mr Gavagna told The Australian that according to the RAAF's data, the JSF was likely to be 2 1/2 times noisier than the RAAF's Super Hornet fighter-bombers now operating from Williamtown. That would be loud enough to deafen anyone close to the aircraft, he said."

"For the technical experts, Mr Gavagna said the RAAF suggested the JSF would emit approximately 96 decibels."

Read more:
http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/noise-triggers-legal-bid-to-down-jet-fighter/story-fn59niix-1226037459254


April 2011 -- United States Government Accountability Office (GAO)

JOINT STRIKE FIGHTER Restructuring Places Program on Firmer Footing, but Progress Still Lags


"DOD continues to substantially restructure the JSF program, taking positive actions that should lead to more achievable and predictable outcomes."

"Total development funding is now $56.4 billion to complete in 2018, a 26 percent increase in cost and a 5-year slip in schedule compared to the current baseline."

"Going forward, the JSF requires unprecedented funding levels in a period of more austere defense budgets."

"After more than 9 years in development and 4 in production, the JSF program has not fully demonstrated that the aircraft design is stable, manufacturing processes are mature, and the system is reliable."

Read more:
http://www.gao.gov/new.items/d11325.pdf


March 18, 2011 -- Aviation International News

F-35 Production Costs Still Unacceptable, Pentagon Officials Say


"The 31 aircraft recently contracted in low-rate initial production (LRIP) Lot 4 at fixed prices will each cost $111.6 million (F-35A), $109.4 million (F-35B) and $142.9 million (F-35C), they reported. These figures exclude the cost of the F135 engines, which are procured separately from Pratt & Whitney. The latest production prices for these are $15 million each for the F-35A/C versions, and $32 million each for the F-35B STOVL versions."

F-35A: $111.6M + $15M = $126.6M
F-35B: $109.4M + $32M = $141.4M
F-35C: $142.9M + $15M = $157.9M

Read more:
http://www.ainonline.com/news/single-news-page/article/f-35-production-costs-still-unacceptable-pentagon-officials-say-29099/


March 24, 2011 -- Fort Worth Star-Telegram

F-35 engine debate rages; plane's cost deepens political flap in Canada


"The first taste of war for the F-35 joint strike fighter is years ahead, if ever, but the Lockheed Martin-developed-and-built jet is engulfed in political combat."

"And Canada's Parliament is expected to vote today on a no-confidence motion that would topple the government of Prime Minister Stephen Harper and force new elections, in part because opponents say the administration has not been honest about the cost of buying F-35s."

Read more:
http://www.star-telegram.com/2011/03/24/2948479/f-35-engine-debate-rages-planes.html


March 15, 2011 -- The Atlantic

The F-35: A Weapon That Costs More Than Australia


"The U.S. will ultimately spend $1 trillion for these fighter planes. Where's the outrage over Washington's culture of waste?"

"The Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II is an impressive aircraft: a fifth generation multirole fighter plane with stealth technology. It's also a symbol of everything that's wrong with defense spending in America."

"... we're spending more on this plane than Australia's entire GDP ($924 billion)."

Read more:
http://www.theatlantic.com/national/archive/2011/03/the-f-35-a-weapon-that-costs-more-than-australia/72454/


March 15, 2011 -- Bloomberg

Lockheed F-35 Faces ‘Significant’ Software Delays, GAO Says


"Lockheed Martin Corp. (LMT)’s development of software for its F-35 fighter jet, the Pentagon’s largest weapons program, is “significantly behind schedule as it enters its most challenging phase,” according to congressional auditors."

Read more:
http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2011-03-15/lockheed-f-35-jet-faces-significant-software-delays-gao-says.html



March 11, 2011 -- Flightglobal

In-flight failure leads to F-35 grounding


"The Lockheed Martin F-35 is grounded while programme officials investigate a dual generator failure and oil leak on the AF-4 test aircraft on 9 March."

Read more:
http://www.flightglobal.com/articles/2011/03/11/354281/in-flight-failure-leads-to-f-35-grounding.html


March 10, 2011 -- Flightglobal

US Marines to split F-35 purchase between STOVL, carrier variants


"The US Marine Corps has agreed to buy the carrier variant of the Lockheed Martin F-35 Joint Strike Fighter in addition to the short take-off and vertical landing version."

Read more:
http://www.flightglobal.com/articles/2011/03/10/354189/us-marines-to-split-f-35-purchase-between-stovl-carrier.html



February 24, 2011 -- The Colorado Springs Gazette

MINITER: Pigs can fly — with a second engine and pork money


"What does it cost to make pigs fly? $2.9 billion in taxpayer subsidies, with an assist from shameless lobbyists, brain-dead bureaucrats and gullible lawmakers of both parties."

Read more:
http://www.gazette.com/opinion/pigs-113496-subsidies-fly.html



January 20, 2011 -- defense-aerospace.com

F-35 Testimony to Canada's House of Commons


"... my testimony focused on three questions: 1) What will Canada’s F-35As cost?; 2) What will Canada obtain for that expense?, and 3) Is there a good reason to wait?"

Read more: http://www.defense-aerospace.com/articles-view/verbatim/4/121922/f_35-testimony-to-canada%27s-commons.html