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  • JRT
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    Originally posted by surfgun View Post
    The Turks may end up on the other end of the F-35...
    https://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zon...request-report

    Yes, and...
    https://www.defensenews.com/global/e...russian-orbit/

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  • surfgun
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    The Turks may end up on the other end of the F-35...
    https://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zon...request-report

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  • JRT
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    Mitchell Institute - The Latest on F-35

    (as of 8 months ago)


    http:/www.youtube.com/watch?v=DPvKWp7tSqY.

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  • JA Boomer
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    Cool!

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  • surfgun
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    An article about USMC B’s serving in the UK.
    https://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zon...-there-to-stay

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  • jlvfr
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    Somewhere, the ghost of the Sea Harrier watches all these new light carriers and nods in approval...

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  • looking4NSFS
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    And...................

    Right up front: The South Korean Ministry of National Defense (MND) has decided in August to double its fleet of Lockheed Martin F-35 fighter jets. A total of forty additional “Joint Strike Fighters” will be procured, including 20 F-35B short take-off and vertical landing (STOVL) variant for its light aircraft carrier project known as LPX-II.

    https://news.usni.org/2020/09/07/sou...lpx-ii-carrier


    PS: the BOLD button works like a charm!

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  • looking4NSFS
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    The equation China must contend with in the South China Sea for air capable ships keeps expanding.
    Japan with the JS Izumo and Kaga, clearly being prepared for F35B use.
    Australia with HMAS Canberra and Adelaide, air capable but the debate on F35B continues.
    Singapore buying F35Bs, though the RSN has no large air capable ships.
    Now the ROK building a dedicated F-35B air capable ship.

    The sentence at the end of the article that references Marine Attack Helicopters is interesting:
    "The LPX-II vessel will also deploy future Marine Attack Helicopters of the ROK Marine Corps, for which there is an upcoming competition between local company KAI (with the Surion MAH), Bell Helicopters with the AH-1Z and Boeing with the AH-64 Apache."

    The Version 6 AH-64Es will have expanded over water capabilities, but that is not the same as the changes needed to routinely operate in a Maritime environment. Though the requirement for extended "at sea" use by South Korea may be limited enough that the requirement for a navalised AH 64 isn't necessary.
    Last edited by looking4NSFS; 11 Aug 20,, 23:04.

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  • surfgun
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    The SoKo’s are getting in on the ‘B’ game.
    https://news.usni.org/2020/08/11/sou...ier#more-79142

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  • looking4NSFS
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    F-35s, U-2s, and Army missiles including the PAC-3 interceptor and HIMARS.


    https://www.defenseone.com/technolog...ssiles/167411/

    Key paragraph:
    The demonstration extends the range of the F-35 as a flying sensor, improves the effectiveness of the IBCS, and makes the decades-old U-2 more relevant to modern warfare. The U.S. military is at the beginning of a multi-year effort to interlink all its jets, drones, missiles, ships, and troops across air, land, sea, and space and across services, a vision referred to as Joint-Domain Command and Control.
    Last edited by looking4NSFS; 04 Aug 20,, 13:58.

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  • Albany Rifles
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    Originally posted by TopHatter View Post
    Well...as costly as this program has been, it's difficult to continue painting it as an abject failure when orders like that are being placed.

    The LCS program on the other hand...
    The F-35 is going to turn out like the M1, M2, V-22 and so many others...leaps of imagination weapon systems with incredibly difficult technology to master which eventually pan out into incredible weapons platforms. As I have said in several posts in this thread the F-35s biggest issue appears to be software integration....a process which is ruinously difficult to do well in the short term.


    The LCS is a shitty idea poorly executed.

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  • jlvfr
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    Originally posted by TopHatter View Post
    Well...as costly as this program has been, it's difficult to continue painting it as an abject failure when orders like that are being placed.
    The program has been very expensive as with more than it's fair share of foul ups, but it's not an "abjet failure". Otoh, in the case of the -B model, if you want VTOL and have the cash, there is no other choice, so...

    Originally posted by TopHatter View Post
    The LCS program on the other hand...
    And, to some, extent, the Zumwalt...

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  • TopHatter
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    Originally posted by surfgun View Post
    Japan’s additional Lightnings have been approved.
    https://news.usni.org/2020/07/10/sta...5-fighter-deal
    Well...as costly as this program has been, it's difficult to continue painting it as an abject failure when orders like that are being placed.

    The LCS program on the other hand...

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  • surfgun
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    Japan’s additional Lightnings have been approved.
    https://news.usni.org/2020/07/10/sta...5-fighter-deal

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  • surfgun
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    Another new customer.
    https://www.flightglobal.com/fixed-w...136072.article

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