they actually used...
(not that they used those aircraft for their air frames - they merely used them to lug around pulse doppler radars at subsonic speed to simulate different opponents; they operated alongside USMC aggressor F/A-18E)
L-159E aren't trainers, they're single-seaters built for air-to-ground and air-to-air missions (although to my knowledge the AMRAAMs intended for the BVR air-to-air role were never integrated).
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the RAAF JSF's were held over on lightning issues only because they are early blocks and have not had the mods done
it references E3's - all battlespace management by air was tasked to the RAAF E7 Wedgetail - E3's were not tasked to do any of it
the last sentence is a bit disingenuine - the red threat this year was the most complex ever fielded - far greater and stronger and far more heavily weighted against blue team than any other red flag conducted to date
The Israelis are nervous about the US approving the sale of 72 F-15QA fighters to Qatar and to a lesser degree the sale of F-18s to Kuwait.
Israel wants more high end fighters quickly, and even with Lockheed set to quadruple the speed of F-35 production, every aircraft to come off the line for the next several years is already spoken for. Israel didn't commit to enough F-35s early on, so now any additional orders they place will go to the back of the line and arrive too late to balance out Qatar's increased air power.
Without the ability to snap up a bunch of new F-35s quickly, the next best option to go head to head with Qatari F-15s, are additional Israeli F-15s.
"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
Aviation Week Editors Jen DiMascio, Lara Seligman and Graham Warwick talk with Marine Lt. Col. David Berke. The team at Aviation Week has reported on the F-35 program for years from a programmatic and technical perspective. But Berke, who has flown the F-22, the F-35 and the F-18, tells them why the F-35 is a superior aircraft.
This was from Nov 2016. AW&ST reporter Lara Seligman was flown to the USS America
The F-35B is driving the U.S. Marine Corps to rethink its traditional sea-basing operations
Lara Seligman Aboard the USS America
With an eye toward the Asia-Pacific region, operators are finding that Lockheed Mar¬tin's F-35 "Lightning II" is fundamen¬tally changing the way the U.S. Marine Corps thinks about operating from the sea base.
As Marine Corps Attack Sqdn. (VMFA) 121 prepares to fly to Iwakuni, Japan, in January, marking the Joint Strike Fighter's (JSF) first-ever over-seas operational deployment, sailors and Marines onboard the USS Amer¬ica are putting the F-35B through its paces. The decks are loaded with 12 F-35Bs—the most ever aboard a ship—
The exercise reflects the emergence of a potential shift in the Marine Corps' operating concept. Marines tradition¬ally focus on amphibious operations, at¬tacking the enemy at its teeth. But what if they could penetrate the enemy's de-fenses, deliver force to an undefended area, and attack outward instead? The F-35B, combined with the Osprey, could be key to that approach.
"The goal of this is a proof-of-concept for the [Marine Air-Ground Task Force (MAGTF)] tailored toward a more ro¬bust fixed-wing capability," says Rowell. "Lightning carriers provide the MAGTF with an increased aviation combat power across more mission areas than we currently have."
On Nov. 20, operators on the America launched six F-35Bs for a simulated strike mission into a contested environment. Four of the fighters engaged a notional integrated air defense system threat on the shore, while the other two provided armed escort for the V-22s as they delivered their
notional load of Marines. Operators launched all the aircraft on time, hit all the mission objectives and success¬fully recovered all the aircraft aboard the ship.
The Marines are finding that the F-35B is a particularly good complement to the Osprey, using its advanced sensors and strike capabilities to clear a target area before the V-22 arrives. It is a symbiotic relationship: Unrefueled, the F-35B/V-22 package has a range of 450 nm. But with the V-22 Aerial Re¬fueling System, which will be ready by 2018, the Osprey will be able to re¬fuel the F-35—along with other Marine Corps aircraft such as the AV-8B Harrier and Sikorsky CH-53E/K heavy-lift helicopter—in flight, further extending the reach of the strike package.
Combined with the V-22 and H-ls, the F-35B provides an unprecedented fifth-generation capability to deliver Marines or Special Operations Forces to the target in a high-threat battlespace, says Davis.
Davis is Lt. Gen. Jon Davis, the Marine Corps' deputy commandant for aviation Rowell is Col. George Rowell, commander of Marine Opera¬tional Test and Evaluation Sqdn
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