The F-35 thread

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A nuclear gravity bomb though?!?

Su-57 being fitted with nuclear capable hyper-sonic missiles (Kh-59MK2 being tested and X-50 believed by US intelligence to fit the bay anyway) ...
It’s far smarter and more accurate than the traditional idea of a gravity bomb (I presume it’s called that as it’s unpowered).

The scariest weapon Block 4 will bring to the F-35 is surely the B-61 Mod 12 nuclear gravity bomb, which has tail fins that can adjust the bomb’s trajectory to strike on average within 30 meters of a designated GPS coordinate. The B-61 has a selectable yield between .3 and 50 kilotons, and has bunker-penetration capabilities. The combination of precision and penetration means it could threaten an adversary’s leadership, command and control facilities, and hardened missile launch sites. As part of a NATO agreement, the U.S. B-61 bombs will also be available for deployment on fellow F-35 operators in NATO.
The B61 mod 12:
https://nationalinterest.org/blog/b...ngerous-nuclear-weapon-americas-arsenal-32976
 

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The Pentagon’s budget request for fiscal year 2020 earmarks $11.2 billion for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program, $1.51 billion less than in FY2018 and $368.3 million less than in FY2019 (see red highlighting in graphic).

After increasing slightly between FY2018 and FY2019 (+3 aircraft), the number of F-35s the Pentagon plans to order in FY2020 will drop by 15 aircraft. Specifically, the US Air Force plans to cut its purchase by eight aircraft, from 56 to 48, and the US Marine Corps will cut its F-35B order by an even dozen, from 22 to ten aircraft.

Only the US Navy will increase its purchase of F-35C Carrier Variants, by 5 units, from 15 aircraft in FY 2019 to 20 in FY 2020, while also maintaining its order for 24 F-18E/F Super Hornets an in the previous year.

These cuts are all the more unexpected that they are accompanied by new or increased orders for other tactical aircraft.

The US Air Force, for example, is buying eight new F-15EX fighters, a variant of the F-15QA developed for Qatar, at a unit cost of $80 million excluding development costs (or about $125 million each -- in FY2020 only -- to amortize development costs).

In parallel, the US Navy is repeating its FY2019 purchase of 24 Boeing F-18E Super Hornets – 4 times as many as F-35Cs – and together these two services send a message of disengagement from the F-35 program.

F-35 unit costs keep rising despite promised savings

Latest US defense budget seems to indicate shifting confidence on the F-35.

Have thus far budgeted to purchase 8 F-15X fighters. Which the War Zone predicted before any aviation/defence publication. Not such a bad defence orientated website after all.

http://www.defense-aerospace.com/cgi-bin/client/modele.pl?shop=dae&modele=feature&prod=200786&cat=5
 

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The second F-35 crash ever and first F-35A crash happened of the coast of Japan the day before yesterday.

One of the first 13 F-35A stealth jet fighters deployed in Japan crashed into the sea off Aomori Prefecture on Tuesday evening, leaving the pilot missing, the defense ministry said Wednesday.

According to Air Self-Defense Force officers in Tokyo, the incident is the first crash involving an F-35A fighter anywhere in the world.

A section of the missing fighter’s tail was found and retrieved from the sea late Tuesday night about 135 kilometers off the coast from the Air Self-Defense Force’s Misawa Air Base in Aomori, a ministry official said.
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The second F-35 crash ever and first F-35A crash happened of the coast of Japan the day before yesterday.



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I notice that some of the reports are saying this was the very first plane off the local production line (all the other Japanese F-35’s were built by LM in the US).
 

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I notice that some of the reports are saying this was the very first plane off the local production line (all the other Japanese F-35’s were built by LM in the US).
Reuters confirms it as the first plane of the line and the last communication received was their version of "knock it off" during training.

The aircraft, less than a year old, was the first F-35 assembled in Japan and was aloft for only 28 minutes on Tuesday before contact was lost, a defense official said. The plane had logged a total of 280 hours in the air, he added.
The aircraft was leading three F-35s on training maneuvers when it sent an “aborting practice” signal and disappeared from radar, Defence Minister Takeshi Iwaya told reporters.
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That specific F-35 has had two emergency landings before due to minor problems

Japan's Defense Ministry says an F35A fighter jet that crashed into the sea off northern Japan on Tuesday had made two emergency landings in the last two years.
one early on during testing having to do with a cooling system issue and another due to some sort of faulty 'position indicator.' Both problems were remediated by swapping out parts and neither event seems particularly strange and inflight emergencies are far from rare when it comes to complex fighter aircraft.
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Secret Two-Seat Variant Uses Additional Crewmember to Counter Anti-F-35 Social Media Posts.


