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The single largest topic is the global grounding of the F-35 LRIP fleet following the crash and burn of an F-35B at MCAS Beaufort two weeks ago, and the injury of the pilot during the ejection. The handful of feelgood stories and TNI hype cannot compete in the MSM with the realities of a defective design.
Some interesting reports on strategy and futures, a major directive on US TACAIR fleet readiness, updates on US Army recapitalisation, and Russian fighter futures planning – the Russians are making clever choices in recapitalising their TACAIR fleet, unlike the US and Allies who seem to be immersed in wishful thinking.
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As the Russians blitzed the Crimean region of Ukraine with cyberattacks, electromagnetic jamming and unmanned aerial systems, the U.S. military closely observed the battle tactics and recognized its need to transform.
The future of human performance is a research race, and the U.S. shouldn’t take its lead for granted, the DIA director says.
The Army’s “Multi-Domain Battle” has undergone a metamorphosis that goes beyond just a name change.
The Army has finalized requirements for a mounted position, navigation and timing solution.
High-power lasers and hypersonic missiles are among the priorities of the Army’s Space and Missile Defense Command, according to the Technical Center’s director.
Auditing spending on artificial intelligence is a lot like auditing spending on software in general.
Or is the U.S. military doomed if a great-power war occurs? Let’s not find out.
The order, handed down by Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, is a lofty one, considering the current readiness rates of America’s fighter fleets.
Fleets are going to have to get smaller to get healthier, it appears.
The Air Force says a landing gear malfunction likely was the cause of an emergency landing of an F-22 Raptor fighter jet early Wednesday afternoon at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson in Alaska.
And that could be a problem.
Taking to the skies in an RAF Tornado
The Army is planning to rapidly prototype new radar to replace old Patriot air-and-missile defense sensor.
Is U.S. Army Artillery progressing toward being able to outrange and outgun Russian and Chinese weapons?
“It’s much more like a fighter aircraft than a helicopter,” Sikorsky’s test pilot tells me in the video as he maneuvers gleefully. “Whoa, warn me next time!” I say after a particularly nifty/nauseating roll.
The Army is considering everything from four-legged walkers to traditional tank-like vehicles.
The new round will put soldier ranges out to 600 meters, twice as far as the effective range of the M4.
Israeli defense firm Smart Shooter showcased a new optical device for assault rifles that the company said guarantees rounds on target.
Single-use suicide drones are making their way to the battlefield.
By powering all devices and using one processor, Army officials think the move could streamline and lighten kit for the individual soldier.
But what would have happened to the homeland is obvious.
Yes, this is true. We explain.
In February 2018 two T-50 were tested in Syria where they fired prospective operational-tactical cruise missiles
Russia is to add more Su-30SMs to the VKS inventory, and they are likely to have more power with avionics technology from the Su-35 and Su-57.
Such a move would lead to cost effectiveness and bring in some technologies and systems which have been planned for the Su-30SM aircraft, said A.A. Mikheev, General Director of Russian Arms exporter, Rosoboronexport here on Friday.
The implementation of the contract for the supply of 11 Su-35 fighter jets to Indonesia has been postponed, reported the newspaper Kommersant, referring to two top managers of Russian defense companies and a source close to the government. “The contract for the supply of 11 Su-35 fighter jets retains its legal force, but its implementation will be delayed,” the newspaper writes. According to Kommersant, the first jet was expected to arrive in October, but the US did not give Indonesia guarantees that it would not come under the restrictive measures because of this contract. “The Russian side also has difficulties. When implementing the contract, it was planned to use a credit line which was expected to be provided by a commercial bank. This could lead to grave consequences for the bank since the US will consider this loan as cooperation with Rosoboronexport (Russia’s arms exporter) and would impose sanctions against the bank,” Kommersant reported. “The situation is unpleasant but not critical. We are in constant contact with our Indonesian partners and are looking for ways out this situation,” the newspaper quoted the statement of a source. In mid-September, the Head of Indonesian Public Communication Center of Ministry of Defense Brigadier General Totok Sugiarto said that the Indonesian Air Forces hoped to receive the first two multi-purpose Su-35 fighters in 2019. According to him, the delivery would be done in three batches consisting of two, four and five jets. Indonesian Defense Minister Ryamizard Ryacudu stated that 50% of the contract value would be paid off by shipment of traditional export goods from Indonesia. The contract for the supply of 11 Su-35 fighter jets to Indonesia was signed in February 2018. According to unofficial data, its cost is more than $ 1 billion. It was reported that Indonesia would receive a commercial loan from Russia for the purchase of fighters.
The U.S. Defense Department has temporarily suspended flight operations of Lockheed Martin Corp.’s F-35 after its first crash prompted inspections of the fighter jet fleet.
