Tag Archives | F-35 JSF

Gloves come off in Pentagon battle over F-22 and F-35

It’s been a contentious week in the US fifth-generation fighter business, with the Department of Defense and US Air Force taking diametrically opposed positions on whether more F-22s are needed. The DoD has made clear it thinks 183 F-22s are enough (plus another 4 in the FY09 war supplemental). The USAF is adamant it needs […]

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Lightning watch – ‘no big delay’ to STOVL F-35B

Despite its engine glitch, Lockheed thinks the F-35B will fly before the end on June, maybe a month later than originally hoped for, but still within its “mid-2008″ window for the first flight of the STOVL JSF. It will take Pratt & Whitney about a month to deliver a replacement flight-test F135 engine, and it […]

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Raptor watch – Lockheed’s F-22 fights for relevancy

Lockheed has posted this new video on youtube, entitled “F-22: Operational, Relevant, Revolutionary”. I don’t remember relevant as being one of the defining characteristics of a fifth-generation fighter, but maybe it needs to be. After all, US defence secretary Robert Gates did a pretty good job of damning the F-22 with faint praise last week […]

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Is Pratt’s broken blade a break for GE/R-R’s JSF engine?

Timing is everything. Bad timing is breaking your engine on the very day your customer tries for a third time to cancel your rival and a new report rubbishes the benefits of competing engines. But that’s what happened to Pratt & Whitney on February 4, when a turbine blade on an F135 Joint Strike Fighter […]

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Knives come out as second F-35 engine faces axe – again

How’s this for timing? The day after the Pentagon says it will try again to cancel the General Electric/Rolls-Royce F136 alternative engine for the F-35, the Lexington Institute defence think-tank publishes a study arguing “one engine is enough” to power the Joint Strike Fighter. Either the Institute’s Loren Thompson worked through the night or he […]

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Is the F-15 grounding really the USAF’s fault?

As the F-15 grounding has dragged on I have become increasingly concerned the US Air Force was going beyond the prudent demands of safety to make a very public and political point that its fighter fleet is getting old. Even before an Eagle broke apart in flight on 2 November USAF leaders were lobbying hard […]

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Has Eurofighter thrown in the towel?

Eurofighter has confirmed it has suspended talks with Norway and Denmark on offering the Typhoon to replace their F-16s, but has stopped short of commenting on press reports that it thinks the bidding process is slanted towards the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter. Bloomberg quotes from a letter sent by Eurofighter shareholder EADS to the Norwegian […]

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Lockheed’s first STOVL F-35 – a closer look

Lockheed Martin has rolled out the first supersonic STOVL F-35B Joint Strike Fighter. Think about those words – “supersonic” and “STOVL”. I worked in future projects at Hawker Siddeley in the late 1970s, so I have an idea of how hard it is to get those two characteristics together in one aircraft. Most of the […]

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Making aircraft carriers funny – a rare feat

The UK buying two 65,000t aircraft carriers does not seem fertile ground for comedy, but British satirists John Bird and John Fortune succeed in poking fun at the Royal Navy in this hilarious television sketch. They even take a swipe at the Joint Strike Fighter! Next subject Boeing’s 787 production problems?

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More power to the F-35 – competitive engine to stay

Reuters is reporting that US Congressional negotiators have agreed to fund contined development of the General Electric/Rolls-Royce F136 alternate engine for the Lockheed Martin F-35 Joint Strike Fighter. The Pentagon had sought to cancel the F136 to save money, and the $480 million in FY2008 funding will have to come from somewhere, but the preservation […]

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