Israel has unveiled their previously classified F-35F Nebekh Joint Social Media Fighter (JSMF). The new rear seat position in the two-seat F-35F Nebekh is occupied by the SMO or Social Media Officer. The modification is in response to threats to the F-35 in the social media space. Gen Hadir Uffani of the IDF told reporters, “The F-35’s primary threats exist in the social media space, so we have made a special variant of the Joint Strike Fighter to counter this threat in real-time.”
The SMO suite consists of integrated sensor fusion that monitors Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat for flamers leveling criticism against the Joint Strike Fighter program. When critical social media posts from internet know-it-alls and trolls are detected, the system can respond in real-time by assigning a massive arsenal of cat memes to interdict the threat. The cat memes are stored in a special, low-observable internal hard drive in the aircraft’s stealthy weapons’ bay.


“In one early operational deployment against an actual flamer from Menlo Park, California who had read a magazine article and several blog posts before leveling criticism against the program, the F-35F was able to deploy a series of precision guided Grumpy Cat memes with a high degree of effectiveness,” an unnamed source told TheAviationist.com.

There has been a downside to the program however. When the new AN/APG-345 SMMS (Social Media Monitoring System) was updated to the Block VII sensor fusion status, the aircraft began to monitor Tinder users. In an accidental case of collateral social media posting, a number of French Rafales started hitting on the F-35 for one night stands, apparently in adoration of the aircraft’s low-observable lines.
Another significant improvement to the new Israeli F-35F Nebekh Joint Social Media Fighter (JSMF) is the Integrated Selfie-Camera (ISC) update to the AN/AAQ-37(S) Electro-optical Distributed Selfie System. This helmet mounted selfie camera can produce Instagram and Snapchat images of flight crews with the actuation of a single touchscreen display. The advanced, integrated avionics also insert relevant hashtags to the selfies after automatically Photoshop-ing flight crews to look their best before auto-posting.
There have been rumors that Israel was testing a new long-range Precision Guided Unfriending Munition (P-GUM) to launch targeted attacks on social media trolls, but Israel has declined to comment on this aspect of the program, citing security concerns.

https://theaviationist.com/2019/04/01/revealed-israels-top-secret-f-35f-jsmf/
 

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Secret Two-Seat Variant Uses Additional Crewmember to Counter Anti-F-35 Social Media Posts.


Israel has unveiled their previously classified F-35F Nebekh Joint Social Media Fighter (JSMF). The new rear seat position in the two-seat F-35F Nebekh is occupied by the SMO or Social Media Officer. The modification is in response to threats to the F-35 in the social media space. Gen Hadir Uffani of the IDF told reporters, “The F-35’s primary threats exist in the social media space, so we have made a special variant of the Joint Strike Fighter to counter this threat in real-time.”
The SMO suite consists of integrated sensor fusion that monitors Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat for flamers leveling criticism against the Joint Strike Fighter program. When critical social media posts from internet know-it-alls and trolls are detected, the system can respond in real-time by assigning a massive arsenal of cat memes to interdict the threat. The cat memes are stored in a special, low-observable internal hard drive in the aircraft’s stealthy weapons’ bay.


“In one early operational deployment against an actual flamer from Menlo Park, California who had read a magazine article and several blog posts before leveling criticism against the program, the F-35F was able to deploy a series of precision guided Grumpy Cat memes with a high degree of effectiveness,” an unnamed source told TheAviationist.com.