Three U.S. military services and 11 international partners who participated in the program grounded all F-35 fighters on Thursday as part of an ongoing investigation into a jet that crashed in Beaufort, South Carolina.
The decision to halt F-35 flights stems from what the military suspects is a faulty fuel tube installed in some of the fleet’s estimated 220 jets.
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Investigators think there could be a problem with the fuel tubes across the U.S. fleet of 245 planes.
The Pentagon’s entire fleet of F-35 joint strike fighters is grounded after the jets’ fuel tubes were suspected to be the cause of a crash last month, the Defense Department announced Thursday.
All F-35 aircraft were temporarily grounded Thursday following the crash of one of its jump-jet variants in late September in South Carolina, according to a U.S. military statement.
Aircraft are being examined to see whether they have a faulty fuel tube after the crash of a US Marine Corps F-35B in September.The Ministry of Defence said that trials of the F-35 were continuing.
The U.S. military has grounded the entire fleet of F-35 stealth fighter jets following a crash in South Carolina last month while on a training mission, officials said Thursday.
The news will make it harder for the Pentagon to improve flight availability of key tactical aircraft.
Officials are inspecting possible faulty engine fuel tubes after crash in South Carolina.
All F-35s have been grounded after common fuel tube problems found.
Last month’s accident marked the first crash of an F-35 in the 17 years since Lockheed Martin won the competition for the fighter jet in October 2001
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon on Thursday ordered a temporary pause in all F-35 fighter jet flights in order to inspect the fleet in the wake of a crash last month in South Carolina. The decision involves a potentially bad fuel tube and affects more than 250 U.S.-owned jets, as well as nearly 100 that belong to other nations including Britain. About half the F-35s are believed to have the faulty tube, and they include aircraft owned by the Air Force, Navy and Marine Corps. According to Lt. Col. Mike Andrews, a Pentagon spokesman, some of the fighter jets have been inspected and are flying again.
WASHINGTON (Sputnik) – The United States has temporarily suspended all F-35 operations worldwide after the first-ever crash of the advanced fighter jet led investigators to suspect that a common problem exists with the jet’s fuel tubes, the Pentagon’s F-35 Lightning II Program said in a statement on Thursday.
Ministry of Defence 🇬🇧 on Twitter: “Contrary to reports, all F-35 jets have not been grounded. We have paused some F-35 flying as a precautionary measure while we consider the findings of an ongoing enquiry. Flight trials from @HMSQnlz continue and the programme remains on schedule #F35 @thef35… https://t.co/3KIuGD2Ae3”
PENTAGON: It’s official — the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter will begin operational test and evaluation next month, marking one of the most significant transitions for the closely watched program. Next summer, presuming no show stoppers appear during OTE, the program will move to full production. “On October 2, 2018, Undersecretary of Defense Ellen Lord convened an operational test readiness review, which assessed the readiness of the F-35 system and supporting resources required to execute the operational test plan,” her spokesman, Lt. Col. Mike Andrews, says in an email. “Ms. Lord certified readiness to enter operational testing after concurring with the F-35 Program Executive Officer’s recommendation on his plan to start mid-November.” I knew the Joint Strike Fighter Operational Test Team (JOTT) had approved the move to OTE on Sept. 23, clearing the path for likely approval by Lord. But her decision also depended on any last-minute objections from Robert Behler, the congressionally-mandated Director of Operational Test and Evaluation. Behler has been much less oppositional in his language about the F-35 than his predecessor, but has continued the careful work of preparing what some call the largest, most expensive and most complex operational test in modern military history. What does this mean for the program? “Along with its first combat sortie last week, this demonstrates the maturation of the F-35 as the centerpiece of modern US aerospace power,” Dave Deptula, a member of the Breaking D Board of Contributors and head of the Air Force Association’s Mitchell Institute, says in an email. This has been a huge two weeks for the world’s single biggest military program, as Breaking D readers know: First combat mission of a US F-35, a strike in Afghanistan by a Marine F-35B. (Israeli F-35As have already struck targets in Syria). The first crash of an F-35, another Marine F-35B, near Beaufort, S.C.. First takeoff and landing of an F-35B on Britain’s HMS Queen Elizabeth. Flight costs per hour plunge $12,000., a critical step towards reducing what the GAO once estimated would be a trillion-dollar cost to buy and operate the F-35 fleet over the decades. Lot 11 contract finally inked, with the cost of an F-35A, complete with engine, falling below $90 million for the first time. Now the entire program takes on the unique operational testing to which America submits its major weapons. One of the things to bear in mind about this is that much OTE data is shared with key international partners, continuing the unique transnational program management that has really distinguished this program from all its predecessors.
It’s the first time the Corps destroyed a target by connecting an F-35B with a HIMARS rocket shot.
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