Also, the problem could simply be addressed by loading planes heavier, which is probably the operational solution until things are fixed.
Lt. Gen Bowden specifically noted that this was only a problem at very light loading weights. Of course, this completely escaped the chicken littles in the online press for reasons that are not hard to fathom.
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'IWAKUNI, Japan, Jan. 11 (UPI) -- The U.S. Marines have relocated the first operational F-35B Lightning II squadron from a base in Arizona to Japan.
The relocation makes the Marine Corps Air Station in Iwakuni, Japan, the first location to receive the branch's F-35 variant as part of the plane's worldwide deployment capability.
Defense News reports 10 F-35Bs from the Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 121, or VMFA-121, departed for Japan, and an additional six are scheduled to join them at a later date.
In a statement, the Marine Corps hailed the event as a milestone for the F-35 program. The relocation follows the final testing period for the 5th-generation fighter, in which Marine Corps pilots operated F-35Bs in Developmental Test III and the Lightning Carrier Proof of Concept Demonstration aboard the USS America in October 2016.
The F-35B was designed by Lockheed Martin and other industry partners to combine short takeoff and vertical landing with stealth capabilities. The Marines plan to use the fifth-generation fighter to replace its legacy fleet of F/A-18 Hornets, A-10 Thunderbolts, and various other aircraft.
Other operators include Italy and Britain.
The Air Force is expected to become the next U.S. armed service to make an international deployment with its F-35 variant, and is eyeing a relocation to Europe.'
Meanwhile the support software seems to have severe problems, and it's delayed again...
ALIS v3.0 (the release version) is now set to be delivered in “mid-2018,” a slip of six months from its previous introduction date.
In many instances, maintainers must attempt to synch several PMAs [portable maintenance aids – the laptops] with an aircraft before finding one that will successfully connect.
And this paragraph left me with a serious feeling of "wtf": Controversially, it also sends each jet’s history back to the US, regardless of which country actually owns that aircraft – though Lockheed has promised it won’t read the pilots’ names.
So... any F-35 client better not do any covert ops with them...
Yes operators of the F-35 are like monitored employees with computers. While those with 4th Generation aircraft have the freedom of using a typewriter. Technology is a tricky thing.
To find a truly effective fix engineers often need a lot of data to model solutions. Full Operational Testing is where a lot of this data comes from and solutions are determined. It helps refine the trouble set down to a manageable level and realistic and sustainment solutions can be worked out.
"The genius of you Americans is that you make no clear-cut stupid moves, only complicated stupid moves which make us wonder at the possibility that there may be something to them we are missing." - Gamal Abdel Nasser
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