There has been a downside to the program however. When the new AN/APG-345 SMMS (Social Media Monitoring System) was updated to the Block VII sensor fusion status, the aircraft began to monitor Tinder users. In an accidental case of collateral social media posting, a number of French Rafales started hitting on the F-35 for one night stands, apparently in adoration of the aircraft’s low-observable lines.
Another significant improvement to the new Israeli F-35F Nebekh Joint Social Media Fighter (JSMF) is the Integrated Selfie-Camera (ISC) update to the AN/AAQ-37(S) Electro-optical Distributed Selfie System. This helmet mounted selfie camera can produce Instagram and Snapchat images of flight crews with the actuation of a single touchscreen display. The advanced, integrated avionics also insert relevant hashtags to the selfies after automatically Photoshop-ing flight crews to look their best before auto-posting.
There have been rumors that Israel was testing a new long-range Precision Guided Unfriending Munition (P-GUM) to launch targeted attacks on social media trolls, but Israel has declined to comment on this aspect of the program, citing security concerns.

https://theaviationist.com/2019/04/01/revealed-israels-top-secret-f-35f-jsmf/
You skipped the most important line in that story (and are 2 weeks out of date) ;)

Revealed: Israel’s Top Secret F-35F JSMF
April 1, 2019 Tom Demerly Bizarre
 

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Bill Whittle uses the recent Pentagon order for eighty F-15 Eagles to look at the larger strategic picture. The F-35 gets an incidental mention. The US military increasingly looks like an "ageing hollow ghost of its former self". He looks briefly at "multi-domain operations" and what he sees as the decisive critical factor in any future clash with China or Russia.

 
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Looks like there might be more aerobatics displays from the F-35 going forward, it’s apparently been cleared for more aggressive aerobatics and a F-35 Display Team formed.

http://instagr.am/p/BseXJeWlxpI/
A clip from Capt. Capt. Andrew "Dojo" Olson's instagram page showcases the F-35A Lightning II in a series of dramatic aerial maneuvers, performed at Luke Air Force Base in Arizona.

The highly circulated video, posted last week, begins with Olson performing a pitch-up that seamlessly transitions into a tight loop. Olson proceeds to execute what he teased last month as a "controlled flat spin while falling out of the sky," essentially a controlled downward spiral. He then slowly resumed flight, ending with a playful left roll before zooming out of the shot.

This brief video, filmed last month, is what Olson — commander of the F-35 Demonstration Team — called an "appetizer" for the 2019 air show season. "What makes the fifth generation fighter so special in general is the slow-speed, high angle of attack maneuvering it can do," Olson went on to say in an Air Force press statement.
https://www.acc.af.mil/News/Article...5-hft-prepares-for-new-demonstration-profile/
 

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Looks like there might be more aerobatics displays from the F-35 going forward, it’s apparently been cleared for more aggressive aerobatics and a F-35 Display Team formed.

http://instagr.am/p/BseXJeWlxpI/


https://www.acc.af.mil/News/Article...5-hft-prepares-for-new-demonstration-profile/
Would love to witness that close hand...marvel of human engineering as graceful as an eagle...
Wonder if RIAT show in UK will/has been lucky enough as of yet....(I last attended in 2007 and saw the Eurofighter Typhoon pulling some cool maneuvers)
 

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Would love to witness that close hand...marvel of human engineering as graceful as an eagle...
Wonder if RIAT show in UK will/has been lucky enough as of yet....(I last attended in 2007 and saw the Eurofighter Typhoon pulling some cool maneuvers)
RIAT had the F-35B in 2016. Did the hover and so on, but not an overly aerobatic display. Hopefully they will do so this year
 

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Here's the US schedule for rest of 2019 demo season. There's one on this weekend, in NC.

April 27-28 - Seymour Johnson AFB, NC
May 18-19 - Barksdale AFB, LA
May 25-26 - Miami Beach, FL
June 22-23 - Bagotville, Quebec
July 12-13 - Eielson AFB, AK
August 24-25 - Newburgh, NY
August 31-September 1 - Cleveland, OH
September 20-22 - Hillsboro, OR
October 5-6 - Huntington Beach, CA
October 11-13 - San Francisco, CA
October 19-20 - Houston, TX
October 26-27 - Jacksonville Beach, FL

I'm in the US till mid-July but nowhere near one of their demos, regrettably. But I do hope to do an F-35 factory tour in Fort Worth in June.
 

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Rather disappointed I can't do an F-35 factory tour. Open to US citizens only, and they do a strict verification of every visitor. :( Understandable, I suppose, but disappointing. Off to Houston Space Center next week.
 
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